The first point to be very aware of, if you are a business commissioning aerial imaging, is that the drone operator MUST have a current certificate for Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and have at least £2million worth of public liability insurance. Anyone using images that have been obtained via an unlicensed operator is liable to prosecution and fines running into the thousands. That’s right – if your company commissions an unlicensed operator and you then use the images/video on your website it is seen as using unlicensed aerial images for commercial gain and you may then become liable.
You can check if a drone operator is CAA registered by looking them up on the CAA website here
[/ivan_icon_box][ivan_icon_box icon_pos=”left” size=”fa-3x” title=”Fully Insurred flying..” title_tag=”h4″ template=”primary-bg” c_id=”.vc_1477856563409″ ico=”paperclip”]We are covered up to £10 million public liability insurance using CAA, BNUCs and BMFA regulations ensuring the highest standards in safety and operation.
[/ivan_icon_box][ivan_icon_box icon_pos=”left” size=”fa-3x” title=”Remotely Controlled Multi-Rotor’s” title_tag=”h4″ template=”primary-bg” c_id=”.vc_1477856579906″ ico=”star”]We use leading-edge remotely controlled multi rotor UAV’s also known as drones equipped with professional photography and video recording equipment to capture amazing images.
[/ivan_icon_box][ivan_icon_box icon_pos=”left” size=”fa-3x” title=”File formats used…” title_tag=”h4″ template=”primary-bg” c_id=”.vc_1477856618854″ ico=”file”]… we can shoot still digital or video files. Stills are 20Mb Hi-Res RAW files, video is up to 4K HD Res broadcast quality.
For the quality of images and HD video I have found that the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is an excellent piece of kit – easily transportable, quick to set up, easy to fly and most importantly – the camera produces excellent quality RAW files (and 2.7K video files) which I can then process through Premier Pro CC and Lightroom as I would my DSLR files and add a final polish in Photoshop. The Phantom provides live feedback to an ipad attached to the controller which is really valuable if the client is stood with me as it allows us to work together to find the very best angle for the shots they require. Another benefit of the Phantom 3 over cheaper models (and over many more expensive ones too) is that it allows me to control the camera settings from the ground and shoot in manual mode giving me full control over the images. Shoot multiple brackets exposures allows a high dynamic range in the images and the ability to stitch together multiple shots allows for wide panoramic shots if required.