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  1. 5 points
    All that single shot orthomosaic tells the farmer is where the in-field variablility is on that day, but not what causes it. And unless you are calibrating for reflectance, you won’t be able to confidently compare orthos between two dates. Unless you are a trained agronomist, and/or have scientific training in crop sciences, geography, remote sensing or related - or can partner up as a data collector for an outfit that can do the required analysis - your service (and value to the grower) stops after data collection, since you’re not qualified to provide Rxs (what multitude of soil and other factors are creating that in-field variability? You certainly can’t tell from a single orthomosaic captured on one day and the farmers know that). There are many agronomic service companies that could benefit from quality reflectance maps, but your role would be a service provider to them, not directly to the grower.
  2. 5 points
    Recently got back from a short trip to Miami Beach with my family. Woke up at sunrise on our last morning there to sneak in some drone flying at South Pointe Park. Feedback, particularly when it comes to the color grading, is welcome!
  3. 4 points
    One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
  4. 4 points
    Here's a good infographic from a post we did with PCS Edventures earlier this year: https://uavcoach.com/part-107-infographic/ --
  5. 3 points
    In our area most of the professional real estate photographers have added a drone to their toolbox. The aerial photography is just a piece of the overall marketing puzzle. You’ll likely need to have additional cameras to get hired to shoot real estate, but if you can shoot and edit excellent aerial footage you can probably learn the traditional photographic skills.
  6. 3 points
    First RE video for 2019! Fun fact: this house had three offers within 5 days of listing.
  7. 3 points
    Yep! You'll get your hard card in the mail in 6-8 weeks. You're good to go in the meantime. Blue skies and safe flying out there
  8. 3 points
    @Luke If this is a promotional video for your services you need to pay attention to fit and finish. Add half a second of black at the beginning and fade up both the audio and video. Your promoting Aerial photography so your photography has to be the focus, you have a lot of overexposed shots, if you can’t correct them then you should remove them. From the Aerial perspective the shot of the horses is well done, it’s overexposure detracts from the shot. Customers will comment on how cool that shot is but are more likely to hire someone with shots that are properly exposed. Fortunately you can probably improve the exposure to make that shot much better. The drone carries the camera and can certainly provide a unique perspective, but it’s all about the photography. That’s what separates a professional from a hobbyist. Like @Alan Perlman mentioned, edit out any and all bad “moves” or “motion.” I’d also shorten up a lot of the shots. Unless a longer shot starts with something really interesting and lands on something that adds to the shot, shorten it. The viewer only needs to see half of the shot above the trees to get the same sense of the overall scene. Getting good footage out of marginal cameras is really challenging so you have to pay attention to your exposure. In general if it’s a bright sunny scene try to shoot 1/3 to 1/2 stop underexposed. If it’s late in the day and the light is fading then you need to be spot on and depending on your area of focus you might need to be a 1/2 stop over. Unless your shooting RAW with something like an X5 on an Inspire there’s very little dynamic range from cameras on Phantoms and similar type drones. You might also consider adding graphics and possibly even a narrative voiceover to help tell sell your services. http://iplayerhd.com/player/cec626ae-f30f-4df9-af7c-deb04f537d9c
  9. 3 points
    Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical capabilities of a worldwide corporation. At Geoscan ltd, we decided to create our own droneshow on a budget using our already developed platform called Pioneer. Originally this quadcopter kit was designed for educational purposes. It is distributed to schools and technical communities to get students familiar with this kind of robots. The platform itself is modular, programmable and easy to assemble and use. 1300 mAh battery gives it solid 8 minutes of flight time. Equipped with GPS and LED modules, it turns into a perfect unit to run any kind of airshow imaginable. Firstly, the animation is designed in any 3D editor. After that it is converted into multiple Lua script, which are uploaded to each Pioneer before takeoff. Despite we don’t use some expensive tech like RTK, there’s never been any serious issues during the flight. In the air each drone acts independently according to its pre-loaded trajectory, using GPS coordinates for orientation and barometer for altitude control. There’s also a safety mode, which allows switching the whole swarm in manual control mode and landing it in case something goes wrong. The first test flights took place in august involving 5, later 10 drones. Two months later, ten dozens of buzzing lights performed a breathtaking show on the Black sea coast. Having main troubles sorted out, we are currently improving animation capabilities and hope to launch 200 drones simultaneously by the end of 2018. You can learn more on our webpage https://www.geoscan.aero/en/pioneer/. Take a look at our last show on youtube: https://youtu.be/DhIOXrtsZEE
  10. 3 points
    Hi Marcos...I own a small video production company with my husband. We incorporate drone cinematography into our film projects and would like to respond to a couple of your original questions regarding pricing, for whatever it's worth. When we quote a price on a project, it includes pre and post production work, our time/travel expenses and we always let our client know that we carry liability insurance, which is built into our rate. We spend a lot of time educating our clients about why it's in their best interest to hire a certified Part 107 drone pilot and why having liability insurance matters. With this said, I have to agree with Av8Chuck that real estate photography/videography is a tough nut to crack due to price undercutting by other drone operators. Realtors don't like to pay a "fair price" and don't necessarily see the value in drone imagery. Therefore, in order to survive as a commercial pilot, you end up taking more jobs for less money or look for other revenue streams in other areas.
