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    New short film "Autumn Fires". Filmed entirely with the Mavic Pro. Polar Pro ND Filters.
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    You are required to follow the instructions on the COA, no more, and no less. I have COAs that require a phone call and others that require checking and adhering to the ceilings defined in the UFM and no other requirements. So, read your COA and do what it says and that's it.
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    Iceland is a true drone paradise: fantastic nature, but, even more important, incredible light!https://youtu.be/kV_jRKV756o
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    Lampedusa, between Europe and Africa. Tourists and migrants. Drone footage and 4k video
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    Nice aerial. Here are a few suggestions on the video. Keep in mind these are just my recommendations on how you can improve your video. Imediatley after the fade up you turn left to frame the shot better, unless there’s something the viewer needs to see, I’d recommend fading up after the turn, and if there’s something important to see before the turn then you should include more of the shot prior to the turn. At the end of the same shot you pan left but as soon as the pan is complete you dissolve to the next shot making me wonder why did I see the pan in the first place. It doesn’t reveal anything. If you were trying to show the surrounding area then the pan was probably too fast. Finally, as a rule of thumb dissolves represent the passage of time or change of location. It’s often better to cut your way around a scene. It enables you to see more of the location quicker or to stay on a shit longer for dramatic effect and better pacing. Dissolves generally take a second and while they are happening the audience can become confused about what their looking at. Plus they had up and can waste a surprising amount of time. I hope this helps.
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    Great work @Dmitry Efremov! I enjoyed the soundtrack you picked to pair with this video; it's a good fit!
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    Many thanks Chase, I will follow your advice about fading out and will try letterbox
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    Absolutely would! It's a give and take benefit for professionals. I believe it would add professionalism and legitamacy to the industry who would with the laws and separate those reluctant to do so and obtain licensing for commercial use.
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    Thanks Chuck. There was a religious organization that held sports camps there, but the property was abandoned two years ago. The client is an investor who recently bought it from a holding company.
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    I would register my drones asap. We have needed this for some time now. I'm not afraid of "Big Brother" trying to figure out where I am or what I am doing, he already knows. I have nothing to hide. We aren't children anymore, we are adults, and need to act like adults.
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    I'm not convinced that pursuing another technology in the form of the ATSM remote ID standard is the way to go. ADS-B already meets the criteria and such a capability will allow drones to fully integrate into the national airspace system if/when necessary. The article makes reference to using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals, but I cannot see how these would have the range and coverage inherent in ADS-B technology. There's been a lot of discussion about how adding drones into the system would "overwhelm" the ADS-B spectrum, but this has been rebutted both technically and in terms of air traffic control operations. I've been particularly interested in equipping my drone with ADS-B out capability and the technology is now there. For example the Ping 1090i from uAvionix is an ADS-B Transceiver, with Integrated GPS and a barometer. It weighs 25 grams and only draws about 500mW power. Even with an antenna and separate battery, it should be well within the payload capacity of my Phantom 4, for example. But, at $2,000, the cost is still too much to justify for a Part 107 advanced drone hobbyist like myself, who occasionally does low-level commercial flights for not a lot of money. However, by backing the ADS-B standard, rather than introducing another technology, the price of miniaturized systems needed for drones would be driven down through economies of scale.
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    I would volunteer to do this.
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    I would absolutely do it. The perks would beneficial, but I also believe it could also provide for a safer environment in areas like mine where there is frequent civilian and military traffic in open airspace.
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    I'm willing to participate if it's cost effective and it won't be abused by overzealous bureaucrats.
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    Sounds really good to me. I’m in NJ and get a lot of Presidential TFRs. Flying in the outer ring makes a lot of sense! dave kotinsky
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    I would equip my drone with remote identification technology.
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    Similar to Dave's comments, its important to understand all the aspects of this type of project bid request since the prep time, drive time, flight time, post processing time, deliverable packaging (video, photos), and customer reporting all add up very quickly. I'd recommend setting several pricing/fee tiers for the different activities involved. Here is an example: Prep-time $30/hr, drive-time $30/hr, flight time $125/hr, post-processing $30/hr, packaging-reporting $30/hr. These $/hr amounts are totally arbituary. When you have a standard billing/pricing/fee rate, you can make exceptions via discounting individual pricing elements to submit a competitive bid. Having a 107 license, flight insurance, getting authorization to fly in the project area, and following a set of safe flight operational procedures and FAA reporting are value-adds of your service (bid) and lessen the liability of the customer. Hope this helps, go for it!
