Drones have smooth point-of-interest, follow-me, and tripod modes with a 20-megapixel, one-inch sensor for detailed photos and 4K video (two Phantom 4 Pros for backup and extra batteries). Another 21-megapixel drone (Anafi) is unobtrusively super quiet and not noticed by people at events. Pilot is FAA Part 107 certificated. Complementing is a 4K 30-magapixel professional camera (Canon 5D4) with zoom lenses, or an actioncam on a flowing gimbal stabilizer, or a 360 camera — or yet another DSLR camera for coverage with timed editing and picture-in-picture. Methods employ external and lavalier mics, flash modifiers, motorized pan and fluid-head tripods, and live broadcast to social media.
Processing is done with Final Cut Pro effects and Luminar and Pixelmator corrections. Current training and applications for Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc. Background includes M.A. degree in Communications, newspaper, corporate and military photography and writing. Journalism training looks for human-interest photos that “tell a story.” But not much inclination for contests where award winners seem rather mediocre. The news media have used my drone photo/video files shared on events.
I am selecting some favorites for the galleries on this page. Tap on the thumbnails to see larger views. Then tap on the image for fuller resolution. Framed 19×13 prints can be had for $50.
Please go to the links on the About page in the Menu for more photos on Flickr, Dronestagram, and my Facebook page. Best of all, I think, are my videos on YouTube, which often took days to edit each in Final Cut Pro.
I took a WordPress class through Continuing Ed. This website, hosted by Network Solutions, may change, although I want to keep it simple. I like having more control than just a Facebook page where my videos get blocked by a “gotcha” copyright algorithm.
After struggling with plugins, I settled on Envira Gallery and MetaSlider, plus Google Fonts. I used WP Smush to set a maximum 1280 pixel width so that photos load quickly — but bear in mind they look and print better from full size. The main gallery on this page was re-smushed to 2560 pixels, and there is a page of selected photos at full size. The Header video doesn’t work on mobile devices. I could mess with the code on display size. But video backgrounds generally are not available on mobile devices, so it is replaced by a static Media Poster image. (Mobile users may not be happy if you start a video streaming that consumes monthly traffic, so this is considered as a best practice in web development.)