Flying Camera

by James Kilgo March. 04, 2017 1040 views

Aerial photography use to be an expensive and mostly prohibitive genre since not everyone had access to an aircraft, either fixed wing or rotary.  But that has changed with the introduction and commercialization of small lower priced drones.  Now for low entry cost photographers and videographers can enjoy access to the skies to make exceptional still and motion images.

I recently joined the ranks of amateur UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) pilots.  The first thing before flying a UAV/Drone is to understand the laws of the country in which you live and fly. In the USA the FAA has issued laws covering the piloting of a UAV/Drone.

"Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its requirements for flying drones that weigh under 55 pounds. The rules state that the pilot must keep the drone in sight at all times, not exceed 100 miles per hour, and operate the drone only during daylight hours. Pilots must also report accidents that result in an injury." ~ source (

It is most important to understand these laws and to practice safe flying in order to protect the public and yourself from legal issues. That being said it is a most enjoyable form of photography and video film making. It adds a completely different perspective your ability to make fabulous imagery.

I purchased a DJI Mavic drone that is very compact and full of features that allow even a novice like myself to fly safely with limited experience. I am also going to test for the FAA certification for the Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107) which will allow me to film and shoot images for compensation. 

FAA Website fact sheet on Part 107 regulations:

In the meantime I am logging more flights and hours to improve my flying skills and my photography and video film making. 

Sunrise over lake

Sunrise over a local lake

While filming the above sunrise I pointed the camera gimbal downward to capture a "selfie" in the early morning light. See me? (small spot at the foot of the right dock)

Selfie from above

Selfie From Above

Here is some video footage of the sunrise over this lovely lake.

Sunrise Over Lake

Hope you enjoy and please share and engage with my photographically.



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