Drone photography UK
The popularity of aerial photography has grown in recent years among estate agents, developers, marketers, PR practitioners, facilities managers, public sector departments, engineering firms, and consumers
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Taking pictures from the air puts a building, an area of land, or an important event like a concert or business convention into a wider, more stunning context.
But drone photography offers so much more than traditional photography. In addition to detailed and often breath-taking visuals, drone photography can also add real depth of data and analysis to a scene.
Many associate aerial photography with weddings, marketing luxury property, and Google Earth. However, this view of the technology really only scratches the surface of the possibilities it offers.
Drone photography can guide construction companies, architects, and developers from the initial planning stage right through to completion and handover.
Drone photography can help farmers become more efficient, renewable energy plants to generate more electricity, and it allows facilities managers to assess maintenance requirements in hard-to-reach locations without putting staff or contractors at risk.
Whatever your project and whatever the outcomes you want, get in touch with View3D about our drone photography services.
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Below, six ways our drone photography service helps estate agents, advertising and PR agencies, concert promoters, and the travel and tourism sector.
If your office premises, warehouse, factory, retail space, or trading estate could be the place for ambitious firms planning rapid growth, showcase it and its location to prospective tenants and purchasers with stunning aerial photography.
Bring your luxury and large properties to life in a way that your own camera, no matter how good, can’t. Great quality drone photography shows potential purchasers the grandeur of the building and the magnificence of the surrounding space.
Advertising and PR
Take the advertising collateral and public relations collateral you produce for clients to a whole new dimension with stunning drone photography. Demonstrate the scale and aspiration of your clients to their target audiences and media contacts.
What better way to record and relive memories from your most special day with crisp, clear, sharp, and warm drone photography? Capture quality images of your guests, where you’re getting married, and where you’ll be celebrating your marriage.
Events, festivals, and concerts
Create amazing imagery from your business conferences, sports, events, festivals, and more. We provide aerial photography services to concert promoters, corporates, sports clubs, music publishers, event organisers, marine clients, and more.
Tourism and travel
Drone photography makes your hotel or venue stand out from those of your competitors by showing its scale and beauty in context. Tourism and travel boards can demonstrate how amazing their cities, towns, and open spaces are with stunning imagery.
Working with View3D
Every job is different and unique. We take the time needed to understand your requirements in full so that we can provide you with a bespoke written quote for your job.
When you decide to proceed, we’ll then agree the best day and time to carry out the work however this may be affected, on some occasions, by weather conditions.
Upon arrival, we’ll carry out a risk assessment and then start the flight. If you wish to monitor our work when it’s in progress, you’ll be able to see live images on our client laptop or tablet.
Back at View3D’s offices, we’ll then edit the images and the data to meet your requirements. When payment for the work is made, we’ll provide the images and data you’ve orders via a secure download portal.
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Drone Photography FAQs
View3D only use Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved drone pilots to provide commercial operations to clients.
The enhanced operating permissions granted to the pilots working on your project means that they’re able to fly, take off, and land closer to people, properties, vehicles, and vessels over which they have no control.
The skills needed for drone flying take time to master but, to become a top performing drone pilot, you need to do more than just direct a drone to the required destination and point the camera in the right direction.
Most drone pilots have the basic A2CofC qualification. They’ll be trained to use drones like the DJI Mavic Pro or the DJI Mavic Air – all of these models are steps up from a beginner’s model like the Mavic Mini.
The A2CofC qualification is very useful because it teaches pilots to think about basic aerial photography skills and basic video skills like shooting property from a distance.
To do more than this, drone pilots need to study and pass their GVC drone training qualification.
The GVC courses teaches pilots skills like property flyovers, inspection work, television/cinematic techniques, and photogrammetry. Pilots train using heavier, more high end drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, the M200/300 series, or Inspire 2.
This is, of course, just the beginning. To be able to offer services of the quality offered by the team at View3D, drone pilots need to log plenty of flying time to become instinctively good at what they do.
Knowing how to get the best drone shots when on a job takes practice and commitment. It also means moving away, on many projects, from using a camera’s automatic mode to taking account for variances like light, position, shutter speed, and weather using manual controls to ensure the highest image and associated data quality.
For more technical work like photogrammetry, mapping, and precision agriculture, flying drones is just one of the skills a pilot needs to offer the best service to clients.
Yes. If you wish to capture video footage as well as still photography, please let us know when you contact us.
Other than a skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable pilot who knows exactly what it is that you want to achieve, we must ensure that we choose the best drones for each individual project we work on.
The actual model used by your drone photographer will be guided by the eventual outcome you want. For example, DJI drones (particularly the DJI Phantom 4 Pro) and the Mavic Pro are especially good for photogrammetry. For photogrammetry work, the best drone will feature a quality gyroscope, controllers, IMU, stabilisers, intelligent flight modes, and, if needed, waypoint navigation to capture land mass and shape in a structured way.
Your operator will prepare and carry out, based on instructions given by the View3D colleagues who perform the site survey, a pre-flight checklist prior to being in the air.
Natural light is very important in securing the optimal outcome on a daytime project. Your drone photographer will make every effort to avoid lens flare when in the air. On the subject of lenses, a circular polarising filter is better for handling sunlight bouncing off objects or mirror reflections from water.
A lack of shadows, particularly long shadows, is a huge advantage on any project as they can become baked into imagery and other outputs from drones. The time of day at which a shoot takes place is of particular importance.
The work we do for you on site should be completed in as short space of time as possible to minimise lighting, object, and other inconsistencies particularly when your assignment involves our team stitching photographs together.
On standard aerial photography, we generally capture images at intervals or between 8 and 14 degrees whereas, on aerial photogrammetry, we may recommend capturing images at 1-2 second intervals. When working for geological surveying clients or when creating digital elevation models, we may take thousands of photographs to achieve the level of detail and data needed.
We may recommend making three or more revolutions around individual sculptures and objects of interest, particularly if they are complex in form and/or they are located in hard-to-reach areas.
We then take the raw material back to our offices sending you the materials you ordered generally within a 5-7 working day period.
Please note that we never use a brand new drone with which we’re unfamiliar on a client’s projects.
We test all drones prior to deployment on a job to ensure that they are suitable for the types of work clients want us to do for them. For still and video cameras (and sensors) which appear suitable for attachment to a drone for a particular type of job, we also test them and their camera settings before using it on a client shoot.
When we conduct the original site survey prior to quoting you, we make extensive notes for the pilots on the specs of the job including hazards like power lines.
When on site and depending on the complexity of the assignment, your pilot will then often program in a flight path taking account of hazards and other factors which may positively or negatively impact the performance of the drone.
Even for high end drones, battery life is always a consideration and we always ensure that we take spare batteries to every shoot.
Pilots manually operate the drone used on your project by remote control during flight time but how can they be sure that it’s taking the right images or video or recording the right data?
Most drones we use on clients’ projects deliver FPV (first-person view) imagery streamed direct to our pilot’s virtual reality headset. For example, if one of our drones was following a racing car on a track travelling at speed, your pilot would be able to see the shots the camera is taking live and make adjustments if necessary.
You’ll be able to see what your pilot sees on our project laptop or tablet if you’re on site when we’re carrying out the work.
Yes. We can capture high quality drone photography and video footage in low light conditions, at night-time, and on early morning shoots. Please let us know what you’d like us to do when you contact us.