Frequently Asked Questions About Aerial Photography
What type of aerial photography drones do you use?
We generally use multi-copters which are a cost-effective way to get high-quality stable aerial video footage for our clients. Mostly we use quadcopters or hexacopters for our aerial productions which offer high-stability, an ideal weight ratio, and a more efficient operating platform. Our standard shooting resolution is 4k, so your always guaranteed an excellent high resolution, cinema quality video.
How long can your drones fly?
Our systems are electric with typical flight times from anywhere 10 to 22 minutes, depending upon payload and weather conditions. When the battery pack is at or near 25% capacity, for safety reasons, we always return the drone home to its take-off location. At that point, it takes only a couple seconds to install a new battery pack and be back up in the air very shortly. We have several battery packs and a portable charging station on-site to allow continual flights throughout the day. For remote locations which we can drive to, we charge a reasonable rental rate for a generator.
At what altitude and speed can your drones fly?
We limit our operations to an altitude of 400′ (per FAA regulations As for speeds, wind conditions play a role, but it is not uncommon to obtain maximum speeds of about 20 m/s. We rarely have any reason for these high speeds, as our goal is too typically shoot stable video footage at a speed around 10 m/s.
How smooth is your aerial video footage?
We use very high-end aerial drones for our video productions and utilize various Gimbals which are camera stabilizers on the drone so that the camera is always level and smooth regardless of the Drone/UAV in-air movement. Even in windy conditions up to 15 mph we are able to capture beautiful HD or 4K footage without shake. Even further, we are able to smooth out any minor imperfections during the video editing stage using several techniques including video-stabilization, speed adjustment (slow motion can hide any camera shake), and other procedures.
Are you able to fly or film indoors?
It is totally fine to fly indoors as long as adequate room is available to ensure proper safety of property and individuals involved or in the vicinity. That said, we generally like to stay at least 8 feet away from people to ensure their safety.