Our Savvy Guide to Filming Abroad

Our Savvy Guide to Filming Abroad

As anyone in this industry knows, filming can be a complex business, with obstacles and hurdles to overcome even for the shortest project. Filming abroad can present very specific challenges as well as rewards, with plenty of research to be done ahead of time.

When done correctly however, venturing beyond your borders can be a once in-a-lifetime event. So how do you ensure a drama-free shoot in a foreign country? We have put together a list of tips, tricks and advice to make your shoot abroad a complete and total success.

1. Plan ahead

When arranging crews, permits, visas, travel, hotels and other services, book as far in advance as possible. Booking ahead of time will ensure that you get the best rates and save a lot of money.

Also, don’t forget the time difference. If you’re reading this during the daytime in the United States, it is already evening in Europe. And in Asia, it’s already tomorrow. So, if you happen to be organising a shoot in either of these regions, and you’re based in Berlin, you’re already a day behind.

2. Things you need before you travel

Some countries require visas to be obtained in advance. This process can take anything from one week to one month to complete. Visit VisaHQ for country specific information.

Another vital point to remember before you travel is that voltage and power outlets vary around the world. You should have the right plug adapters and power converters before setting off. Most plug adapters do not convert the power.

Laptops and video cameras usually have built-in converters, but you will need to buy a separate power converter for all other devices. If your voltages don’t match you could end up blowing a fuse. You can find a list of electrical systems around the world here.

3. Go local

By working with local film crews in the country or region you are shooting in, you end up killing two birds with one stone.

First of all, you reduce or eliminate travel expenses considerably, and save on having to ship in large amounts of equipment. This can often incur customs fees, not to mention the hefty extra baggage charges at check-in.

Local crew = local knowledge. Secondly, and most importantly, you will be working with people who know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the single most effective way of reducing potential problems, because your locally based team will know how to avoid country-specific risks.

4. Know the local laws, customs, do’s & don’ts

Imagine your reaction if your production had to be shut down because you did not get the right permit, or decided to shoot on a major local holiday when everything was closed? What would happen if you chose to shoot on a forbidden location, or didn’t follow the specific local shooting code?

You can spend quite a lot of time researching the filming laws in your destination country, checking with the local film commissions and other government organizations. Alternatively, hire a local fixer, scout or production assistant who knows the right people and permits, and who can take care of everything prior to your arrival, thus saving you valuable time.

5. Have fun

Don’t forget what a gift it is to travel and to have the opportunity to discover new places and people. If possible, schedule some time to get out there and explore a little.

Your local crew will probably have some great advice on places to visit in the area. Enjoy yourself; you won’t regret it.

Need help planning your next film production project?

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This post was originally published in August 2014. Updated in April 2018.

Top Industries Using Commercial Drones

Top Industries Using Commercial Drones (Infographic)

The drone services market is expected to reach over $127 billion dollars by the year 2020. As drone technology soars this new high-demand service provides small and large companies the ability to capture images that were once too time consuming, costly, or logistically impossible. See how the top industries are using commercial drones to improve work productivity to their businesses in our latest drone infographic.

Top Industries Using Commercial Drones (Infographic)

The Drone Revolution is Disrupting These Top Industries

Film/Photography. Drones are available to capture stunning aerial images and footage offering a new visual language.
Real Estate. From skyscrapers to golf courses, drones can photograph, prospect, and help agents advertise their properties.
News. Ability to deploy drones to cover breaking news, disasters, or war zones.
Construction Sites. Drones can monitor and survey construction progress.
First Responders. Drones are used for a variety of things ranging from forest fire fighting to disaster site rescues.
Law Enforcement. Drones can be used to combat drug trafficking across borders, bomb threats, and search and rescue operations.
Climate/Science Research. Drones assist in everything from weather patterns to counting wildlife and heard movements anywhere on the planet.
Energy. Energy companies can monitor miles of pipelines and oil rigs.
Agriculture. Drones can collect real-time data on crop health and yields.
Package Delivery. Drones can deliver food and medical supplies to remote villages around the world.

Drone Technology Advancements

As technology progresses, here are some of advancements we can expect to see developed in drones:
Increased battery life
3D mapping
Better precision
Consumer package delivery
Bandwidth availability
Obstacle avoidance
Facial recognition
Increased coverage

Interesting Drone Facts

195 UAV manufactures
U.S. controls 35% of the drone market, compared to 30% for Europe, 15% for China, and 20% for the rest of the world
Seven million consumer and commercial drones could be shipped in the U.S. by 2020
Three million drones could be flying in China by 2019
Drone manufacturing and operation could create 100,000 new jobs within 10-15 years
47 percent of Americans are interested in drone deliveries
Photography is the top industry using drones in the U.S.
Real estate is the second largest industry using drones in the U.S.

About Skyvireo

Skyvireo.com is a Global Media Desk company, dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality, most cost-effective drone services around the world. Our constant striving for perfection in the way we provide drone services has led to new and exciting ways to better serve our customers. Above all, our aim is to provide clients with a hassle-free experience that will save them time, money, and eliminate frustration.

