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Costa Mesa, C.A. – April 30, 2018 – PolarPro, developer of products inspired by adventure, announced today the launch of its new educational program, PolarPro EDU, a series of live, one-on-one educational offerings which provide new and experienced content creators a unique opportunity to craft their own customized session with one of PolarPro’s team of industry professionals. At launch, PolarPro will be offering these live sessions with its team of professional cinematic drone instructors, but PolarPro EDU will soon expand to offer sessions for wedding photographers, real estate specialists and other targeted educational seminars. The individualized one-hour drone training sessions cost $149.99.

PolarPro EDU will kick off with one-to-one video conferences with professional drone pilots and will cover the basics of cinematic drone content creation. The “Intro to Aerial Cinematography,” course is intended for entry level pilots who are looking to learn the core skills needed to create high-end aerial content. While the session has some structure to it, the one-on-one sessions will allow PolarPro EDU instructors to customize their curriculum to the customer’s desired focus. While some novice pilots may want a general tutorial on basics of drone flight, more advance cinematic techniques are just a question away.

“As we have continued to develop our solutions-focused product lines, we interact with content creators of all skill levels, and we found that pilots of every skill level are eager to learn from the industry’s best,” said Jeff Overall, Co-founder & CEO of PolarPro. “The work interactively with a professional drone pilot is usually reserved for apprentice pilots trying to get into the industry, with our PolarPro EDU sessions, this access is available to anyone.”

To book a PolarPro EDU session, content creators simply select an instructor from PolarPro’s team of professionals, then choose the date and time for their session. At the appointed time, their instructor will join them for a live, one-on-one video conference. This platform allows the instructor and student to interact in real time, enabling instructors to share supportive graphics and live examples.  Each session will close with a dedicated Q&A time with the instructor, and supplemental resources to keep students sharp in the field.

In the coming weeks, the PolarPro EDU platform will expand to include other popular content creation specialties. PolarPro is already planning dedicated sessions for wedding photographers, as well as real estate specialties. With the student’s ability to shape the flow of the live interactions, these one-on-one sessions can be equally attractive to novice content creators as they will be for working professionals looking for some fresh perspective or new techniques to push their creativity.

For more information about the PolarPro EDU offerings, to book a session or sign up for program notifications, please visit: https://www.polarprofilters.com/pages/edu.

About PolarPro

Founded on the simple mission to design products that inspire people to get out and explore the world, PolarPro designs by adventure, for adventure.  With headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA, its team of adventure seeking photographers and cinematographers aim to develop products inspired by real experiences that solve real problems.  Since launching its flagship action camera filters in 2011, PolarPro has realized steady growth with a diverse product catalogue for urban and off-grid adventurers alike.  For more information on PolarPro, please visit http://polarpro.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, andYouTube.

If you’re a fan of beautiful pictures, you’ve probably seen some breathtaking aerial photos of mountains, rivers, cities and sunsets. Welcome to drone landscape photography. This is where creativity flows without limitation.

It’s easy to wonder what it would take to capture something so beautiful, crisp and colorful. We bring you this short but comprehensive guide on the most important tips & tricks to make your drone landscape photos really pop.

Essential Drone Features

The best drones for landscape photography will have a gimbal with either a 3-axis or 5-axis mechanical stabilization system. It must be capable of hovering in one spot on its own and a camera with full manual settings, including RAW file format, manual shutter speed, exposure and aperture.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on drone performance specifications such as maximum flight-time, altitude and range.

Regulations & Safety

Know the local laws. Not everyone thinks drones are cool. You should keep in mind people might feel threatened by your drone. Now, you can’t tender everyone’s feelings, but you should respect privacy of others and obey your country’s laws and regulations regarding drone piloting. Avoid no fly-zones such as city parks and airports.

Preparation & Settings

Preparation is everything. Take the time to explore the area on foot before you take off. Scan the environment and try to foresee what you’d like to capture. Maybe you’d like to shoot a sunset over the horizon, or maybe you’d like a top-down photo of a pattern on the ground. Once you’ve got some ideas, adjust the camera and drone settings before taking off. Set the ISO, white balance, shutter speed and other parameters to approximate values that’ll be needed once you’re in the air. This will save you valuable battery life in the air.

