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DJI Phantom 3 Professional

DJI is quickly becoming one of the most sought after drone companies, both in terms of investments and purchases. DJI Phantom 3 line is one of the most popular choice in aerial photography. The company has developed four different models in this category: Standard, Advanced, 4K, and Professional.

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the second most-advanced model and is mainly designed for professionals. It offers 4K video, 23 minutes of flight time, and a whopping 5km control distance.

The quadcopter also comes with five advanced flight modes:

  • Follow Me: The quadcopter will automatically keep you in the camera’s view as you conduct your activity.
  • Point of Interest: It revolves around an object, person, or place in a perfect circle.
  • Waypoints: Allows you to record a flight path then tell your quadcopter to fly along the same path repeatedly, while you control the camera and orientation. You can save your favorite missions, customize speed, and more.
  • Course Lock: Fly along a set path.
  • Home Lock: Customize your flight controls to be relative to you at all times.

These autonomous modes free you up to focus on camera control and getting the right shot. This makes the DJI Phantom 3 Professional a smart choice for pro pilots, and especially for aerial mapping and 3D modeling.

DJI also recently released the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter, an upgraded version of the Phantom 3 series with an obstacle sensing system.

Features

  • 3-Axis GimbalGPS positioning
  • GPS positioningVision Positioning technology for GPS-free areas
  • Vision Positioning technology for GPS-free areas4k video
  • 4k videoLive FPV streaming to your controller
  • Live FPV streaming to your controller

Specs

  • Frequency: 2.4GhzSize: 18 x 13 x 8 inches
  • Size: 18 x 13 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 9.2 poundsCharging time: Approx. 1-1.5 hrs
  • Charging time: Approx. 1-1.5 hrs
  • Flight time: about 23 minutes
  • Control distance: 5 km

EXTRAS

These extra parts are available for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional:

Small mini speakers

Small mini speakers

Manufacturer: EACHINE

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10 Facts to know about World Photography Day

August 19th is celebrated as World Photography Day to celebrate the passion of photography in our communities. In a world where thousands of pictures are uploaded and shared in every second, World Photography Day is an inspiration for millions of photographers across the planet to share their passion.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you use, World Photography Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you show us the world as you see it. Some important points to know about this day are as follows:

  1. The date behind World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.
  2. The daguerreotype, invented in 1837, was the first practical photographic process.
  3. The earliest known permanent photographic image, however, was created by a more complex process called heliography in 1826.
  4. The exposure time needed to create that photograph was eight hours.
  5. Thanks to digital cameras on mobile phones, more than 350 billion photos are now taken worldwide every year.
  6. Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook.

    Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook
    Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook
  7. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle to indulge their passion for photography.

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle ~ Getty
    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle ~ Getty
  8. The first photo of the Moon was in 1851; the first photo of its dark side was in 1959.

    The first photo of the Moon was taken in 1851
    The first photo of the Moon was taken in 1851 ~ Getty
  9. The earliest known use of the word ‘photograph’ was in 1839 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel.
  10. The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860.

Top 10 places for photographers to sell their photographs

Just clicking photographs for personal use is not the case these days. You can take your photography passion as a career and make money out of it . Webmasters and businesses use images for their websites and marketing materials. As a freelance photographer, you have now numerous options to sell your photos online.

Sell your photographs

There are several websites that sell stock photos and vector images to webmasters and business owners. These photos can be sold over and over again providing long-term residual income.

Fotolia – 20-63% commission can be earned. Exclusivity is not required though some rules apply to pricing once a certain rank is achieve. Payment is made via Moneybookers or PayPal.

Shutterstock – Contributors can earn 20-30%. Payments are made monthly with a $75 minimum. Shutterstock does not insist on exclusivity. You are free to sell your stock elsewhere.

Dreamstime – Earn 20-60% from each sale and it has an active community.

iStockphoto – Contributors earn 15% from each download. Exclusive Contributors earn 22-45%. Payments can be requested up to twice per week by PayPal, Moneybookers or Payoneer Mastercard with a $100 minimum balance.

FreeDigitalPhotos.net – Keep 70% of your sales revenue. Payments are made via PayPal with a $10 minimum.

Bigstock – Earn 30% from individual downloads and up to $0.38 royalty on subscriber sales. Payments are processed once per week upon request with a $30 minimum balance. Receive payment by check, PayPal or Moneybookers.

Demand Media offers freelance positions to photographers. Payment is like clockwork twice per week. Rates will vary by assignment. These must be exclusive photos and you give up all rights to the work upon sale.

Sell Your Images on Tangible Items

There are also a number of websites that will allow customers to print your photos on everything from coffee mugs to canvas.

CafePress offer several options for selling. List your creation on their site or set up your own shop. Regular listings earn you 8%. Payments are made monthly by check or PayPal with a $25 minimum.

Redbubble is similar to CafePress in the items they sell. Contributors set their price, earning everything above the predetermined base price. Payments are sent by PayPal monthly with a $20 minimum for US contributors.

Shutterfly –Pro Galleries run $99 to $199 per year plus 15% commission on each sale. Shutterfly does take care of customer service issues. Payments are made monthly by direct deposit.

