Photography and Cinematography

Boston Start-Up Launches UAV Cinematography Contest

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UAO Staff on June 15, 2016

Fly4.Me, a Boston-based start-up providing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services, has launched a UAV video contest. The first-place winner will receive $350 in the form of a Visa gift card, the second-place winner will receive a Holy Stone quadcopter and [Read More]

EarthCam Air: Webcams and UAVs Merge to Create Geospatial Jobsite Models

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UAO Staff on June 02, 2016

EarthCam will be providing drone and aerial imagery services under the title EarthCam Air, which combines the company’s webcam technology with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services, cloud-based storage solutions and distribution tools for sharing video content. Founded in 1996, New [Read More]

SkyPixel Launches 360-Degree Panorama Contest for Drone Users

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UAO Staff on May 31, 2016

SkyPixel, an aerial photography community run in cooperation with drone company DJI, has launched the 360-degree Panorama Contest. The contest is seeking 360-degree panoramas, which allow viewers to immerse themselves in the world of the photographer and can also be [Read More]

Science Channel Premieres ‘DRONED’ Series This Summer

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UAO Staff on May 26, 2016

This summer, Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications Inc., is premiering a series called “DRONED,” which will explore the impact of consumer drones for various applications. The series, which is shot on location in countries including the Bahamas, Mexico, [Read More]

DJI App Now Allows Live Drone Video Streaming to Facebook

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UAO Staff on May 23, 2016

DJI has launched an update to its DJI GO app to give users the ability to broadcast live video from their aerial platforms directly to Facebook. DJI says the first-ever Facebook Live video from a drone was streamed during Facebook’s [Read More]

British Drone Cinematography Company Comes to Los Angeles

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UAO Staff on May 10, 2016

U.K.-based drone cinematography company Cloud 12 is coming across the pond by opening a new office in Los Angeles. According to the company, the move will allow Cloud 12 to work in closer collaboration with the thriving film industry in [Read More]

Drone Captures Footage of Leo DiCaprio’s Two-Mile Island in Belize

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UAO Staff on April 29, 2016

Will Mitchell, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Belize, recently deployed a drone to capture footage of actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s new private island, Blackadore Caye, located a few miles off the coast of the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. [Read More]

Aerial MOB’s Industrial Business and Assets Acquired by 5D Robotics

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UAO Staff on April 27, 2016

Carlsbad, Calif.-based 5D Robotics Inc. has acquired the industrial assets and intellectual property of drone cinematography company Aerial MOB LLC. In turn, 5D Robotics has formed its 5D Aerial division, which will provide 3D mapping, photogrammetry, and thermal and multispectral [Read More]

This Year’s NAB Show Features Extensive Focus on Drones

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UAO Staff on April 18, 2016

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says its annual conference and expo, held April 16-21 in Las Vegas, is featuring a broad slate of sessions and exhibits dedicated to trends in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). On Wednesday, April 20, NAB [Read More]

Aerial Photography, Inspection Top List of FAA-Approved Business Uses for UAS

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UAO Staff on April 15, 2016

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis that finds 38 types of business operations have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commercially in the National Airspace [Read More]

London Drone Film Festival Kicks off on May 23

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 01, 2016

The London Drone Film Festival (LDFF) is coming to the city’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on Monday, May 23. The LDFF, showcasing drone-captured work from filmmakers around the world, will include 10 categories of competition. All entries should be no [Read More]

Race Between Jaguar XJ and DJI Drone Demos UAS for Stunt Filming

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UAO Staff on March 17, 2016

In a recent cat-and-mouse challenge, a Jaguar XJ, driven by movie stunt driver Mark Higgins, took on drone pilot and racer JaeHong Li, who flew a DJI Inspire 1 aircraft at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China. According to DJI, [Read More]

NFL’s Rams Green-Lighted for Drones at Practice, for Cinematography

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UAO Staff on March 14, 2016

The Los Angeles Rams (formerly the St. Louis Rams) have become the latest National Football League (NFL) team to receive a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial drone operations. According to last week’s granted exemption, [Read More]

A Quick Overview of Guidance, Major Laws for Drone Videographers

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UAO Staff on March 14, 2016

To alleviate confusion regarding the commercial use of drones – particularly when using them to shoot video – AllDigital Inc. has put together an infographic to give a quick overview of guidance and major laws U.S. operators should be aware [Read More]

3DR Offers Free Instructional eBook for Aerial Photographers

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UAO Staff on March 04, 2016

Berkeley, Calif.-based drone company 3DR has released what it says is a free instructional eBook dedicated to aerial photography with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). 3DR describes the book as a “complete guide to getting the shot, with tips, tricks and [Read More]

Security Organization Claims Media Has Rights to Use Drones for Journalism

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UAO Staff on March 03, 2016

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s representative on freedom of the media says the the use of drones for journalism “constitutes an integral part of the right to freedom of information.”

Drone Imagery Solutions Provider Inks $1.55M Funding Round

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UAO Staff on February 24, 2016

BetterView, a San Francisco-based provider of drone imagery solutions for businesses, says it has closed a $1.55 million fundraising round, led by Arena Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures and other angel investors, including 500 Startups, Haystack, MetaProp NYC and Router Ventures. Founded [Read More]

BBC’s Planet Earth II to Incorporate UAV-Captured Footage

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UAO Staff on February 23, 2016

Planet Earth II – a series on BBC One, a channel of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) in the U.K. – will be premiering later this year in ultra HD and incorporating footage from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Produced by [Read More]

Newsgathering Associations Voice Support for Micro UAS Amendment

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UAO Staff on February 17, 2016

Noting the potential for newsgathering operations, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) have voiced their support of the recently approved micro unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) classification in the [Read More]

Universities Claim Number of Spots in Recent String of Drone Exemptions

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UAO Staff on February 16, 2016

Of the 3,385 Section 333 exemptions granted to date by the Federal Aviation Administration, a number of them in the most recent string of exemptions belonged to colleges and universities. In February alone, the following have been given the green [Read More]