Announcing this month's featured drone pilot: Rich White! Rich (aka Visually Rich) is a 26 year old drone pilot from England. He started with a Blade 350qx2 and attached his GoPro to get aerial shots, but since then he’s upgraded to a Phantom, Spark, Inspire 1 and Mavic 2 Pro. He’s been a been tagging our Instagram feed since the beginning and is always coming out with great content. He has a very beach, water, light-themed Instagram account that is definitely worth checking out!
How were you introduced into the world of photography/videography?
My uncle was always a passionate photographer and loves his tech. It inspired me growing up, to the point I thought I was the official photographer at his wedding aged 12. Ever since I’ve always wanted the latest tech and currently shoot on a Sony A6000 and my trusty iPhone X.
How did you get started into photography with a drone?
With aerial photography in particular, this came from a love and respect for the skies, since my grandad was a Red Arrows Pilot. I’m not quite as skilled as he is, so I’ll stick to my drone.
Do you use your drone for commercial work? How did you get started in commercial work?
I’m fortunate enough to have completed my CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) qualification through my current full time employers. I work in sports marketing and am regularly creating content for clients, this seems like an awesome value add for them and also a win win for me.
How do you typically find clients for aerial photography/videography?
As mentioned above, most jobs are through my current employers for their clients, meaning I don’t have to actively look for new clients or market myself. Having said that, I do get enquiries through over Instagram, either on my personal profile or on @DroneRookies. The final way is just to grind away. I cold call / email places I’d love to shoot and see if we can come to an arrangement.
Did you go to school for photography/videography or are you self taught?
Self taught in the main, apart from the drone qualification. I’m lucky to have spent a lot of time with some really inspirational photographers and videographers who have helped me along the way. A couple in particular I’d like to shout out are @dom.thomas and a two man team called That Jam.
What’s you favorite photo or video you’ve ever taken?
It’s a project I worked on with That Jam (mentioned above), you have to see it to appreciate it so I’ll leave the link here...
To get a piece of content on the FIFA World Cup channels right before a World Cup was awesome and the team I worked with were just awesome.
What’s the most difficult part of being an aerial photographer/videographer?
Setting yourself apart. There’s a lot of people out there doing the same, try to find your niche and grind away.
What inspires you to get out and shoot?
It’s as simple as saying, a love for the skies and the content you can shoot from a unique perspective. I keep thinking, 10 years ago we’d have to hire a helicopter to get the gold we get now with a simple drone flight. We really are lucky.
What’s your best piece of advice for anyone just starting out with drone photography/videography?
Get out there and don’t be afraid to try different things. Do what you love and not what will get you likes on Instagram. That’s not the way to do it, although it feels great when a post ‘blows up’, it may not be for the right reasons.
What’s your current drone/photography setup?
Inspire 1 and the Mavic Pro 2 is on the way.
What editing programs do you use?
Mainly just Lightroom and more often than not, just the mobile version. I’ve synced across my own personal preset and then tweak from there.