Different types of dslr lenses and their uses

DSLR Lenses are generally categorized by their focal range or specific function if they’re a specialist lens. Below we’ve taken a look at a few of the most common types of lens, thought about the characteristics their images are said to have, and considered how they can be used.

Picture-of-Angle-of-View-Graph

Ultra Wide

Ultra Wide angle lenses photography

What they are: Ultra Wide angle lenses have a focal length of around less than 24 mm (in 35 mm-format), this means they can take in a wider scene than is typical, though they’re not only about getting all of a subject into a shot. Rectilinear ultra wides help keep straight lines, just that, while fisheyes will reproduce buildings with curved walls.

Image characteristics: Because of the wide field of view, shots with ultra wide angle lenses typically feature a large depth of field. Images tend to pull in subjects that are close, and push away more distant ones making them appear further apart. Perspective distortion of ultra wides can give falling-building-syndrome (where vertical lines converge) but this can be corrected in post-processing, or minimized with good technique.

What they are used for: While often seen as a specialist lens, ultra wide angles can be used in a number of ways. Typical uses include landscape, architecture and interior photography. Even the distortion can be used creatively, especially when using fisheye lenses.

Wide Angle

wide-angle-landscape

What they are: Typically covering a focal length between 24 mm and 35 mm, Wide Angle lenses are available as primes or zooms and come with either variable or fixed maximum aperture. Offering a wide field of view, they often also boast close minimum focusing distances.

Image characteristics: Wide angle photographs can magnify the perceived distance between subjects in the foreground and background. Wide angles suffer less distortion than their ultra wide counterparts, but you still get an exaggeration of lines and curves which can be used artistically.

What they are used for: Many people only reach for a wide angle lens when trying to get the whole of a subject in frame, whether that’s a building, a large group of people or a landscape. However, while those are perfectly good uses of one, they can also be used for interesting portraits where you want to place a subject in a situation. Just be careful not to distort faces unflatteringly by shooting too close.

Standard / Normal

normal photography

What the are: The kit lens your DSLR or interchangeable lens mirrorless camera came with is probably an example of a standard zoom lens, covering a focal range of around 35-70 mm. Ones with better optics and faster maximum apertures are also available. Many photographers consider a 50 mm prime (in 35-mm-format) as a normal lens, as it’s said to reproduce an image with a angle of view which feels “natural” and similar to what you see with your eyes – even thought this isn’t technically true.

Image characteristics: Standard zoom lenses and normal primes sit between wide angles and telephotos in terms of image characteristics and are much more like you see with the human eye. Normal prime lenses tend to have faster maximum apertures which can allow for a shallow depth of field and lower light shooting.

What they are used for: As their name would suggest, normal or standard lenses are versatile lenses which can be used for almost all sorts of photography whether street, documentary, landscape, or portrait. Because normal prime lenses tend to feature faster maximum apertures, they allow you to shoot with a shallower depth of field and in lower light.

Telephoto

telephoto-lens-photography

What they are: Telephoto lenses are those with a focal length in excess of 70 mm, though many people would argue that “true” telephoto lenses are ones which exceed 135 mm. They focus on a much narrower field of view than other lenses, which means they are good for focusing in on specific details or distant subjects. They are generally larger and heavier than equally specified wider lenses.

Image characteristics: Because they have a narrower angle of view, telephoto lenses bring far away subjects closer. They can also have the effect of compressing the sense of distance in a scene and making objects appear closer together. A narrow depth of field means that a subject can be in focus with a blurred background and foreground.

What they are used for: In addition to being used to photograph subjects you can’t (or don’t want to) get close to – like sports or wildlife – telephoto lenses can be used for shooting portraits and even landscapes where their normalization of relative size can be used to give a sense of scale.

Superzoom

superzoom photography

What they are: Superzooms are do-it-all lenses which cover focal lengths from wide to telephoto. They can be good for uses in situations where you can’t or don’t want to be changing lenses and they normally change in length as you zoom.

Image characteristics: Because compromises have had to be made producing a do-it-all lens, superzooms do not have the same image quality of more dedicated lenses and often have slower and variable maximum apertures.

What they are used for: Offering a one-lens package, superzooms come into their own if you can’t (or don’t want to) change lenses. This could be when in situations where it wouldn’t be safe to switch lenses, or when travelling – you don’t necessarily want to be weighed down by five lenses when on holiday with the family.

Macro

macro lenses photography

What they are: One of the more specialist DSLR lenses, marco lenses are technically those which are capable of reproduction ratios greater than 1:1. However, the term is frequently used to refer to any lens which can be used for extreme close-up photography. Macro lenses typically have focal lengths somewhere between 40-200 mm.

Image characteristics: Macro lenses normally have excellent image sharpness, though it’s worth noting that when working at close distances they also have a tiny depth of field. You can often end up with a shot of an insect where only a fraction of it is in focus.

What they are used for: Though normally used for close-up photography (at which they excel), macro lenses can also be great for portraits thanks to their typical sharpness and focal lengths.