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Contrast Video Productions Contrast Video Productions was established in March of 2007 to provide audio and video services for clients in CT and the surrounding area.
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I am and A/V professional with extensive experience. I specialize in video production including advertising, shooting, audio, lighting, graphics, narration. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rcontrastano

10/29/2021
10/29/2021
So it's been a while since my last post. It's been a crazy Covid summer! Hard to believe today is Labor day, the unoffic...
09/07/2020

So it's been a while since my last post. It's been a crazy Covid summer! Hard to believe today is Labor day, the unofficial end of summer already. I've had quite a few real estate drone shoots this year. I honestly thought there would not be a lot of activity with Covid and people losing jobs. But it seems like the economy is coming back and people are leaving NY in droves moving to CT and other areas. [ 619 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2020/09/07/i-bought-the-farm/

So it’s been a while since my last post. It’s been a crazy Covid summer! Hard to believe today is Labor day, the unofficial end of summer already. I’ve had quite a few real estate…

04/16/2020

Well it's been a little while since my last post. This whole virus thing just put a damper on everything! I am hoping that the green leaves start to show about the time that this quarantine and social distancing practice ends. I'd really like to get back to business and also have fun. Just before the virus really hit, I had given a talk at the public library for beginning drone pilots. [ 469 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2020/04/16/drones-in-the-era-of-covid/

03/13/2020

Contrast Video. Your video and drone guy.

Today I would like to write about a recent drone experience that I had. I was on on a drone shoot recently and was not a...
02/14/2020

Today I would like to write about a recent drone experience that I had. I was on on a drone shoot recently and was not able to get my drone to lock in a GPS signal. As you may know, GPS is what tells the drone where it is at any given point . Without it, you drone will be essentially "lost" in the air. [ 437 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2020/02/14/lessons-learned/

Today I would like to write about a recent drone experience that I had. I was on on a drone shoot recently and was not able to get my drone to lock in a GPS signal. As you may know, GPS is what tel…

Anybody out there remember the old slogan from Virginia Slims Ci******es, "We've Come a Long Way Baby?" So it is with ae...
01/13/2020

Anybody out there remember the old slogan from Virginia Slims Ci******es, "We've Come a Long Way Baby?" So it is with aerial photography and the video industry in general. With winter here in New England, I recently told you about my adventure using a drone to put outdoor holiday lights on the tree in our front yard. Winter can be slow for drones for a number of reasons. [ 505 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2020/01/13/weve-come-a-long-way-baby/

Anybody out there remember the old slogan from Virginia Slims Ci******es, “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby?” So it is with aerial photography and the video industry in general. With wi…

I you are like me, you may have seen some videos on YouTube with people doing all kinds of neat things with drones. I on...
12/04/2019

I you are like me, you may have seen some videos on YouTube with people doing all kinds of neat things with drones. I once watched a video in which a couple of guys were deep sea fishing from the beach! Somehow they rigged it up so that the drone would carry the fishing line way out and then drop it in the water! [ 507 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/12/04/decorate-with-drones/

I you are like me, you may have seen some videos on YouTube with people doing all kinds of neat things with drones. I once watched a video in which a couple of guys were deep sea fishing from the b…

Just about everyone is familiar with this eternal question. Babies are delivered by storks, right? In today's technologi...
11/04/2019

Just about everyone is familiar with this eternal question. Babies are delivered by storks, right? In today's technologically modern society however we may want to update this question a bit to include drones! There seems to be a big push by companies to begin delivering products by drone. I'm just trying to figure out how this is all going to work. [ 450 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/11/04/mommy-where-do-babies-come-from/

Just about everyone is familiar with this eternal question. Babies are delivered by storks, right? In today’s technologically modern society however we may want to update this question a bit …

Well it was bound to happen. I was flying recently and had what's known in the drone world as a lost link. As I have sai...
09/12/2019

Well it was bound to happen. I was flying recently and had what's known in the drone world as a lost link. As I have said before, flying a drone is not for the "faint of heart" as the expression goes. It's scary stuff sometimes. Having been through it now however, I am less likely to panic and more likely to be vigilant. [ 564 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/09/12/prop-cops/

