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Tips for drone video - camera settings

Drones can get great aerial photos and video, but they’re only as good as the person piloting them. In the right hands, a phone camera can get fantastic shots, and all the equipment in the world won’t help if you don’t know how to use it.

The first time you take your drone out, you’re probably not getting dramatic, hollywood shots.

Here’s some tips I’ve found help me get better photos and videos.

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What I learned in 2017

Here are some things I learned in 2017, a summary of what I worked on the last year, and what I hope to accomplish in 2018.

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DIL - Drone Imaging Language

I work a lot with drone data. Two common tasks are stitching 360 degee panoramas and detecting objects in an image.

Both of those are technically complicated - panorama stitching involves feature point detection, correlation, determining homographies, seam carving, and more.

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What is Bootstrap?

Maybe you’re heard of Bootstrap, but don’t know exactly what it is, or how to use it? The landing page description is less than helpful:

Build responsive, mobile-first projects on the web with the world’s most popular front-end component library. Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive prebuilt components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.

Here’s a quick primer with what you need to get started.

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Django at Milwaukee Python

On Wednesday night, the Milwaukee Python group met up to discuss Django. The meeting was hosted by Digital Measures in Milwaukee’s third ward. We had a great turnout and lots of good questions.

Andrew Glassman and I both spoke on Django, its features, and how to use it. The notes from my portion of the talk are here.

The Django project I mentioned is Fast Ergs. A less-complicated app using Flask lives at

Thanks to Digital Measures and MKE Python for hosting us!

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