Aerial Photography and Video – My “Tripods in the Sky℠”

I have been a commercial photographer off and on since the 1970’s. Over the years using film cameras I have had problems with getting my photos to come out the exactly as I “saw” them when shooting the image. Now that digital photography has come about, I am now able make adjustments to the photo and get the look and feel to the image that I really like. I am involved with the whole process from shooting the photo to developing it myself. It has taken time and patience to get the work flow down and the color correction correct, but it has come together.  Over the past several years I have attended four intensive workshops to make sure I am up to date with Photoshop and now Lightroom. The classes I have taken with Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer from D-65 have taken me where I need to be in this digital world of photography.

Since then, I have taken my photography to the next level by participating in a workshop with Jay Maisel. I thought I had my bar set high until I went to Jay’s workshop; it needed to go much higher. Jay’s passion for his work challenged me not only as a photographer but as a person. Jay provided just the right amount of “encouragement” to go out and really look at the world from a whole new perspective. The workshop was an intense yet supportive dialogue on all things creative through a camera’s aperture.  Jay’s experience and talent provided the focus for each participant in the group. In Jay’s critiques, forced me to look at my subject and how I put it in the frame in a different way. He would bring up at looking at what is going on in the background of your photo. To put it simply, it was a great deal of fun while at the same time rewarding.

The next workshop I attended was the Maine Media Workshop with Arthur Meyerson.  The class was titled “Color Of Light”.  My experience during Arthur’s “Color Of Light,” workshop was spectacular! The workshop challenged us to ease out of our comfort zones and abandon our familiar habits in order to introduce new ways of shooting our photos. Once we started to realize Arthur’s method of encouraging creativity through fresh ways of thinking, it became more and more enjoyable. We had group critiques that took place everyday after shooting and they reinforced this, as well as brought fresh perspective to our work. The highlight for me was when I had a one-on-one session with Arthur the third day of class. That hour really helped me to see the good, the bad and the ugly of my work. Arthur’s influence has shown me how to elevate the way I see, think about and shoot my photos. Arthur recognizes the personal style and vision of every photographer while he pushes you to try a different approach. Overall, the collective nature of this particular workshop energized me and helped me to visualize my photos in innovative ways. It was one of the best workshop I have attended and why I am joining him in Cuba this year.

I have taken my photography and video up another step again by adding DJI copters. Now being a photodronealist™ with the “Tripod in the Sky℠” I can give my clients a birds-eye view of their landscaping project, property,  architecture and golf courses. This is new, unique and impressive. This why I call them “Tripod in the Sky℠” because they are up in the sky and stable for shooting photography are video. I believe anyone that is in business today could benefit from the use of this media. On this page below are some examples of what a photodronealist™ can do.

Here is what’s in my “Tripod in the Sky℠” fleet. We have two copters that are high end from the cameras to the copter and software running them. There is a Inspire 1 with a X5 gimbal/camera with interchangeable lens. This drone shots 4k video and 16MP photos, 12.8 stops of dynamic range. Next we have a Inspire 2 with a X5S shooting 4.2K and 4K video, 20MP photos and continuous burst photos 20FPS. We are now FAA 107 complaint and have liability insurance up to $2,500,000.

The last “Tripod in the Sky℠” is the Inspire 1, and it has become my workhorse of the fleet of “Tripod in the Sky℠”. For a small camera on the Inspire it does an outstanding job and shooting 4k, puts it at the top of my list of why I use it. As a photodronealist™ one of the best setup for aerial photos and video.

Some of the features include

Zenmuse X5 Gimbal and Camera Pro Version

  • 4K Video
  • 16MP Photos
  • 12.8 stops of dynamic range
  • Large Four Thirds sensor – Greater pixel clarity
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Complete camera control from app
  • Interchangeable lens mount
  • 3-axis gimbal

Zenmuse X5S Gimbal

  • Sensor 4/3
  • 5.2K 30 FPS
  • 4K 60 FPS
  • 20.8MP Photos
  • 12.8 Stops 12-bit raw
  • 20FPS continuous burst

Inspire 1 & Inspire 2
Inspire 1&2

X5S Gimbal-Camera

This is what Photodronealist™ can do for you.

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