Well it was bound to happen. I was flying recently and had what’s known in the drone world as a lost link. As I have said before, flying a drone is not for the “faint of heart” as…

Flying your drone in the summer can be fun but can also present some interesting challenges. One thing to keep in mind i...
08/05/2019

Flying your drone in the summer can be fun but can also present some interesting challenges. One thing to keep in mind is that you are going to sweat. Fairly obvious right? But what happens when the sweat starts getting into your eyes while you are trying to concentrate on flying? It stings and can impair your vision at least for a brief time. [ 381 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/08/05/hot-hot-hot/

Flying your drone in the summer can be fun but can also present some interesting challenges. One thing to keep in mind is that you are going to sweat. Fairly obvious right? But what happens when th…

So today I am going to write about my experience of doing three real estate drone shoots all in the same afternoon. As I...
05/21/2019

So today I am going to write about my experience of doing three real estate drone shoots all in the same afternoon. As I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, I three batteries. Each battery gives me roughly fifteen minutes of flight time. I had to plan this day carefully. Here is how it went. I made sure all of my batteries and components were fully charged the night before the shoot. [ 515 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/05/21/drone-trifecta/

So today I am going to write about my experience of doing three real estate drone shoots all in the same afternoon. As I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, I three batteries. Each battery g…

As I log more flight hours with my drone, I'd like to share some general tips. It seems I learn something new each time ...
04/30/2019

As I log more flight hours with my drone, I'd like to share some general tips. It seems I learn something new each time I fly. For my most recent flight, I remembered to wear an old pair of sneakers. It's a good idea especially if you are going to be in a field and it just rained. You will get wet and muddy. [ 472 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/04/30/fight-or-flight/

As I log more flight hours with my drone, I’d like to share some general tips. It seems I learn something new each time I fly. For my most recent flight, I remembered to wear an old pair of s…

So I am hoping to start getting more comfortable flying drones inside. This way I have indoor and outdoor coverage if ne...
04/08/2019

So I am hoping to start getting more comfortable flying drones inside. This way I have indoor and outdoor coverage if needed. I worked off a cheap indoor drone in trade to start learning. I now have a DJI Tello. I really like it. It did not come with any accessories so I got some extra batteries and a wireless controller. [ 412 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/04/08/indoor-drones/

So I am hoping to start getting more comfortable flying drones inside. This way I have indoor and outdoor coverage if needed. I worked off a cheap indoor drone in trade to start learning. I now hav…

So winter can pose some interesting challenges to being a drone operator for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reason...
03/14/2019

So winter can pose some interesting challenges to being a drone operator for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reasons. Obviously, it's cold out there! And the next reason is the scenery doesn't necessarily look that great being so grey and bare. However, as I have mentioned in previous blogs, sometimes there is beauty in that. I have recently had the good fortune of getting a couple of real estate jobs in the Northwestern corner of Connecticut. 302 more words [ 300 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/03/14/cold-hands-warm-drone/

So winter can pose some interesting challenges to being a drone operator for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reasons. Obviously, it’s cold out there! And the next reason is the scenery d…

So It's coming up on my first year as a licensed drone operator. I think I did my first flight last last March after the...
02/19/2019

So It's coming up on my first year as a licensed drone operator. I think I did my first flight last last March after the snow began to melt. I never really expected to get much flight time in winter due to cold and nasty weather but also because there are no leaves on the trees. On the other hand, there may be some beauty in this. [ 646 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/02/19/my-drone-a-year-in-review/

So It’s coming up on my first year as a licensed drone operator. I think I did my first flight last last March after the snow began to melt. I never really expected to get much flight time in…

So you have a drone and you know how to fly it. You think you are a fly ace ready to cruise the countryside. Now obvious...
01/31/2019

So you have a drone and you know how to fly it. You think you are a fly ace ready to cruise the countryside. Now obviously aerial photography and movement go hand in hand. However, just because you can fly around and soar like an eagle doesn't mean you necessarily have to. (By the way you should watch out for eagles while you fly). [ 516 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/01/31/be-still-my-flying-drone/

