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Drone Market Showing Rapid Growth

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Industry Trends

Commercial Drone Market size in 2016 was over 100 thousand units with a market value of more than USD 2 billion, and is anticipated to grow at around 25% CAGR over the forecast timespan 2017-2024

Aerial photography is one of the most common application areas. The growth of the commercial UAV market is attributed to the increasing adoption in the media and entertainment industry for photography and filming. They are highly useful in reporting events for capturing footage for news and broadcast. For instance, BBC is using drones for capturing footage in sports competitions and has its own in-house drone team. Furthermore, the growing applicability in wildlife photography is also augmenting the demand of the UAVs for aerial photography applications.

Inspection and monitoring applications are estimated to gain substantial growth during the forecast period. UAVs have been used in the management of various kind of infrastructure. Several industry verticals such as energy & utility, railways, roads can benefit from the technology for asset monitoring and inventory management. Their ability to perform hazardous work and acquire various data sets with accuracy and cost-effectively is one of the major factors driving the demand of UAVs for inspection and monitoring purposes. Furthermore, real-time data provided by these devices is also one of the major factor augmenting the demand in inspection and monitoring applications.

Earlier this month China (EHang Egret UAV Firm) set the world record for most drones flown simultaneously in a 13-minute flight that involved 1,374 drones spread over a 3,280 feet. The previous record was from US technology firm Intel, which flew 1,218 drones in formation during the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

Watch the video shot earlier this month showing the drone project which produced a fantastic aerial light show. Click Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ac_RjtF7-Y

I foresee Hollywood and other movie production companies continue to hop aboard the drone train to create the special effects in their productions. Many have already utilized the drone technology.

The commercial drone market is set to experience substantial growth due to the increasing range of civil applications. Since the development of commercial UAVs, they have been used for video and photography. However, from past two years, their capabilities have been leveraged by different industry sectors, such as agriculture, real estate, architecture & construction, delivery and media. They have been widely used in civil applications such as smart agriculture practices through mapping and studying of crop data in agriculture, utilization of footage and images of a site to make 3D rendering of structures, in real estate market for package delivery to customers from retail stores, and media coverage by journalists to capture important news with closer aerial shots.

However, stringent government regulations on the use of commercial use of drones and security and privacy issues are hindering the growth of the market. Civil drones which are used for non-military purposes brings vulnerability to cyber-attack and misuse by criminals. It utilizes the unencrypted data links for control, navigation and command. Due to this, hackers have attempted to intercept, jam and manipulate drone controls for exploitation.

Top 10 Drones for Sale from Amazon

  1. DJI Mavic Pro
  2. Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2
  3. DJI Phantom 3
  4. Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
  5. Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon
  6. Force1 U45W Blue Jay
  7. DJI Phantom 4
  8. DBPOWER MJX X400W
  9. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone
  10. Eachine Racer 250 FPV

Contributed by:  Martin Allred, Photographer/Editor www.Floridaography.com

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What’s in the Pro’s Bag

Rank #1 Tour in St. Pete by Tripadvisor Duncan McClellan Glass Art Gallery

20180331_133211.jpgOne of the many things I like about living in Tampa, FL is the array of art and cultural activities available in the area. With that said, this past weekend with a couple of friends I got the chance to visit an iconic local art venue, the Duncan McClellan Gallery, located in St. Petersburg.

Duncan McClellan is a “World-Renowned Glass Art Master”, and as one would expect, his labor of love for the glass art craft can be found throughout his Gallery.

Shortly after my arrival, I met the Gallery’s art director Mary Childs. She was unpacking a beautiful glass vase shipment that had just arrived. Mary gave me a quick synopsis on the gallery and quickly schooled me on how the artists get the brilliant colors in the glass. And since we were talking glass art, I can truly say I was blown away by the art on display. The Gallery features some of the most fascinating glass art from over 50 internationally acclaimed artists and over 90 total artists.

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(Gallery Director, Mary Childs explains how rare the color process on a work of art is used in the USA)

The Duncan McClellan Gallery is so much more than a Glass Art Gallery. It’s a treasured work of art in itself. Duncan McClellan transformed a former 13,000sf fish and tomato packing facility into a multi-functional art education center all while creating the largest Glass Art Gallery in Florida.  The Gallery offers art education classes on a regular basis, which are taught by Master Artist Instructors on the different forms and technics of their respective art. The Gallery also has a mentor program in place that teaches the medium of Glass Art, the DMG School Project “Get Fired Up! ”

The Gallery extends outdoors with an open covered patio filled with both glass and non-glass sculptures. It would be the perfect venue for hosting an upscale catered or wine/art event. Upon our visit, we were lucky enough to meet the Duncan McClellan in the flesh, who was actually working on orchid grafting in the Sculpture Garden area, just off the gallery’s patio.

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(Pictured Left: Local Artist and Musician Jodi Weiss, Artist Duncan McClellan and Janice Bornstein Telstar, a visitor and good friend with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.)