Drone Regulations What you Need to Know

Drone Regulations: What You Need to Know (UPDATED)

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have become a growing equipment trend in aerial photography and film. The possibilities of shooting with drones are endless and hold the promise of new creative options, real cost savings and possibly even safer sets.  But before you go out and buy or hire the most expensive drone you can afford, you need to know the laws that come with commercial drone use.

The laws that regulate commercial use of drones vary from country to country.  Some countries require permits and have very strict regulations about drone use while others are more open.  Check out our overview of country regulations on drones:

North America


The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) require unmanned air vehicle (UAV) operators to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

When flying a UAV (non-recreational drone) in Canada, you must:

  • follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations:
  • section 602.41 – Unmanned air vehicles
  • respect the Criminal Code, your provincial Trespass Act, as well as all applicable municipal, provincial, and territorial laws that apply

For more information visit Transport Canada.


Basic drone laws:

  • All drone flights must be operated in daylight only
  • There are no laws on operating drones weighing under 2kg other than they cannot be used at night
  • A permit is required for operation of drones weighing between 2kg and 25kg
  • A permit and pilot license are required for operation of drones weighing over 25kg
  • Despite the lack of Mexican drone laws you should still be careful when operating a done in Mexico. Try to maintain visual contact with your drone at all times and avoid flying over large crowds or near airports.

For more information visit http://www.sct.gob.mx/transporte-y-medicina-preventiva/aeronautica-civil/inicio/

United States

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outlines the following as basic things an operator must know for flying under the small UAS rule (14 CFR part 107):

Pilot Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center+
  • Must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

Aircraft Requirements:

Operating Rules:

  • Class G airspace*
  • Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
  • Must fly under 400 feet*
  • Must fly during the day*
  • Must fly at or below 100 mph*
  • Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
  • Must NOT fly over people*
  • Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*

* All of these rules are subject to waiver

To fly a UAS that weighs 55 lbs. or more, operators will need to use the existing Section 333 exemption process.

For more information visit the Federal Aviation Administration.

South America


Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) approved the Brazilian Regulation of Special Civil Aviation, which regulates the civil operation of remotely piloted aircraft, drones.

  • drones cannot be used at a distance of less than 30 horizontal meters (approximately 100 feet) of people without their consent, except in cases of public security or civil defense operations.
  • drones weighing more than 150 kilograms (about 330 pounds) must undergo a certification process similar to that existing for manned aircraft and must be registered in the Registro Aeronáutico Brasileiro.  Pilots must be over 18 years of age and must have a medical-aeronautical certificate, drone license, and authorization/operator’s license.
  • drones weighing between 25 kilos (about 55 pounds) and 150 kilos must be in conformity with technical requirements prescribed for manufacturers. Operators must be at least 18 years old and have a medical-aeronautical certificate, drone license, and operator’s license.
  • drones weighing between 250 grams (about 0.5 pounds) and 25 kilos need only be registered with the ANAC if operated up to 120 meters (about 394 feet)  above the ground. For equipment weighing under 250 grams there are no requirements in the Regulation.

For more information visit Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil.



Operation of the following drones and model aircraft requires an authorization to fly granted by the relevant state aviation authority and usually valid for two years:

  • drones or model aircraft weighing more than five kilograms;
  • rocket-powered drones and model aircrafts whose propellant mass exceeds 20 grams;
  • drones and model aircraft with a combustion engine, if they are flown within 1.5 kilometers of a residential area;
  • drones and model aircraft of all kinds if they are flown within 1.5 kilometers of an airport (flight at airports requires an additional clearance from German Aviation Control); and
  • drones and model aircraft of all kinds if flown at “night,” defined by the EU Implementing Regulation as the hours “between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight.”

Drones and model aircrafts cannot be operated:

  • within 100 meters of or above people and public gatherings, the scene of an accident, disaster zones, other sites of operation of police or other organizations with security-related duties, and military drill sites;
  • within 100 meters of or above correctional facilities, military complexes, industrial complexes, power plants, and power generation and distribution facilities;
  • within 100 meters of or above the property of federal or state governments, diplomatic or consular missions, international organizations, and law enforcement and security agencies;
  • within 100 meters of or above federal highways, federal waterways, and railway systems;
  • above nature reserves;
  • above 100 meters;
  • above residential property if the drone or model aircraft weighs more than 0.25 kilograms or if it is able to receive, transmit, or record optical, acoustic, or radio signals;
  • in controlled airspace;
  • within 100 meters of or above hospitals.

The aviation authority may grant an exception to the general prohibitions in justified cases.

For more information visit Luftfahrt Bundesamt (LBA).


Use of drones is regulated by Luftfartstilsynet Civil Aviation Authority Norway.  There are three operator categories, based on weight and flight.

RO 1 operators must notify the CAA Norway before starting up any new undertaking. Such notification shall contain information about the undertaking’s name, address and contact information, as well as information about the type of aircraft that will be used.

An RO 1 undertaking is an undertaking in which aircraft

  • with an MTOM of up to 2.5 kg and
  • a maximum speed of 60 knots
  • will be operated exclusively within VLOS during daylight hours and subject to fixed safety distances


RO 2 operators must obtain a license from the CAA Norway before starting up an undertaking. The application must be accompanied by a risk analysis and an operations manual.

