Dec 14 2017
Yet again, we find ourselves at the end of another year. It has flown by, but it has still been a good year and we owe our thanks for that to our family, friends, colleagues and clients.
To sum up the year, we sat down with Ryan Thomas, the Aerialshots Founder and Chief-Drone-Pilot, to give us…
Dec 01 2017
We love drones. We love the tech behind them. We love flying them. And we love the beautiful shots we get from them. For us, a drone is not just one of the tools we use in our day job. It is an exciting part of our lifestyle.
It is for this reason that drones are…
Nov 13 2017
It is always fun to watch a good explosion on TV. It is even better to watch it in real life (that is, a planned explosion with strict safety rules to ensure you live through it). As drone pilots, we get to capture interesting aspects of other people’s lives. And recently, this meant witnessing a…
Oct 12 2017
In the last year, I have taken many trips throughout Africa on drone shoots. And I have had the chance to experience some amazing sites: the enormity of an avenue of baobabs, exploring a private island and seeing a coral atoll from the air.
Every time I travel, I am always happy to come home. Not…
Jun 29 2017
A drone is just a tool. What we do with that tool is what gives it it’s value.
For the military, a drone is a weapon. For the hobbyists, a drone is a toy. For the cinematographers, a drone is a new angle.
But these are just the well-known uses of drones. Their potential is one that…
Jun 08 2017
When you are up in the air, the city sprawls endlessly below you. Some parts are beautifully lush and green, others are a cluster of skyrises reflecting the sun off their walls of windows.
Still others are industrial, brown or unattractive. You can see a range of housing lifestyles – the large mansions with their gardens,…
Mar 16 2017
Life as an aerial photographer and videographer, has changed rapidly over the last few years. Ryan Thomas, the Chief Drone Pilot and one of the founders of AerialShots tells us his story of life up in the air.
Chapter One: The Elitist High-Flyer
In the old days, if someone wanted an aerial shot, I had two choices:…
Feb 13 2017
Liberia isn’t the easiest (or quickest) place to get to, but it is where our nameless drone-hero lives.
It took us 36 hours to fly from Johannesburg, to Kenya, to Nigeria before we finally landed in Liberia and then we still had a significant drive to our shoot location.
But there was no good news awaiting us…
Feb 06 2017
Ryan has travelled internationally with the drone many times, but Angola was the first place that customs officials pulled him over. They were fascinated and baffled by this equipment. Was he a spy, they wanted to know?
After explaining that drone was like a camera that could fly, they were even more convinced that he was…
Jan 30 2017
Filming a shack fire can be hazardous. And not because of the fire, but rather the foam used extinguish it.
Film a demonstration testing a fire-proof product for shacks. A selection of shacks will be treated with the product, while others won’t and all will be set alight in front of a grandstand of invited guests.