Why Should I Use Aerial Photography?

The history of aerial photography is an interesting one. Aerial photography has been around for a long time, but the technology used for capturing aerial shots has changed a lot over the years. It's no longer just about shooting from planes and helicopters. Drones are now used to take photos and videos from above with high-quality images that can’t be captured from ground level.  

With aerial photography now being used for many commercial and recreational purposes,  this blog post will cover some of the benefits of aerial photography to help you decide if it is right for your business or project needs. 

Unique Perspective:

Aerial photography is unique in its ability to capture images that would not otherwise be possible to see from ground level. Having become an increasingly popular tool in the marketing arsenal of many different types of business, those who have opted to use this technology have gained a huge advantage over their competitors. Rather than simply using traditional photography to showcase products or projects, capturing images from this creative perspective can be used to wow prospective clients and also impress potential investors. In the world of property and real estate, this has been proven very effective when targeting niche markets such as buyers of waterfront property, luxury homes, etc.  

The Benefits of Aerial Photography by Drone

Cost-Effective Technology

The advent of newer technology such as drones for capturing aerial images has brought a dramatic decrease in cost from the high costs of hiring full-scale equipment such as helicopters and cranes. Operating at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft and eliminating huge fuel costs, the use of drones has enabled many businesses and projects where aerial photography would have previously been cost-prohibitive to access the benefits it can provide. 

The Benefits of Aerial Photography by Drone

Safety

There are often situations where aerial photography is required but in locations where manned aviation would be unsafe and satellite imagery would not provide the detail needed. In these scenarios, the use of drones when operated correctly and according to strict safety guidelines provides the perfect solution to capturing aerial imagery whilst ensuring the safety of the project remains a priority.

High Altitude: Un-obstructed Access

Having un-obstructed access to ordinarily hard-to-view areas is a huge benefit in many  applications. Aerial photographs, particularly those taken with drones, can be shot  without being hindered by trees, buildings, or other obstructions that may be present on  the land surface. 

Accuracy of Scale & Proportions

The ability of aerial photography to provide an accurate portrayal of size and proportion is particularly advantageous in applications such as the creative marketing of luxury homes in the property sector, large-scale construction, and military intelligence. Surprisingly, it has also proven successful in helping to settle legal battles over property borders and land disputes. In addition, aerial images can be beneficial for the comparison of features on different sides of an object or terrain. For example, if looking across a landscape with mountains in one direction and flat land in another direction there is no distortion when comparing these two variations because they are side by side.

The Benefits of Aerial Photography by Drone

Synoptic View

Being able to have a synoptic or birds-eye view of the terrain is advantageous in many applications. Images taken from this perspective have become of key importance especially in fields where remote sensing is used. Examples include topographical mapping, engineering, environmental science, and agriculture. This grand-scale outlook can also be effective for viewing the progress of construction projects and other structures which may not always be possible during in-person site visits or through satellite maps alone.

The Benefits of Aerial Photography by Drone

The benefits of utilising aerial photography are plentiful, whatever the application. If you're interested in learning more about how drones work, their benefits for a specific project, or have questions about safety regulations, contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.

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