  • ISO number represents sensor’s sensitivity to light. Higher ISO levels mean more brightness, but more noise too. Keep the ISO number as low as possible.
  • Shutter Speed – Longer shutter speeds means the shutter will remain open for a longer period of time, in turn collecting more light and producing brighter image. You can use a slow shutter speed to compensate for low ISO number in dark environments. Just beware of motion blur that is a potential side-effect of long exposure shots.
  • Aperture (F number) – Faster aperture (smaller F number) means more light will come trough to your sensor. If you’re shooting a subject up-close, fast aperture will create a blurred background, putting more focus on the subject. Seeing as we’re primarily shooting landscapes, using smaller aperture would be more useful due to a deeper depth of field, resulting in sharper details in the distance.

RAW Format

Shoot in RAW. This is valid advice for any type of photography. Choosing the RAW file format instead JPEG will allow you to properly post-process your photos.

Shoot in Bracketing mode. This mode is designed to capture 3, 5 or 7 consecutive shots of the same scene, each with a different exposure (e.g. -2EV, 0EV, +2EV). You will then merge these images into one final image with a high dynamic range (HDR). This can be particularly useful when you’re shooting a scene with a wide dynamic range, such as a sunny sky in the background with shadowy mountains in the foreground.

Panorama

Shoot panorama. Whether or not your drone has this feature built-in, you’ll want to try out creating panoramas for your drone landscape photography. For this you’ll need at capture 2 or more photos. Start by capturing the central area of your scene, then move the drone horizontally either left or right so that 30% of the previous composition remains in the next shot. Later you will merge these photos into one ultra-wide composition using software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Experiment with slow shutter speeds. Yes, even some entry-level drone cameras have manual shutter speed selection, but you’ll need a drone that can hover in one place on its own, along with a gimbal stabilization system to pull off blur-free long shutter shots.

FPV

Use FPV. If you don’t already have one, you really should get a drone with FPV (First-Person-View) if you want to do drone landscape photography. The drone’s camera transmits a live video feed to your smartphone/tablet, giving you the opportunity to properly frame the composition, rather than shooting in the dark.

We hope you’ll find these tips useful next time you’re doing drone landscape photography. Happy shooting!

From snow-capped mountains to sun drenched beaches, there is a whole world to explore with your drone. If you’re not sure where to start, or you’re looking for a little inspiration, the Case Farm has put together the ultimate tour around Europe for you and your drone.

If you’re taking your drone along on your travels, it’s important that you follow some simple tips to make sure you and your drone stay safe. Read on to find out more.

Check local laws

Laws and regulations surrounding UAVs vary from country to country, so it’s important to check these before you go so you don’t fall foul of any laws. Some countries will also require you to apply for a permit before you can fly, so leave plenty of time to arrange this before you set off on your trip.

Keep your kit protected

It’s all too easy for gadgets to get damaged or broken in your luggage, so consider a hard protective drone case to protect your kit. Whether you want military protection from Peli, or more affordable cases for your gadgets, check out the Case Farm’s range of drone protective cases.

Contact your airline

Most airlines will be happy for you to take your drone in hand luggage, but be sure to check size restrictions if taking your drone as hand luggage. If you are checking in your drone, make sure to label your carry case as being fragile, and check airline policy on handling fragile items.

These simple tips will make sure you get the most from your trip, and get incredible shots and videos from your drone.

Two Surfer Babes by KaszPhotoCreative

MINNEAPOLIS — Tens of thousands of drone videos from around the world have been narrowed down to a handful of finalists in the first-ever AirVūz Drone Video Awards.

More than 33,000 videos uploaded to AirVuz.com between January 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017 were eligible to be chosen as finalists. The contest was open to anyone in the world who uploaded an originally-shot drone video on AirVuz.com.

A plaque, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in 13 categories, which include: People, Cities, Countries, Landscape, Freestyle FPV, Drone Racing, Tiny Whoop, Animals (including pets), Dronies (selfies taken with a drone), Sports, Originality, Reels and Photo.

