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DRONE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO
Drones are In! No doubt about it!
If you don’t know this, then you must be living with your head in the sand. The most popular Christmas gift last year was a drone. That said….owning a drone does not a drone photographer make. I know a great many people who are flying drones who don’t know the first thing about being a good photographer, or a good drone pilot.
Licensed Drone Pilots are NOT the same as your neighbor with his/her drone toy.
Also, let me add here: It is just a matter of time – I would say in the next 2 years -before the FAA requires everyone who flies a drone to be licensed. This statement is due to the recent news headlines all over the U.S. regarding the interference of recreational drone owners who are flying these UAVs without any knowledge as to FAA regulations, laws, common sense, etc. These drone amateurs are creating hazards to search and rescue teams, firefighters, and manned aircraft including everybody onboard a plane. Just as nobody is allowed to operate a motor vehicle on our roads without a driver’s license and learning the necessary laws and regulations, so should it be for drones. The amateur drone flyers out there (I won’t call them pilots because they’ve had no pilot training) are giving a bad rap to the rest of us responsible drone pilots and the entire aerial photography profession.
The FAA also requires licensed drone pilots to study aeronautical charts, weather patterns and controlled airspace procedures and regulations in order to pass the certification exam and receive an UAV pilot license. This is to insure the safety of all the manned aircraft pilots and their passengers who are flying hundreds of thousands of flights every day all over the world. If you actually looked at an aeronautical chart (and knew what you were looking at), you would be amazed just how much of our airspace is occupied by airports and manned airplane space. It’s far more space than is not occupied by planes these days.
Now that I got that off my chest. Let’s discuss just a few things a drone can do for you and your business.
Aerial photography has been catapulted to the uppermost limits since the invention of the consumer level drone. Now we are seeing drone photography being used in just about every industry for innumerable benefits and uses. Such as:
Agriculture – for crop damage insurance claims, crop analysis and monitoring, land management, pest and weed control, watering system analysis, etc.
Construction – to monitor building progress and send to clients, for site inspections, site logistics / phasing, for surveying etc.
Real Estate – nothing sells a nice property faster than a drone video of the grounds along with the house and what is
Wedding Photography – drone wedding photography gives new life to an old, exhausted profession.
Retail – from interior drone video of showrooms and warehouses to unique shots for commercials and advertising.
Aerial Photography: What Does it Take to be a GOOD Drone Photographer?
As mentioned above, every idiot with a recreational drone thinks just because they can fly it that makes them a drone expert. NOT. Anyone who is a licensed drone pilot, (such as myself) will tell you that all the FAA rules and regulations regarding commercial drone use are put in place for everyone’s protection. And we responsible commercial drone users are more than happy to spend the rigorous hours studying for the FAA UAV exam, going through all the paperwork hassles, and paying the licensing and registrations fees because WE respect the regulations the FAA has put into place for EVERYONE’S protection. Very few recreational drone users get that. Hence my comment earlier that the FAA should make it illegal to fly a drone unless you are licensed and have read and studied all the FAA information. Flying a drone should not be taken lightly. It is very easy to put more than your life at risk with one. Furthermore, drones are not infallible. There can be fly-aways, dropping out of the sky for often unknown reasons, and a multitude of functional things that can go wrong with a drone. Recently the FAA has been working with DJI to create a parachute for drones that will deploy automatically in the event of functional failure. That tells you just how often it happens: VERY.
Anyway…the above are all the things a drone pilot has to consider just to fly the darn thing. Then there’s everything to consider to be able to take good photos and video with it. A drone is essentially a flying camera: That you cannot control as well as a regular camera in regards to exposure settings, downloads, and composition. The drone is your eye in the sky and you cannot always see on the controller what it sees up there. Unless you have a great deal of experience interpreting the two.
I have found that having over 35 years of prior photography experience helps a great deal in getting your mind right about how to use a drone. Basically, like I said, a drone is just a flying camera, and if the pilot has prior photography experience, they can pick up on the best ways to use it for optimum photographic and video results. After all, a drone is just another piece of photography equipment, all you have to master as an experienced photographer are the controls and how to make them produce the results you want. Without photography experience, it will take years to master how to use a drone for good photography, and that person may never get it if they don’t already have an aptitude for photography.
Madison Photographer and Licensed Drone Pilot in Madison, WI and surrounding areas including Baraboo, Sauk City, Richland Center, Reedsburg, LaCrosse, Middleton, Fitchburg. Will travel farther for a small travel fee. Contact me for details.