Adam G

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  1. Ok Ya'll so I took the test today. While it says there is an introduction and 3 sections, it really is an introduction and one section. It took me about an hour or so to get through the intro and section one. Sections 2 and 3 are essentially other resources for you. Yes, you do need to get a 100% on the test - it was a 45 question multiple choice test. If you did read through the lessons you should be fine. Happy to answer any questions people have. Cheers, Adam
  2. Has anyone taken it yet? Do you actually need a 100%? Likely will take it tomorrow as I lapsed a few days ago....and can update this thread afterwards. -Adam
  3. Thanks everyone for the information. Definitely helpful. @T3rdEye, I think that you can only do that once so for those of us who have already done that, when our 6 months are up, we will have to take a recurrent test. @Alex Martin I am hoping it is not 12-18 months before it comes out, especially since they already have the 6 month course from 2020 during COVID Lockdown. I guess I'll give it another few weeks and see if more information comes out before booking an in-person exam for end of March when my 6 month extension runs out. Thanks everyone for the information and hopefully more will come out soon to clarify everything even more. Cheers.
  4. Would be interested as well as I took the online test to stay current due to COVID but that 6 month extension is coming up. Would be great to just have to take an online course to stay current vs going to a PSI test center. @Alan Perlman any insight into this? Thanks! -Adam
  5. Hi All, I am looking for a drone pilot in Atlanta, GA who has experience doing 3D Models from Drone Deploy software. You must have a Drone Deploy business plan or higher as I will need the output file format to be LAS. Email me at adamgoldbergphotography@gmail.com . Cheers, Adam
  6. Thanks for the comments. Yes, I know the laws - which is why I got my FAA clearance (it was a 0 AGL zone so I had to submit an airspace authorization request, not a LAANC). Was just curious as to if anyone would not fly. I think @Av8Chuck makes a good point about not asking permission. There is a difference between asking permission and letting them know you are going to be flying right next to a helicopter landing spot. Most hospitals I have worked with have appreciated the heads up and just ask for your phone number so they can call if there is an inbound helicopter - and I have been called and informed as such in the past. Anyways, was just throwing this out for discussion. For the record, I flew and had no issues (and received a thumbs up from the hospital before the flight anyway.) Cheers!
  7. Hi All, Wanted to get the communities take on this. I have FAA approval for a flight near 3 hospitals. Max - per my approval - is 150ft AGL. I thought I'd reach out and give a courtesy call to the hospitals to let them know when and where I'd be flying. Two of the hospitals were as pleasant as could be. The third more or less said "no" at this time - but would get back to me - (they wanted a week lead time of a heads up so they could communicate and coordinate it and decide on approving or not). The hospital is about 1/3 to 1/2 mile from the drone launch site and where I will mostly be flying. I would be flying for a 3rd party client. Would you still do the flight without a thumbs up from the 3rd hospital (assuming you got the go ahead from your client)? -Adam
  8. Hi @newejuice. I actually created a post about this - you can check it out here. https://agoldbergphoto.com/10-tips-to-improve-your-drone-photography/ Happy to answer any questions you have! Cheers, Adam
  9. Here is another image as well!
  10. 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
  11. Nicely done Alan! Only thing is maybe warm it up a bit since you are saying its sunrise! Cheers, Adam
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. Looks like an amazing property. Like you, I also offer interiors. Really helps land the jobs! Great work.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 Droners.io are tough because folks are willing to do that work for so cheap (more of a concern on Droners.io 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 Droners.io 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Hi Dana, Where are you located? What are you looking to do? What kind of drone do you have? -Adam
  19. 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.
  20. @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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. @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.
  24. @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.