  11. 3 points
    Don't forget that flying indoors is not regulated by FAA. So an empty gym, aircraft hangar, or wharehouse might be an option.
  12. 2 points
    Aloha gang! I'm proud to present a few images from yesterday morning's drone flight. Through LAANC, I was able to get a special authorization from FAA & the control tower manager to fly this location for a beachfront home (not pictured). While the mission was a beach home, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple shots of the airport itself. What I was most impressed with was how smoothly the approval process went. From request filed through LAANC (AirMap) to authorization was less than 2 weeks. I had to submit a custom unlock request to DJI, which was approved within hours, and loaded to the aircraft days before the mission. A quick call to the tower the morning of the flight, and the manager was already prepared, as he authorized the mission. We recapped the mission details (altitude, duration, radius of operation), and ended with 'Call me when you're done so I'll know, until then I'll keep the traffic off your spot as best I can.' This is the second '0 zone' I've been able to get approved for flight. The first was further away from the airport, but not by much. Seems like if you have a solid plan and a reasonable tower manager, there's a good chance you'll be approved. Details about the flight itself: Mavic 2 Zoom equipped with 3mi vis anti-collision lighting (top white, port, starboard), 300ft operating radius, 75ft AGL max altitude. Operation time was 8am-9am. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
  13. 2 points
    I'll second what Chuck said - your work is extremely impressive. I'd also be grateful to see you participate with us in the thread Chuck posted since I'm a frequent poster myself. I've learned a lot and hopefully passed on a few tidbits of my own.
  14. 2 points
    Thanks for the feedback Chuck. The day of the shoot was completely overcast, so those blue skies in the drone shots are total fakes (yay for color masks). I did the best I could with the interior light, plus I was dragging around a FalconEyes RX18 to provide some extra light for the rooms. The house was dark though since the skies were darkening all afternoon. When I cranked up the brightness in FCPX, I started getting noise, so I had to balance between the two issues. In the end, what you saw was about the best I could do given the totality of the circumstances I’m using a Panasonic GH5 with a 8-16 lens for my interior work. I just picked up a 15mm Sigma f1.4 that I’m looking forward to using for interiors on the next shoot.
  15. 2 points
    I concur, very well done and I too like the slow steady camera moves. The challenge with slow camera movement is it can significantly slow down the pace of the video and make it feel longer than it is. The cure for this is to not use so much of the shot. You had a few reveals where it took a while to move through the doorway or hall, unless there’s something compelling I don’t need to look at the door or hallway very long. Cut out most of the move and get to the payoff faster. You get the benifit of the move without slowing down the pacing. Also, natural light really saves on time but it’s also very flat. Unless you have a property or realtor willing to pay for the extra time it takes to light, you can use something like DaVinci Resolve to pump up the volume and brighten up the scenes. It will make your shoots appear more three dimentiomal. These are just suggestions on areas you might want to improve in. Quality wise your videos are starting to look really good. Curious what camera are you using? Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.
