Camera Mounts for Helicopter Photography

camera mount for helicopter imageIn the past, the avenues connected with aerial filming and photography were limited and prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists as well as professional photographers, Over time, there has been a massive leap in the type, number and quality of aerial photography applications that have found their way into the mainstream. Though the basic technology connected with taking shots from above has been around for quite some time; it is more reliable, safer, cheaper and packaged with new innovations in today’s scenario. If you are planning to go about the act of getting your personal aerial photographs, you need to consider the factors mentioned below.

Remote Controlled Helicopter Camera Mount

One of the best ways of deciding upon the helicopter to utilize for your aerial filming is to have a good idea about the camera weight or the camera that you desire to use. If you are ready to go ahead with a small point-and-shoot or other budgeted option, then it is best suited to hire a smaller helicopter to raise the weight of the camera. However, if DSLR aerial photography is your scene, then you obviously need a larger helicopter—which boasts of at least a 600-class to carry the requisite weight. Go in for helicopters with electric motors as they tend to vibrate less and are not as noisy as their counterparts. It is recommended to choose a good build quality helicopter camera mount that is capable of enduring heavy lifting—the same can be modified at a later stage to align with your specific photography needs and requirements.

Camera Control, Gimbal and Viewing System

Once your helicopter is ready to go, you need to ensure that you can fly it in a comfortable manner. Thereafter, you need to look at the best ways to mount your camera system—under slung or in front. Though both these mounts work well in different situations, expert photographers usually prefer a specialised mounted system (check out They are comparatively simpler to isolate from all kinds of vibrations and allow better angles for filming. You can easily offset the weight by mounting the batteries just below the tail. It is vital to pay attention to vibration isolation and is worth buying a costlier mount that ends up doing a better job of the same. Good control can be attained by using a second radio system/ operator. Tilt, shutter, controlling pan, roll and video down links (along with other functions) are other important factors that require attention and help you frame your shots from below.

Autopilot and Stabilization Technology

Recently, there have been some revolutionary improvisations in the flight stabilization technology for RC helicopters—especially with the military UAV and autopilot technology entering the commercial market. It is advised to use a basic system that offers an appropriately stable platform to take pictures from. If permitted by your budget, you may like to go in for an autopilot system that’s capable of flying your helicopter without any manual input and via simple pre-programmed GPS way points. These systems are much safer and help in keeping the helicopter stable in case of lost communication and ensure return of the same to the take-off point—all with the help of automatic and more advanced systems. All the best!

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Various Types of Hotel Door Locks

image of a hotel door lockThe previously popular sets of metal keys with a row of jagged teeth are becoming a thing of the past as most establishments strive to adopt the latest technologies in the door industry. The hotel industry has not been left behind in this advancement. Currently, most hotel door locks use key cards instead of the previously popular but fast fading traditional keys.

Those hotels keen on adapting this technology will generally have four types of key card systems to choose from. These include: bar code cards, magnetic strip key cards, hole cards and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards. Each type does offer easy and simple ways of securing the door even though some key systems tend to have more security features than the others.

Key card systems generally involve a close interaction between an electronic access control lock and a plastic card. Each plastic card is usually pre-programmed to respond to a certain key card reader, set of locks or a particular lock. Each plastic card is usually programmed individually and given a unique electronic signature. These signatures can be changed if the card is stolen (by TMB at, misplaced or damaged.

Of all the key card systems, the hole card system was the first to be introduced way back in the 70s after being invented by Tor Sornes and can therefore be considered as the pioneer in this field. It generally involved punching 32 holes into a plastic card; the spacing and sizes of each hole were unique to a particular lock and all one did was to insert the card into a slot in the door and it would open. These hotel lock doors are no longer popular and apart from keeping such doors for historical and cultural reasons, they are no longer in use. Users found them quite fragile and there were also coding limitations which meant that advanced security features could not be incorporated.

Bar code cards were then introduced and were widely used. An individual bar code is developed so as to match with a particular lock and the code is then printed on the card. All one does is to hold the bar code under an electronic scanner and the corresponding door opens. It has since lost favor due to security concerns as bar codes can be forged and electronic scanners are quite easy to outwit.

Magnetic strip key cards are quite popular in the hotel door locks industry due to their advanced security capabilities. They look like credit cards with metallic strips at the back; they are usually swiped through a scanner and use a unique electronic signature to open a corresponding door. They do offer users a safe and fool proof way of securing doors in numerous hotel establishments all over the world.

The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards on the other hand are a more recent innovation which uses radio sensor chips that are embedded inside the cards. When the key is brought into close proximity with a corresponding reader the door unlocks. Because this key system incorporates both sensor chips and radio technology it is naturally considered as the most secure form of controlling access to a facility or room. It therefore enjoys a lot of popularity even though it is a tad more expensive than all the other key card security systems.

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Can’t Wait for the Luke Bryan Tour?

Luke Bryan is an exceptional country singer, who is popular amongst his fans for this many melodious songs. His full name is Thomas Luke Bryan. His musical career almost ended even before it started when his older brother lost his life in a car accident. Luke Bryan gave up the singing and started working in the family business of peanut farming. But, as luck would have it, his father recognized his immense talent and persuaded him to pursue his singing career. Thanks God to his father’s advice, we can nLuke Bryan Imageow enjoy some beautiful music from Luke Bryan.

The 2014 tour is named That’s my kind of night. This tour will cover over 60 live events and will go on till October 2014. Luke Bryan tour of 2014 covers Canada as well as many cities in USA. In Canada, he is going to perform at Calgary, Dawson Creek, Vancouver and Edmonton. In the USA, the Luke Bryan tour is planned for Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Washington and many other states. This 2014 live tour is one of the biggest tours Luke Bryan has ever done. Fans of Luke Bryan would not want to miss this tour.

He has been known for his melodious country music. He started getting recognition in the early 2000s. He signed his first major contract with a major music label in the year 2007. Also, he has written for Travis Tritt and Billy Cunningham. This songwriting has given him the chops required to make an indelible impression on his fans with his music. His live concerts are famous for making new fans.

These 2014 tour is turning out to be one of the most successful tours ever for Luke Bryan. Fans are going crazy for tickets. Most of the shows are already sold out in many places and tickets for the rest of the shows are being snapped up as soon as they are made available. The Luke Bryan fans do not want to miss the chance of seeing their favorite star live singing his hit songs one by one. As a result, most of the concert tickets are already sold out.

Fans can expect his biggest hits like all my friends say, we rode in trucks and countryman in the 2014 concert. Also songs from his fourth and latest album crash my party are also like to be included on this tour. His latest album has now four hit singles. It is quite an achievement in itself to have four hit singles in a single album. He’s one of the most popular country artists in the United States as well as the world. Country music fans will definitely want to give themselves a chance to enjoy the music of Luke Bryan.

To ensure that you get the tickets for his concerts, it is recommended to snatch tickets as soon as they are made available. If the previous ticket sales history is to go by, the tickets are not going to be available for very long. Therefore, keep checking back for tickets as and when they open to ensure a sure seat at the live concert.

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