Five finalists in each category were selected by the staff of AirVūz, based on the quality, originality and creativity of the drone video or photograph. Videos submitted during 2017 will be ineligible to compete in 2018.

Grand Prizes: In addition to 13 category winners, AirVūz will award US$1,000 for the FPV (First-Person-View) Video of the Year and US$1,000 for the Drone Video of the Year. The Drone Photo of the Year will receive US$500.

All AirVūz content creators will have the opportunity to place their votes for the best drone videos in the world between Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 and Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 (voting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST). Only one entry per registered content creator will be accepted in the voting for the best drone videos in the world.

The winners of each category of the 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards will be announced on AirVūz Live on Facebook on Feb. 5 at facebook.com/airvuz. For more information about the contest, go to www.airvuz.com/drone-video-awards-2017 or contact Tyler Mason, Director of Public Relations, at tyler@airvuz.com.

The 2017 Drone Video Awards Official Nominees:

DRONIE CATEGORY

There Is No One Else by WellingtonVisuals

Upstream by Brent De Bleser

Helipad Selfie in Shanghai by ASenseofHuber

Frozen boats at Olkhon Island Lake Baikal Russia Dronie – Drone Selfie by wrenee

Beautiful Sunrise Dronie by YoumiTrip

LANDSCAPE CATEGORY

An Imaginary World by Tobias Hägg

Greenland by sfdrones

To The Mystery by Scientik

Perspective by Jay Worsley

Amazon Rainforest by Cristian Dimitrius

RACING CATEGORY

MegaDroneX 2.0 // Cave Race by NurkFPV

Can’t Touch It by NytfuryFPV

Stadium FPV Racing Europe by MetallDanny

Maker Faire, San Mateo. Day 1 by FlyingBearFPV

Drone Racing Underground by JohnnyFPV

COUNTRIES CATEGORY

Aerial Hiperlapses Colombia by Jeffpilotbmx

Winds From Morocco by bbacalhau

“Awaken” Iceland by mike bishop.tv

This Is Romania by The Brothers M

Split & Zadar | Croatia | 4K Drone Video by hamza_mujtaba

PEOPLE CATEGORY

Pilot Madeleine in Hawaii 2017 – Oahu Drone Tour by Ryzone

This is Yunnan by Face du Monde

#ALIVE by Isabellefabre

Philippines | A Place I Call Home by Merr Watson

Byron Bay by Jaxon Roberts

ANIMALS CATEGORY

Majestic Beast Nanuk by florian ledoux

Drone Safari – Kruger National Park by BeemFlights

Flying with Flamingos by Alp Karagulle

Wave Sharin’ is Carin’ by Jaimen

Drones & Tigers by dizifilms

CITIES CATEGORY

Moscow Aerial 5K Timelab.pro by Timelab.pro

Singapore by Fabio Knoll

The Windy City in 4K – Chicago from a New Perspective by Gianlo

Tokyo From Above by BigHeadGreg

Venice Italy by duminciucbogdan

TINY WHOOP CATEGORY

エアリアルヨガスタジオ y+AERO × TINY WHOOP JAPAN by KatsuFPV

How to make people happy with Drones by SeekND FPV

Tiny Whooping the Fountains of Bellagio by Redline

Inductrix Film Festival Winner (Best Story) “Thanksgiving at Grandma’s” by Nick Lang

Tinywhoop Invades Monster Energy’s #Doonies3 by Yubeta.Blv FPV

FREESTYLE CATEGORY

NURK’s Flight of the Year // Trains, Bridges, Rapids, Mountains, Sunsets, Gapping, Perching, Powerlooping by nurkfpv

Motocross Stunts / Explosion / Mayhem by Gespar

Huge Abandoned Hotel in Korea by JohnnyFPV

Stone Eagles’ Flight – NYC drone film festival edition by Gab707

DROP IN PARK FPV DRONE AERIAL FREESTYLE by Red-fpv

SPORTS CATEGORY

UNITED WE RIDE by FourOhFourFilmFactory

Extreme Downhill Freeride Mountain Biking in the High Desert with Da Boys by indo eye