  16. 2 points
    Are you interested in becoming a part of Operation Drone Search & Rescue We are looking for retired firefighters, police officers, military vets and citizens who are FAA part 107 certified to help volunteer for Search & Rescue, Disasters, Infrastructure, Damage Assessment, etc missions when requested, working through a unified command system with Fire or Police Departments, Cities, Governments, FEMA and private citizens. You do not have to be a drone pilot to join but you must be a retired firefighter, police officer, military vet’s, or citizen. We are looking for pilots in command, visual observers, communications, logistics, PIO, webmaster or just boots on the ground. We will set up task force around the country. All volunteers will abide by all FAA regulations and will at no time deploy or freelance own their on. We are looking for Volunteers in Florida at this time but will take volunteers from anywhere in the US. Classes below should be completed within 1 year of start date. Volunteer Requirements Incident Commander NIMIS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Night Flying By Larry Woods Course Pilot in Command must be FAA part 107 certified NIMS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 classes https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Night Flying by Larry Woods Course Visual Observer NIMIS FEMA 100, 200 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Visual Observer Training by Larry Woods Safety Officer NIMIS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ E/L 954: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Safety Officer https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Radio Operator's CERT Emergency Communications Module Participant Manual Flight Release Officer Requirements Coming Soon Logistics Officer Requirements Coming Soon Financial Officer Requirements Coming Soon ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST AGREE TO BACKGROUND CHECK AND HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE For information on any of the positions email d_saxon@operationdronesSAR.org
  17. 2 points
    Women and Drones highlights the aviation gender gap in this illuminating article: Women Drone Pilots Women account for 5.8% of certified FAA remote pilots. This number has steadily increased over the years, but the ratio of women compared to men in aviation is still significantly off balance. Read the full article for more statistics on drone pilots, and let us know how you think this gender gap may affect the industry as a whole in the comments below.
  18. 2 points
    Aloha all! I recently had the pleasure of filming a $21M home on Maui, with the challenge of squeezing most of the goodies into a single minute. Admittedly, this was a tough one. The interior space is rather dark, so I needed a bit of lighting to help out. The property itself is heavily guarded by trees on the ocean side, making it tough to actually see. Additionally, there are so many special features of this home, a minute isn't nearly enough to showcase them all, so selecting the best of the best was a chore. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the outcome, and the client is most definitely happy, which is the most important thing. This video was shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom and Sony A7R3. Enjoy!
  19. 2 points
    **The entry period for this giveaway has closed. Congrats to our winners @Mike Frye , @Euphorion , @Dioptra Adam , @Teri B , and @Ed Kozak . Information on how to claim your VIP Pass has been sent to the winners via email.** Greetings from UAV Coach — We're excited to announce an exciting opportunity for our UAV Coach community members. Providing a space for drone pilots to network, to share stories, and to offer advice to one another is a passion of ours. We hope to provide you with opportunities to grow and advance in the industry. That's why we've partnered with AUVSI to host an awesome giveaway. UAV Coach is giving away five VIP Passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. At this conference, the winner will get to connect with 8,500 technologists, regulators, and users across commercial and defense sectors. The winner will also have an opportunity to meet with members of the UAV Coach staff attending the conference. The conference takes place April 29 - May 2, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Prize Five winners will be selected to receive one VIP Pass, valued at $1,599. With this pass, you'll have access to: All four days of the conference, including educational programming XPO Hall Keynote Sessions Women and Diversity in Robotics Special Event Startup Showdown Competition Conference Proceedings VIP Club Access Chairman's Reception Winners are responsible for their own travel, stay, and dining accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by March 5, 11:59 PM for a chance to win one of five passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. Giveaway Details Contest Opened: February 20, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: One (1) VIP PASS to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Winners: Five (5) Whether you're new to unmanned systems or have been in the industry for years, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 has something for everyone. XPONENTIAL brings together people, speakers, and exhibitors from across the globe and from more than 20 industries to convene to discuss where the industry is now, and where it is headed. There will be over 700 exhibitors to see unmanned systems in action and over 150 sessions for learning. Whether it’s hands-on demos, thought-provoking keynotes or speed-networking sessions, we give you the opportunity to experience all things unmanned. Submit your entry by March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win!
