Photojournalist Counts on Drones

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Photojournalist Counts on Drones to Cover World ConflictWomen and Drones

The following is an interview with Gail Orenstein on Women and Drones.


I have been a global photojournalist and documentary photographer for 25 years, I am originally from Mystic, Connecticut but I have lived in London for 20 years now. My work has taken me to over 71 countries in 25 years some of them are the most conflicted regions in the world including Syria, Iraq, Eastern Ukraine, Central Africa and Central America.

My photos have been published extensively around the world, and it is likely that anyone who reads this article has seen my photos or drone footage in a news-outlet story. Today, Drone footage is being used almost daily in news reporting.

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Gail prepares to drone a refugee camp in Kurdistan where she teaches some of the refugees the positive impact a drone can have in helping during a crisis. Many children in conflict zones have had a negative experience with the use of drone technology in recent years in Iraq and Syria where i have been. Often when the refugees approach me it is with great trepidation especially the way ISIL used drones against the civilian population. I often let children and often their parents see and hold my drones before I survey the camps.

Droning was a natural extension of my work as a conflict photographer.  I have also had the wonderful opportunity of being able to study under one of the best UAV training instructors in Europe who really encouraged me to fly with great discipline, safety and precision. I studied at The Phoenix Flight School with Peter Milner.

Industry Experience:

In April/March of 2017 I decided to bring my Parrot Bebop 2 and my DJI Pro 3 to Iraq where I have been living on and off for the last 3 years. This would be the first time I would drone in a war zone. Continue reading the full interview with Gail Orenstein on Women and Drones.


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