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Fstoppers Post: If You're Flying a Drone in a National Park Without a Permit, You're Hurting the Industry

Fstoppers Post: If You're Flying a Drone in a National Park Without a Permit, You're Hurting the Industry

In this article for Fstoppers, I discuss how the National Park Service in the United States is one of the few organizations with clear policies regarding the use of drones, or small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) on their property. There are some pilots who ignore these rules, and it makes doing business as a licensed operator very difficult. Be sure to read the comments for some very interesting speculation about future developments, changes, and what other people see as a solution.

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Gear Review: The URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema Camera from Blackmagic for Fstoppers

Gear Review: The URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema Camera from Blackmagic for Fstoppers

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K RAW Camera is a high end video camera that I was fortunate to check out for a few days while shooting some climbing and documentary b-roll around Kentucky. The technical specs are out of this world: 4608 x 2592 pixel capture, RAW recording, and a whopping 15 stops of dynamic range, all in a $5,000 package. Read all about it in my full review on Fstoppers.

 

https://fstoppers.com/gear/fstoppers-review-blackmagic-ursa-mini-46k-raw-cinema-camera-155172

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Fstoppers Post: Traveling Photographer and Filmmaker Checklist for Flights and Packing Bags

Fstoppers Post: Traveling Photographer and Filmmaker Checklist for Flights and Packing Bags

In this article I wrote for Fstoppers, I used my recent airline travel experiences to outline a number of tips and questions that a traveling filmmaker or photographer should consider. Late flights, gate-checked bags, and picking a travel backpack that best suits your needs. This and more in the full post.

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Fstoppers Post: The Making of an Industrial Promotional Video with Timelapses, Sliders, and Crafty Editing

Fstoppers Post: The Making of an Industrial Promotional Video with Timelapses, Sliders, and Crafty Editing

I shared with the audience of Fstoppers, who are always hungry for new behind the scenes content, this informative piece about a promotional video Wilkinson Visual made in 2014. It features motion timelapses, slow motion, and a tricky "match-cut" sequence.

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Fstoppers Post: Hands On with the DJI Inspire Quadcopter, Capturing 4K Aerial Video

Fstoppers Post: Hands On with the DJI Inspire Quadcopter, Capturing 4K Aerial Video

In the last few months, I've given myself a crash-course (small pun intended) in flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones as they are commonly called. Specifically, I was using the DJI Inspire Quadcopter, and in this fstoppers article I shard my experiences and opinions on that system for aerial video capture.

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Fstoppers Post: 12 Tips On How To Work From Home As A Freelance Video Editor

Fstoppers Post: 12 Tips On How To Work From Home As A Freelance Video Editor

While sharing drinks with a friend, he started inquiring as to how I’m able to supplement my income with video editing projects. The more we talked, the more I realized that a lot of people have the ability and skill to do it, but they don’t understand the small things that can make or break being successful at it. In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned about being a freelance editor.

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Two Weeks As A Behind The Scenes Shooter For RGG EDU Photography Tutorials

Two Weeks As A Behind The Scenes Shooter For RGG EDU Photography Tutorials

This all started when I was in North Carolina, producing a corporate video project that had been in development for more than six months. I was directing a crew all week long to shoot interviews and b-roll at a huge electronics repair facility. After one of our shoot days, I saw a job posting from photographer Zach Sutton and Gary Martin of RGG EDU, both of whom happen to be fellow writers with me at fstoppers.com. They needed a behind the scenes shooter in Albuquerque for about a week.

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Fstoppers Post: Tips For Rebuilding Your Freelance Business In A New City

A subject I know all too well: Relocating. When it comes to building a video production and photography business, it can take years to cultivate good clients, get high paying and interesting projects, and form relationships with reliable help. If you move, losing that local network can take a huge toll on your business.

Read the full article on Fstoppers.com.

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Fstoppers Post: Thinking Of Crowdfunding Your Next Video Project? Learn From My Failed Attempt

During its 30-day run, and weeks of planning that went into it beforehand, I got my own crash course in fundraising and marketing while trying to raise $10,000 through Kickstarter for the Ascending India project. I’ll share what I learned in this article.

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Fstoppers Post: Review of the Aviator Carbon Fiber Travel Jib

My passion is shooting outdoor lifestyle and documentary projects, and those shoots often require me to be on the go and in remote areas. Historically, getting an expensive jib or crane in those locations was not possible. With the Aviator Carbon Fiber Travel Jib, taking a jib into the field is not only possible, but easy for everyone. I reviewed this piece of equipment in a video and written article for fstoppers.com.

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Fstoppers Post: Why I Quit My Job To Do What I Love, And Why You Should Too

I just quit my full time job of six years as a video producer at a local college. A decent salary, good benefits, and the security that came with it… all gone. I’m now focusing on my dream project called Ascending India and I might go broke trying to make it. In this article I wrote for Fstoppers, I discuss why I made this decision, and how others can make it happen too.

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