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Drone photography captures winding road to Transylvania


September 2018 issue News

Photographer Calin Stan has made more than 200 drone images of the exceptionally winding roads that lead to Romania’s legendary Transylvania. Here’s what we learned about the making of his series “Infinite Road to Transylvania”:Why these roads: Inspiration struck while Stan was traveling to see a client in Brasov along the twisted DN1A highway. He parked, got out of his car, and made a drone shot that went viral on social media. He turned that inspiration into a project, making... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI Mavic Air drone


July 2018 issue Tech

The Mavic Air, introduced in January, represents the latest iteration of DJI’s top-selling drone line, the Mavic series. The Air name might represent that the drone is about half the weight of the Mavic Pro or could simply serve as a reminder that DJI is the Apple of drones in that it dominates the worldwide market share. What is clear about the Mavic Air is that it represents another evolution in DJI’s mission of bundling new features into a take-anywhere package.© Justin... Continue Reading >

360-degree aerial series reimagines Barcelona’s sights


June 2018 issue News

Tourist areas are reimagined as tiny globes in Bruno Alencastro’s 360-degree aerial series. The Brazil-based photographer created the photos during a recent stint living in Barcelona, Spain.Inspiration: Alencastro lived by the famed Sagrada Familia church, where he witnessed on a daily basis countless tourists snapping the same photos of the site. He was driven to produce something unique, and he enjoyed the result so much that he repeated the process in other tourist areas. Equipment and... Continue Reading >

Reporting Requirements for Drone Accidents and Incidents


4.10.2018 News

The number of pilots certificated to fly unmanned aircraft (UAS or drones) commercially is increasing, as well as the number of people flying unmanned aircraft for hobby or recreational use, so it’s important to be familiar with the FAA and NTSB rules for unmanned aircraft accident reporting.The FAA and NTSB each have different rules to ensure proper oversight of certain UAS operations, and different rules mean that some events may have to be reported to one agency but not the other.For... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI Spark drone


March 2018 issue Tech

There’s an old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that camera is often the smartphone in our pocket. Drone maker DJI wants to add a camera to your take-it-everywhere collection. To do this, the company introduced a tiny drone that weighs just over a half pound, takes 12-megapixel photos, shoots HD video, and can cut through the air at over 30mph. They named this little aerial marvel Spark.© Justin Moore Spark can fly in Sport mode up to 30mph if you... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI’s Inspire 2 drone


October 2017 issue Tech

The Inspire 2, DJI’s flagship professional drone, will fill you with creative inspiration. This is the long-awaited successor to the Inspire 1, a drone that became the mainstay on movie sets around the globe. The $2,999 price tag (without camera) reflects its superior level of engineering and sophistication.AIRFRAMEThe Inspire 2 inherits its predecessor’s design, with landing gear that pivots upward to bring the motors above the fuselage, allowing the camera to have an unobstructed... Continue Reading >

What you need to know about drone registration and licensing


4.21.2017 Tech

There are few technologies today with more conflicting regulations and misinformation than that of the legal operation of small unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly referred to as drones.Let’s start with the basics: aircraft registration, operator licensing, and insurance.© Russell Caron 1. REGISTERING YOUR AIRCRAFTRegistering the aircraft is easy and inexpensive. The FAA website is where you need to register any aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds. If you're a... Continue Reading >

The story behind this drone wedding photo


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 >
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