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Ron Leach Posted: Jan 04, 2017 0 comments

Drones are becoming an increasingly popular tool among photographers looking for a unique aerial perspective that in the past was only possible from an airplane or at least a very tall building. The images you see here are 10 of the most incredible drone photos of 2016.

Ron Leach Posted: Nov 22, 2016 0 comments

We’ve seen some impressive aerial photography through the years, but the recent work by the Russian group AirPano is right up there with the best. The 12-person, not-for-profit team consists of nine photographers and three tech specialists who use planes, helicopters and drones to capture these mind-blowing images.

Ron Leach Posted: Nov 10, 2016 0 comments

Drones are becoming increasingly popular among photographers because they enable us to capture images from a perspective not typically possible otherwise. We say “typically” because Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski is what you might call a “human drone” who shoots amazing images while paragliding.

Ron Leach Posted: Nov 04, 2016 0 comments

What happens when you mount a full-frame DSLR on a custom-made drone and fly it over a picturesque valley in the Polish countryside? Photographer Miron Bogacki built a heavy-duty drone to find out, and came up with this beautiful video.

Blaine Harrington Posted: Oct 04, 2016 0 comments

My flights in helicopters, small planes, and hot-air balloons are often provided by clients as part of my assignments; if I’m shooting for stock, I’ll pick up the hire fee. Aerial tours are widely available to tourists and photo enthusiasts alike, and there’s certainly no limit to spectacular locations you can photograph from above.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Sep 20, 2016 0 comments

They are the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds aerobatic team, and Lindsay Silverman photographed them at the annual Memorial Day air show held at Jones Beach, New York.

Joe Farace Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments

Because of the “this is why we can’t have nice things” antics of several idiots flying drones, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires every drone (and RC aircraft) weighing more than 0.55 pounds to register their craft and have an identification label. Pilots are also required to carry Flight ID.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: May 17, 2016 0 comments

Bill Hatcher was near the park entrance when a wildfire forced the closing of Tioga Pass road into Yosemite National Park last summer. “The fire was threatening to cross the road into Yosemite,” he says, “and helicopters and tankers were being sent out on kind of a bombing run to cut the fire off.”

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 02, 2015 0 comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially refers to quadcopters as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) but they obviously have more in common with the kind of hobbyist’s radio-controlled aircraft that have been around since I was a member of the Poly Aeroneers in high school. Yet tech blogs and social media endlessly refer to quadcopters as “drones” when the only thing a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and a DJI Phantom 1 have in common is that they’re capable of flight. But they’re not without some controversy.

Jack Neubart Posted: Sep 15, 2015 0 comments

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker/director Vincent Laforet has observed the world from both sides now: on the ground and in the air. And these days, he much prefers shooting from an elevated perspective that is proving both challenging and exciting, with a hint of danger to spice things up. What is that element of danger? Flying thousands of feet up in an open helicopter—at night, no less. Strap yourselves in for a wild ride…
Who Is Vincent Laforet?

Lorin Robinson Posted: Jun 12, 2015 0 comments

Aerial photographer Chris Dahl-Bredine was one such dreamer, and while he’s not sure how big a role the flying dream played in his eventually becoming an ultralight pilot, he’s certain it was a significant factor. And, once he began flying, he reports—as do other pilots (the author included)—that the dream simply stopped. He considered becoming a licensed private pilot so he could fly light planes but once he experienced the thrill of ultralights, he realized it helped him recapture the dream: flying like a bird, wind in his face, view unencumbered by a cockpit.

Dan Havlik Posted: May 12, 2015 0 comments

I see a lot of cool imaging gadgets in my line of work but the Lily Flying Camera is one of the more intriguing devices I’ve looked at in a while. A remote controlled aerial drone in the vein of the popular Phantom quadcopters from DJI, Lily adds an interesting new twist to UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). It’s fully automated and requires very little to no practice from users to take it for an aerial spin and capture sky-high video footage and still photos.

Lorin R. Robinson Posted: May 07, 2015 0 comments

For commercial photographers and videographers hoping for clear signals from the FAA regarding the use of imaging drones in their businesses, the agency’s announcement yesterday of its new Pathfinder program may not sit well.

Dan Havlik Posted: Mar 30, 2015 0 comments

Phase One Industrial has announced the Phase One iXU 180, which the company says is the world’s smallest and lightest 80-megapxiel medium format aerial camera. The Phase One iXU 180 weighs less than 34 ounces and can fit in the palm of your hand.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Mar 30, 2015 0 comments

I recently attended the TICO Warbird Airshow (which is affiliated with the local Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum), an event held at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Florida each March. This popular three-day event always attracts a large crowd and a good number of people sporting pro-quality DSLRs with huge (high tech, super expensive) lenses attached and a gear bag stuffed full of amazing (also super expensive) photo accessories.

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