Allianz

We recently completed an incredible project, after an intense four day shoot with Allianz Global Investors and Spectrecom Films in the UK.

Assisting the Director and DP in capturing all necessary footage on location, we were also responsible to fill all necessary drone aerials since we're experienced and licensed cinematographers and drone pilots by the FAA.

The footage was stunning, and some of the most beautiful cotton farms we have ever visited. Take a look at the project below, and we couldn't be prouder of this collaboration with our friends in the UK.

UAV Coach

UAV Coach Launches $2,000 Drone Technology College Scholarship, Aims to Highlight Ways Drones Are Being Used for Good

 

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UAV Coach recently launched a scholarship for U.S. college students that will provide $2,000 total, with two awards of $1,000 each.

The main requirement for winning the scholarship is for students to write an essay that explores how drones are changing the world for the better. The essay topics range from how drones can be used for good, to the use of drones in STEM education, to how drones will change our world over the next ten years.

 

As technology improves and drones get less and less expensive, we’re seeing a proliferation of different niche applications, from uses in agriculture, mining, surveying, fire fighting, and much, much more. UAV Coach wants to hear from thoughtful college students inspired by drone technology from all walks of life—when they think about the possibilities and the future of the drone industry, what do they imagine?

 

UAV Coach has always been first and foremost about education. This college scholarship, along with the high school scholarship we launched last year, fit perfectly into our mission of providing training and resources to the drone industry. We’re thrilled to be supporting young people in pursuing their educational goals while also helping to push the drone industry forward.

 

- Alan Perlman, CEO and Co-Founder of UAV Coach

 


Eligibility requirements for UAV Coach’s college scholarship are simple: Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university at the time of receiving the award, but may apply before being enrolled (i.e., high school seniors are eligible to apply).

 

That’s it.

 

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Winners will be announced May 10, 2018. The two winning essays will be published on the UAV Coach website

 

To learn more, and to apply, visit the Drone Technology College Scholarship webpage.

 

High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots

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UAV Coach also offers a scholarship to high school students that provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School, their remote test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 test.

Applications for the high school scholarship are accepted on a rolling basis, and there are no limits to the number of scholarships that will be awarded. The first 100 high school scholarship recipients to take the Part 107 test will also have their test fee covered (up to $150).

As drones get more sophisticated and less expensive, more and more people are becoming curious about finding work in the drone industry, and interested in exploring ways they might be able to make a part-time income, or even a living, working with drones.

The high school scholarship provides students with an opportunity to start down the path to a possible career in the drone industry, knowing that an interest in drones could dovetail with an interest in engineering, cinematography, surveying, or a plethora of other possible occupations.

To learn more about UAV Coach’s high school scholarship, visit the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots webpage.


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Product

Our photography background has evolved like any creative form throughout the years, and we've been fortunate enough to be able to dabble in a variety of documentary, travel and portrait photography.

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We have also been hired a few times to work on product marketing photography, and now with the advent of the legal cannabis industry in California, we want to expand and offer our services to the cannabis industry.

Check out some of our favorite shots over the years, with plenty of more to come soon.

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Portraits

We're constantly organizing our photography portfolio and archives, and every now and then it's good to reflect back on some of our favorite images.

Photographing people is one of our favorite things. Over the course of several years we've had a chance to photography dozens of people in both studio settings or as in more lifestyle/documentary shoots. We love it.

That intimate vulnerable space that you as a photographer you share with the person in front of the camera, that singular moment you want to capture with an emotion, it all comes together to. tell a bit of a story to the viewer. To inspire curiosity. To question.

Do you want to be photographed by us? Shoot as e-mail, and learn more about our process.

 
Sunrise

We're not all about film and video production if you have seen our work over the past few years. We also love photography, and recently we did a short hike up Mt. Tam State Park in San Francisco to study some mushrooms growing in the wild and watch the sunrise over the San Francisco Bay.

Shot on iPhone X

There's nothing short of inspiring than walking at night up a mountain and stop to see the slow sunrise over the city.

Shot on our A7Rii and a 90mm lens

We don't go foraging that often, but we were happy to have someone in our group who understood the different subtleties in mushroom varieties, and it was incredible to photograph up close some of these amazing creations of nature.

 Macro shot with our 90mm macro lens and the A7Rii

Macro shot with our 90mm macro lens and the A7Rii

The intricate details of each mushroom are a wonder to behold and photograph to say the least. Notice how all the different details, color and shape, emerge so organically from these little beings.