  20. 2 points
    Reforestation, a $62 billion industry, is one of the best ways to combat and recover from climate-change induced disasters, such as some wildfires. However, reforestation techniques have not changed in 100 years: trees are still planted by work crews with shovels—a slow, expensive, and grueling process in which recruiting labor is a challenge. However, DroneSeed is working to change that with semi-automated reforestation made possible with UAVs. DroneSeed recently announced the first-ever approval by the FAA to operate heavy-lift drone swarms weighing greater than 55 pounds. The drones will be used to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees. Read the article here. Make sure to share your thoughts on DroneSeed’s exciting work with drones in agriculture and reforestation in the comments below.
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  22. 2 points
    A small job I did for a friend that owns their a real estate company. Nothing to fancy, nothing compared to @JBR LIFE Photography. Just looking for some feedback so I can improve in the future.
  23. 2 points
    Good stuff in the linked article but there are several important things to remember; Our drones are not waterproof, so we should not ever fly in the rain. We can fly in light snowfall as long as that snow is not wet. Temperatures between 36*F and 25*F can produce wet or slushy snow, which further melts and turns to water than can enter electronics and cause problems. Colder temps generate "dry" snow which is usually OK to fly in. Avoid freezing rain or any condition that creates airframe icing. If you see ice accumulating in any form on the airframe or propellers land immediately as a crash is imminent. Ice adds weight that accumulates quickly and disrupts the airflow over the propellers. Falling snow reduces visibility. Understand you will not be able to fly as far away and still maintain line of sight. Don't try to push for long distances in falling snow, even when using FPV, as snow is a solid and will attenuate radio signals. If you aircraft is becoming hard for you to see the radio signal is becoming hard for the aircraft to see. Searching for your aircraft after a fly away in 4' deep snow is no fun. Plan your take off and landing areas. You don't want to land and bury your camera in the snow. Clear away the snow for an area large enough to take off and land. I've flown numerous times in temperatures as low as +2*F and in light snow with no problems aside from some slight "notchiness" in gimbal pan rotation. Understand that a crash in cold weather can be disastrous for some plastics as they become quite brittle at low temperatures. Plastic props can shatter if they have become cold and get bumped into things. If you use common sense and follow some decent safety practices you can do a lot of cold weather flying with few or zero problems.
  24. 2 points
    As a certified, commercial drone pilot, these "rogue drone pilot" incidents concern me. For the past two years, I've been approached by curious bystanders and others who are annoyed with drones altogether while conducting drone operations. The negative drone reports people read and hear about in the news stays with them and helps shape their opinion about my career choice. Many feel emboldened to express their belief that drones invade their privacy or are disturbed by their noise...still another person told me she wanted to shoot my drone out of the sky. The bottom line is that the actions of one can have an affect on many and rogue drone operations will result in my job becoming more difficult. Not only in dealing with drone bias in the public, but in additional regulations that are enacted out of fear and ignorance, holding everyone accountable for the actions of a few. I teach introductory drone courses at a local community college and plan to use this incident to educate participants on drone ethics and why ethics matter. In my classroom, there is no preference toward the commercial pilot over the hobbiest - I consider us all to be "enthusiasts" and that is what brings us all together. Whether the Gatwick incident was conducted by a hobbiest or commercial pilot, the situation received international media coverage and it will impact every one of us in some way. We need to work together and find a way to reach out and educate those who fly rogue operations out of ignorance or willful disregard for rules of law and overall safety.
  25. 2 points
    Rutherford County, TN has become the first county government to receive a waiver to fly sUAS over people (also known as a 107.39 waiver). The county received permission from the FAA to use the Snap drone, created by Vantage Robotics, for their flights over people. They plan to use the waiver in both emergency and non-emergency scenarios. Read today's article to learn more about Rutherford County's 107.39 waiver and Vantage Robotics' Snap drone. In the last year the FAA has quadrupled the total number of 107.39 waivers, issuing fifteen of them to twelve different entities.Since the news of their 107.39 waiver first broke, Rutherford County has already had several agencies contact them to learn how they can pursue one for themselves. Are you excited about the progress being made on the 107.39 waiver front? Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and thoughts here on this post.
  26. 2 points
    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  27. 2 points
    Have flown with Ryan a bunch and can vouch for his equipment being in top shape. This is a great deal!
