Daniel Hughes - COPTRZ
Daniel spent 7 years in the British SAS Reserves, delivered the world’s highest video broadcast to the BBC on the summit of Everest, cycled for Great Britain and currently works with the world’s top outdoor and cycling brands to capture the most extraordinary places on the planet.


Behind the Shot – Great Wall of China

“One of my favourite shots is of me riding over the Great Wall of China which few people have ever done. This was a multi-year mission, we travelled 3-hours North of Beijing, planned a route by looking at the DJI database so we could see where we could pop up a drone and after 2-hours of scrambling over the mountains with bikes we got to the location. It was -12 which is actually one of the reasons that the shot came out so clear. It was breathtaking looking at the wall winding its way over the top of the mountains for as far as the eye could see.”


Behind the shot – San Francisco

“I was riding up there with my bike along a dirt trail which contoured along the hill. I’m always looking for a shot and looking out toward the bridge the light was coming over the hill perfectly illuminating parts of the road. So I stopped my bike, got my drone out, found a safe place to launch it, popped the drone up in the air and flew it to a place where I had the road and bridge perfectly centred. I have to say it is one of my favourite ever drone shots.”


Daniel Hughes is an Ambassador for Coptrz Academy where he gets all of his drone training including the PfCO with OFQUAL 4 Accreditation and OFQUAL 5 Award for Chief Pilots. For Daniel it’s important to be trained to a high standard so that brands around the world recognise and respect him as a serious Commercial Drone Photographer.
Later this year Daniel will be launching a new photography course exclusive to Coptrz Academy for Commercial Drone Photographers. The course will be filmed from live photoshoots around the world and Daniel will also be sharing with students his Photoshop Presets to achieve stunning drone imagery. Check out some of his incredible work below.



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Mavic 2 pro with DJI Smart Controller, Mavic Air 2 with Flymore package and Fepito filter

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Cameras & Sound

Sony A7r mk4 (two) and Sony A7s mk3 (one), Rode Videomic Pro, Rode Go and Rode Filmaker kit

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Editing Software

Lightroom and Photoshop

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Sony 16-35 F2.8 G master, Sony 24-105 F4 G, Sony 70-200 F2.8 G master, Sony 35 F1.8 and Tamron 28-75 F2.8

Follow Daniel’s journey across the globe as he visits, photographs and films from exciting locations. Daniel will be posting live on Coptrz Instagram account including exclusive offers and updates about his Drone Package and Training.



Behind the shot – Stelvio Pass, Italy

“The Stelvio Pass is one of the most famous cycling locations in the world, the road goes from the Swiss side into Italy and this shot shows one of 48 switchbacks. The photo came out really well, it’s ultimately a selfie of me on the bike with the backdrop of the pass. The photo on Strava has over 40,000 likes and has been shared countless times. I think it must be one of the most shared cycling photos online in the world.”


If you can’t wait to find out more about the Daniel Hughes Drone Package or the upcoming UK’s leading Drone Photography course then let us know by filling in the short form and we’ll make sure you are the first to know.

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