Why You Should Consider Drone Video and Photography for Your Live Events

Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to shoot photos and videos from the air, drones provide a new dimension of visual storytelling for live events. The ability to capture shots that are otherwise unattainable—and the flexibility to get them quickly—is what sets drone video and photography for live events apart from other aerial videos. Whether you’re shooting small concerts, private corporate events or large public gatherings, incorporating drone video and photography into your production can greatly enhance your final product.

Why Are Drones Great for Live Events?

Aerial photography and videography is still a relatively new practice, and using drones for live events is even newer. So why should you consider using them for your next gig? Here are just a few reasons why drone video and photography are an awesome addition to your live event production. Live events are unscripted, unpredictable and fast-moving. Drones allow you to be flexible, adaptable and quickly respond to changing circumstances. This is essential in live events because you never know what’s going to happen. You can’t be over-prepared; it’s just not practical. Drones allow you to capture shots you would never be able to get any other way. They provide a fresh perspective that is both exciting and dramatic. Just one or two shots from a drone can make your entire production stand out. Drones are also a great way to shoot aerial B-roll as well as get different angles on elements within your scene without having to place yourself in dangerous or uncomfortable positions.

Small FPV Drone for outside and inside events

What Type of Drone Should You Use for Live Events?

Simply put, if you’re using a drone at a live event, you want the best quality footage you can get. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all drone for all situations, so you want to find the drone that’s best for your needs. There are many different options for drones, but you should always consider a professional drone with a licensed pilot. For the best possible footage, you should fly with a professional-grade drone. These drones are designed to be as operator-friendly as possible and have a lot of built-in features that improve image quality, stability and ease of use. You’ll also need an FAA Part 107 commercial drone license to fly these drones in public.

Outside drone footage for BJC employee event

Drone Footage Options

If you don’t have a plan for the footage you shoot from the drone, you’re wasting a great opportunity. Here are a few ways you can use drone footage in your live event production. – B-Roll: B-roll is any shot that’s not the primary subject of a scene. This can include shots of the venue, the crowd, etc. Using a drone for B-roll footage is a great way to add variety and visual interest to your shots. – Cutaways: Cutaways are images that are used to transition from one scene to the next. They provide a quick visual reference to build continuity throughout your production. You can also use drone B-roll as cutaways to build a visual story throughout your video. – Close-Ups: Using a drone to get close-up shots of your main subjects is a great way to bring them to life and showcase the emotion behind them. You can also use a drone to get close-up shots of props, special effects and more to add a different perspective to your scene.

Drone Video and Photography Basics

With the footage you’ve shot (and perhaps the B-roll you’ve collected), it’s time to start editing. Capturing visually stunning footage is great, but it means nothing if you can’t edit it into a compelling story. Here are a few tips for editing drone video and photography into a great live event production. – Build a visual story: Visual storytelling is an essential part of any live event production, but it’s even more important when using drone video and photography. You want to build a visual story that makes your audience feel something—whether it be excitement, awe or something else. – Keep it short: While you want to take advantage of the unique opportunity to use drone video and photography at your live event, you also don’t want to overdo it. Use color, contrast and movement: There’s a lot you can do with editing to make your drone video and photography pop. Use color contrast to create visual interest. Use movement to draw attention to specific elements. – Tell a story: While you want each shot to be visually stunning, they should all tell a larger story. Every element of your production should be there to move your audience in some way.

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Drones are a great addition to any live event production. They allow you to quickly get shots that would otherwise be impossible. Make sure you’re using the best possible drone for your needs and you’ll be able to create some truly stunning footage. With great footage, you can create visually stunning videos that will stand out among the competition.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
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Drone services for creative multimedia and marketing communications.

We produce original content for any industry that has an idea to develop, a product to promote, or a story to share. Providing captivating footage from all angles! We’ve been in the advertising and entertainment field since 1982, our pilots are extremely skilled in giving you the shot you require. Licensed and Insured, we are ready when you are.

From movie scenes to documentaries, commercials and music videos, the aerial and wide-angle shots that our crew captures are perfect for your next multimedia project.

We take a critical and creative look at the overall project uses which may include print, video, social, web and broadcast television. It is our goal to always help you build your library of multimedia assets so they can be used in any future platform.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

Aerial FLIR Thermal Building Inspections | Investigate Roof Leak Problems

Drones make roof inspections safer, faster, and more efficient by reducing the need for dangerous treks up and across rooftops. Drones equipped with thermal and visible cameras can more easily track down moisture under roof membranes or find indications of missing or damaged insulation.

