Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and drones are new technologies many photographers and cinematographers are frequently using. Here in this post we will discuss the use of Drones in Photography and Cinematography.Drones are revolutionizing film and television, news, and real estate photography, providing endless new opportunities to capture high-quality photos and video from angles that would have been previously impossible, and at prices that also would have been previously impossible.
Let’s discuss how you can start incorporating Drones in Photography and Cinematography.
Movies & Film: The Los Angeles Times reports that it costs as little as $5,000 a day to operate a filming drone, as opposed to $25,000 for a helicopter; owning the drone brings this cost down further.
Real Estate Photography: According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images, with 83% of homeowners saying they prefer to work with an agent that uses drones.
Why are Drones Being Used by Photographers and Cinematographers?
- Drones provide new aerial perspectives, enhancing visual experience and capturing new vantage points of the world.
- Camera cranes, steadicams and camera tracks all have specific physical constraints.
- Drones can replace land-based equipment — including jibs, dollies, and even cranes and Russian Arms — to capture shots. s.
- Drones today have “smart” features that make them safer and more stable to operate, including Vision Positioning Systems (VPS) and Obstacle avoidance sensors.
- 3-axis drone gimbals stabilize along the yaw, pitch and roll – and they’re available in all shapes in sizes.
- Drones are small, easy to maneuver and far more affordable than manned aircraft.
How are Drones Being Used in Photography and Cinematography?
Movies and Film: From new camera angles to full-speed chase scenes, flights over water or in-between trees, the sky is the limit for cinematographers on film sets.
Real Estate Photography: Real estate agents are able to sell properties more effectively by utilizing drone photography and video, as aerial photography is quickly becoming the standard in effectively marketed real estate listings.
Wedding Photography: Drones allow videographers to capture sweeping footage from overhead, creating an extremely dramatic effect for wedding videos.
Advertising: Drones allow the capture of images or the display of ads that are currently costly or difficult to obtain.
News: Many news organizations use helicopters or planes which have higher costs and require people on-site to operate. Additionally, if
a journalist is covering conflict or natural disaster, drones can remove people from that danger while still covering the story.
What to Know Before Using Drones
FAA Rules & Regulations: Without a waiver or current part 107 license, current FAA regulations only allow drones to be flown during daylight hours, no higher than 400 feet, and no faster than 100 miles per hour. Additionally, the aircraft must remain in the visual line of sight of the remote operator.
Costs of Setting Up a Drone Program: Flying a drone for commercial use requires training. While the benefits far outweigh the costs, it’s important for agencies and companies alike to understand their goals and create a plan before purchasing hardware.
Risk of Lawsuits: Similar to any other collision, if a drone crashes, any harmed individuals may be able to bring upon a lawsuit. This further emphasizes the importance of training, and understanding the rules and regulations, so companies can fly safely and compliantly.
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How can this Post Help?
Top Vendors: Strong relationships with top manufacturers like DJI, Autel, Parrot, FLIR, Sony, Alta, senseFly, Draganfly, Nikon, Fujifilm, and many more.
Training: Numerous UAS training programs, from its in-house, ground-up drone training for Public Safety, to basic flight training, cinematography best practices, COA Development, SOP Development, photogrammetry, night and thermal operations, and more.
Subject Matter Experts: Adorama Drones employs and partners with many drone industry experts, with vast arrays of experience, to help companies begin efficiently and compliantly flying missions.
Software & Payloads: Drones carries many software solutions, and our experts can discuss the right software, hardware, cameras and sensor pairings for the job.
DJI Mavic 3 Cine
- 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad Camera
- 5.1K/50fps and DCI 4K/120fps
- 46-Min Max Flight Time
28x In Hybrid Zoom Capabilities
- 15km Video Transmission
- Apple ProRes 422 HQ Video Recording
- Built-in 1TB SSD
Autel EVO II
- Industry Leading 8K Camera
- 1-8x (4x Lossless) Zoom
- 40min Flight Time
- 360 Degree Obstacle Avoidance
- 9km Video Transmission
- Dynamic 48MP Stills • HDR Video
Sony Airpeak S1
- The Smallest Drone in its Class for Alpha Mirrorless Cameras
- 55.9mph Max Speed
- Stable in Winds Up to 44.7 mph
- Dual Operation Mode for Independent
- Control of Aircraft and Gimbal/Camera
- GBL-T3 (Gremsy Gimbal)
- 5 Cameras & 2 IR Sensor Vision Systems
- Obstacle Avoidance & Braking Function
Freefly Alta 8 Pro
- 35lb Max Payload
- 50min Flight Time
- Complex Waypoint-Guided Autopilot
- 5V, 12V DC to DC Converters to Power Payloads
- Long Range Data link
- Adjustable Vibration Isolation Included
- 33 Inch Blades with ActiveBlade Technology
Drones in Photography and Cinematography