  28. 2 points
    Steven, I just completed my one-on-one training session this past Friday and cannot speak highly enough about my experience. It will be 100% catered to your needs and desires with plenty of room to adjust things on the fly. It was easy to schedule and work with the coach and there was plenty of chatter back and forth prior to our scheduled time to make sure we allowed time to cover my needs.
  29. 2 points
    Ok @Pete beckett, I don’t take it personally but keep in mind this is an online forum and most of my replies are Typed on my iPhone while driving intoxicated chasing down the out of control UAV that I’m flying.
  30. 2 points
    You don't need to look at forums - just look at TSA since they make and enforce the rules. Simple.
  31. 2 points
    I did a little research on Federal RFPs for SUAS-related products and services, and I must say, I'm sort of blown away. As of today there are 30 active SUAS-related opportunities in various stages (Pre-RFP, Post-RFP, etc.) Some are looking for SUAS training providers, others are looking for equipment and parts suppliers, and still others involve operating SUAS's. The opportunities seem to run the gamut from training, to service and supplies, to operating, to SUAS countermeasures. Long story short, There's a wealth of federal opportunities out there, and the vast majority of them are with the Dept. of Defense - which, under this current administration, is going to be getting a ton of money over the next few years. So, those of you who are thinking about building a business focused on SUASs, it looks like now is a good time to start one. As someone mentioned in a different post, there's a lot of bureaucracy involved in selling to the Federal Government. But you don't have to sweat that too much if you are just getting started. Getting started is pretty simple - apply for a DUNS #, and once you get one, register your business in SAM. Once you've done that, you are good to start bidding. But bidding as a prime contractor might be tough to do at first. So, if you have a unique capability - or better yet, if you qualify for any kind of special designation that the Government is always looking for (e.g., Veteran-owned small business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business, HUBZone small business, 8(a), woman-owned, economically disadvantaged woman owned, etc.) - you can shop yourself around as a teammate to the larger companies who do this stuff. Larger companies always have to have a small business subcontracting plan in place, and most of them struggle to meet their requirements. So this is definitely a good way to start. I make my living developing proposals for the Federal Government - been doing it for close to 15 years now. So if any of this seems interesting to you and you have questions, or just want to chat about it, let me know.
  32. 2 points
    I am a patrol deputy but assigned to the Aviation Unit which includes the use of UAS. We have recently acquired a Bell OH-58 Kiowa from the military but it is still a developing program.
  33. 2 points
    Hello, I am a drone pilot for a local law enforcement agency in Tennessee and a new member to this group. I'm reaching out to all resources to further my education with sUAS and build my experience in training. Our UAS unit has had several successful flights where suspects were located as well as lost children. We also perform security checks for public events in our community and assist neighboring agencies with active incidents when requested. We use a DJI Inspire v1.0 with a Zenmuse X3 and a Zenmuze XT by FLIR.
  34. 2 points
    Alien Bees are definitely an industry go-to for lighting, and the XPLOR 600 is a helluva lamp as well. The reason I stick with small speed lights is for their ability to be hidden in most spaces. Plus, sometime during the 80's and early 90's, some jack*** came to this island and sold everyone a full set of wall mirrors....for like every wall in every condo. Hard to hide anything bigger than a speed light there! 😂
  35. 2 points
    My latest work. This was tough with the house being empty, but I think the results came off decently. Also @JBR - I held the camera lower based on your recent feedback. Thanks brother!
  36. 2 points
    I second everything @Av8Chuck and @Alan Perlman said. Like I mentioned before, there are some great shots in your reel, you just need a little fine tuning to get it wrapped up. To speak a little more to what @Av8Chuck said, it's important to cut a scene after the actual 'start' of the action, and before the actual 'end' of the action. Hollywood filmmakers do this all the time. For example, if you want to communicate someone stirring coffee and taking a sip, you would be better off showing a short clip of the actual stirring, and cut to a clip of the cup rising to their mouth and tilting a bit...maybe even a second or two of them actually sipping, but that's it. Your brain will fill in the story-line gaps for you. It's basically the same concept as large TV displays...they only populate a number of the pixels with an actual image content, and your brain fills in the blanks to make the image you think you see.