An RO 2 undertaking is an undertaking in which aircraft

  • with an MTOM of up to 25 kg and
  • a maximum speed of 80 knots
  • will be used for VLOS or EVLOS operations during daylight hours and subject to fixed safety distances


RO 3 operators must obtain a license from the CAA Norway before starting up an undertaking. The application must be accompanied by a risk analysis and an operations manual.

An RO 3 undertaking is an undertaking in which the aircraft

  • have an MTOM of 25 kg or more, or
  • a maximum speed of 80 knots, or
  • is operated by a turbine engine, or
  • will be used for BLOS operations at altitudes of more than 120 metres, or
  • will operate in controlled airspace at altitudes of more than 120 metres, or
  • will operate over or in the vicinity of crowds of people other than in the cases mentioned in Section 51 third paragraph.

For more information visit Luftfartstilsynet Civil Aviation Authority Norway.


For the operation of drones and model aircraft with a weight of more than 30 kilograms a permit has to be obtained from the FOCA. In each individual case the FOCA specifies the applicable requirements and operating conditions. The criteria for the operation of drones and model aircraft with a weight of up to 30 kilograms are specified in the DETEC Ordinance on Special Categories of Aircraft.

  • If an operator wants to incorporate auxiliary devices such as binoculars or video goggles in order to extend the natural visual range, a permit has to be obtained from the FOCA (Licensing procedure).
  • Without exception, the operation of drones and model aircraft is strictly prohibited within game reserves and bird sanctuaries.
  • The recording of aerial images is permitted as long as the operator duly observes the regulations governing the protection of military installations. The operator must also observe the principle of protection of privacy and the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act.
  • In principle, drones may not be operated above, or within a radius of 100 metres from, gatherings of people (Further information and licensing procedure).
  • Anyone who operates a drone or model aircraft with a weight of more than 500 grams is required to take out liability insurance cover in the amount of at least 1 million Swiss francs to cover any damages that may be caused.
  • Restrictions apply with respect to the operation of drones and model aircraft in the vicinity of airfields and airports. For example, it is prohibited to operate such devices at a distance of less than 5 kilometres from runways.
  • Cantonal and municipal authorities may impose additional restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft (Example of the Canton of Geneva).
  • As before, a permit does not have to be obtained from the FOCA for public air shows at which exclusively model aircraft and drones are on show.

For more information visit the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

United Kingdom

Regulations are contained within the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO 2016) and there are specific steps that must be taken if a drone is being flown for commercial operations.

  • You must have a Permission issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) before you conduct any commercial operations with your drone.
  • Applications should be made on the standard form SRG 1320 and information should also be supplied about the scope of the operation and where and when it will take place. In the majority of cases, only the ‘standard’ CAA permission is granted and this favours aircraft weighing no more than 7kg (15 lbs). Any aircraft weighing more than 20kg (44 lbs) are subject to a more involved process and are more difficult to approve. How to apply for a Permission.

Further Guidance on drone operations within UK airspace can be found at the UK guidance document CAP 722.



Drones under 2kg need to notify CASA at least five business days before their first commercial flight and agree to operate by the standard operating conditions and the guidance in advisory circular (AC) 101-10.

Under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) weighing 2kg or less must fly:

  • less than 400 feet (121m) in a controlled airspace (generally meaning any populated area)
  • only in good weather conditions; not into a cloud or at night.
  • more than 10m horizontally and 30 feet (9 metres) vertically of a person (except people
  • operating the drone) or boat or building
  • at a height far enough over a large group of people that if the drone failed or any of its components fall, they will not land on people
  • clear of prohibited or restricted areas (such as an aerodrome or restricted military areas)

If you want to fly a drone commercially in Australia weighing more than 2kg, then you will need to obtain a remote pilot license (RePL), and an RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC).

For detailed information or for certification, visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.

New Zealand

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) oversees the use of drones in New Zealand:

  • RPAS weighing between 15 and 25 kg must be constructed or inspected, approved and operated under the authority of a person or association approved for this purpose by the Director of Civil Aviation.
  • For RPAS over 25kg you must submit an ‘exposition’ showing that you have identified hazards and risks of your operation, and will always mitigate those risks. Each application will be considered on its merit.
  • An operator must not use airspace above people unless they have the consent of people below the flight.
  • An operator must not use airspace above an area of property unless prior consent has been obtained from any persons occupying that property or the property owner.

You can apply to the CAA to work though different options with an operator and/or to relax or remove one or both of the consent requirements altogether.

For more information visit the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.


Hong Kong

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is responsible for processing applications for non-recreational operations of drones within Hong Kong.


  • An application for operating UAS shall be submitted to the CAD well before the intended date of operation. The electronic form is accessible through this link.
  • In accordance with the Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations (Chapter 448A of the Laws of Hong Kong) Regulation 22, the applicant is also required to submit an Application for Permit for use of aircraft for the provision of air service – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
  • The operator is required to assess the risks involved and to provide a copy of an insurance policy that appropriately insures the operator in respect of third party risks which may be incurred.