So you have a drone and you know how to fly it. You think you are a fly ace ready to cruise the countryside. Now obviously aerial photography and movement go hand in hand. However, just because you…

After a little winter break here, as an old friend of mine use to say, "It's great to be back!" Thankfully we have had a...
01/10/2019

After a little winter break here, as an old friend of mine use to say, "It's great to be back!" Thankfully we have had a relatively mild winter so far here in CT, USA. We have cold days but not much snow so far. Good for the heating bill! Right now the scenery isn't very pretty with no leaves on the trees and mostly cloudy skies. [ 597 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2019/01/10/cold-start-your-drone/

After a little winter break here, as an old friend of mine use to say, “It’s great to be back!” Thankfully we have had a relatively mild winter so far here in CT, USA. We have col…

Well being that we are in the holiday season I thought I might do something different for this post. I came across this ...
12/20/2018

Well being that we are in the holiday season I thought I might do something different for this post. I came across this interesting video and thought I might share it to get you in the drone holiday spirit. I venture to guess everyone loves a good fireworks show. Well, drones seem to have put a new twist on that. In China, they seem to really be getting into creating light shows using drones. [ 66 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/12/20/season-of-drones/

Well being that we are in the holiday season I thought I might do something different for this post. I came across this interesting video and thought I might share it to get you in the drone holida…

So winter season is now upon us. Here in Connecticut anyway temperatures are about ten degrees cooler that normal. So mu...
12/12/2018

So winter season is now upon us. Here in Connecticut anyway temperatures are about ten degrees cooler that normal. So much for global warming. LOL. So you have a drone but the skies are grey, it's cloudy and windy and there are no leaves on the trees. Not ideal for drone work to say the least! Well I don't know about you but I still plan to break out my drone. [ 397 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/12/12/winter-blues/

So winter season is now upon us. Here in Connecticut anyway temperatures are about ten degrees cooler that normal. So much for global warming. LOL. So you have a drone but the skies are grey, it& #8…

I have seen a bunch of videos recently on YouTube about people who use drones in many interesting ways. There are many v...
12/05/2018

I have seen a bunch of videos recently on YouTube about people who use drones in many interesting ways. There are many videos about people who use their drones to take their fishing lines far out so they can fish right from the beach! I even read about drones being used to power wash windows! Then, of course, you have the idiots who somehow rig guns to their drones...don't try this at home, please. [ 335 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/12/05/get-creative/

I have seen a bunch of videos recently on YouTube about people who use drones in many interesting ways. There are many videos about people who use their drones to take their fishing lines far out s…

Just like people, drones come in all shapes and sizes. With so many types to choose from, how do you know what to get? W...
11/27/2018

Just like people, drones come in all shapes and sizes. With so many types to choose from, how do you know what to get? Well in my case it was easy because the GoPro Karma I have was a gift. I like it a lot. I would not say it's small compared to some other models out there. I guess it's a matter of preference. [ 303 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/11/27/all-shapes-sizes/

Just like people, drones come in all shapes and sizes. With so many types to choose from, how do you know what to get? Well in my case it was easy because the GoPro Karma I have was a gift. I like …

“Civilian drones are dangerous tools,” says Steven Poster, president of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). ...
11/16/2018

“Civilian drones are dangerous tools,” says Steven Poster, president of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). “like throwing a Cuisinart in the air and hoping for the best.” Well, that's the quote of the day if you ask me! Did you know that the FAA has had to investigate hundreds of near misses with drones vs airplanes just in the last few years? [ 432 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/11/16/like-throwing-a-cuisinart-in-the-air/

“Civilian drones are dangerous tools,” says Steven Poster, president of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). “like throwing a Cuisinart in the air and hoping for the best.” Well, that& #8…

I have not flown at night before and am not sure I would want to but either way, you will need some kind of anti-collisi...
11/09/2018