The Gallery also features a “Hot-Shop” for artists with a dedicated area for art lovers and visitors to view the artists as they create new works of art. I found this area of the Gallery very intriguing and loved watching the technics of the artist at work. I took a couple videos click here to see the action.  Video of Hot Shop in Action    Working the Kiln

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The atmosphere at the venue was very low key, friendly and inviting. I loved this Gallery and I can’t wait to visit it again soon. I would highly recommend a visit!  It’s located just a short distance west of Tropicana Field (a few blocks west of (I-275) in the St. Pete Warehouse Art District at 2342 Emerson Avenue South, St. Peterburg, FL  for more info you can visit their website,  www. dmglass.com

Tripadvisor link;  Rank # 1 of 83 tours in St. Petersburg.

Contributed by: Martin J. Allred, Editor/Photographer

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Make Your Sunset Photos Pop!

 

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Many people ask me if I PhotoShop my images prior to posting to the web. Truth be told,  every single digital image needs a little tweaking.  Fact: Nearly every image used in commercial advertising  (billboards, newspapers, magazines, etc)  has been Photoshopped in some matter prior to being printed.

I shoot a lot of photos. While on assignments I can easily shoot over 8K in photos in a single week.  Although most of them are editorial photos and usually just a few are needed by the clients. I also shoot a lot of personal photos. I like to bracket exposures and shutter speeds, adjust lighting and shoot several shots of the subjects if time allows. This system makes the final editing easier and gives the client more choices since a good photo will help make their written articles standout.

NO ONE  wants to waste the time editing every single image photographers create, especially the photographer. If the photographer brackets his shots it’s easier to pick a decent exposure to work with in post edit. Getting the composition and exposure close will also pay dividends in time saved during post edit.

So what makes an image pop?  Composition, Lighting, Color, Exposure and Subject of course. The first three can be controlled in post-processing. Although, one can control exposure in post try to get the exposure close from the start.  After a decent exposure,  I crop the image and add a little color saturation at times and “whoa” that’s it! The whole process only takes about a minute or two.

Let’s talk about composition for a bit. Framing your photo in the camera viewfinder is most important if you want a great or compelling image. Try applying the basic composition rules like the “rule-of-thirds”. Turn your camera verticle or horizontal and pretend you see that tic-tac-toe graph. Also, try to get some low or compelling angles. Whatever you do, DON’T put the horizon in the middle of the photo. Yikes!!

If you notice the sky is more dramatic, try to include more of it. Including a live subject, building structure or animal to your photos will also help make many photos work. If you look at the sunset I shot at Bradenton Beach above you will notice the sky with the whispery clouds swirling around and the birds running at the base. I shot a very low angle with the camera just inches from the sand. I wanted to include some of the shine on the sand because it was reflecting a very dramatic sky which added another element of lighting which silhouetted the birds. During post I barely saturated the color and cropped the image a little and that was it.

The photo below was shot along the Gold Coast of Brasilito, Costa Rica. It was an amazing sunset and the color was right on. Again, just a tad of saturation. The young surfers in silhouettes added the human element and scale. Many may say the image is a bit over saturated. However, you as the creator of the image can adjust lighting and colors to get your desired effect. At times we can adjust colors to match a decor in place in our homes or offices.

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The image below is the same beach scene as above, but shot several minutes later. The lighting became so much more saturated as the sun started to set low in the sky and exhibited some astonishing brilliant colors, so I was compelled to shoot a series of photos which all turned out incredibly amazing.

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The image below was right outside my hotel in Brasilito, C.R., . The lighting was right on with little photoshop. I had just arrived and hurried to get the shot. The moss hanging from the tree and the people added some extra elements.

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Below: Playa Hermosa Bch, just south of Jaco, Costa Rica.

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Below: Clearwater Bch, Florida

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Exhibiting your Masterpiece: Try adding a border around your finished images. It completes the photo for publishing. If you want to hang your images you may want to skip the traditional frame and matting with glass.  Opt instead for a gallery wrap, metal or acrylic print. I’m loving the metal and acrylics.

Contributed by: Martin J. Allred (editor) http://www.floridaography.com

EOS 5D Mark IV: LCD Brightness

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The EOS 5D Mark IV features the ability to have either an auto monitor brightness or a manual brightness. While in many situations it is preferable to manually set the LCD brightness and then adjust it to suit the conditions, sometime auto brightness works well. If you are looking at an image on the screen and the brightness seems to go up and down while looking, check where you right thumb is sitting – to the lower left of the Quick Control Dial (large dial on the back of the camera) there is a small, round light sensor. If you are covering this with your thumb, or any part of your hand, the brightness will change as you move your hand around. Either keep the sensor clear, or switch to a manual LCD brightness setting to stop this happen.

Contributed by:  Martin Allred, http://www.nationwidephotographers.com

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EOS 5D Mark IV: Timelapse movies

canon5d-mark-IV-dslr--800x534The EOS 5D Mark IV features a time-lapse movie shooting option to create time-lapse directly in-camera without needing to stitch the images together afterward. When you shoot a time-lapse movie, you will notice that the resolution is FHD and it is recorded at either 29.97P (NTSC) or 25.00P (PAL). If you wish to record a timelapse at a higher resolution or with a different frame rate, then you should use the interval timer instead to capture still images that you can later combine on a computer. This will allow you to capture a timelapse at a much higher resolution, in RAW, or with a faster or slower frame rate as required.

This feature works well with trade show set-ups, construction projects, and beach sunrise and sunsets. The camera should be mounted on a tripod and placed where it will not be moved for best results.

Source: Canon Professional Services

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