Pilot Qualification
Evidence of pilot competency is required when making an application for permission to operate UAS

Operations Manual

  • The UAS operator is required to submit an operations manual covering the procedures to be followed for all envisaged operations of the UAS. This document is a key requirement to enable CAD to accurately assess the application and the safety case before deciding whether to grant a permission.
  • Guidance for the compilation of the UAS operations manual can be downloaded here.

Communication with ATC

  • The UAS operator shall inform the CAD/Aerodrome Supervisor before launching and on completion of the UAS operation.
  • The UAS operator shall provide his/her contact phone number to the CAD/Aerodrome Supervisor, who may instruct to stop the operation when necessary.


The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT) has issued the following regulations for drone use in Japan:

Prohibited Airspace for Flight
Any person who intends to operate a UAV in the following airspace is required to obtain permission from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

  • Airspace around airports and above certain heights above ground level.
  • Above densely populated areas (4,000 people per square kilometer or more).

Operational Limitations
Any person who intends to operate a UAV is required to follow the operational conditions listed below, unless approved by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

  • Operation of UAVs in the daytime.
  • Operation of UAVs within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS).
  • Maintenance of a certain operating distance between UAVs and persons or properties on the ground/ water surface.
  • Do not operate UAVs over event sites where many people gather.
  • Do not transport hazardous materials such as explosives by UAV.
  • Do not drop any objects from UAVs.

For more information visit the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


South Africa

An RPA must be registered and may only be operated in terms of Part 101 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations.

Do not fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft 50 m or closer from:

  • Any person or group of persons (like sports field, road races, schools, social events, etc.)
  • Any property without permission from the property owner.

Unless approved by the SACAA, DO NOT fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft or toy aircraft:

  • Near manned aircraft
  • 10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad, airfield)
  •  Weighing more than 7 kg
  • In controlled airspace
  • In restricted airspace
  • In prohibited airspace.

Do not fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft higher than 150 ft from the ground, unless approved by the Director of Civil Aviation of the SACAA.

For more information visit the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

About Skyvireo

Skyvireo.com is a Global Media Desk company, dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality, most cost-effective drone services around the world. Our constant striving for perfection in the way we provide drone services has led to new and exciting ways to better serve our customers. Above all, our aim is to provide clients with a hassle-free experience that will save them time, money, and eliminate frustration.

Planner's Guide to Organizing a Meeting, Conference, or Convention in Peru

Planner’s Guide to Organizing a Meeting, Conference, or Convention in Peru

Thanks to major investments in infrastructure, luxury hotels, and exclusive convention centers, Peru has quickly become a hot destination for large-scale conferences, conventions, and meetings. Besides offering a variety of venues in the main cities and top-quality services, Peru also has amazing cuisine and a unique geography that make it that much more appealing as a destination.

Quick Stats

  • Capital: Lima
  • Population31,151,643 (estimate)
  • Country Code: +51
  • Time Zone: Peru Time (PET) UFC –5 hours
  • Official LanguagesSpanishQuechuaAymara
  • Electricity220V / 60Hz
  • AirportJorge Chavez International (LIM)
  • CurrencyNuevo Sol (PEN), US dollar is accepted in most shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels
  • Credit Cards and TravelerCheques widely accepted? Yes
  • Sales Tax19.00%
  • Standard Tipping Practice10%
  • Average Hotel Room Rate: PEN 701
  • Average Daily Meal Cost: PEN 250
  • Average Weekly Car Rental: PEN 813


Peru is located on the western side of South America.  With an area of 1’285,215 square km (496,225 sq mi), Peru is bigger than France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, and Switzerland combined. It is the third largest country in South America and bordered to the north by Ecuador and Colombia, to the east by Brazil and Bolivia, to the south by Chile and to the west by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.


Summer (December-March) – temperatures can reach 27ºC (80ºF);
Winter (May-October) – damp and chilly, with temperatures falling to 12ºC (53ºF)
The far north coast enjoys sunshine all year round, with temperatures reaching 35ºC (95ºF) in the summer.

Dry season (May-October) – sunny days, very cold nights and scant rainfall
Rain season (December-March) – temperatures can often vary widely during the same day, from 20ºC (68ºF) to 2ºC (35ºF)

Summer or dry season (April to October) – sunny days and temperatures above 30ºC (86ºF)
Rain season (November to March) – frequent showers and high river levels

Traveling to Peru

Visa Entry Requirements
Most citizens from the Americas and Western Europe do not need a visa to enter Peru. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Chile may enter with their valid national identification document.

