A New Perspective - Andrew McLean Photography

31 December 2017

I recently picked up a new drone which includes a very good stable camera.  Its a DJI Phantom 4Pro which includes a 20Mp, 1" CMOS sensor, with a 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) lens with a range of f/2.8 - f/11.  It can save images in both JPEG and RAW format ideal for post production.  Looking forward to getting some ND filters help produce some stunning landscapes but even without them the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) functionality does a great job.

Although flying a drone commercially is very restrictive, I have obtained the necessary clearances from CASA to fly and take photos or video so I'm looking forward taking  photographs and even video from a new perspective.

For those interested, you can fly a drone commercially as long as you have a CASA ARN and RPAS notification ID and fly your sub 2Kg drone in accordance with the following restrictions.  Even flying socially or for fun you must abide by these restrictions.

- You must only fly during the day and keep your drone within visual line-of sight or close enough to see. 
- Maintain orientation and achieve accurate flight and tracking.
- You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres AGL.
- You must only fly your drone during the daytime only (not after sunset).
- You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people.
- You must keep your drone away from prohibited/restricted areas.
- You must not fly your drone over or above people. This could include beaches, parks, events, or sports ovals where there is a game in progress.
- You must keep your drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes (one with an operating control tower). Flying within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) is possible, but only if no manned aircraft are operating to or from that aerodrome.
- You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a traffic accident, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue.
- You can only fly one drone at a time.

I will add more photos to this slide show as they are taken.

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