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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Setting yourself apart. There’s a lot of people out there doing the same, try to find your niche and grind away.
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.
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.
Inspire 1 and the Mavic Pro 2 is on the way.
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.
I'm a designer from Cleveland, Ohio and love to shoot photos & videos. I made my first website in 2004 to show friends photos & videos (before YouTube/Flickr were things) and have been shooting and designing ever since! I have a deep passion for making and helping others create.
Learn the entrie process of flying, shooting, editing and sharing.
Learn the do's and dont's, as well as common pilot mistakes and how to fix them.
Our privately hosted drone community offers a place to post your work, ask questions and talk to your classmates and your instructor, me!
All skill levels welcome, from beginners to advanced pilots.
Drones and technology move pretty quickly. I will add more lessons to the courses every month and update lessons as new information becomes available.
Answer common questions and get tips and tricks for your specific drone.
Ensure you're flying safely and have a consistent plan with a preflight checklist. Use these lists to fly safely and not forget anything before and during flight.