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Rules regarding drones

Rules regarding drones

In the first place, what are the Rules regarding drones?

As an illustration, you can currently, walk into a shop that sells drones and walk out with one with just a receipt. Consequently, you don’t have to leave an address or show that you have the competence to fly one.

As a result, is this a recipe for a possible disaster?

Picture of a drone Rules regarding drones

Drone Code Rules Regarding Drones

On purchasing the drone, you might receive a document that says Drone Code when you purchase your drone. Accordingly, this document gives useful information on the limits imposed on drone flyers within the rules regarding drones.

These are:

  • Always keep the drone in sight.
  • Always fly below 400ft from the ground
  • Keep 50metres away from people and property
  • Keep 150metres away from crowds and built-up areas
  • You are responsible for every flight you make.
  • Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields

From Nov 30th, 2019 all drones require registering (cost £9) with the CAA before they’re flown and the pilot has to have taken a drone test.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

What’s missing from the drone code.

Accordingly, pockets of areas around the UK restrict the flying of drones. Without the knowledge of knowing the whereabouts of these areas, trouble with a capital T could be on your doorstep.

In order to get a full picture, you need aviation charts (purchase from flightstore) and an app (NATS Drone Assist) that lets you know where the no go areas are. For this reason, you need both.


The charts tell you the height(s) and width the airspace restriction operates. Close to an airport, you may have airspace of the surface to 5000ft. Here you will require permission to fly.

As you move away from the flight line the airspace may be 2000ft to 5000ft. That being the case the height of 2000ft as the base allows the drone to fly at 400ft.

You may also have other restrictions on flying. An example of this is the New Forest. Here you will need commercial operator permission and a fee may be required to obtain permission.

Nats Drone Assist

In this case, this app gives information as to flight restrictions and hazards. It also gives you the areas you can fly in with caution.

Commissioning work responsibilities

As a result of these measures, it’s important to know that if you commission work the operator has commercial permission (PFCO). Current operators can be found on the CAA website.

If your requirement involves aerial photography/videography, contact Martin here.

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Photography Equipment

Photography Equipment I use for a photoshoot

In fact, the choice of photography equipment when I visit a client is important to me.

As a result, portability’s a requirement of the Photography Equipment. Accordingly packed in manageable loads and easy to put together for setup also helps.

Photography Equipment

With this in mind here are the important items

Camera Canon 5dmk2

Picture of a flash gun on a camera Basic DSLR Training Flash Photography Equipment

In this case, I have had this camera for a number of years. In addition, it produces high-quality full-frame images and has proved very reliable. Accordingly, I always mount the camera on a tripod.


Picture of a lens

In like manner, the choice of lens is very important. As a result, I use Canon prime lenses 24mm – 70mm and 70mm – 200mm both f2.8.


Picture of a soft box on a flash gun Basic DSLR Training Flash

Equally important is the choice of lighting. Moreover, each shoot is unique and may require a different way to light the subject. Therefore, in most cases, I choose flashlights and pocket wizards to wirelessly fire them.

Photography Equipment Backgrounds

In this case, there may be a choice of options. For indoors I use either a portable collapsible backdrop (with stand) or a suitable wall. Consequently, if I am shooting outside I choose an area that has a bit of shade.


As a result of the above equipment, transportation is easy. Thus the setup time is minimal. Consequently, this gives the client, minimal downtime for themselves and their staff.

Post Processing

In like manner, at times it is necessary to take along a laptop to post-process the images. In fact, the screen at the back of the camera is small and only gives a representation of the image taken. Therefore to see the true image you require a laptop to see this on.

Therefore, as you can see the equipment required is not vast. Equally, it does allow for easy transportation and setup.

For your time-saving and minimal disruption, headshots contact Martin here.

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Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

In the first place, Natural Light Portraits, what is it?

In this case, Natural light portraits are about using the available ambient reflected light to light a subject. As a result, this produces a soft light that complements the subject.


In this case first, you need your camera. In fact, I use a Canon 5d mk2. Accordingly, this is a full-frame and has the capability of photographing in very low light.

Picture of a canon 5dmk2 camera

In addition to the camera, I use either a 24mm-70mm 2.8f lens or 70mm-200mm f2.8 lens. Accordingly, both lenses have the capability of operating in low light.

I also prefer to use a lightmeter. Accordingly, the one I use is the Sekonic L-478DR. Consequently, this enables me to measure the light and set the camera accordingly.

Picture of a sekonic light meter L478dr used for Natural Light Portraits

In addition, the next item is a reflector. Furthermore, in my case, it is a 40-inch round 5-in-1 reflector. In this case, the reflectors used freehand or on a stand. In addition, should you use a stand you will require a means to hold the reflector and sandbags.

Background for Natural Light Portraits

In this case, the choice of background for this type of photography is outdoor. In this case, the choice of background for this type of photography is outdoor. Consequently, the rule of this is the subject being the focus of the viewer’s attention. For this reason, the background is out of focus.

Lighting for Natural Light Portraits

Likewise, the advantage of using natural lights the reduction in the amount of equipment needed for the shoot. As a result, you have no requirement for heavy bulky lights or flashguns. For this reason, the reflector’s used to reflect light onto the subject.

Consequently, reflectors have the following uses.

  • To light the subject as the main light
  • As a fill-in light where the light is coming from behind and the subject is in shadow.
  • Diffuse the light onto a subject

Reflector Surfaces


Accordingly, the diffusers surfaces used to place in front of a light to diffuse the light. This will soften the light source so that the shadows on the subject’s face are less harsh.

White Reflector

In this case, the white side of the reflectors used to reflect your main light source to create soft fill light.

When using the reflector to bounce light, you can experiment by moving the reflector around. Closer will boost the light, further away will reduce the light.

Silver Reflector

Equally, the silver reflector works the same way as the white one except it’s more reflective. The light coming from the silver reflector is stronger so it might be useful in situations where there is very low light.

Gold Reflector

Likewise, the gold reflector surface works the same way as the white and silver reflectors except it creates a warm, golden light.

Black Surface

Picture of a reflector

Consequently, the black surface does the opposite of the above surfaces, absorbing or blocking light.

When you have too much light coming from every direction, the black surfaces used as a kind of “anti-fill” light. In this case, the black surface removes the light from one side of the face to add more shadow.

With the information that is contained here, the next thing is for practice. So if you haven’t got a reflector, go and purchase one. Then find a subject to practice with.

As a result of this information, if you still want advice, feel free to contact me.

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