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These 10 drone photos are the frontrunners to win DJI’s SkyPixel contest

Before you grab your drone and fly this weekend, here’s some drone photo inspiration.

Aerial photography community SkyPixel shared the front-runners in its 2017 SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest, and they’re a pretty clear indication that the competition will be tough this year.

The SkyPixel Photo contest is accepting entries for this year’s competition through Dec. 29. To enter, photographers need to submit an aerial image taken via drone anytime in 2017 to any of three categories — landscape, portrait or story. The winner will walk away with up to $15,000 in prizes, including a DJI Inspire 2 Premium ComboNikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens, a DJI Mavic Pro Fly More ComboDJI Spark and more.

Every year it seems the competition just gets tougher and tougher, as photographers are forced to rely not just on “pretty landscapes” but also looking for interesting patterns, paying attention to light and color, and capturing the unique shapes in the ground.

Here are the frontrunners that are expected to win the 2017  SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest (unless better entries come through before Dec. 29:

LINES丨By Javier del Cerro

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How to get a perfect drone photo during the Golden Hour

The following is a guest post by photographer Max Therry.

Golden Hour is that magical time of day just after sunrise of just before sunset. During Golden Hour, it seems that the entire world is dipped in a beautiful golden glow.

The clouds are lifted. The sky is clear. And the sun rises or sets in a way that your images appear soft and ethereal.

It’s famously known to be incredible for portraits, landscape shots and also — aerial photography.

What Is Golden Hour?

Golden Hour (often called Magic Hour) is the quality of light that comes during the first and last hour of the day’s sunlight. During this twice-a-day event, there’s a soft warmth to the sky that yields incredible images for photographers of all kinds.

If you’re curious about when exactly Golden Hour happens in your city day, you can visit the Golden Hour calculator website. This information is also available on smartphone apps such as Lumy. Continue reading How to get a perfect drone photo during the Golden Hour

How AEB can help your drone photography

The following blog post is a guest piece from Chris Anderson, the creator of the site The Drone Trainer.

Modern drones often come with the possibility to capture mind-boggling images at several different exposures, and create stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. But with that comes an onslaught of HDR photos that are far overdone — and basically burn your eyes.

Here’s your guide on how to create natural looking HDR photos with your drone, using AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing).

What is AEB?

When shooting in AEB mode, your drone’s camera will automatically take three or five shots, each at a different exposure level. On their own, these individual photos are going to be under- and over-exposed. That’s okay though; once you merge them together, you’re going to have a thing of beauty!

Let’s work through this AEB example:

These photos were captured by setting my DJI Phantom 4 Pro to shoot in AEB 5 mode. To adjust this, simply go into your camera settings (right side of your screen below the shutter button), and in photo mode select AEB. You’ll be able to choose 3 or 5 once in AEB mode, depending on the scene that you’re looking to shoot. I find that for scenes that are well lit, AEB 5 works well as all 5 of the photos will capture sharp detail. Continue reading How AEB can help your drone photography

DJI and National Geographic launch photo contest, and the prize is a Mavic

Want to win your very own DJI Mavic Pro? Enter and win DJI’s photography contest, launched in partnership with National Geographic.

The contest is open between now and Oct. 31, 2017 and is being conducted via Instagram. To enter, upload your image to Instagram with the hashtag #MyMavicContest and #NatGeoTravel. National Geographic photo editors will shortlist and select the top 5 entries at the end of the contest.

Each winner will be awarded a DJI Mavic Pro, which happens to be my favorite drone to-date.

Need some inspiration on how to take the winning shot? Dronestagram hosts its own drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic, and here were the winners from this year.

Don’t have a drone to take pictures with? The deal gets sweeter. DJI and National Geographic have also partnered up to offer a free drone rental program. Successful applicants will be given a DJI Mavic Pro, which they are free to use for two weeks. Learn more about that program here.

Good luck, and happy flying!

Eclipse 2017: the best eclipse photos taken by a drone

A total solar eclipse crossed the United States on Monday, bringing people outside in full force to watch the historic event.

Also out in full force? The drones.

Many drone pilots put their drones in the skies to document the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918, which carved a “path of totality” from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Here were some of the best images taken by drone pilots: Continue reading Eclipse 2017: the best eclipse photos taken by a drone

Here are the best drone photos of 2017, according to Dronestagram

Dronestagram just announced the winners of its fourth annual drone photo contest in partnership with National Geographic, and the images are more stunning than ever.

There were three photo categories: nature, urban and people, and the contest received thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers around the world. The contest also announced a bonus round of winners in what they dubbed the “creative category.”

See the winners from the 2016 Dronestagram Photography Contest here.

Judges included National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty and Photo editor Jeff Heimsath.

The winners played with shadows, like in Luke MaximoBell’s “Two Moo,” and played with light and color in Alexeygo’s “Dawn on Mercury Tower.” My personal favorite? “Waterlily” by helios1412.

Here were the winners of the contest (all images are courtesy of the entrants via Dronestagram):

Dronestagram contest winners: Nature Category

1st Prize: Provence, summer trim by jcourtial

2nd Prize: Infinite Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan

3rd Prize: Ice formation by Florian Continue reading Here are the best drone photos of 2017, according to Dronestagram

The Skypixel best drone photos of 2016

SkyPixel, a drone photo-sharing community operated in partnership with DJI, has announced the winners of its latest drone photography contest. The contest drew in more than 27,000 entries from 131 countries.

Ge Zheng won the 2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year with this photo titled, “Fishermen close the net,” which was shot in Fujian Province in China. Here’s that image:

Ge Zheng skypixel top drone photo
Photo by Ge Zheng

The winning photos were selected by a jury of photographers, including photojournalists from Time and Conde Nast Traveler.

Zheng’s winning photo won him a DJI Inspire 2 drone, a DJI Mavic Pro drone, Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, an Epson SureColor P400 Wide Format photo printer and an Adobe Creative Cloud photo membership.

Check out the first, second and third place winners in each of the categories: Continue reading The Skypixel best drone photos of 2016

DJI drone arena: check out photos now that it’s open

The 15,000-square-foot DJI drone arena in Korea opened to the public on Wednesday.

The space is located just south of Seoul, South Korea, in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province and is equipped with safety nets, and an LED-lit circuit for pilots to fly through.

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It’s available for individuals to come in and fly for up to 3 hours for an admission fee of $13.50 per person.  It’s also available for corporate events. for $452 for 30 people and $27 per additional participant.  Continue reading DJI drone arena: check out photos now that it’s open