Visit VisaHQ for country specific visa information or contact the Peruvian Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Cities with Direct Flights To LIM
North America – New York, Newark, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Toronto
Europe –  Madrid, Paris, and Amsterdam
Latin America – Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guayaquil, La Habana, La Paz, Mexico, Panama, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo, San Jose de Costa Rica, and Santo Domingo

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José (CR), Rio de Janeiro–Galeão
Avianca Ecuador Guayaquil, La Paz, Quito, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–ViruViru
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Avianca Peru Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cali, Cancún, Caracas, Havana, Medellín–JMC, Mexico City, Miami, Montevideo, Porto Alegre, Punta Cana, San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos
British Airways London-Gatwick
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Iberia Madrid
Interjet Mexico City
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale
KLM Amsterdam
LATAM Argentina Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Mendoza(begins 2 February 2017)
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LATAM Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
LATAM Paraguay Asunción
LATAM Perú Antofagasta, Barcelona (begins 15 December 2016),[23] Bogotá, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cancún, Caracas, Cartagena (resumes 3 January 2017),[24] Córdoba, Foz do Iguaçu, Havana, La Paz, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Montevideo, Orlando–International, Punta Cana, Rosario, Salta, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Washington-Dulles
LC Perú Andahuaylas, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Huánuco, Huaraz, Jauja, Tingo María, Trujillo
Peruvian Airlines Arequipa, Cuzco, Iquitos, Piura, Pucallpa, Tacna, Tarapoto, La Paz
Plus Ultra LíneasAéreas Madrid
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Star Perú Cuzco, Huánuco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tarapoto
TAME Guayaquil
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Viva Colombia Bogotá

Entry Points by Land
Ecuador: Aguas Verdes (Tumbes) via the Panamericana Highway and La Tina (Piura) from the city of Loja
Bolivia: Desaguadero and Kasani, for travelers coming from La Paz and Copacabana
Chile: Paso the Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa Pass) (Tacna) via the Panamericana Highway

Hotels with Meeting Rooms


Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sleeping Rooms 431
Meeting Rooms 17
Largest MtgRm 15,802 Sq. Ft.
Meeting Space 45,000 Sq. Ft.
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Sleeping Rooms 301
Meeting Rooms 20
Largest MtgRm 17,734 Sq. Ft.
Meeting Space 30,000 Sq. Ft.
El Pueblo Resort & Convention Center
Sleeping Rooms 218
Meeting Rooms 10
Largest MtgRm 1,600 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 3,000 Sq. Mtr.
Delfines Hotel & Casino
Sleeping Rooms 206
Meeting Rooms 14
Largest MtgRm 5,627 Sq. Ft.
Meeting Space 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Maria Angola Hotel and Casino
Sleeping Rooms 84
Meeting Rooms 7
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Country Club Lima Hotel
Sleeping Rooms 83
Meeting Rooms 14
Largest MtgRm 600 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 2,500 Sq. Mtr
Swissotel Lima
Sleeping Rooms 345
Meeting Rooms 12
Largest MtgRm 6,664 Sq. Ft.
Meeting Space 15,000 Sq. Ft.
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Sleeping Rooms 300
Meeting Rooms 10
Largest MtgRm 550 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,400 Sq. Mtr.
Hilton Lima Miraflores
Sleeping Rooms 207
Meeting Rooms 9
Largest MtgRm 3,660 Sq. Ft.
Meeting Space 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Sol de Oro Suites Hotel
Sleeping Rooms 117
Meeting Rooms 8
Largest MtgRm 430 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,100 Sq. Mtr.
Gran Hotel Bolivar
Sleeping Rooms 99
Meeting Rooms 6
Largest MtgRm 597 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,100 Sq. Mtr.
Sonesta Hotel El Olivar Lima
Sleeping Rooms 134
Meeting Rooms 12
Largest MtgRm 319 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,000 Sq. Mtr.
Melia Lima
Sleeping Rooms 180
Meeting Rooms 13
Largest MtgRm 131 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 800 Sq. Mtr.
Belmond Miraflores Park – Lima, Peru
Sleeping Rooms 81
Meeting Rooms 7
Largest MtgRm 247 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 700 Sq. Mtr.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
Sleeping Rooms 144
Meeting Rooms 7
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 700 Sq. Mtr.



Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Sleeping Rooms 125
Meeting Rooms 3
Largest MtgRm 200 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,600 Sq. Mtr.
Palacio Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Sleeping Rooms 203
Meeting Rooms 6
Largest MtgRm 243 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 900 Sq. Mtr.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
Sleeping Rooms 153
Meeting Rooms 5
Largest MtgRm 625 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 900 Sq. Mtr.
Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado – Sacred Valley, Peru
Sleeping Rooms 23
Meeting Rooms 3
Largest MtgRm 500Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 600 Sq. Mtr.



Hotel Libertador Arequipa
Sleeping Rooms 88
Meeting Rooms 4
Largest MtgRm 435Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 800Sq. Mtr.
Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca
Sleeping Rooms 41
Meeting Rooms 8
Largest MtgRm 327Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 600Sq. Mtr.



WinMeier Hotel & Casino
Sleeping Rooms 94
Meeting Rooms 14
Largest MtgRm 600 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,200 Sq. Mtr.
Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
Sleeping Rooms 130
Meeting Rooms
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 7,000 Sq. Mtr.



Wyndham Costa del Sol Cajamarca
Sleeping Rooms 71
Meeting Rooms 5
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 1,000 Sq. Mtr.



Hotel Las Dunas
Sleeping Rooms 132
Meeting Rooms 5
Largest MtgRm 540 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,000 Sq. Mtr.



Wyndham Costa del Sol Piura
Sleeping Rooms 95
Meeting Rooms 7
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 800 Sq. Mtr.



Ucayali River Hotel
Sleeping Rooms 102
Meeting Rooms 9
Largest MtgRm
Meeting Space 1,800 Sq. Mtr.