I have not flown at night before and am not sure I would want to but either way, you will need some kind of anti-collision lights for your drone. The lights on my GoPro Karma drone are red and green. I did a shoot recently at sunset and would like to plan an early morning hour shoot sometime. The rule for the lights is that they must be visible for 3 miles or greater. [ 249 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/11/09/bright-light/

I have not flown at night before and am not sure I would want to but either way, you will need some kind of anti-collision lights for your drone. The lights on my GoPro Karma drone are red and gree…

I am officially astounded at the article I read about dangerous drone flights. I will paste the article from rotordronem...
11/01/2018

I am officially astounded at the article I read about dangerous drone flights. I will paste the article from rotordronemag.com below but basically, it shows that 1 out of 5 unmanned flights poses a safety risk to manned flights. The article talks about one drone believed to have flown upwards of over 1000 feet! Holy astronomical altitudes Batman! How can a drone manufacturer even allow that to be possible? [ 768 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/11/01/safety-first/

I am officially astounded at the article I read about dangerous drone flights. I will paste the article from rotordronemag.com below but basically, it shows that 1 out of 5 unmanned flights poses a…

Up until now, the only people who had to take a test were those seeking the license to fly commercially for monetary pur...
10/25/2018

Up until now, the only people who had to take a test were those seeking the license to fly commercially for monetary purposes. I took and passed the Part 107 test this earlier year which makes me a certified pilot for two years. However, it has come to my attention recently that a new FAA bill was signed by the president which will eventually require a hobbyist to take some kind of a test. [ 359 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/10/25/hobbyist-drone-pilots/

Up until now, the only people who had to take a test were those seeking the license to fly commercially for monetary purposes. I took and passed the Part 107 test this earlier year which makes me a…

So today I thought I might talk about something different. Every parent has to address the issue of drugs and alcohol wi...
10/17/2018

So today I thought I might talk about something different. Every parent has to address the issue of drugs and alcohol with their kids at some point so you may have (or have not) ever wondered what are the rules with drugs and alcohol when using a drone? From what I have gathered, Part 107 prohibits ANY person from the crew from using drugs or alcohol when involved in a flight. [ 416 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/10/17/the-talk/

So today I thought I might talk about something different. Every parent has to address the issue of drugs and alcohol with their kids at some point so you may have (or have not) ever wondered what …

In my last post, I talked about expecting the unexpected. Today I will share some real-life experiences I had recently i...
10/10/2018

In my last post, I talked about expecting the unexpected. Today I will share some real-life experiences I had recently in this regard. I was contacted to get some drone shots so I checked the weather apps. Saturday looked better than Sunday so that's what I chose as the day for my shoot. Well as it turns out, the weather people got it wrong and it was just the opposite. [ 539 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/10/10/adventures-with-drones/

In my last post, I talked about expecting the unexpected. Today I will share some real-life experiences I had recently in this regard. I was contacted to get some drone shots so I checked the weath…

So today I am going to talk about a recent experience I had when using my drone in order to illustrate that when you are...
10/02/2018

So today I am going to talk about a recent experience I had when using my drone in order to illustrate that when you are ready to fly you should expect the unexpected. What do I mean? Well, I was contracted to fly my drone around the local area for some B-roll coverage. I got to my first planned site. It was a Sunday morning. [ 357 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/10/02/expect-the-unexpected/

So today I am going to talk about a recent experience I had when using my drone in order to illustrate that when you are ready to fly you should expect the unexpected. What do I mean? Well, I was c…

For the Part 107 exam, you will have to know about basic weather as well as cloud conditions and formations. For example...
09/25/2018

For the Part 107 exam, you will have to know about basic weather as well as cloud conditions and formations. For example here are a few types of fog you will need to know about: radiation fog; advection fog; upslope fog; precipitation induced steam fog. Whew! While you may not be asked about each one, you may see a question or two about fog and clouds. [ 422 more words ]
https://thedronezoneblog.com/2018/09/25/flying-with-your-head-in-the-clouds/

For the Part 107 exam, you will have to know about basic weather as well as cloud conditions and formations. For example here are a few types of fog you will need to know about: radiation fog; adve…

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