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Beyond The Vatican || Rome 

On my last day in Rome after wrapping up our most recent Italy Photo Tour, my friend Gaia asked me if I ever get tired of visiting the same places over and over again. "As a photographer," she asked, "don’t you get bored with the same locations?" 

This is something I’m asked fairly often and my answer was an honest one. I told her that I never get tired of visiting the same places because it gives me the opportunity to see things in a new way, and attempt to capture them with new eyes and a fresh style. It’s something that I always strive for—the ability to create something new and unique out of the familiar—to break mold, even if only by a small degree. 

Prior to flying my DJI Phantom 3 over The Vatican in Rome, I had only been able to dream what this area would look like from above. Finally I was able to make that dream a reality. :)

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A Drone in Italy

If you missed my review earlier this week, here’s an edit of some of the drone footage I recently captured with 7 days in Italy. It was filmed entirely with a +DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro. Additional color correction was applied using Adobe After Effects and a little bit of Photoshop. 

Full DJI Phantom 3 Review:

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The sun sets behind the astonishingly beautiful Borobudur Temple, one of the many gems of Central Java, Indonesia.

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The Moments Between || Beautiful Cinque Terre

Well, now that I've seen Le Cinque Terre for the air, I can officially confirm that it's absolutely stunning from every angle. It really is one of the most beautiful places on the planet with its harmonious blend of both classic architecture and dramatic landscape. Flying my DJI Phantom 3 here over the past two days has been a truly awesome experience.

Cinque Terre will always have a special place in my heart as it was one of the first places I visited years ago when I was aggressively building my photography portfolio. Since then, I've visited many times and I don't think I'll ever get tired of photographing these extraordinary views. It's also such a pleasure to bring people here on our Italy Photo Tour and get to see their smiling faces as they see these villages for the first time.

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The Moments Between || Epic Tuscan Sunrise

Even though I've visited this location many times, yesterday's sunrise was one of the best I've ever seen. The quality of light combined with the different layers of fog caused a spectacular display of stunning colors and textures that lasted well into the morning hours. Of course this already wonderful morning was made even more special by all of the smiling faces from the awesome group of people that have joined us on this years Italy Dram Photo Tour.

Information about our next Italy Photo Tour:

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The Moments Between || Piloting Rome

I must admit that the location choice for my first +DJI Phantom 3 flight was a slightly ambitious one. While The Roman Forum looks magnificent from above, the authorities here are probably not too keen on personal drone flights, but to my surprise, no one around seemed to mind or give me any hassle.

The seagulls on the other hand, were not happy about the flying intruder and quickly started swarming and diving aggressively at the P3. I wasn't so much concerned for the drone's safety but more so the well being of the birds. Even a brief contact with a prop could've easily caused an injury and I'd hate for that to happen. It was a good lesson on not only taking extra care to respect the cultural site but also the place that these birds call home.

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An exciting announcement for anyone interested in Malaysia! I’ll be giving a live photography and post-processing demonstration followed by photowalk in both* Kuala Lumpur* and Penang this week. Both events are completely free and open to anyone who would like to attend! 

The first event is in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow June 3rd from 2:30 - 8:30pm 

The next event is in Penang on June 5th from 2:30 - 8:30pm 

Follow the link below to register for attendance. If registration is closed, don’t worry. You can just show up to the event with no problems. :)

Feel free to message me with any questions and I hope to see you there! 

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We invite you to come join us at our preview event and get your hands on the new FUJIFILM X-T10 and other new lenses. Seats are limited to the first 100 people, so reserve your seats now! Book Your Seat Now! Visit Elia's Website to learn more and view his amazing work.
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For the past six months I’ve had a wonderful time flying my DJI Phantom Quadcopter and now I’m excited to share the results! 

Here’s an in-depth review of the new Phantom 3 Professional based on my experience flying and shooting in Italy through Rome, Florence, Tuscany, and Cinque Terre. I also share the story of how I learned to fly and how my perspective on the world has completely changed after seeing it from the air in beautiful 4k resolution. 

As usual, if you’re not in the reading mood, there are plenty of colorful photos and videos to view as well! 
Since I started traveling full-time as a photographer in 2009, I’ve consistently gone out of my way to find the most awesome vantage points possible for my photography. I’ve literally climbed mountains, paddled kayaks, ridden pack mules, contracted helicopters, you name it and I’ve done it. Now, a fair bit of that work can be solved with a small, affordable DJI Quadcopter that fits comfortably into my backpack. Here’s an in-depth review of the ne...
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I'm excited to announce that I'll be hosting a Singapore Photowalk with +Fujifilm on May 30th! 

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about my photography and techniques, I’ll be giving two presentations on the Funan DigitaLife Mall Atrium Stage. 

30 May, Saturday (4-5pm) “Creating Inspiring Travel Photography” 
31 May, Sunday (1-2pm) “Post-processing Techniques for Travel Photography” 

Photowalk Details: 
30 May, Saturday (5-8pm)
Meeting point: Funan DigitaLife Mall Atrium
Location shoot: Marina Bay Area

Interested participants should submit their:
Name, Email, and Contact Number to FUJIFILM Studio through email ( or calling 6338 4877.

This event is open to ALL CAMERA USERS at any experience level.
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The Moments Between || Tuscany From Above

With all of the time I've spent in Tuscany, I was already convinced that it's likely one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Now, I can honestly say that seeing this magnificent landscape from the perspective of my DJI Phantom 3 has solidified that belief into an absolute fact. What a special treat it has been to experience this place both on my feet and in the air. It's just like falling in love all over again.

I can't wait to share some of the results soon. :)

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Happy Mothers Day! :D
"Mom, thanks for always encouraging me to follow my dreams and passions in life, no matter how crazy they may have seemed." - Elia Locardi. See more photos:

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The Moments Between || The Phantom Configuration

What do 3 cameras, 8 lenses, and a new +DJI Phantom 3 Pro with full accessories all have in common? Well, aside from all fitting perfectly into the new +Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak, they’re also going to make this year’s Italy Photo Tour a lot of fun! 

Seriously, I’m not only impressed that this bag transports all of my gear perfectly, there’s also quite a bit of room to spare. This is great because prior to this new configuration, I was carrying around the Phantom 2 in the pelican case (on the left) and hiking even a few short kilometers with that combined with a full camera backpack was taxing on the body to say the least. Sure, the peli case offers solid protection with the props attached but in my opinion, removing one bag entirely is always a good idea when you’re working in the field. It’s also one less bag to carry on or check while flying, so that’s a plus as well. 

On our Italy Photo Tour this year, +Naomi Locardi and I will actually be shooting with both the P2 and the P3 since we have already have them both with us. She’s also kind enough to help me carry everything. :)

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Full Time Travel Photographer, educator, artist, dreamer.

I’m a professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker, and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspiring destinations in the world. Location independent since March of 2012, my wife and I live a 100% mobile (global nomadic) lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since I began traveling full-time in 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting more than 45 countries while flying well over one million miles.

Throughout this perpetual journey, I enjoy teaching the art of photography on my website, while sharing my images and stories across various social media outlets. I also collaborate with many different sponsors, brands, and tourism boards, and lead Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and if I happen to be in a town near you, I’m always up for a good conversation and coffee.

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2014 Photo Tours

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2013 Photo Tours

2013 Post-processing Workshops


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