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  1. Alan's spot on about setting up an online portfolio, and there are tons of nearly free ways you can get something like that up and running in 'no time'. I would also suggest that keeping it simple for starters can help maximize your impact/message and also help you (and your audience) to keep from feeling overwhelmed with media, data, etc. A few really good examples are generally better than a whole slew of mediocre ones, and that's a lesson I constantly have to 'keep in my own focus' ;-) I would save those details like flight times, 'previous clients', list of places flown, etc. for your 'About Me' page, and start by featuring some of your best 'finished footage' front-and-center first. As far as your footage, think of it in terms of the story you can tell. Do you have video/photos of a particular 'favorite spot'? What features of that location might you highlight (or show in a new perspective) by getting that "bird's eye view'? Find a few good 3-10 second (or so...) clips and maybe a few of your most impactful photos in your footage and put them together into a little 15-90 second montage in your favorite video editing software. You can add some cool background music from somewhere like JukeDeck.Com (It's free music you can create yourself and then use in your videos! Whaaaat?!?! Game Changer! ;-) ), and then share it with your friends, family, etc. to see how it 'resonates'. Just like with going out and flying in the right scenarios, this can be a great way to 'network' and get the word out there about your desires to make this your career. You'll be amazed who may end up hearing about it! On that note, I like to make sure that I ask permission when I fly in 'public places', whether that's to the owner/manager/operator/boss/etc. or simply to anyone close by who seems curious/concerned/intrigued/etc. When doing that, I also offer to share the footage with anyone who wants to give me their contact info and email address (a great way to build your starter 'email list', which will also hopefully turn into your future client list ;-) ). Since I'm not yet flying commercially myself, this is IMO the just about the best possible use of my footage currently. It's truly free advertising. In the context of an online portfolio, you can always add/change the details and media as you see fit, so there are almost no wrong answers. The important thing is to get some stuff out there so you can start getting feedback, more connections, etc. Being part of this forum is a great start
  2. Hi, Delta! Out of all the things you mention, the one thing you can do today is to get out there and start building that portfolio of yours :-) That's the one thing you can do on your own terms and in your own time, and it'll naturally help you with some of those other items you mentioned. I find that every time I go out to a cool spot to catch some neat footage, people always have questions, comments, suggestions, and there is always an opportunity to network and be an advocate/liaison between the UAV community and the general public. I learn something new every time I do that!
  3. Agreed, Brent! I've recently started doing more detailed flight logs, documenting everything from my batteries to props/motors to transmitters, with notes for each flight. As I get out there and put the Wizard to use, I'll definitely be sharing some of those notes :-) In the meantime, I just found a good report over on RCGroups from someone who actually strapped his Wizard to another RC plane of his and had relatively good success (his post is near the bottom of the page...). This is not something I would even want to do, but his notes are certainly helpful in getting to know the Wizard's capabilities :-) Talk about a 'stress test'!
  4. I'll be the first to say that part of my excitement is mixed with more than a tinge of nervousness. I feel quite comfortable with my ST10 transmitters, but the Wizard is a bit of a paradigm shift. Also, since it's a 1st Gen. product (even though Yuneec seems to have a quite a good record so far), I'm a little hesitant to do more than 'baby steps' when using it for the first few (many?) times. Between me getting my head around its controls/interface and it being 'bleeding edge tech', I have a feeling I'll be warming up to the Wizard quite slowly... To answer your question, they're now shipping a version of the Blade Wizard for the Chroma, and I've read in the documentation that they're nearly identical to the Typhoon Wizard (except for the color schemes), and can be interoperable with both the Q500 and the Chroma. I'll have to give it a try soon and report back :-) For me, I'm pretty sure I'll be using the Wizard in very specific cases, (e.g. composing short 'fly-by/fly-over' shots of stationary or slowly moving objects), so I'll probably use it more with my 4k Typhoon than with the Chroma, at least at first. The Chroma is a bit more agile and speedier though, so for tracking faster moving subjects, I'd probably use the Chroma (if it indeed works as suspected ;-) ).
  5. I think you'll be happy with your purchase, Brent! I like all my birds, but the Chroma and the Q500 definitely do have different flight characteristics. They're subtle, but I find that my Q500s are just a bit more stable and smooth in the air, and they seem to have a better GPS lock than my Chroma, which tends to move around both horizontally and vertically when just 'hovering'. My Typhoons on the other hand, are nearly motionless when hovering. That being said, I think the Chroma seems to cut through wind a bit better, and when I fly it with the prop guards on it seems to get a bit more stable (but still nothing like my Typhoons :-) ). They're both excellent birds to learn with, but I'd say one feels a bit more 'at ease' when flying the Typhoon vs. flying the Chroma, as it's just that much more stable/reliable/etc. Just got my Wizard over the weekend, but haven't had a chance to give that a try quite yet. I'm almost as excited about that as you probably are about getting your 'New Q'! ;-)
  6. Great news, indeed! I'm on the verge of getting a pilot's license, and was debating on whether or not to 'wait it out' until the FAA gives us a few other options. Since I don't charge for my footage at this point, I'm not i that big of a rush though. If this really happens in June-ish, then that's practically right around the corner!
  7. Brent, I'm a very happy owner of a Q500+, Q500 4K as well as the Blade Chroma 1080 (made by Yuneec). I agree with Alan's assessment that it's a great 'prosumer' option, and the videos/still I've shared with others outside the industry are constantly impressed with the image/video quality, smoothness of flight, etc. Similar to Will, there's plenty more I could say about these 'majestic birds', but I don't want to gush too much too early ;-) If you have any specific questions on the Q500 though, feel free to ask, and I'll certainly share any insight I can :-)
  8. Hello! I'm currently in new home development / real estate, and have been enjoying my quads for almost 3 years now (all shapes and sizes). After putting my 'higher-end' birds to good use getting Views of neighborhood developments, model homes, etc., I've decided to branch out into a side business (pending FAA approval...). I've started a website to 'highlight' some of my better portfolio pieces, and would love any feedback, comments, criticism/praise, and all that good stuff :-) You can see this work in progress here: http:/www.JacksonsView.Com I've also started a Vimeo Channel of historical sites in North Carolina here:, and you can find some of my real estate videos here: Pls. forgive the 'shameless self-promotion', but I did see something in the invite to this forum about sharing your videos, etc., so be careful what you ask for, right? ;-)
  9. I lived on Vashon until just a couple years ago, Karl, but have relo'd to Charlotte, NC (don't get me started on last night's game, LOL!). Any great Views of the Sound that you'd like to share, I'm 'all eyes' ;-)