Hello everyone! I thought I'd start a thread to help all those just getting started. Many of these tips can be applied to your other video/photography also. So here we go... Tip #1 - Light is everything! All the photos and video you take are dependent on some sort of light source. When I think about lighting, I first divide it into two groups, natural lighting vs. studio lighting. Now of course there are many variations like using fill-flash or windows but I'm referring to what is used for the key light. Since we fly outdoors I'll obviously be addressing the natural light source otherwise known as "the sun". Usually the best lighting occurs at sunrise and sunset. This is for a number of reasons. One is the warmth of the light. As the sun rays are forced to travel through more of our atmosphere the blue spectrum is absorbed while the yellow/red spectrum is able to penetrate further. That's why sunsets are red. The second reason has to do with contrast and form. For us to see shapes as shapes, they need to have some sort of volume. Think of a large tree. When the sun is directly over-head everything has a sort of 2D look. When the light is low in the sky one side the tree will be lit and the other will be in the shade. This contrast is what gives the trees volume to look 3D. The contrast also adds interest to your photos and videos. You can't control the sun but you can control your alarm clock. I love sunrise shoots for a couple of reasons. One is the wind is usually calmer. In many places the windiest times are in the late afternoons. I live in the windiest place on earth so I have to constantly watch the weather. I set my alarm clock to wake up before sunrise. My goal is to be screwing on props in the dark using a flashlight. Then I'll finish my coffee while I think about my flight paths. I always set my white balance to cloudy to give my video that warm feeling. I'll launch right before the sun peaks it's head above the mountains. I've always had my best shots early or late in the day. True story...A few weeks ago I did a sunrise session at Rowena Overlook. I arrived in the dark and there was already a couple of pros setting up. We all shot for a couple of hours. The sunrise was insane! When the light was gone we all started packing up. About that time all the amateurs started showing up. One group walked past with $5000 cameras and carbon fiber tripods. I just had to laugh... Stay tuned for more tips!