Sports RG Drones in the Brazil by rg drones

Best of windsurfing by RikDingo

Dream… by PilotViking

ORIGINALITY CATEGORY

Beauty and the Beast-Chicago’s Story by Drone Media Chicago

Cardboard Cadet by chrisxgxc

Ludovico Einaudi & Greenpeace “Elegy for the Arctic” by CopterClouds.com

tahiti an Head Over LANDSCAPE 4K NEW ZEALAND TAHITI by damienlair

“Drift” by Kelly’s Heroes

REEL CATEGORY

Drones are Awesome by ThisIsTilt

Brendon Dixon Films 2018 Showreel by Brendon Dixon

Drone Alps Winter 2016/2017 Showreel by dronealps

Summer is Coming – A tribute to travellers by Grim Berge

Demo reel – 2017 by Joe.Images

PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY

Two Surfer Babes by KaszPhotoCreative

Floating in the Unknown by zimydakid

Lombard Street in San Francisco by B. Dumas

Plane Cemetery by Deftony83

Lady in Red 2 by Dirka

About AirVūz

Since its launch in 2015, AirVūz has become the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform and global community for drone pilots and aerial media enthusiasts. Drone enthusiasts worldwide can upload and share videos and photos in unlimited quantity and at no cost. Site users have free access to an ever-growing library of drone media content including easily browsable categories such as travel, extreme sports, golf courses, drone racing, landmarks and more. AirVūz users also have access to original AirVūz content, including the weekly AirVūz News program, profiles of top content creators, product reviews, and how-to information for drone pilots on how to take and edit high quality drone video.

Drones can offer a unique perspective of the Aug. 21 eclipse.

1979 was the last time a total solar eclipse graced the shores of the contiguous United States. It was 38 years ago when the first Sony Walkman came out, when 63 Americans were taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran, and when the first Aliens movie hit cinemas. It was a long time ago, a time before drones.

Luckily this time drones will be there to help the whole nation get a unique perspective of a total solar eclipse. This Monday, August 21st, 2017 will be another first for drones and another reminder of how drones can be used for good. Forget eclipse glasses and holes punched in cardboard, drones are the latest and coolest way to view a solar eclipse.

If you have a drone, make sure you carve out some time this Monday morning or afternoon (depending on where you live) to take to the skies and capture this rare event. Our friends over at Drone360 have compiled a great list of the best places to fly to capture the total eclipse and a reminder to make safety your priority by following all FAA and local regulations.

If you don’t live near the path of totality, can’t make the trip, don’t have your own drone, or are looking for a professional drone pilot to help you capture the historic eclipse, head on over to Up Sonder. We have FAA certified drone pilots throughout the path the moon’s shadow will carve across the good old U.S. of A. Just to make it super easy for you, below is a list of Up Sonder drone pilots along the path of the eclipse.

Up Sonder has numerous drone pilots in the path of the solar eclipse.

Drones bring a new perspective to real estate listings.

A FOUR-PART SERIES

Just think about it. Ten years ago the only way I could write about ‘drones at work’ was in Science Fiction form. Now, every single day across the country, drones are taking to the sky and changing a variety of industries, including everything from real estate to television news. In late June, the Trump administration said drones are a key technology that will drive innovation in the future. Unmanned aerial vehicles will create jobs—100,000 by 2025 according to one estimate—and increase business efficiency by saving time and money. Drones have come a long way in a short amount of time and we’re still only at the beginning.

Up Sonder has taken an active role in helping drones get to work. Our online platform for drone pilots and services is available 24/7 across the nation. It’s the best way for companies to find a reliable drone pilot or service.

Trust us there are a lot of opportunities out there when it comes to work done with drones. This is why I need to highlight four industries I believe drones will have an immediate impact on over the next few years. Those industries are real estate, construction, insurance and journalism/entertainment. (I have left out agriculture and inspection, because I believe the four industries above will be impacted more immediately or have a clearer social impact in people’s perception.)

