Kara Murphy

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  1. Starting a drone business? You may have already read up on marketing, website development, branding, and best practices for networking. This post covers the less glamorous but necessary aspects of running a legit operation. From insurance, to registration, and certification, these straightforward steps will ensure you stay compliant and out of trouble. Personally, I highly recommend Costello Insurance for liability coverage. Friendly, affordable, excellent customer care. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-starting-a-commercial-drone-business-605ded766a76
  2. Well, I do have a Part 107 gig coming up this Monday with Intel. In the spirit of being professional, I'll need to make sure everything is up to date. We are flying in an area where there's no need to unlock permissions.
  3. One of my favorite photos, Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain. No editing required. The algae and salt turns the water a pink hue. Shot with a Phantom 4 Pro and I used a Polar Pro ND8 filter.
  4. Hi Jack, I'm passing this on to a support specialist (I work with DroneDeploy) and will get back to you ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience!
  5. My friend, Ian Smith, who runs the excellent Commercial Drones FM podcast just released a free e-book covering the state of the industry for Q2, 2017. Well worth a read: https://commercialdrones.fm/ebook-drone-industry-review-q2-2017/
  6. Your best bet would be to take an engaging, thorough, easy-to-follow course like this: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/curriculum/ It pays to be prepared, they do throw trick questions your way and add on three test questions that won't impact your overall score - only issue, you don't know what they are. I like to think that Part 107 is more than just passing the Knowledge Test. You'll need to know all this stuff when you're out on the field doing work for clients. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
  7. I've heard a lot of complaints about the GoPro Karma and have stayed away, as a result. I am beyond thrilled with my Phantom 4 Professional and think it's ideal for what you're trying to accomplish. It holds up well in the wind and is easy to catch.
  8. Welcome, Dennis! As I continue to learn and grow in this industry, I've discovered that drone mapping has great potential for lucrative and ongoing profitability. UAV Coach has a thread dedicated to discussion and tips, here: http://community.uavcoach.com/forum/13-3d-gis-land-surveying-mapping/
  9. I wish I was going but my daughter starts school that week. I'll be living vicariously though everyone's social updates.
  10. I agree, I haven't updated my firmware yet because everything is working so well on my P4 Pro.
  11. It has caught Brendan Schulman's attention and he's been responding to the more prominent Facebook posts going around.
  12. More opinion than news, Digital Photography Review contributor Ty Audronis talks about how DJI's latest firmware update prevents drones from flying in restricted airspace, even if the operator has gotten approval. I've seen my share of complaints from professionals on the forums. They get clearance to fly but they still can't take off, especially if they're using another 3rd party app outside of Go. What are your thoughts? On one hand, I can understand them wanting to avoid liability. But have they gone too far? https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/2028519692/has-dji-abandoned-professionals
  13. Hi Chuck, You didn't change any settings, there are updates rolling out to the forum this weekend. Personally, as someone who flies a P4 Pro, Mavic, and Spark (the latter for fun), the former 2 for commercial work, I think dividing up the threads by model, as the forum continues to grow is imperative. I've seen this on Facebook (there is a host of groups run by my friends Curtis Dart and Mark Mulkey), and it has flourished under this more focused structure. Even if people own a variety of models, they may have issues that need to be addressed with a specific one and will gravitate toward a group that is dedicated solely to that. Also, as someone who started out as a hobbyist and transitioned into commercial work, I don't mind giving advice to new people entering the industry. I get a dozen or so messages per week through my own personal website from people asking me what settings I use for photos and video. I always take a few minutes to answer them when I get a spare moment. The demand for pilots is there and I think encouraging people to get involved is beneficial for everyone. All that being said, your feedback is appreciated. If you think it's a mistake to separate these threads by model then this is certainly something we can discuss and consider. Thank you for all your valuable input.