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    Quote Originally Posted by tallen View Post
    Yes, could hire a pro, but what we would want to shoot is so dependent on weather and tides it would be really difficult to schedule....
    Last time I checked, we know the tide schedule years in advance and weather at least several days in advance. The weather is something that any experienced drone operator is used to working around. It's outdoor work, they know about the weather.

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    Really, I have heard all these argument many times over. They generally boil down to "I am looking for a reason to buy a cool new toy". If someone wants a toy, they are adults and can buy one. But don't try to create a business argument for doing it. Just say you want the cool toy. (And they are cool)
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    In my case I am sure I am not looking to buy a cool new toy. I have no doubts that is a motivation for many people. Probably one of the motivating factors is that I saw some cool video one of my competitors shot using a drone. Perhaps it is a case of p---s envy.
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    To be honest, I also really want to buy a drone. But even with the amount of work we could possibly do, there is just not a business justification.

    FYI - if you are planning on using the video for advertising, be sure to follow all the legal requirements. They apply to ALL commercial use of the product INCLUDING work you do for yourself. So you can't just order a drone and start shooting advertisements. While the feds, may or may not catch you and same goes for the local police, your insurance isn't going to pay a claim for anything you do illegally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    In my case I am sure I am not looking to buy a cool new toy. I have no doubts that is a motivation for many people. Probably one of the motivating factors is that I saw some cool video one of my competitors shot using a drone. Perhaps it is a case of p---s envy.
    That's a sound reason, but did they shoot it themselves, or hire someone to do it?

    I see both side of it. If you understand that you're going to have to learn how to use it, and something about photography and probably editing your own videos...then OK.
    However, what you seem to be doing is making a lot of assumptions about what your competitors are doing without knowing for sure.

    I'm all for buying a drone, and I don't need a reason. Just be realistic about your own abilities and be serious about learning how to use it and take professional photography. Much like my attempt at voice overs, doing it wrong would have been far worse than not doing it at all.

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    Also - The drone is not the only thing needed to make the videos. You will likely want some software to edit the video. Depending on the computer you current have, you may need an upgrade or new one to handled the editing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    That's a sound reason, but did they shoot it themselves, or hire someone to do it?
    They shot it themselves but it was a friend's drone so he had some experience in running it.

    I have always done our photography. Many of the photos I use have the background changed and I probably spend about as much of my time working in Photoshop as I do any program. Right now we have a major catalog company adding our products and the photos we had did not meet their requirements so I am practically living and breathing Photoshop. I would guess the week before the show I put 40 hours just working in Photoshop.

    I have also edited our videos before and have been doing that for a long time. I started when VHS tapes were the rage and used an MX-1 as a mixer. I still have the MX-1 and the title unit that went with it up in my attic. Going digital was a nice change and I have edited the videos before on my existing computer. If I went 4K then perhaps my computer might have a problem but I don't know since I never tried it. I have used Roxio Creator to edit my videos but do have Adobe Premier (CS-3) which I probably should start playing with.

    From a legal standpoint I believe you need to register a drone with the FAA and of course need proper permissions for what you are photographing or videoing but that is all the regulations I am aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    From a legal standpoint I believe you need to register a drone with the FAA and of course need proper permissions for what you are photographing or videoing but that is all the regulations I am aware of.
    That would be for non-commercial use of the drone. You need to review this summary: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf. There is some testing and certification requirements. They are not hard, but there is a backlog.
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    Thanks for letting me know about that. Our government seems to try to make everything a bit of a pain but in this case since there is the possibility of damage, death and terrorism it is probably good that they do regulate things the way they do.
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    I'm glad the rolled back the requirements to taking a simple test. They basically want to make sure that the people using them keep them away from planes and other people. Before they modified the requirements you had to have a pilot license to operate commercially.

    There is also the possibility of local and state laws.
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    As with everything ( except driving) some idiot will do something that upsets a lot of people and those people will DEMAND that something be done with this new fangled technology, and we'll pivot too far to account for that one thing. And then commercial drone operators and hobbyists will get together and lobby for legislation to exclude or include certain things to protect themselves and keep others out of the market. And then someone will sue, so there will be more regulation on the other regulation to correct the things they did wrong on the first legislation. Before you know it there will be an entire book of regulations for drones that make it costly for the average person to get into the business, while everyone else has to jump through all the hoops.

    And that's how over regulation happens.


    It's weird how we don't do that with cars. It's pretty much, watch this video, study for this multiple choice test ( here are the answers by the way), drive around the block, Good. Here's the keys. Good luck out there. "Look out! Coming through!".

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