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By Bethany Clark

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This usually goes without saying, but we're going to say it: when it comes to drones, not following the rules can have consequences.

According to the Associated Press, a Northern California man accused of flying a drone over two NFL games last weekend and dropping political leaflets has been arrested. Police cited Tracy Michael Mapes, 55, with misdemeanor charges and released him after a drone was spotted over Levi's Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks played.


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By Bethany Clark

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Calling all drone photographers! If you are a PPA member that wants to expand your business by incorporating professional drone photography into your product offerings, consider becoming a Certified Drone Photographer!

The Certified Drone Photographer designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the drone photography industry. It assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience, competence, and ability, as well as a compliance with all legal and safety considerations pursuant to operating drone equipment. 

Basically, it assures that not only can you fly a drone legally and knowledgeably, but you can also capture excellent photographs while doing it!

Photographers who earn their Certified Drone Photographer credential do so to demonstrate their expertise in flying drones and taking photographs from drones, gain an edge in advertising their services, and further justify the price of their services.

To qualify for the certification, you have to be a PPA member and have the following: 

  • FAA Section 333 Certificate OR Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance
  • UAS Registration Number
  • Logbook summarizing 30 hours of Flight Time

After that, you simply have to apply for the exam! Once you pass, you will have earned your Certified Drone Photographer designation. For more information or to get started on your path to drone photography certification, head to PPA.com/DroneCertification!


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By Bethany Clark
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Did you get a drone for Christmas? We can only imagine the delight you're feeling! There's little that can compare to getting something that you really want, especially if that item has the unique capability of simultaneously boosting your business. 

Now that you've got one, what's next? Read on for the plethora of resources that PPA has prepared for you, the actions you need to begin taking, and the in-person experience that you can have in a couple of weeks!

  1. Visit PPA.com/Drones for all the information you need about registering your drone, becoming a drone pilot, insurance options, and soon, how to get you Drone-Photography Certified! Also browse these articles for a vast array of information all about drones!  
  2. Check out these comprehensive videos on PPAedu about Drone Photography! Drone experts Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington from DJI  go over everything from safety and etiquette rules to tips on flying. These programs are available online 24/7 to all PPA members. Take advantage of them to get your buzzing edge!
  3. Come to Imaging USA to explore the Drone Zone! This brand new program features 10 classes with all you need to learn about drone photography, especially how to incorporate them safely, legally, and profitably into your photography business. The Drone Zone walks you through all of your options, in-person, with experts on hand to answer all of your questions! You'll be able to watch drones in action, participate in demos, learn best practices for a sustainable business, and so much more.

Whew! Getting a drone for Christmas makes for a very merry holiday indeed! See you at Imaging USA, January 8-10, 2017! Register today!

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By Bethany Clark

Tempted to get a drone for Christmas but don't know which one is for you? Professional Photographer Magazine reviewed 8 drones that are safe, high-quality, and ready to fly. Check out the recommendations on the best drones for photographers. 

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And for those coming to San Antonio in January, there's a bonus Christmas gift for you: The Drone Zone at Imaging USA! This brand new program features 10 classes with all you need to learn about drone photography, especially how to incorporate them safely, legally, and profitably into your photography business. At the Drone Zone, you can watch drones in action, participate in demos, learn best practices for a sustainable business, and so much more. 

Best of all: The Drone Zone is available to all attendees, whether you have an All-Access Pass to Imaging USA or the Expo-only Pass (which you can get free with promo code FB2017)! Register today and we'll see you January 8-10, 2017 in San Antonio!

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