Lightforce Media is a Section 333 and Part 107 approved UAS operator. We’ve been flying drones for years, and we’ve been flying them all over North America in every type of weather and environment that we can safely fly in. We know how to nail those cinematic shots that wow your audience. We know how to obtain valuable survey data. We know we can provide the best UAS service out there…


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Bachman – Combining Terrestrial LiDAR with Drone Photogrammetry.TELLURIDE, CO – Lightforce Media has been working with Telluride-based Avlaed, LLC to fuse terrestrial 3D point clouds with aerial point clouds captured by UAS.  Terrestrial LiDAR provides unparalleled accuracy and precision in creating point clouds, but the instrument is limited to the height of the tripod that it is standing on.  Capturing all of the external surfaces of a neighborhood would require dozens of scan locations and days of field time.  Yet, by using a UAS, all of the necessary data can be captured in just a few flights. The UAS flys a pre-programmed grid mission that has the onboard camera take photos at fixed intervals.  Once all of the photos have been taken, a computer program uses a mind-bogglingly complex algorithm to infer geometry from the photos, in a process called photogrammetry.  The end result is a point…
Babbitt RanchesI consider myself very fortunate to have opportunity to get to work with Babbitt Ranches.  This is a company that goes out of their way to do things right and is rooted in the relentless pursuit to be the best people and company that they can be.  Here’s a little excerpt that should paint the picture of just how exceptional these folks are – I give you Cowboy Essence: Cowboy Essence is the self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. The cowboy culture has long been admired for many wonderful characteristics: hard work, integrity, ambition, self-reliance, family values, confidence, honesty, loyalty, having a relationship with the season of the year, and perseverance through hard times as well as gratitude during the good times. We are fortunate to have the cowboy culture to…

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Can you Spy On Someone With a Drone?FLAGSTAFF, AZ – In light of the recent efforts of several municipalities to create some rather obtuse and misguided legislation relating to the use of drones, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the matter.  The municipalities in question are quite concerned that folks are going to start spying on them with drones.  Despite the fact that traditional cameras are a much more powerful tool for spying on someone, these municipalities seem hell-bent on keeping drones out of their local airspace (which also happens to be the FAA’s jurisdiction, not theirs.).  So I wanted to put it out there just how ineffective the average drone is for spying on someone. There’s a great video (there’s probably a lot more than one) on YouTube that quite effectively explains just how bad even a several thousand dollar drone (a DJI Inspire…
Epic Grand Canyon Hike: A 650-Mile Challenge Parts 1 and 2 Posted!Did you read the article in National Geographic Magazine about the Grand Canyon and the threats it is currently facing?  Do you want more Epic Grand Canyon Epicness?  Do you want to see more of Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko’s adventure?  Then you probably should watch this – Parts 1 and 2 of the adventure: (Part 2 will play following part 1) Watch the video on Nat Geo’s Website here.   I feel really honored and thankful to have been a small part of Pete and Kevin’s adventure, and that some of my shots are used in these videos.…
Lightforce Media Assisted Nat Geo Expedition of the Grand Canyon Goes to PrintFLAGSTAFF, AZ – Today, National Geographic published online and in National Geographic Magazine the story of Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko’s epic 650+ mile through hike of the Grand Canyon.  Pete and Kevin took on this 70+ day expedition to better understand this wonder of the world and the threats that are facing the Grand Canyon.  Lightforce Media, is honored to have played a very small part in helping Kevin and Pete tell this story. Please read the full article here: Are We Losing The Grand Canyon? To see what we did to help Pete and Kevin out, please check out our other blog posts.  …