Jan 2020

View your premises from above!

On a recent photo shoot for a client we captured video footage and stills photography from the sky using our drone. Our client’s business has physically grown its footprint in recent years and they wanted to capture the full expanse of the facilities in their current state – it also gave the them the chance to have a quick look at the roof and check everything is OK!

Whilst we were there we were asked by a member of their team to capture a photo from the sky of their house, as the property had undergone renovation work and now looks considerable different to when they bought it. They said they had a photo taken by an ‘old school’ aerial photographer from a plane many years ago (anyone else remember the sales men knocking on the door after they’d photographed your house?) and wanted a follow up shot to compare the changes made over the years. We were happy to oblige…

Insurance and qualifications – do they matter?

This got us thinking about drones and how much they are used day-to-day now (for good and bad reasons, as anyone due to fly out of Gatwick before Christmas will tell you!). It also got us thinking about how important it is to use a fully qualified and insured drone pilot to capture those amazing shots from the sky. Did you know that any imagery captured by a drone that is intended for commercial use must be captured by a fully insured and trained drone pilot?

We take training and safety procedures seriously here at FLYTE Creative Media, not just for our team, but for our clients too. Our drone pilot spent four days intensively training, not just learning how to make the shots look as good as possible but learning about how to safeguard the surrounding areas and when not to fly the drone (it’s more often than you might think!).

Setting up for a drone shoot and running through the health and safety procedures usually takes longer than the actual shoot itself. However, it’s well worth it for the safety of everyone involved and to ensure the imagery can be used for its intended purpose. It’s also essential that a drone pilot and the company they are operating under have the correct, specific drone insurance (plus all the standard insurances any production company needs to operate).

So many possibilities

There are so many ways to use a drone now – they are a standard (and expected) part of most videos – but how about using the footage for a building survey, a mast survey on a yacht, capturing a sporting event as it happens or getting a team photo from a different perspective?

If you would like to have a chat about how drone video footage and photography can be used by your business, free to drop me a line at: sarah@flytecreativemedia.co.uk