Love from above

January 2017 issue News

Using a drone for wedding photography is one thing. Capturing a shot that maximizes the aerial perspective is another.This image was made possible by a collaboration between Helene Havard, a Papeete, Tahiti-based wedding photographer, and Flying World Pictures, a drone videography company. Havard found the location for the photo while scouting out the island of Moorea. “I wanted to have [the couple] in a position that would integrate them well with nature,” she explains.Havard came up... Continue Reading >

10 Best drone practices

January 2017 issue Business

Groundwork for remote pilotsThere it is: Your spanking new Remote Pilot certificate from the FAA. You can now fly a drone and get paid for it! The potential is huge because low-altitude aerial photography can immediately differentiate your business. It invariably creates excitement among customers. The views from above are often breathtaking.Starting a drone business or adding a drone to your existing business has many similarities to starting a photography business. You have to find... Continue Reading >

How to do drone photography

November 2016 issue Business

IN ON THE GROUND FLOORAerial photographer Parker Gyokeres first started experimenting with drone photography as a public affairs photojournalist in the U.S. Air Force. On assignment to document various operations, Gyokeres often wanted to get more elevated perspectives, but he couldn’t get high enough with a ladder or on a building.So Gyokeres started building drones by modifying early remote aircraft to serve as airborne platforms for his camera. Back then in the mid-2000s, Gyokeres and... Continue Reading >

Accidents happen: Insure your drone

10.6.2016 Business

Thanks to new regulations enacted this fall, it's now easier than ever to add drone photography to your business. But beyond passing the FAA's aeronautical knowledge test and being vetted by the TSA, you'll also need something else: insurance. Yes, even with a drone pilot certificate and countless hours operating your trusty flier, accidents happen, says Kristen Hartman, director of member value and experience at PPA. If your drone malfunctions and drops out of the sky onto a person or a... Continue Reading >

Keeping up with the drones: Interdrone 2016

9.21.2016 News

This year’s international drone convention, Interdrone, was attended by more than 3,500 people and reflected the rapid maturing of the commercial drone industry. The FAA’s new Part 107 regulations were prevalent throughout the convention and there was a particular focus on the data that drones capture. Here are some key highlights from the show.© Justin Moore FAA Administrator Michael HuertaPart 107 drone regulationsFrom the keynote address of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to... Continue Reading >

Register your drone

September 2016 issue Business

What’s the first thing you’ll do when you get your new drone—take it out to the backyard and start flying? Of course not! You’ll register it with the FAA.Whether you’re flying a drone recreationally or commercially, the FAA dictates that before you fly outside you must:Register your UAS if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. Label your UAS with your registration number. Read and understand all safety guidelines.Do it here: The... Continue Reading >

7 Drone Commandments

September 2016 issue Business

Tips for novice pilots1. Read the manual. Accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS receiver, flight controller, digital compass—these are just a few of the components that make up a drone. To ensure all that technology works in your favor, be sure you understand how to perform the required preflight calibrations.2. Think about more than just lighting. Those magic hours in the morning, evening, or on a nice overcast day provide the best lighting for your shots. But with a camera suspended possibly... Continue Reading >

High and mighty: DJI Phantom 4 review

September 2016 issue Tech

In March DJI introduced its Phantom 4 drone. In many ways, it’s a modest upgrade to the Phantom 3; however, major improvements can be seen in some key areas.To put these features to the test, I launched the Phantom 4 at Nani Falcone Park in San Antonio. After several flights, here’s what I learned.Camera and gimbal systemThe Phantom 4 inherits the Phantom 3’s stabilized, 12-megapixel Sony Exmor sensor camera but gets a new lens. The upgraded lens delivers an improvement in image... Continue Reading >

9 drone composition tips

September 2016 issue Tech

New angles on image contentComposition is one essential element that separates enjoyable images from outstanding ones. In order to get an interesting camera angle, I’ve photographed from the top of a ladder, on the roof of a building, in a bucket truck, even from a helicopter with my feet on the landing strut.Drone imaging has given us a new way to obtain unique camera angles. Let’s take a look at some of the details you’ll need to consider when planning these compositions.1.... Continue Reading >