RotorDrone Magazine – Making the cover photo

RotorDrone Magazine – Making the cover photo

In our business we are lucky to work with some great people in the publishing world, and one of the best out there has to be our photographer Tony Donaldson.  He is one of the people responsible for the latest RotorDrone Magazine cover and we enjoyed working with him on that project.  Tony did a nice little write-up on that cover photo shoot and we thought we would share it. Enjoy


RotorDrone Magazine


Look, Up In The Sky: It’s A Drone… FREEZE (it)!
I was recently assigned to shoot a cover and feature on the hottest quadcopter on the market, the new DJI Inspire 1. This has been designed from the ground up by DJI to be a ready-to-fly system with a 4K camera and the ability for two operators; one controlling the drone and one controlling the camera, all for FAR less than anything else on the market on this level. They took what they learned from the Phantom platform, their incredibly successful and virtually ubiquitous quadcopter, and built it into this incredible new drone.

Check out Director of Photography, Philip Bloom’s description of the Inspire 1. There’s some incredible samples of the type of footage that you can get from this drone that’s easily on-par with drones that cost well into the 5-figures.

Betty Nero, Creative Director at Air Age Media, assigned me this great shoot. Air Age publishes the industry-standard magazines about all things radio controlled, from planes to cars to boats to drones. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with these guys for many years as a freelancer, shooting not only amazing R/C vehicles, but the people who are the best in the world at making them do what they do. And often pushing the very limits of what their manufacturers designed them to do.

To see more check out Tony’s write up on the behind the scenes at a drone shoot.


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  1. Nice article on the trials and tribulations of shooting outdoors!

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