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    I would equip my drone with remote identification technology. It would help secure jobs faster and make sure I do stay compliant which I always try to be. I don't want to be the cause of any more restrictions. There are enough out there giving us a bad name.
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    I would do that today if possible just for the increased ability to fly at night. The other boons are icing on a cake.
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    I would definitely equip my drone if it would mean expanding operational capabilities.
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    I need to upgrade my Phantom 4 (non-pro) but there doesn't seem to be anything on the market that equals the Phantom 4 pro v2, although it is sold out everywhere and not being produced currently (except in the RTK configuration). I like having a phantom in my toolbox (along with an inspire 2, and a large VTOL fixed wing). Nothing beats the phantom for small sites, urban areas, and quick photography jobs. This is primarily for surveying/mapping. The Mavics are not an option because of the rolling shutter. Is there no small drone on the market with a global shutter? Or does anyone have a line on some p4p v2 for sale?
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    Hi Jeff, Establishing a price for uas related services are no different than any for other service business. You need to establish your costs, and then add for how much you want or need to earn above those costs. The market in your particular service area will then show you whether or not your price for the service you are offering is viable. There are plenty of guys out there with the idea that if they bring in any money, even if when factored out they are loosing money, say they are happy because they are flying drones. That is not really a viable business plan though.
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    Very cool, love low drone shots mixed with higher ones.
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    Very nicely done.
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    That's gorgeous @Alex Martin! Is this somewhere in New England?
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    Hi @Alex Martin, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! Thanks for sharing your video with us, it was very well done and I really enjoyed the low flying shots over the rocks and the leaves. Fall is one of the best seasons in my opinion for some epic drone footage. Nicely done! - Chase
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    Thank You so much for your insight. I look forward to getting my cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and firing up your newsletter. I got a bonus video this morning. My son and I are Part 107 certified. I have a aviation background as an airline captain. My son is probably the youngest drone pilot in the state of Kansas. Thanks Again Theresa
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    Hi @VicVideopIC, Nicely done, I really enjoyed watching this video! The frame with multiple waterfalls was incredible and looks like something right out of a movie. Iceland is defiantly somewhere I would like to go someday with my drone. The one suggestion I would make is to add a letterbox to all of the frames to make the footage look even more cinematic. Fading out the last frame and music would also add a nice effect to help conclude the video. Great work and thanks for sharing this with us! Best, -Chase
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    If you are a flight director and are concerned that your operators are getting proper authorization when needed, why not just have them submit copies of their authorizations in any area requiring them? No apps required at all. Seems fairly simple to me.
