Adam G

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  1. Here is another image as well!
  2. Hi All, Recently got back from the Caribbean with my Mavic Pro 2 and Tiffen Company filters. It is definitely a great travel drone. If you'd like to see more shots, let me know. Enjoy and feedback is always appreciated! Cheers, Adam
  3. Nicely done Alan! Only thing is maybe warm it up a bit since you are saying its sunrise! Cheers, Adam
  4. Thanks all for the responses. @Av8Chuck that is what I figured and similar to actually getting one's license, this is just another checkbox for those of us trying to fly legally. Maybe one day your license will be linked to the maps in DJI and thats the only way areas can be unlocked. @Letac thanks for the insight on the pros and cons of each one - really appreciate it!
  5. I'll have to checkout Skyward. I've had success with AirMap, but still find it odd that I get confirmation of my automatic authorization immediately via a text. Makes me feel like the automatic authorizations are just a check-box that you "agree" to fly within the parameters set with your automatic authorization. Limited to no accountability on the ATC to notify planes that you'll be flying nor on you to fly legally under your authorization.
  6. Looks like an amazing property. Like you, I also offer interiors. Really helps land the jobs! Great work.
  7. Nice video. Really appreciate you putting this through the runaround. Tiffen, who makes amazing glass, is launching their filters on Tuesday. Probably more expensive, but really high quality glass.
  8. I agree with a lot of the concern about some of the negativity but also with @L&L DRONE VIEWS to stay positive and it is still early. Dronebase and are tough because folks are willing to do that work for so cheap (more of a concern on IMO). Also, I know a lot of people locally who fly commercially without a license and they are canabilizing some of the business as they are willing to do it cheaper than I ever would. I would stick to your pricing and show the quality of your work. That is what I have done with my repeat clients and it has paid off. Do I make all of my money from my drone - no. I am lucky to do ground photography and have a successful business there. That said, I enjoy the drone work and know that if I was 100% focused on it, but sticking to my pricing and showing the quality of work to all of the available clients (while perhaps supplementing with Dronebase and at a price point I was comfortable with), I would be successful. Clients are still figuring the drone thing out as others have said to include cost, quality, etc. As such, getting in now and pushing will lead to success. Cheers!
  9. Great question and I hope others chime in as well. I'm based in Atlanta and moved there about a year ago. I also do ground photography which is the majority of my business. However I've been getting more and more inquiries on drone and have probably about 10 quotes out right now including a few that are recurring shoots for construction projects over a few years. Hoping I get them. I'd say overall I'm about as busy as expected. Obviously I'm not pushing drone maybe as much as those who only do drone but still getting a number of jobs a month. Those clients that understand the value of the drone are great. Others it is still a work in progress. "Why are you more expensive than a helicopter?". I think that's the big hurdle to overcome. I've actually leveraged this to my advantage too. As Alan said. There is work out there and how much you push for it and do good work and stick it out is important. Cheers All!
  10. Hi Dana, Where are you located? What are you looking to do? What kind of drone do you have? -Adam
  11. I never give anyone the RAW file unless they pay for it/asked for it up front. Either way, if they want more than what you provided, they can pay for it. If someone pays me for 10 images, or 1 minute of video. That is what I give them. If they want to see what else I have, then I show them (with watermark), and they can decide if they want to buy more. Your time, work, intellectual property, etc are all worth something.
  12. @Jazee I think one question to ask too is are we talking photo or video. Just to help focus our answers. Either way, for me and my clients, Golden Hour only really makes sense for a property that really will wow with the lights on and an amazing sky behind it. Your average house on an average piece of land really doesn't need it and won't make a difference for selling the house. On the water, a large estate, etc then getting that magical shot really can make a difference for the more discerning buyer.
  13. Hi All, Been compiling some recent footage and thought I'd share. Appreciate any thoughts, input, etc. Of course, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube as I hope to continue to post more videos in the future. Thanks for checking it out! Cheers, Adam
  14. 5 year recertification would be delightful, but I am expecting having to go into the testing center again. I've read a bunch of articles lately on how many people are working and not licensed because there is no punishment for being recreational and making money off your drone business. As such, I am curious how many people will not renew in the fall and just continue to operate their business/fly.
  15. @MMCompton Like the above, I attended inter drone last year. It was very good and very well done. Got some great ideas for building my drone business from it and met some great connections. For me, I think it is something I will try and attend every other year. I am not sure the cost of the conference, flights, hotel, etc is something I can justify as a cost-benefit every year. Hope that helps and gives you a bit more insight.
  16. @Carson One thing to think about too is who your clients are. Are you doing high-end luxury real-estate? If so, then the Mavic might not be enough. Is the property mid-range - less than $1 million? Then maybe the Mavic Pro could work for images that are going to go on MLS (which can only take small .JPG anyway). You could bracket and merge to HDR or LR Enfuse later. Just something to consider.
  17. Beautiful photos! Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.
  18. I think this is all a really great discussion. For me, I assume every flight is a commercial flight even if it is for "recreational" purposes. I think this should be the case for every Part 107 pilot. What if I am flying recreationally and I end up taking an amazing photo or video? Now I go and sell that image (or enter it into a film festival, etc). Does the flight that occurred in the past now become a commercial flight? Was what I did "illegal" for a commercial pilot and flight? I think the rules should essentially be the same for Part 107 or hobbyist with Part 107 pilots given more freedom to fly in the rules. (ie, there are parts of Atlanta, GA where I am based that I can fly under Part 107 but a hobbyist - in theory - can't/shouldn't). As has been stated, unless the FAA cracks down or the drone manufacturers impose restrictions on the device whether you are Part 107 or not, there will continue to be individuals who will pick and choose whether their flight was Part 107 or hobbyist to suit the needs of that particular flight.
  19. @JBR LIFE Photography Great video and nicely done, especially like you say with the challenges that come with the wind. Keep it up!
  20. @elchacho My advice would be to really put some time and effort researching what industry you want to focus on as well as the market that exists near where you live. You might be focusing on the wrong industry. Once you've done some research and have identified an area where drones are applicable - and that there is a market to buy your services -, then and only then would I decide which drone to buy. Don't forget to look at all your operating expenses (website, marketing, computer, hard drives, drone batteries, insurance, etc) when deciding if making the jump into being a full-time droner is a wise investment at this point in time.
  21. I agree with @Av8Chuck. Premiere Pro and the Adobe suite is a great way to go (what I use). It is fairly intuitive, especially if you have experience with Lightroom or Photoshop. Also, Resolve is a great way to do some good editing. Goodluck!
  22. I'm still using Excel but probably need to move over to something that is more formalized...but it is working for me for now. I just include details like the drone I used, number of flights, length of flights, location, client, and any other notes from the flight.
  23. Sounds good. Happy flying!
  24. Hi @MarkL and welcome. I live in Dunwoody, GA. If you ever want to connect, let me know. I am full-time photographer and licensed drone pilot. Can definitely give you more information on places I fly, etc. As @Ed O'Grady said, State park are pretty much a no go, but still plenty of places in and around the city to fly. Cheers, Adam