We are USA TODAY Network photographers who used a drone to cover Hurricane Florence devastation from above North Carolina. Ask Us Anything!
The USA TODAY Network is using drones to expand its newsgathering efforts and provide more storytelling tools to give the audience a better experience.
In the field while using the drone to gather aerial photos and videos, there are two FAA Part 107 Certified pilots for every flight. One pilot is controlling the drone’s flight and the other pilot is controlling the camera. Communications between the two pilots is crucial to obtaining the images we need. Photographers Tariq Zehawi and John Meore worked as a drone team to capture Florence devastation from the sky.
John Meore serviced as a Navy Photographer in the 80s, spent 20 years in the photo industry in technical, service and sales roles. He began working freelance in 2008, and was later hired as a staff photographer at The Journal News/lohud.com in the lower Hudson Valley of New York. You can follow John on Instagram @jmeorephoto.
Here the two are in Belhaven, N.C., flying a drone after Hurricane Florence
Here is video footage they captured from a drone flying above flooded parts of North Carolina
Edit: Thanks for all your questions. That’s all we have time for today. For more coverage, visit USAToday.com northjersey.com and lohud.com