Flag etiquette for photography sessions

June 2018 issue Business

While the United States Flag Code is federal law, penalties for failure to comply are not enforced. That doesn’t give photographers free reign to treat the Stars and Stripes as a typical backdrop. One solution for clients who want to incorporate an American flag in their session is red, white, and blue bunting (with blue up and red down). If you do plan to include the flag in a session, be wary of the Flag Code no-nos.© Professional Photographers of America 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

10 tips: Live animal sessions with kids

May 2015 issue Business

Child portraits with bunnies, ducklings, and chicks are popular for spring and make for adorable images. But how do you run these sessions in a way that’s safe and comfortable for both animal and child? Here are 10 tips:   First and foremost, get right with the law. When you capture images of  clients with their pets, you don’t have to obtain a license. But if you’re acquiring animals specifically for sessions, you’re required under the Animal Welfare Act to obtain an animal... Continue Reading >

Ask the Experts: outtakes

August 2015 issue Business

Q. Occasionally I have a client who asks to have all outtakes included with their package. I am contemplating adding the following clause to my contract: “Studio reserves the right to edit all photographs and deliver only edited photographs to the client. Any other photographs are considered outtakes and are not included in the contract.” Is there a better way to phrase this?A. It’s a question we get asked frequently: Can we have all the pictures you took? It’s important to have a... Continue Reading >

License yourself for live animal sessions

May 2015 issue Business

Portraits that unite children with small animals such as rabbits and ducklings are popular with clients especially during the springtime. If you're photographing a client with their own pets, you're free and clear under the law. But if you're bringing these animals into your studio for sessions, you're considered an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act, which means you'll need to obtain an animal exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health... Continue Reading >