Using our Droid for Aerial Photography

Droid Cam is typically commissioned by estate agents, design companies and private individuals for Aerial Photography.
Under our permission for aerial work certification we are permitted to fly our UAV’s up to a ceiling of 400ft. A typical aerial shot of a building will require a height of between 30 to 100ft.

Using a Canon 5D taking high resolution photographs (24mp), we can gain some amazing shots. We use a down link directly from the camera to a base station so the camera operator and the client can see in real time exactly what’s going on and perfectly frame the shot to get the wow factor.

Other commissions include, monuments, churches, schools, fleet vehicles, castles, live stock, countryside, land disputes and group photos. Looking directly straight down on a structure does not produce the best publicity shots. We like to shoot a bunch of different heights and directions to give the client as many options as possible.

We spend the majority of our lives at ground level, it’s hard to imagine what the view will look like from 20, 30 or even 120 metres. Because we are not used to seeing this kind of material, it’s why it gets a wow! The same way as we climb a hill or mountain to admire the view. It’s a birds eye view. Imagine you are a humming bird and you can fly anywhere you wish. We know what that feels like and it’s sensational. Please take a look at some of the aerial photographs in the Droid-Cam gallery on this website, then please call Alex to discuss your project.

Things to think about when booking aerial photography

The weather is overall governing factor. For a perfect aerial shot from one of our drones we need reasonably calm conditions. We can fly in winds up to 30mph, however gusty condition can make controlling the craft much harder. To get a perfect aerial photo we ideally want a beautiful sky and nice light. Bright sunlight is not ideal because the huge contrast between light reflecting surfaces and shadow. As the craft is powered by very powerful lithium Polymer batteries and has some very sensitive electronic equipment, flying in the rain is not advisable. Rain gets on the lens and ruins the photograph. Weather constrains reduce the number of perfect flying days, especially in the good ol’ United Kingdom.

If possible we generally request a ‘weather window’ to complete a task. Being in a position to slightly move the date to best fit the weather, means the best end result for the client. We can take photos on a windy grey day and Photo Shop a perfect sky in after but we much prefer to take the photo on a calmer day with some nice light. All our pilots are BNUC’s qualified, which means they have passed a written exam and a practical flight test to give them permission for aerial work from the Civil Aviation Authority. This means there are safety procedures and guidelines that must be adhered to.

A site survey is sometime required to ascertain the viability of an instruction. A full postal address or even a latitude and longitude are required for our initial survey. We are looking for possible obstructions by using a number of resource material like Topographical Air Charts. It is very important that we integrate with the manned aircraft world. If your proposed site for aerial photography is within restricted airspace then permission from the National Air Traffic Service maybe required. This will be undertaken by Droid-Cam at no cost to the client.

When employing Droid-Cam you can sit back and rest assured that all the I’s are dotted and t’s crossed!

Aerial Photography