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    Hi @Shaun Deardorff, Welcome to the forum and congratulations on recently becoming Part 107 Certified! I am in a similar situation as I have started to build my drone service company. I have been working overtime building out every aspect of the business so when I start to get clients (I actually just received an email from a potential client as I type this) I have all of the systems in place for a smooth customer experience. The first piece of advice I will offer you is to come up with a unique name that will stand out among your competitors. I have seen countless times where I see ten drone companies with similar names. Having a generic company name makes it very easy for a potential client to forget who you are. A great logo is also just as important as it conveys to your customers what you do and who you are. I decided to name my company Galactic Droneography and made my slogan "Out of this world Droneography" I have had many people tell me how much they loved the name and logo design. I tell you this to show the importance of standing out with creative branding. @Alan Perlman is correct on the importance of getting a website up as quickly as possible with a portfolio for potential clients. Even if you only have a few photos it is a start, just make sure you put up your best work. Sqaurespace is a great option for a website, I personally used Wix and have been very happy with it. I can't speak for all of the SquareSpace features but on Wix it will pull the colors from your logo and helps you set up a nice looking website that looks like your brand. Or you can do what I did and make your own design in the Wix Editor. My first version of my website was very basic and that's okay because you can always go back and revise the design and order of the pages later. I have lost count on how many times I have revised my website. Here is my website if you would like an example: https://www.galacticdroneography.com Its important that everything you do has a similar design style. Whether it's a Facebook cover photo, website, YouTube Banner, it should all reflect your brand and be easily identifiable. As for looking for clients, always be researching and thinking about who your clients could be. Instead of targeting realtors, I have been reaching out to custom home builders. This is more of a niche portion of the market but it shows custom home builders the importance of having aerial images and videos when the showcase the homes they build. You can also offer to take progress videos or photos of home build for project management and promotional purposes. I have built out a spreadsheet in Google Sheets with all of the potential clients I would like to do work for. You do not have to limit yourself to one niche either. If you are really good at photos and videos, there are numerous applications for that. Sending emails explaining how you can solve a problem for them can be very effective. I try to keep the emails simple without sounding like this email has been sent to 1500 people. The worst thing that can happen is they say that they are not interested or they do not answer the email. Just figure out what works and what does not work and improve the process along the way. Posting content in local Facebook pages can also be very effective in getting the word out. Just be sure to only post once a week on those types of pages so it does not get annoying to others within the group. Facebook ads and Google Ads can also be an option and you can advertise for $1 a day on Facebook and around $2 a day to start on Google Ads. Running some ads at the start can also help get the word out with the hope that overtime you can bring in more organic traffic to offset the balance between organic and paid traffic. A word of advice on Facebook ads would be to be strategic with how many days your ad will run. If you want to start off with a dollar a day, only run that ad for seven days. Facebook will work harder to push that ad into peoples timeline compared to if you paid $1 a day over a period of 30 days. I hope I was able to provide some helpful information and feel free to ask any questions. Best, - Chase
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    Hey @Shaun Deardorff, thanks for joining the forum and congrats on getting your license. Some quick comments, happy to flesh this out some more with you and looking forward to your response and others in this forum chiming in. Despite a handful of full-time drone pilot job listings here and there (scroll to the bottom of the guide to see some), I'd encourage you to think about building out your own freelance business that could maybe turn into something more full-time down the road. The sooner you can get a website and portfolio up, the better. You can use something like SquareSpace to get started. Take a look at other drone pilot websites in different cities to see how they're pricing and packaging their services. Throw something up as soon as possible, it doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to have some kind of professional presence, particularly when you start reaching out for work. Which brings me to my next point! I'd start developing a target list of companies to work with in the area. Real estate brokers, agents, firms, construction companies, property management companies, car dealerships, anyone that would benefit from high-end aerial photographs or video footage. As an example, here's how Derrick Ward got started: Anyways, I hope this at least begins to answer your question. It's a new industry with lots of opportunities, but it's not a transactional kind of sale — meaning you're really going to have to hit the pavement, understand a consultative sales approach, and be OK with tweaking and improving your process along the way. Would recommend reading SPIN Selling and The Ultimate Sales Machine if you're interested in developing a best-practice outreach process. Stay in touch and safe flying out there, Alan
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    I've been to this class in Minneapolis and it was good. They covered a lot of general drone-related topics, but didn't really go too deep into any of them. I didn't find this to be a place to network, but that's not why I was there either. People came, sat through the morning session, went out for lunch on their own, sat through the second half and left. Personally, I was there for photo editing tips in Lightroom and camera settings. This is more heavy on the photography aspect of drones, camera settings, post-processing tools and less about exactly how to start a business. If you're looking for business specifics and pricing, probably not the place for you. UAV Coach has done some great blog posts about that. Here's the gist: Intro Stacy and Randy and their photography backgrounds What is a drone? Brief Intro to drones. Public perception. What DJI drone should you get and what cameras do they have? Brief talk about how to find drone jobs and what industries are using them and liability insurance. DJI Go App and other apps for weather and checking airspace before you fly Basic photography concepts and tips (histogram, light and camera sensors, exposure triangle, camera set up, rule of thirds, proper altitude) Adobe Lightroom basics of editing photos Trade organizations you might be interested in joining Hope this helps!
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    Since I have my own thread going here: Just another day in the office...