Drone of choice?
I fly a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
But really… Drone of choice?
Depends on the situation… For travelling there’s nothing I’d rather fly than the Mavic, it’s awesome because it’s small and portable, and still takes great quality images… but I’d love an Inspire 2 as well!
Number 1 piece of kit (other than your Mavic, obviously) that you couldn’t live without?
Go Pro. It’s super good for everything. Takes amazing photos and it’s so convenient to carry and operate.
What drew you to flying drones?
I think as a child I always wanted a helicopter to video my life… a drone is as close as I’ve got to that dream!
How did you end up becoming a drone pilot?
I’ve flown drones recreationally for years – I love making films and drone shots are great scene setters.
What are the main advantages of using a drone over more traditional aerial filming, like mast or helicopters?
The portability and cost – It’s much cheaper than getting helicopters. Mast photography is still a good option as you get high quality images from the cameras on them but they can’t get into confined spaces like drones can.
With the technology moving on so quickly, what innovations do you see drones bringing to productions in the future?
I’d like to see 360 degree cameras on drones soon.
What do you love the most… the flying, taking the shots or editing?
I like the whole process – when you get ‘the shot’ that’s a good feeling, but it’s all a part of a process.
What software do you use to edit?
Final Cut Pro X for video and Lightroom Classic for stills.
What’s your editing style?
Choppy with lots of camera angles – I like to show the journey and story. I like mixing wide angle shots with point of view.
What is the process of becoming a fully licensed drone pilot and what advice would you give to someone thinking about training?
Don’t be scared – if you are interested you’ll find it easier to learn and pass the exam. Make sure you practise lots of flying with gps turned off. You’ve got to keep your calm – they are trying to make sure you know what to do if things go wrong.
Top place you’ve ever flown your drone?
I really liked Bali but I love going back to the Alps every year – you can’t beat drone shots in the mountains.
Video or stills?
Video but I am really enjoying stills at the moment while I’m practising my Lightroom skills.
We know you’re a Top Gun fan. Now you’re officially a pilot, what’s your pilot name going to be?
That’s obvious – Magic..Al
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