Interview with Drone Photographer Tobias Hägg – @airpixels

Tobias-hagg-air-pixels-media-drone---hero

Tobias Hägg, also known online as @airpixels, is a 30 year old photographer based in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

His feed is one of the first feeds I remember coming across back in 2015 that contained such stellar and unique aerial imagery of lakes, boat houses, secluded cabins, ponds, islands, forests, roads dividing landscapes and frozen fractals of ice.

Surprisingly Tobias has only been on Instagram for 2 years and yet he has quickly become one of the most respected, followed and liked drone photographers in the #fromwhereidrone community.

Tobias hagg air pixels media drone_1

Since coming onto the scene he has been featured in National Geographic, The Telegraph, Adobe.com and the Daily Mail to name a few and now because of his curiosity and drive he gets to live out his dream of traveling the world and shooting full-time.

In this interview we learn about how Tobias got his start in the world of photography and drones, what gear he uses and his tips for how to find success and succeed as a photographer. Read More

Drone Video of the Week: 2D RUN

2D Run best in show nycdff drone video new york city drone film festival 0

This week’s drone video of the week called “2D RUN” is unlike any drone video I have seen before.

It’s called “2D Run” and was created by photographer Marin Kafedjiiski.

It features a top-down drone view of urban parkour free runner Ilko Iliev jumping all over Bulgaria.

It also took home the “Best in Show” award at the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival. Congrats guys!
Read More

Behind the Scenes— Drone Travel Photography in Turks & Caicos

This is a special guest post from Oren Schauble.

Behind the Scenes Aerial drone Photography 1

I’m always interested in my favorite creatives’ processes and how they make their projects work with their lifestyles.

My curiosity peaked once family logistics got into the picture when my wife and I decided to start traveling with our infant.

Here is a roundup of my own creative process for a shoot I did in Turks and Caicos, currently featured on Fodors.

This includes how we made it work during a family vacation, how I organize my shoots in a new destination, as well as the goals and results of my drone work. I hope you enjoy! Read More

The Best Tips for Flying Your Drone in Cold Weather (Read or watch)

drone-tips-flying-in-cold-weather-FB

Below are some of my favorite drone tips for flying in cold weather.

Whether you live in the northern hemisphere, or you’re taking your drone to an icy cold climate like Iceland, there are some important things you need to know to get the most out of your drone flying experience when it comes to cold temperatures.

Some questions I answer below include:

  • Can I fly my drone in cold weather?
  • DJI drone battery temperature warning (warm battery before flying)
  • What issues can arise from flying my drone in cold weather?
  • Why do my drone batteries lose capacity so quickly?
  • How do I keep my drone batteries warm?
  • What are some best practices for flying a drone in cold weather?
  • What are some good accessories I should consider getting?
  • What temperatures can I fly my drone in?

 

If you’re thinking these drone flying tips are just for people who are flying in the winter where there is snow, then you’re wrong ;)

You’ll likely experience issues whenever you’re in weather near/below 32 °F (0 °C) depending on the circumstances, so no, these tips aren’t just for situations when it snows.

I’ve personally flown in temperatures quite a bit lower than 32 °F (0 °C) with my DJI Phantom 4, like during my trip to Iceland, but most of the standard drones are designed to operate best in the 32 °F to 104 °F (0 °C to 40 °C) temperature range.

As always review your drone’s manual to see what the exact temperature range is for your drone. Here are some quick links to the recommend temperature ranges for the most popular drones based on the readers of this blog.

 

I recently experienced some cold weather in upstate New York that affected my DJI Inspire and DJI Phantom’s flights during the month of September and there wasn’t even a single flake of snow around.

This presented some problems for me and my crew because we had a shotlist that we needed to tackle and the cold weather was putting a damper on things.

Luckily, we had some tricks up our sleeves to combat the cold weather and everything ended up working out.

Curious to hear more? Check out my video tutorial below or read my written tutorial after the jump. Read More

The 10 Best Places to Show Off Your Drone Photos & Videos

This is a special post done in collaboration with me and Malek Murison who is freelance writer based in London.best-place-to-show-your-drone-photos-video-FB2

 

Below is a list of various websites & platforms for you to show off your best drone photos and drone videos.

For plenty of professional and amateur drone pilots it’s all about results. Sure, flying a drone is fun – but it’s a means to an end, right?

It’s safe to say that the ‘end’ is creating interesting aerial imagery, whether that be drone photos or drone videos.

The spectacular drone photos and drone videos you can get from an eye in the sky are the lasting mementos you take home after every flight.

One of the best things about our connected world is that we can now quickly share the things we are proud of with our friends, colleagues and potential clients.

So whether you’re looking to build a name for yourself or win new business, it goes without saying that you need to get your drone imagery out there in order to make an impression and get people to know your work even exists.

But where are the best places to show off your drone photos and videos?

What platforms should you choose to show off your piloting skills to potential clients or get your work recognized by leaders in the field?

Read More