Los Conquistadores Hotel
Sleeping Rooms 50
Meeting Rooms 6
Largest MtgRm 676 Sq. Mtr.
Meeting Space 1,500 Sq. Mtr.

Conference Interpreters in Peru

The right interpreter can be the difference between success and disaster for your event, so finding one to fit your exact needs is crucial.  The Global Media Desk has professionally trained interpreters with proven track records throughout Peru.   Our Interpreting Specialists will work with you to find the perfect interpreters to fit your needs and help make your event a complete success.   Contact us today to find out more about booking one of our top-rated conference interpreters.

Event Photography Services in Peru

When you need the absolute best images for your event without the hassle, the choice is easy. We have been providing event photographers in Peru for over 15 years and our clients come back to us time and again.  Simply tell us what you are looking for and we will provide the highest-quality local event photographer in Peru tailored to fit your needs. We pride ourselves on being the best in the business.

Videography Services in Peru

Specializing in conferences, trade shows, product launches, and newsworthy events of all kinds, our event videographers know how to capture the moment in a clear, journalistic fashion.  Your event footage can be edited and distributed on DVD, in video press kits, over the Internet via webcast, or even live via satellite. Find out more about our experienced and respected local videographers in Peru.


The diversity of Peru’s agricultural production, microclimates, geography, and multiple cultures create many memorable culinary dishes.

  • Aji de Gallina –  Shredded chicken is cooked with a sauce of milk, onions, chilies, garlic, walnuts and cheese. It is served over rice.
  • Anticuchos – Brochettes of cow hearts marinated in vinegar and ‘Panca’ chilies, roasted on the grill.
  • Carapulcra – Steamed dried potatoes stewed with pork and chicken, ‘Panca’ and ‘Mirasol’ chilies, garlic and other spices.
  • Cau Cau – Stewed mondongo (tripe) cut into small pieces with potato, ‘palillo’ and mint.
  • Causa – Yellow potato dough seasoned with ground chilies and filled with tuna or chicken.
  • Ceviche – Fish fillet cut into pieces cooked with lemon, onion and hot Limo chilies.
  • Lomo Saltado – Strips of beef fried with onion, tomato, chilies and various herbs. Served with chips and rice.
  • Papa a la Huancaina – Sliced Boiled Potatoes covered in a cheesy, slightly spicy yellow sauce (which contains Turmeric) served on top of lettuce. This dish is usually garnished with a quarter of a hard-boiled egg and sometimes with olives too.
  • Papa Rellena – Mashed potato rolled into balls or ovals and then stuffed with ground meat and spices. They are then deep fried is the outside is a crispy brown.
  • Rococo Relleno –  Stuffed Rococo peppers with a kick (they’re a little hot/spicy). They are usually filled with meat, onions, egg whites, olives and sometimes with nuts.
    Restaurante Bolivariano
  • Tacu Tacu – Refried beans tossed with rice and accompanied with breaded or coated beef and an onion sauce.


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Location Tips: Video Production in Abu Dhabi

Location Tips: Video Production in Abu Dhabi

From the “Fast and Furious” to the “Star Wars” movie franchises, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the go-to location for film and tv production. Occupying more than 80 percent of the United Arab Emirates’ total land area, Abu Dhabi provides a variety of spectacular geographical locations to fit all types of filming needs. Here are our top five reasons why Abu Dhabi is a hot video production destination for 2016.

Filming Incentives

A very generous filming incentive of 30% cash back on everything production companies spend in the city makes Abu Dhabi an attractive option for filming. Plus, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission also offers free location scouting services, no sales tax, and help with securing permits.

Change of Venue

Looking for the perfect desert? That is what director J.J. Abrams found in Abu Dhabi for his latest feature film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abu Dhabi also has a vast range of unique locations including pristine coastline with year-round sunshine, wild desert, natural oasis, and iconic architecture. All make stunning backdrops for filming, TV commercial spots, and photo shoots.

Enjoy some downtime

Every production needs a chance to relax and unwind and Abu Dhabi has the perfect venues. With six pay-and-play, certified PGA professional golf courses your crew will get the recharge they need to remain focused and productive.

Aerial/Drone Footage

Unlike many countries, the UAE government embraces the use of drone technology, but the Abu Dhabi Film Commission does require a permit for media production drone use in the Emirates. Keep in mind that cultural influences also play a role in what is allowed to be captured and local custom frowns upon capturing images of woman and children without consent, even in public places.


Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate where temperatures range from 10C (50F) in winter to around 48C (118F) in summer. The best time to plan a shoot is a generous 6 month range from November to April.  Temperatures during this period are around 24C (75F) during the day, the ideal temperature to be filming or enjoying the outdoors.

Ready to plan your next production or project in Abu Dhabi?

Let us help! At the Global Media Desk we specialize in bringing your visions to life. We only work with the top regional professionals in such varied fields as video production, photography, and film & video crews. Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in Abu Dhabi or any country around the world. You can also request a free online quote to see how we can make your project a complete success.

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6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

With over 100 million travelers expected this holiday season, traveling for a last minute photo or video shoot may have you in a bah-humbug mood. With overloaded airports and roads, stress and delays seem inevitable, but we have a few simple tips that will help you breeze through travel during the holidays.