In part one of this series, I will write about drone in real estate. So without further ado, let’s look at how drones can help sell houses!

What Drones Bring to the Table

If you are a real estate agent the question you are asking yourself is, “Why do I need a drone?”

Let’s think about the big picture first. According to a market report from Goldman Sachs, the addressable market for drones in real estate is $265 million by 2020.That’s the near future potential of drones in real estate, apart from what is already being done, which is widespread enough for local municipalities to address with local laws.

Drones are a powerful tool for realtors because they are a cost effective way to get aerial shots of any house. Aerial images and videos give a perspective on a property not possible before. They are a great way to tell the story of the property and show its surroundings and neighborhood. Realtors that implement new selling tools like drones are finding more success.

According to statistics from Multiple Listing Services (MLS), homes with aerial drone images (and video) sold 68% faster than homes with standard images. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) also has numbers that show 73% of homeowners say they are more likely to list with agents that use video to market their home. Simply put, drone videos create better listings and more sales.

What Realtors Say

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Kirk Hawkins, an agent with The Agency, a leading Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage, about drones. The Agency already extensively uses drone photos and videos for its listings.

“Drones are important because they offer a fresh and unique perspective on a property. When combined with more traditional methods like ground-based photography and print media it adds something special that attracts more attention and gives you an edge when selling,” said Hawkins.

Take a look for yourself below and see how drones video adds something special to an online listing. “Everyone starts online these days,” said Hawkins. “Great drone video sets a listing apart.”

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Up Sonder is actively working with real estate agencies to help them set themselves apart with drone video. Recently, we helped award-winning real estate firm Lamerica find a drone pilot for a listing in West Hollywood.

“We got Lamerica a great pilot and great video that showed off the vastness of the property,” said Up Sonder’s CEO Derek Waleko. “Our marketplace of drone pilots allowed Lamerica to make the most of their listing.”

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The Agency and Lamerica are just two examples of drone usage in Los Angeles, but don’t for a second think it is something that is just for big city markets. Drone use in real estate is soaring across the country. BlueLaVaMedia in Northern Michigan has a whole drone team that is busy shooting homes that line Lake Michigan. In a recent webinar on drones in real estate, BlueLaVa’s Jason LaVanture talked about how he has a backlog of over 30 drone jobs.

Getting Involved

If you are a real estate agent who wants to use a drone to increase your sales then go and check out Up Sonder. All of our pilots are FAA licensed and are ready to help you increase the value of your listings.

If you are a drone pilot looking to get into the real estate business then make sure to check out this great webinar from our friends over at UAV Coach.

Coming Up

In the next article of our four-part series on drones at work, we will take a look at the construction industry and what drones offer. Just a little teaser, drones in construction has billions in potential!

Photo credit: DroneBase/Getty Images.

New York, Wednesday June 14, 2017 – Getty Images, a global leader in visual communication, has today announced an exclusive world-wide content distribution deal with leading global drone pilot platform, DroneBase.  The agreement brings the high quality 4K video produced by DroneBase’s world-wide network of pilots to Getty Images’ over one million customers.

Beginning with over 200 creative video assets, the partnership will expand to include 360 stills and video, VR content and will later evolve into commercial assignments, bringing the very best in aerial photography and videography to a global audience.

The collection contains a wide range of clips featuring localized landscapes, architectural surveys and aerial views in the highest quality 4K video offered, and is available to license for commercial use.

Drone content has emerged as one of the fastest growing methods of content capture in recent years, using photography and videography to deliver an immersive birds-eye-view that captures views of the world often unreachable by humans.

“It’s estimated that the drone industry will be a $100 billion business by 2020, and it’s only going to continue to grow from here,” said Peter Orlowsky, Vice President of Business Development at Getty Images.

“With the booming popularity of drones and consistent growth in this new technology, Getty Images is thrilled to work with DroneBase to not only bring their cutting-edge content to our broad customer base, but to also work together to foster and support the burgeoning pilot community.”

