Drone photography has taken off as the latest trend for photography. These engaging visuals can add an eye-catching feature to your website, social media post, or other marketing collateral. It might be just the ticket to help you soar above your competitors.
Like all photography, you should aim to capture high-quality aerial photography and videography. That's where hiring a skilled drone operator can make all the difference.
As you consider drone photos and videos for your business, select the right professional to meet your unique needs. Here are ten crucial questions to ask before hiring someone to create your aerial photography and videography project.
Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Drone Photographer
1. What experience do you have in drone photography and videography?
Although aerial photography has been around since the 1980s, today's drones are more affordable for anyone to purchase and use. However, you should still seek a professional, experienced photographer who understands how to capture images, the effect of light, composition, and editing using a drone.
At LRS Web Solutions: Our drone operator has been flying Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) since 2016, producing both photos and videos. We also use a dedicated camera operator to determine the best angles and camera movements for a more cinematic photo or video production. He has more than 30 years of experience shooting photos and video.
2. Do you have the necessary certifications and licenses?
Safety and legality are paramount in the drone industry. For professional work, drone pilots must have a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA, which is required to fly commercially in the United States. Compliance with federal aviation regulations ensures a responsible and professional operation.
At LRS Web Solutions: Yep, we have staff with a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA and can fly our drone under the FAA's sUAS Rule, also known as Part 107.
3. What equipment do you use?
If you are hiring drone services, Insist that he or she use professional equipment to get professional quailty video.
At LRS Web Solutions: We use the DJI Inspire 3, which is a state-of-the-art sUAS, giving us the ability to produce Hollywood-quality video. Our drone is equipped with the X9-8K Air gimbal and we use a variety of lenses with different focal lengths. In addition, we use an RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) system which gives us centimeter level precision when flying the aircraft.
4. Can you provide references or examples of your work?
As with all hires, get references and make sure the quality of the work is up to your standards.
At LRS Web Solutions: To get a sense of our style and capabilities, look at our Drone Service page, which showcases both photo and 8K video we have captured with our drone.
5. What sets you apart from other drone photographers?
Ah the differentiator! This can be a tough question for some businesses. As drone videos increase in popularity, you'll want to be sure you're getting quality service with a unique look, if desired. Your drone photographer should strive to achieve the highest quality, in both equipment, style, and service.
At LRS Web Solutions: The differentiating factor at LRS is the type of drone we use and the experience we have. The DJI Inspire 3 is touted as being the peak of aerial cinematography and is the only cinema-grade drone on the market. With the ability to capture video in 8K/75fps, we can meet the needs of top-class film and television productions. Additionally, we are equipped and prepared to fly at night, which allows us to showcase your business or organization in a unique way!
6. What safety measures do you have in place?
With multiple obstructions to consider, drone photography has its risks. Operators must consider the environment, including buildings, antennae, and, of course, people. Weather can also affect safety conditions.
At LRS Web Solutions: Safety is our top priority. Our drone operators have stringent safety protocols, including pre-flight checks, emergency procedures, and insurance coverage. We prioritize the safety of people and property during each flight, while adhering to all FAA regulations. When flying in controlled airspace, we always receive airspace authorization from the FAA before we fly.
7. How do you handle post-production and editing?
Make sure you understand what will happen after the footage is captured. Will extra charges incur during post-production? Will they brand the video, render it and modify it for your desired output or just give you the raw footage?
At LRS Web Solutions: Whether you need drone footage for your website or as part of a larger marketing campaign, our professional videographer with decades of experience will edit the video to showcase your brand and vision.
8. Can you provide a detailed cost estimate?
How much does a drone video cost? It can vary. Study the estimate to make sure you're comfortable with the quote and what you will get for the cost. Be sure to ask about possible travel expenses and any additional fees.
At LRS Web Solutions: We offer several options to meet your budget. Check out our Drone Service page or contact us for a custom quote. We won't hide fees.
9. What is your availability and scheduling flexibility?
Ensure that the photographer's schedule aligns with your project timeline. Discuss their availability for planning, shooting, and potential reshoots, as well as their ability to accommodate changes in the schedule.
At LRS Web Solutions: We will coordinate schedules to complete your project in a timely fashion.
10. Do you have a backup plan for adverse weather conditions?
Weather can be unpredictable, and it can impact your aerial photography or videography session. To ensure safety, make sure that there is a plan to reschedule in case of bad weather.
At LRS Web Solutions: We will keep you informed of weather changes, clearances, or other factors that could affect fly times.
Invest in Drone Services
Drone photography and videography is an exciting new avenue to showcase your business, products, and even your people in a stunning new way. By asking these questions, you can be confident when you pick your drone photographer that you have a skilled professional who understands your needs and can deliver an outstanding product.
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