Pack Light

Ideally you want to pack only one piece of luggage. If you are flying you might want to think about a sturdy bag and even better if you can fit all your belongings into a carry-on. Going without checked luggage means less time and stress at the airport. Make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on case.

To get everything you need into one bag try using cool products like packing squares and cubes. These travel essentials allow clothes to stay folded and neatly packed in their own ‘small drawers” streamlining your packing. If you are flying with presents, remember to not wrap them ahead of time as TSA agents will just unwrap them.

Cancel Out the Noise

We can all use a moment to ourselves to relax, especially when traveling. Noise-cancelling headphones are useful for drowning out airplane ambient noise. Your head will thank you!

Avoid Getting Hungry

Being a hungry traveler is never a good idea. Remember to pack snacks and drinks so you will be fueled up and ready for your trip. Definitely grab something to eat before you board the plane just in case you end up sitting on the tarmac for longer than you anticipated.

Stain-Removing Pen

When traveling, you may not have access to a washing machine and we all know stains and spills are bound to happen. Make sure to pack a stain-removing pen to keep your clothes looking fresh. I also love traveling with a Febreze spray bottle, they come in 3 ounce plastic containers which are perfect for airline travel.

Pre-load Entertainment

Download any music or movies onto your phone or tablet before you head out. Pack essential electronics like phones, chargers, e-readers, and cameras in a place that is easily accessible.

Bring Non-electronic Entertainment

Travel delays are common during the holiday season, which means you and the other hundreds of people on your flight will be facing off for the very limited number of power outlets at the gate. If your smartphone or laptop dies and you can’t recharge it, you’ll be glad you brought a book or a few Sudoku puzzles to keep you entertained.

Remember to Keep the Holiday Spirit. A little smile and positive attitude goes a long way!

Do you need help with a last-minute shoot? Or, language needs while visiting a foreign country?

Don’t worry, we are here to help with any last minute projects. Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters worldwide for over 15 years. Let us take care of your project needs, so you can continue the holiday day-dreaming. We’ve got you, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region, or fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.

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Non-profits Helping Us Make Meaningful Human Connections Globally

With the holidays fast approaching it is the perfect time to remember what this time of year is all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Below is a list of notable organizations that help touch people’s lives in areas of health, human rights, education, youth outreach, and disaster relief. Giving to those in need is what brings us all a bit closer together throughout the year.

Direct Relief works to improve the health of people living in high-need areas by strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality health care in 70 countries around the world.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2


Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Donate: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm


Donate to victims of the Nov. 13th Paris Terrorist attacks. Donations made in honor of the victims will therefore support Foundation de France’s new program “Give For France” dedicated to support organizations addressing the needs of the victims of the attacks and their families and healing from terrorism and radicalization, through educational programs and citizenship initiatives.
Donate: http://fdnweb.org/ffdf/donors/how-to-give/


Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/hekein/site/Donation2?df_id=1860&1860.donation=form1

MAP International is a global health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.
Donate: http://www.map.org

UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged. From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.
Donate: http://www.unicef.org


The United Nations Foundation dedicates themselves to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.
Donate: http://www.unfoundation.org/how-to-help/donate/


A few organizations that are near and dear to the Global Media Desk team:

Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network.
Donate: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-financially/
Volunteer: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Participate/Volunteer/


Caterina’s Club serves over 1,800 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of freshly made pasta and vegetables 5 nights a week all year long. Over 1 Million meals have been served and rapidly counting.
Donate: http://www.caterinasclub.org/how-to-donate/
Volunteering: http://www.caterinasclub.org/getinvolved/


Friends & Helpers provides support and encouragement for the women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.
Donate: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/donations/
Volunteering: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/volunteer-information/


The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and right.
Donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9259/meet-kate-foundation/


International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
Donate: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/donate


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies
Donate: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/


MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.
Donate: http://www.moas.eu/donate/



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Filming Incentives Scotland

Scotland Announces New Incentive For Film and TV Projects

Scotland has been luring filmmakers for decades with its varied and lush landscapes. USA Today even named Scotland as the Best Cinematic Destination for 2015. It that wasn’t enough to have you breaking out your kilt, then perhaps the announcement of a new incentive scheme will.

Recently the Scottish government announced its commitment to supporting the screen-sector growth, by creating a Production Growth Fund in the amount of $2.7 million. The fund is meant to lure more film and TV projects into the country.

The fund, announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland. The government is also increasing funding for local Scottish productions. The fund will run through the year 2017 and is available to both international co-productions, and Scottish-based crews, facilities and production companies.

For more information on the Production Growth Fund please visit the Creative Scotland website.

Additional Filming Incentives available in Scotland

UK Film, High-End TV and Animation Tax Credit Advance Facility

  • For films of all budget levels, the Film Production Company (FPC) can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
  • For films with a core expenditure of more than £20m ($21.7 million), which completed principal photography before 1 April 2015, the FPC can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% on the first £20m of qualifying UK expenditure, with the remaining qualifying UK expenditure receiving a 20% tax rebate.

Filmed in Scotland

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for this Oscar winner.

Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in this film adaptation.

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American epic superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms.

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond and was shot in and around Glencoe.

World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Glasgow was used to recreate the streets of Philadelphia for a zombie apocalypse.

Harry Potter is a British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct railway was featured in four of the films.

Find Out More

Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters in Scotland and around the world for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.

USA Today: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cinematic-destination/
Creative Scotland: http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2015/08/growing-film-and-tv-production-in-scotland

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5 Tips for Creating Engaging Corporate Videos

5 Tips for Creating Engaging Corporate Videos

Ever wonder why cat videos go viral? According to a recent study by the Indiana Media school, watching cute and funny cat videos boosted viewer’s energy and positively impacted their emotions. Though, we are not necessarily recommending that you add cats to your corporate videos, there are a few lessons to be learned from these furry movie stars.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to reach and engage your audience in a corporate video production.


Often times corporate videos lack a compelling story or personal perspective. We know cat videos are creating an emotional connection with their viewers, so why not take a play out of the cat video playbook? A video’s success will rely on the authenticity of the message from a real person’s point of view. Often employee stories are far more engaging than having a CEO narrate the entire story. Remember, employees are your customers too.

Campaign Goals

Determining your corporate video message is just the first step of many in creating an engaging video. Mapping out a solid script, location shoots, and storyboards can really keep your corporate video on track.

Whether you are creating a training video for employees or a product demonstration for an upcoming trade show, everything from your visuals, music, and actors should support your message and campaign goals.

Target Audience

Marketers are often tasked with creating an engaging video that targets as many people as possible. In theory this is great, but in reality it is unrealistic. Understanding and speaking to your core audience will not only help make a successful video, but also a compelling one.

The Little Things Matter

Poor video, audio, and lighting can put a damper on any well intended corporate video project. Keep in mind that lighting and sound can be greatly affected by whether your script calls for indoor or outdoor shooting. Take the time to hire the right video production crew with a quality sound engineer and professional lighting equipment.

Video Format

How will your video be shared? Today videos can be aired for television, shared on social media, or even broadcasted live at a trade show. Use teaser clips on Instagram, SnapChat, or Vine to draw your audience into your website. Post links to your company’s Linkedin page and start a group discussion. Videos can be attached to emails, newsletters, or uploaded directly to Facebook and YouTube.

The online video platform is limitless. If done properly, your corporate video can have a significant lifespan.

Looking to make a corporate video?

Contact the Global Media Desk for assistance with all your video production needs. With over 15 years of experience shooting corporate videos and film productions around the world, we deliver the highest-quality, on-demand production services without the hassle. Please contact us or fill out a free quote to see how we can help make your production a complete success.

Photo credit: By Wilson Afonso from Sydney, Australia (Just browsingUploaded by JohnnyMrNinja) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Nearly rivaling the importance and prestige of the Official Olympic Games, the 11th All Africa Games 2015 boasts a formidable athletic venue that will play host to 52 nations across the continent competing in 22 sporting events. Tens of thousands of international visitors worldwide are gearing up to partake of this sporting event in Brazzaville, and not only experience the players, teams, and exquisitely designed sports arenas, but also capture that perfect photographic memento.

While not every photographer can boost the latest gear, we can provide quick tips that will have you shooting sporting events like a pro.

Photograph Where the Action Will Be

Trying to capture the perfect moment of athletes in motion can be a daunting task, but staying one step ahead can help ensure your camera properly frames the action. Featured events at The All Africa Games, such as volleyball and basketball can offer photo opportunities near the net as athletes spike the ball or go in for a slam-dunk. Staying one step ahead of the game can be especially important for mobile phone photography due to the slight delay when capturing images.

The Eyes Have It

One critical detail to remember when photographing sports is to try and include the athlete’s eyes in your shots. The eyes can convey much emotion and help communicate the moment. The eye can also provide a good focal point when focusing your photo. While certain athletic events like fencing or swimming pose a difficult challenge for this tip, other events like football and judo can provide ample opportunities to focus on the eyes.

Closer is Better

Getting near the sidelines of any sporting event will ensure your camera can get close and personal to the event and truly capture the moment. This is especially true for event attendees who either don’t have the proper gear or simply want to use their mobile phones. Getting closer to the action provides more opportunities to properly capture the faces of athletes and better communicate the experience.

Burst into Action

Fast paced sporting events, such as cycling or tennis highlight athletic parous that plays out in an instant. When photographing sports, ensure to capture enough photos of key moments to later select the gems. Burst mode is the perfect option when trying to capture high speed sequences of action. You’re free to focus on the athletes while your camera does the rest.

Use JPEG Instead

While for most digital photography RAW is recommended for maximum image quality, JPEG is the winner when it comes to sports photography. Speed is the discernible factor here. The compressed JPEG format allows for an increased number of photos that can be taken during burst mode, which is helpful when capturing quick actions like shoulder throws in this year’s All Africa Games judo events.

Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we have been providing top-quality photographers and video production crews for global sporting events around the world for fifteen years. Please contact us for future media needs for the All Africa Games 2015 in the Republic of the Congo,  2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroWorld Games 2017 in Poland2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia or other global sporting events.

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