“As a world leader in visual communications, Getty Images has always had a pulse on the next evolution in photography and videography, and understand how drone content can elevate visual storytelling into an immersive experience,” said Dan Burton, Founder and CEO of DroneBase.

“We’re excited to bring our network’s expertise and premium video to Getty Images’ unrivaled library of creative content. We have integrated directly into Getty Images so pilots’ content will appear with one-click after flying from the DroneBase Pilot App and website.”

See DroneBase’s full 4k video collection on GettyImages.com here.

Tired of only making $300,400, or even $500 per gig? I was too. I am going to share with you the one piece of advice that instantly made me start making 2 to 3 times as much per gig.

For background – I provide aerial and non-aerial photography and videography for real estate. I sell custom packages depending on what the client needs.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer or professionally trained drone pilot. I am simply a guy with an entrepreneurial spirit who can take a good photo.

When I first started, I lived in a college town with a ton of apartment complexes near me. I started meeting with all the managers and began getting my first few gigs under my belt. Each gig paid around $200-400. Although it seemed like good money at the time, once I factored in transportation, risking the drone, editing, retakes, and overall time spent, I realized that I was barely making $20 an hour. (Not acceptable!)

Apartment Complex Photos:

After some contemplation, I realized that these apartment complexes were typically on tight budgets and did not have a lot of extra money to be spending on photography. I spoke with my Dad (Commercial Real Estate agent) about this and he gave me the simplest piece of advice.

He told me to target the big fish. Only target properties that were worth $1,000,000 or more. To understand, we need to briefly think like a real estate agent.

You have listed a commercial property worth $1,700,000 for sale. If you successfully sell this property, you will make a commission of around 2% or $34,000. Would you be willing to pay a little more for nice photos in order to make your $34k? I know I would.

Alternatively, think about a real estate investor. They own a commercial property worth $1,700,000 and stand to make almost $500,000 in profit from the sale of their property. Do you think THEY would be willing to pay for some nice drone photos?? Of course they would.

Commercial Real Estate Photos:

Once I followed his advice, I began closing deals that paid double to triple the amount I previously made.

So get out there, find the most expensive properties that are for sale around you, and start calling. Don’t be surprised if you can suddenly afford a new drone. 

If you are interested in learning more about making money with your drone, please visit dronemultimedia.org/blog

Guest Contribution by Michael Diaz – Drone Multimedia

Since drones were first introduced for civilian use, their applications have continued to expand. One application professional photographers and filmmakers immediately jumped on was the ability for drones to carry high-quality cameras to snap previously impossible shots and footage.

Today, we’ve seen an expansion of the drone market that hopes to include both professional and amateur photographers looking to get that perfect shot. Yet what does this mean for tomorrow? Some technological innovations in the past few years may mean some very exciting new features.

New Integrated Experiences

One of the more fascinating advances we should expect to see in drone photography is the use of virtual reality. Right now, most drones work off a small monitor, be it your smartphone or computer. But virtual reality is a growing market that will no doubt become an integral part of the drone world, especially for photographers.

Why? VR offers a much more familiar experience for photographers because all the drone operator needs to do to “look around” is move his or her head. The VR set can be configured to follow head movements. This means quicker response times to photo-worthy targets and an even easier time following moving objects.

For photographers who just want to capture views they’d never be able to see with their eyes, VR offers the opportunity to experience it both before and after the shot is taken.

Better Options

Like smartphones, drones built for photography are going to get much more advanced. That means more toys to play with and more diverse options, including:

  • Higher quality cameras at lower prices
  • Better interfaces with more control (exposure, white balance, etc.)
  • Strong integration with our smartphones
  • Improved environmental interaction (reduced collision potential, increased mobility, longer distance control)

Right now, most of those features will set you back hundreds of dollars each. But as we’ve seen with smartphones, even the more basic devices have started to carry cameras that were once the pinnacle of smartphone photography.

No doubt drones will also get smaller. Having a tiny, compact drone that can be quickly released to take an otherwise impossible shot may become a standard for photographers everywhere.

Financial Opportunities

For more professional photographers, drone photography promises new and exciting opportunities. In already existing markets, such as wedding photography, a drone offers new perspectives and quicker coverage of different angles and places.

