Camera flying seminar

Written by iwanvdschoor on April 7th, 2011

With the beginning of the season kicking off, and people coming back out to the dropzone loaded up with new toys they got for Christmas (GoPro’s, Digital SLRs, etc) I was asked to hold a short seminar on flying the camera.

Please join us on Saturday April 23rd, after sunset (be there around 5pm or so) at Bay Area Skydiving for a seminar on flying the camera.

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3D skydiving coming soon

Written by iwanvdschoor on March 23rd, 2011

For the last year or so we have seen teaser videos of the Red Bull movie “Human Flight 3D”.

An impressive production if you think about it, since the camera flyers had to skydive with 2 35mm cinema cameras, which made for very interesting skydiving helmet configurations.

Here are two images from the movie that show the different setups look that were used for the movie.

Copyright Red Bull Airforce / Miles Daisher

Image courtesy of Red Bull Airforce

Neither one of these solutions are very affordable for smaller productions, but it looks like Sony has now come up with an answer for this!

Sony HDR-TD10 Full HD 3D camcorder

Sony HDR-TD10 Full HD 3D camcorder

This camera looks like a baby in comparison to the setups the Red Bull team was using:

weight: approx 740g with the provided NP-FV70 battery

dimensions : 2 1/4inch x 2 5/8 inch x 5 1/8 inch (74mm x 86.5mm x 148.5mm)


I can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty and test it out for skydiving. Not all cameras are fit for skydiving due to the different image┬ástabilization┬ásystems used in them. The Sony HDR-TD10 is using the optical stabilization system, which has not always proven to be so good for skydiving. The only way to really find out, is to “throw it out of a plane” ┬áso be on the lookout for test footage of this camera!

More information on the new camera: Sony HDR-TD10 on

More information on the Human Flight 3D movie, and to watch a trailer for it:

Blue skies and happy filming!


Published in Sweden!

Written by iwanvdschoor on March 2nd, 2011

“You’ve got mail!”

I opened the mailbox this week to find a skydiving magazine that I could not read, even if I wanted to… but what made me very happy was, to see that they chose one of my photos to publish!

Last November I participated in the California State Record as one of the photographers / videographers to try to set the record for the largest head down skydiving formation in California (58 people). Part of that team were five people from Sweden that helped us accomplish the record.

They told the publicist of their national skydiving magazine “SVENSK FALLSKÄRMS SPORT” and they reached out to me for some shots.
They picked “the record shot”, here’s a copy of the page where it is published (page 23 in issue number 4, 2010):

Scanned copy of the Svensk Fallskarm sport magazine

Published in Sweden


Shoot what you are passionate about

Written by iwanvdschoor on February 28th, 2011

As a pretty fanatic Twitter user I spend some time every day reading what different websites, photographers, friends have to say. I love reading the educational pieces that the different websites post.

One of my personal favorites is PetaPixel, which posted a great article on “Shooting a 300ft redwood tree”
Trees is not something I am personally passionate about, but the “how they did it” part of the video was very interesting to me, and the why.

I love the last advice at the end from the photographer Michael Nichols.

The article with the videos is here:
Shooting a 300-foot-tall Redwood Tree


A skydiving classic

Written by iwanvdschoor on February 21st, 2011

A movie from skydiving cinematography pioneer Carl Boenish.
Shot on 16mm!