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This young drone photographer has captured every US state and more than 50 countries

At only 20 years old, Chase Guttman is already an award-winning travel photographer who has been to every state in the US and more than 50 countries.

The drama of Bixby Creek’s famous deck arch bridge has inspired countless car commercials.
The drama of Bixby Creek’s famous deck arch bridge has inspired countless car commercials. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography

And while Guttman is young, he has already written the book on the subject of drone photography. His manual “The Handbook of Drone Photography: A Complete Guide to the New Art of Do-It-Yourself Aerial Photography” was released last month.

Autumnal hues enliven the turquoise tinged waters of a rare, glacially carved, meromictic lake.
Autumnal hues enliven the turquoise tinged waters of a rare, glacially carved, meromictic lake. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography
Orginally the "Showplace of the Nation," the 1,000-foot-long Steel Pier was once the crown jewel of northeastern entertainment venues.
Orginally the “Showplace of the Nation,” the 1000-foot-long Steel Pier was once the crown jewel of northeastern entertainment venues. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography

Guttman has won the international competition for Young Travel Photographer of the Year three times, was named a top travel photographer by the New York Institute of Photography, and has lectured at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and B&H.

Concrete beach balls and a Doo-Wop style sign marks the entrance to a seaside New Jersey community.
Concrete beach balls and a Doo-Wop style sign marks the entrance to a seaside New Jersey community. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography
Crowning a Mediterranean cliff, the Formentor Lighthouse stands atop a serpentine ribbon of Mallorcan asphalt.
Crowning a Mediterranean cliff, the Formentor Lighthouse stands atop a serpentine ribbon of Mallorcan asphalt. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography

Drone photography is rapidly increasing in popularity – particularly with travellers documenting incredible places around the world. Online communities have sprung up for enthusiasts, international contests have been held, and tour companies have even begun to offer professional drone photographers to document your holidays.

Pedestrians saunter past twirling rides, as The Great New York State Fair becomes aglow in its evening hubbub.
Pedestrians saunter past twirling rides, as The Great New York State Fair becomes aglow in its evening hubbub. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography
The morning sun casts ominous shadows among a cypress tree tunnel.
The morning sun casts ominous shadows among a cypress tree tunnel. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography

If you’re looking to get into the world of drone photography, Guttman’s book is described as a “how-to-guide for drone enthusiasts looking to dabble in the world of drone photography”. It looks at the best way to pick the right drone, get airborne and take great images.

Rich in Polynesian fantasy, over water bungalows are steeped in vibrantly tinted Tahitian seas.
Rich in Polynesian fantasy, over water bungalows are steeped in vibrantly tinted Tahitian seas. Image by Chase Guttman/Handbook of Drone Photography
Chase Guttman.
Chase Guttman. Image by Shira Stoll

Guttman has also been named one of Instagram’s “rising stars” and has nearly 50,000 followers.

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