Contributor: Jackson Denzler-Eckles
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Shotzr Handle: @jackson
Instagram Handle: @jdeckles
Q&A with Shotzr Contributor Jackson
Shotzr: Tell us a little about yourself!
Jackson: I’m a commercial drone pilot with an FAA Part 107. I love the drone community and how awesome all you guys are – so very positive and encouraging with how all of you push me to do better after each and every photo I post.
I’ve connected with so many people around the world because of this community and I’m extremely thankful for those that have supported me through this journey.
Shotzr: How did you get your start in photography?
Jackson: I’ve been into drones for about two years now and I don’t see this profession/hobby slowing down for me or the community anytime soon. The drone craze has just begun! My first drone was a Phantom 3 Standard and is what started my craze for the amazing technology. Using the money I made from jobs, I then bought a Mavic Alpine White and now the Phantom 4 Pro.
Shotzr: Tell us about your experience so far as a Shotzr Contributor?
Jackson: I’ve had the pleasure of with working with Shotzr for the past year, and it’s been an amazing experience. If you haven’t checked out what they offer yet, I would highly recommend you do. Make some money here and there by taking pictures – what’s better than that?
Shotzr: Can you tell us about your experience getting your FAA license?
Jackson: Getting my Part 107 license was a task, nonetheless. It took two months of studying hard to fail it getting a 69%. Which is 1% less than the passing score of 70%. The second time, I got an 88% and I only studied for 2 weeks after I failed the first time. If you fail, you must wait a minimum of 2 weeks. Also, did I mention each time you take the test it’s a $150 fee?
Shotzr: What tips would you have for other photographers looking to get their drone license?
Jackson: If one was looking to get their FAA license, I would dedicate at least 12-15 hours of studying for the test. Either using apps on your phone or using specific programs like RemotePilot101. I personally used YouTube videos and apps. The thing that really helped me was an app called Flight Ready Test Prep.
Shotzr: How many times have you crashed your drone?
Jackson: When I was a noob pilot I crashed my drone twice. I didn’t care as much because my drone was worth $400 back then and now my drone is nearing $2000.
Shotzr: Tell us about your favorite image or video you’ve captured and uploaded to Shotzr. Was it also one of your most popular? Why did it stick with you?
Jackson: My favorite picture I’ve recently done is a picture of Chautauqua that I took with my P4Pro and I stitched 4 images together in Photoshop. It stuck with me because I just love how the mountains and everything in the picture turned out after I stitched it together. It’s my most liked picture on Instagram with over 500 likes. If you want to follow me along this journey, please download Shotzr (Username @Jackson) and follow me on IG (Username @jdeckles).