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A7Rii and 90mm Macro

As usual, feel free to check out Afonso's 500px profile or Photoshelter for more photo stories, or to buy any of these prints.

And yes, we even do corporate headshots, so it's not only mushrooms all the time...

Cotton Drone

As part of our most recent shoot with Allianz and Spectrecom Films in London, we wanted to share some of our favorite shots we filmed with our Inspire 2 for this commercial shoot.

Take a look at the video below, all filmed with the DJI Inspire 2 and either the 15mm or 42mm Olympus lessens, for some incredibly cinematic results.

The weather was really windy, so you can definitely see some drifting, but these are also not the final shots to be used in the commercial. Stay tuned!

Allianz

We just completed a week-long film shoot with our friends from Spectrecom Films in London, UK, and Allianz Global Investors.

Allianz hired Spectrecom to create a commercial film for one of their most recent projects, and Spectrecom chose us to help them out with the shoot in cinematography, logistics and aerial/drone captures.

We had an amazing shoot, using the C300mk2 as the main camera, some great lighting supplies by Kinoflo and Litepanels, our very own Inspire 2 for aerial shots, and a lot of other gear.

Check out the shoot photos below taken by the ever-useful iPhone X. The video will be completed and launched by the end of the year, so stay tuned here for updates.

iPhone X

We've been wanting to see what the new iPhone X is able to do in photography and video, so we couldn't be more excited to challenge ourselves (and anyone else who wants to join) this coming Saturday, November 4th.

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#iPhoneX_SF

An all-day photo walking tour of San Francisco, through the eyes of the new iPhone X.

If all goes according to plan we'll be setting up an iPhone X this coming Friday, and we'll be taking off to do a walkabout of San Francisco, starting at sunrise until we complete a full walking circle of the city.

Starting in the Haight Ashbury district, and traversing the diverse neighborhoods and sights of San Francisco, we want to limit ourselves to using the iPhone all day long to take photos, film some videos, and edit everything as we go. We're expecting to walk all day long, doing the whole waterfront and finishing off by walking through Golden Gate Park back into the Haight.

Will it work? Will we run out of batteries? Will it be exhausting? Will it be fun? Yes.

So join us.

Follow @afonso.salcedo on Instagram or look for #iPhoneX_SF.

let's see what happens Saturday.

 
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PS. If for whatever reason the delivery gets delayed we will post a warning about it and delay this experiment a bit.

Porto

We just recently returned from visiting the city of Porto, Portugal, and with it we brought a lot of travel photos that we took throughout.

Atlantic Ocean in a hazy dreamy fog.

One of our passions is photographing our travels, and Porto being a World Heritage Site and surrounded by both an Ocean and a River full of wineries, you can imagine how cinematic everything is.

Porto is a World Heritage Site, and the downtown areas are incredible to walk around in.

Take a look at some of the ones we added to our portfolio on Photoshelter, or check out our 500px/Instagram adventures for even more.

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THU
 

We're back at THU (Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn) for the 5th edition of this arts festival that encompasses the industries of film, video games, animation and traditional arts.

Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn takes place in Troia, Portugal.

It's one of the most inspiring week-long artistic adventures we've ever participated in and we couldn't be happier to be back and reconnect with some of the best talent in the world. This year, about 1,000 people will descend into this tiny paradise of a location near Lisbon, and over 70 countries are represented.

Sunrise over Troia, Portugal.

As part of the advisory board team, we will also do some Instagram takeovers throughout the week, and a few other surprises, so stay tuned!

The hallways of the Troia Design Hotel are ready for the hundreds of artists participating in the event.

For more information, visit the official website: http://trojan-unicorn.com.

Real Estate

We recently Brough our FAA-licensed drone, motion graphics know-how and production expertise to create this video for Branagh Realty, a high-end real estate companies in the Bay Area.

All filmed on-location in Lafayette, CA, with a seamless blend of animations, maps and aerial footage, including architectural renders, and we couldn't be prouder of our latest partnership with the team behind Branagh Realty.

Take a look below.

 
 
Drones

We are proud to announce that we are now officially licensed by the FAA to fly our drones for commercial usage.

We bring our cinematography and filmmaking experience to aerial images, between capturing stunning HD/4K footage and high-res photography, so that your content will never look the same again!

Aerial imaging is one of the highest return-on-investment features you can add to your videos and content, providing your viewers with an unforgettable perspective on events or locations. We can't stress highly enough how this will add value to your videos, and we are happy to be able to finally bring our high-end cinematic quality to aerial imaging as well.

Check out our full ad below, and hit us up for a quote!