Selleck Digital Imaging - Photography Above and Beyond


Jim Selleck holds one of the first FAA Part 107 UAS (drone) pilot licenses issued in Michigan. Even so, he is a photograper/videographer first, and a radio controlled aircraft flyer second. Jim's decades of experience began before high school when he was given his grandfather's antique 1915 Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera and his parents enabled him to set up a darkroom. Almost immediately embracing motion picture film, Jim produced/shot/edited his high school movies. Flash forward to year 2001, Jim opened Selleck Productions, creating professional video (as an early adopter of digital media over tape) for individual and corporate clients.

Now, Selleck Digital Imaging (and our educational arm, SkyCam Academy) brings all of that past experience and pure and simple love of picture-taking into the new frontier of drone aerial photography and videography.

Photo: 2007 - Selleck Productions: shooting digital video at Lovett Hall, Greenfield Village (The Henry Ford), Dearborn, Michigan. Even then, every available method was used to get the camera up to a higher vantage point. The rig pictured included many cutting-edge technology advancements, from the pro-quality Fujinon manual focus lens, back through the Sony camera body (still storing to video tape as solid-state storage was brand new and still astronomically expensive) to the hard drive storage unit docked to the back, and finally an Aspen redundant battery backup system. Below on the handles we had full camera and focus control, an LCD monitor, and the latest dual band UHF audio receiver for top quality sound. We had two identical systems like this one plus a smaller handheld Sony pro camera, enabling 3 camera shoots where appropriate. In 2008, with HD becoming a reality and technology changing ever faster, we sold this equipment and temporarily left the video production market to concentrate on still photography. Now, the Next Big Thing has arrived in the form of drone photography and videography.

Frank the Seagull (featured in our logo) is the ultimate in avian cool. He is a private bird, summering in Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and migrating in winter to an undisclosed location, rumored to be Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (unconfirmed). Technically a ring-billed gull (larus delawarensis), Frank prefers to eschew all that ethnic labeling and profiling and simply considers himself a citizen of the world. His image was captured by Jim Selleck in summer of 2015 on Lake Superior's South Bay shoreline using a Nikon D700 camera and prime 50mm lens. We have a signed model release from Frank on file, naturally.

Contact Selleck Digital Imaging to discuss whether drone photography is a good solution for your individual business needs.