  37. 2 points
    Some really fun shots, a wide variety of places and subjects and styles. My two cents would be to really focus on slow, steady movements with the camera. I'm seeing a lot of small readjustments within the shots — a great example is at the end of your very first shot, right at 0:13 in the video...edit that jerky movement out!
  38. 2 points
    See? There you go again. You're supposed to be working and you're out playing with your boat. Shame on you.
  39. 2 points
    Surprised you didn’t keep the bird tracking shot in the video? How much for this house? My wife has been thinking about purchasing another house in CA and renting our current house out. I mentioned that maybe a better idea would be to remodel the current house and look at purchasing another house in a location where we might want to spend 4-6 months out of the year. To my surprise she likes the idea and I owe it all to your property videos. of coarse if she divorces me during the remodel it’ll be your fault and I’ll be coming to live with you...
  40. 2 points
    I feel ya.. Im guessing your video is already so much better than your competitors that winning business is probably getting easier and that’s the most important measure of success.
  41. 2 points
    Sorry, I replied to this thread before reading your other thread that explained what you want to do. again, the UAV simply adds another perspective that might help communicate something about a property that you feel will interest potential buyers. If your a realtor then you know the challenges associated with getting realtors to pay a fair price for anything. Some realtors in your office or area might welcome another realtor producing content for them to market their listings. However, many are often skeptical because with every listing you promote that’s more experience you have to compete with them to get listing in the first place. It also depend on the market your in. There are a lot of realtors who believe taking property photos with a cell phone is good enough. Adding a drone to that mix is kind of pointless. But if your already shooting the stills and video then adding a drone to the mix isn’t that difficult. As far as keeping it real, that’s often the difference between making money and losing it. Depending how long you’ve been a realtor and producing your own media you might remember when the Canon 5DII came out, just because it could shoot HD a lot of stills photographers thought they could offer video as an adjunct to their stills. Most of them went out of business, just because the 5DII could do both it was two different businesses and their lack of experience in delivering video proved to be cost prohibitive.
  42. 2 points
    In general, its probably best to have the UAS Certificate. Following the letter of the law... if you're paid to teach and you're teaching students and flying (other than safe recovery) you'll need the 107. I'm in a particularly bad position.... my school is within the zero altitude area of the local class D and the tower at the airport is a contract tower and not part of the LAANC system. I know the tower chief and have had him over to the school when we had a 333 exemption but now his hands are tied. I've had a COA request in the system for over a year and have not heard anything from the FAA. Also for me its a matter of not just losing my UAS Certificate but also my other flying privileges.... the FAA very seldom takes just one certificate. Oh yea... the chart is awesome Alan!!
  43. 2 points
    Greetings, Thank you all for your responses and shared (valid) concerns. Alan, I found the info-graphic extremely helpful and I plan to share it with other teachers who are looking to incorporate and/or enhance their current curriculum based drone activities, especially at the middle school STEM level where the students can be a bit less 'control-oriented'. Looks like it's time to resume/re-open my Drone Pilot Ground School Lessons!!! Clear Skies, BIll L. Duncan, OK
  44. 2 points
    Under the old rules, if there's compensation involved then its a commercial activity. So if students pay to go to school and this is included in the curriculum then its commercial, even if its a State funded school. There was considerable confusion prior to Part 107 where organizations could get a 333 exemption for education. However, all of that expired with the 333's. I'm only partially joking here when I say instead of thinking of whether its legal under the old rules or trying to circumnavigate the 107 rules, think of the UAV as a gun. As a teacher you know that you have to take all the precautions necessary to not only protect other peoples children but also yourself and school district. Would you teach young people to shoot a gun or drive a car without ALL the certificates and insurance required to do this professionally? If kids want to learn how to fly a drone as a hobbyist then send them along to an AMA field to have some fun, but if you want to use UAVs as part of a STEM curriculum then you should get your 107 and check with your school district on their policies regarding flying UAVs on school property etc.. You should also have a Incident Specific Safety Plan (ISSP) that all of the students sign and understand who to call in case of an emergency, where the closest hospital is and how to get there, the location of the place your flying so they can provide that information to first responders etc.. If you don't do that and a student gets injured by a UAV an attorney is going to have a field day with you, and it won't be fun.