Travel photographers also have a great chance to market their drone photos to businesses looking to advertise. Pictures of businesses and land from above or slightly oblique angle are excellent for tourists and can be done much more affordably than in the past.

Amateur filmmakers will also have greater opportunities because the need for a film crew can be dramatically reduced by making effective use of drones.

Public Privacy Concerns

Thus far, drone photography has made out pretty good as far as the law is concerned. Taking photographs in public places is still mostly legal, excepting very select circumstances such as prohibition by government entities.

That said, drones also come with a very invading-your-privacy appearance when it comes to taking pictures; some have even taken the occasion as a license to shoot down your precious device, despite said practice being highly illegal (no different than firing on aircraft).

With more drones out there taking pictures, it’s difficult to say which way the law will go. Most likely, each state will carry different regulations regarding what type of photography is considered legal. It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that some areas will prohibit unlicensed drone photography.

Security Headaches

Drones, whether for photography or not, will face similar problems as they become more prevalent. Much like the sudden appearance of malware in the once virus-free Apple, drones are likely to face issues with hacking and infection.

And that future is sooner than you think. Already, an application called SkyJack has been used to assume control over drones within WiFi range. That’s because these drones all connect using similar addresses that are easy to figure out over unsecured networks.

One possible solution might be to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to obscure the network connection with the use of a remote server and encryption. It’s one of the best ways to avoid WiFi-related hacking.

Hopefully drone manufacturers will start working on countermeasures of their own. A stolen drone means not only no photos but potential theft of intellectual property.

The Sky Is the Limit

What other exciting advances in drone photography the future holds are anybody’s guess. One thing’s for sure: the market is growing.

Will you be a part of it? Tell us what you think of drone photography and where it’s going in the comments.

About the Author: Diamond is a technology enthusiast and internet security blogger. The many uses of modern tech keep her busy both outside and at home, whether it’s writing about said tech or just enjoying its use.

A beautiful drone video of Sri Lanka has been announced as the winner of the Dutch Drone Awards 2016. The video got the most votes from the Dutch audience in the category Aerial Photography. In the new category Racing, a colorful high-speed video shot above the typical Dutch tulip fields was crowned best video of the year 2016.

The winners of the Dutch Drone Awards 2016 have been announced. A breathtaking video of Sri Lanka made by Coen Swijnenberg has been awarded with a prestigious Drone Award. Swijnenberg was able to beat three other drone pilots in the category Aerial Photography by getting the most votes. In addition to the Drone Award, Swijnenberg wins a 250 euro giftcard from Droneshop.nl and a permanent place in the hall of fame of Dutch aerial movie makers!

A funny detail about drone pilot Coen Swijnenberg is that he is a famous Radio 538-DJ in the Netherlands, who enthusiastically flies with drones in his free time. Swijnenberg shot the footage for his winning drone video with a DJI Phantom 4 during his holiday in Sri Lanka in July, 2016. The video shows that you don’t need a professional drone to make a Hollywood-like production. The video takes you on a trip through the South-Asian country and really shows the diversity of its scenery. Due to the professional editing of the footage in combination with the mysterious music, the video truly deserves the title Dutch Drone Video of the Year 2016.

In the new category Racing, the video of Tim van Vliet was elected as the ultimate winner. The drone racer from Amsterdam shot his winning video above one of the most touristic hotspots in the Netherlands: the tulip fields in Lisse. Tim, also known as ‘Terminator Timmay’ maneuvers his race quad on high speed over the colorful fields. The result is a surprisingly awesome video, an opinion that’s clearly shared by many Dutch drone enthusiasts.

DRONES.nl organizes the election of the best video of the year on an annual basis. With the election, the website wants to put Dutch drone video’s in the spotlight. Jelte Keur won a Drone Awards in 2014 with a beautiful video of the Dom Tower in Utrecht and the viral video of Rene van Manen of the monkey enclosure in Burger’s Zoo was elected best video of the year in 2015. To see the winning videos or for more information on the Drone Awards, visit www.dutchdroneawards.com.