Drone photography and videography- superior aerial imaging from Greenville to Charlotte!

Drone photography and videography are a great methods to showcase your facility or project.  In many ways, drones are superior to fixed-wing (airplanes) and helicopter photography.  How?  Well, there are several reasons:  proximity to subject, maneuverability, and steadiness.  Let’s explore each of these points.


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Proximity to subject:

Airplanes and helicopters each have a minimum altitude that they must maintain during flight.  In the U.S., the lowest height an airplane must fly over a sparsely populate area is 500 feet above the surface of the ground, buildings, structures, people, etc.  Moreover, over congested areas (cities, towns, settlements), the minimum is 1000 feet over any person, vehicle, structure, etc. Helicopters also must adhere to the same standards.  Therefore, due to the proximity of the subject to other buildings, many aerial photos taken from a traditional aircraft have to be shot from directly overhead.  Drones, on the other hand, currently can fly as close to the ground or structure as the operator wishes them to.  This means that for photography and videography purposes, drones can create photos and videos of much greater detail than traditional aircraft can, since the camera is much closer to the subject.  Moreover, drone photographers / videographers can create much more compelling images because they can fly just a few feet (or even inches) from the subject, thus images can be taken from overhead, diagonal, level, or even below the subject… consider the options… wow!


Due to their small size and responsiveness, a drone can fly in much more confined spaces and can make much tighter turns than traditional aircrafts can.   A drones agility can take it on an extremely tight flight path (inside one’s neighborhood, inside the woods, and even inside one’s office!) without hindrance.  Good luck accomplishing this with an airplane or helicopter.  This superior maneuverability means that the drone can fly under awning and create unique vantage points and stories that would otherwise be an impossibility.


Have you ever tried to take a photograph while driving on a pothole-ridden road.  Well, that’s about how steady one’s camera is when taking photographs or video from a fixed wing aircraft of helicopter (believe me, I’ve tried).  I’m not talking about commercial jets (747’s, etc), but Cessnas (a small, single engine aircraft) and other small aircraft that aerial photographers and videographers use.  Photographing a neighborhood, building, church, stadium or other structure from the confines of a small cockpit is a very difficult task.  The perpetual vibrations of the aircraft along with sporadic drops in elevation require the photographer to shoot with a very fast shutter speed (1/500 sec or faster).   Even then, there are not guarantees that the photos will be free of camera-shake.  Steadying one’s camera against the windshield or side of the plane is counter productive as the engine vibrations perpetually shake the entire aircraft.

While airplanes and helicopters have enabled countless photographers and videographers to delve into aerial imaging, the relatively recent advent of drones have allowed for infinitely more creative shots for clients to use in their marketing materials.  Proximity, maneuverability and steadiness all contribute to this growing creative field.  Consider drone imaging for your unique photography and videography needs!

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