  45. 2 points
    If the barrier to get a 107 was high, I could see the point of your question/concern. But the barrier to getting your 107 is very low so I would recommend getting it whether it’s tequired or not. I would think your school district would have more of a say in this issue than the FAA and would require it. Your teaching young people to use something that has the potential to hurt them, generally not likely or hopefully seriously, but if something like that we’re to happen and you don’t have a 107 I think it would be bad for you and your program. Why take the risk?
  46. 2 points
    I recently was contacted to shoot a mostly aerial video piece for a large upcountry development. We've had a lot of rain in the past few weeks, so the land is nice & green, perfect for marketing. The client is new, but tends to handle high end luxury properties, so I'm excited for the connection. The camera lineup: Sony A7R III + 16-35 and 24-70 G-Master glass Phantom 4 Mavic 2 Zoom GoPro Hero 5 Enjoy!
  47. 2 points
    Ha! Nailed it. I'm 6'1" and I need to do more squats so I can comfortably get lower. Good call though.
  48. 2 points
    Thanks Chuck! Regarding your final comment, I moved to this "total production" model late last spring and that has helped the business immensely. Realtors around here didn't seem to be interested in exterior aerial video only (photos are a different story), so this year really marked my transition from drone videographer to just plain old videographer who can also fly drones. Anyway, I'm using the standard GH5. Since I also use it for stills I wanted to retain the in-body stabilization. Both GH5 versions will record in 10 bit 400MB/s, but I generally shoot in variable frame rate 60p/23.94p. That keeps me from having to slow down the video in post. If there's a lot of contrast in the shot I will switch to the full 10 bit mode to give me more leeway in post, but that is a rarity. For the rest of your questions: I average one of these videos every 10 days. I do not charge nearly enough - this video cost the client $300. Unfortunately Cheyenne is a very immature market in terms of understanding the value of anything beyond traditional photos for RE marketing. Since the realtors pay for my services out of pocket, I have to keep prices low for now. In terms of cost to produce, that is difficult to say. I've been using FCPX for almost six years so I'm fairly quick at editing; I think this video took me about 2.5 hours in post to complete. On scene shooting time was about two hours for the interiors and multiple return trips for the exteriors due to the extreme haze at the time. So in terms of cost for me, much of the expense of this business is up front costs: drones, cameras, lenses, computer, etc. The only recurring expenses are insurance, the monthly Adobe fees, annual dropbox and website hosting fees. Once you have everything in place the per job cost is minimal since there are no consumables. I'm fortunate that photo/video production is just a side job for the moment. Every dollar I make goes back into the business until I retire from the Air Force here in six months (cannot wait).
  49. 2 points
    Very well done. That’s a big house. Which GH5? I’m using the GH4 and was set to buy a GH5 but then they released the GH5S which is better in low light, records 10bit internal at something like 400mb/s but doesn’t have the five axis in body stabilization. One direction I was hoping this thread would take would be that we discussed how long it took to produce, how many productions people do in a week, month or year, how much did it cost to produce and how much did the customer pay to produce it? There was a time when no one wanted to have this type of discussion in fear of giving away trade secrets or educating the 15 year down the street who just got a MAVIC. But I hope most of the 15 year olds and starving college students have gone back to school and left the work and conversation to us “professionals...” actually it’s all a ruse, I just want @JBR LIFE Photography to divulge all that info so I can move to Hawaii and charge all of his customer $1 less and take all of his business.. its nice to see others focused on the whole production and not just one aspect, Aerial or photography.
  50. 2 points
    Hey guys! Really enjoying the videos and it's cool to see the skill progress over the course of the three page thread. @JBR LIFE Photography love how you're already incorporating the Mavic 2 Zoom dolly zoom into your work! Very nice! Here's one of my recent projects: For the hardware I'm using an Inspire 2 with the X5 and a GH5 on a Ronin-S for the interiors. This shoot was a bit challenging because the air here in Wyoming was very hazy because of the wildfires to our west. Also this property is still for sale if anyone has a spare $1.1M laying around. Anyway in the spirit of this thread, I'll throw a technique out there: I always choose the music first, lay down that track in FCPX, and use that to help shape the video. I get my music from AudioJungle; my clients have been very happy so far.