This allows the roofer or roof inspector to determine which sections are performing well, and which need further investigation. They may still need to get up on the roof and use traditional (often destructive) test methods to quantify the extent of a problem, but the overall time needed from initial scan to diagnosis is greatly reduced.

Adding thermal imaging cameras to drones allows inspectors to scan large areas for moisture trapped underneath roof membranes, and look for the effects of structural issues such as missing insulation. The presence of water and the absence of insulation can both cause changes to the surface temperature of the roof. The thermal camera detects this temperature difference and displays it as colors—for example, dark tones indicating cold moisture or light tones indicating heat escaping through the uninsulated roof. Finally, the camera does not require visible light, so flights can take place at night or in areas that are shadowed.

FLIR, an industry leader in thermal imaging cameras, manufactures several types of thermal cameras that are both drone-agnostic and plug-and-play with systems made by DJI Innovations. Our gear will help you find potential leakage issues in your building.

Building owners and inspectors practicing commercial drone inspections can recoup the cost fairly quickly.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

Create Accurate Industry Reports with our Drone services.

Drone Mapping for Mining & Quarries – Stockpile Inventory Management
Make planning and fulfillment decisions with more accurate, timely information to avoid waste and recognize revenue faster. Measure stockpiles more often for a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. Report the total quantity and value of materials on site. Export all drone data easily to your recording systems.

Aerial Site Intelligence for Surveying & Construction
Site Surveys – Turn aerial images into new Business Insights. Understand what’s happening and make better decisions with drone data. Track and communicate progress at any stage.

St Louis Construction Drone Crews

Insurance Inspections Better Data – In Dramatically Less Time!
Whether you’re inspecting a new building or investigating an insurance claim, it’s important to capture accurate data quickly. Drone mapping is a powerful new tool for inspection — allowing you to safely and easily capture a high-resolution aerial view of a site in minutes.

Drone Mapping for Mining & Quarries – Stockpile Inventory Management
Make planning and fulfillment decisions with more accurate, timely information to avoid waste and recognize revenue faster. Measure stockpiles more often for a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Roofing Inspections
Accurately Generate Roof Reports & Models! Roof reports provide square footage, roof features, pitch, surface area, and slope.

Back in the office, or out in the field, it’s easy to analyze your aerial high-fidelity reconstructions of sites, make measurements and share comments to help you make better and faster decisions.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
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Drone Video Production | Cahokia Mounds | Documentary Film Scouting

Location scouting is about more than just finding the right room or park for a specific scene. Location scouting allows key members of the crew to walk through the space they want to shoot in and ensure it not only looks great but can support the needs of the shooting crew and cast. Below is a scouting project for a film documentary about the St. Louis region. Some of the imagery was shot to incorporate into the final film production.

Is the shoot a period piece? Does it take place in a certain kind of park in a certain part of the world? What elements does the writer describe being included in the space the scene takes place? What time of day is it supposed to be?

Film scouting by drone

Carefully review every part of the script so that you can go into your location scout with a solid picture of exactly what kind of location you’ll need for each scene you’re planning to shoot. Drone and ground scouting will help you get the best shots for your video or film production.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

St. Louis Drones | Filming Crews | Editing

Our St. Louis drone videographers and camera crews can assist your company with any video production projects. We assist with large corporate projects, special events in St. Louis, documentaries, live sports, real estate and much more. We are your one stop shop for high quality aerial video production, editing and delivering throughout the St. Louis and surrounding areas.

st louis drones aerial video and photography

Many companies like to describe the working environment and how their products are made but talking about it can only get you so far. Our drone fly-through videos will record a unique viewpoint to show everyone how what your culture looks like physically and how you produce your product in an environmentally and labor friendly manner. It can be effective with your team in their workspace, your production facility, shipping facility, placement of your product in major retailers or demonstrating your products outside. 

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

Commercial strip mall drone video crew.

Using a drone allows you to show the full action in real-time as opposed to a sequence of shots edited to mimic the action, it’s basically like adding a third dimension. This alone makes it a great way for a business to showcase their products; particularly in industries like agriculture, construction, commercial real estate, sports and any other situation that can be enhanced by taking advantage of this new and increasingly popular way to capture video.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

St Louis drones visual and data documentation for demolition of buildings and structures.

Drone Use in Demolitions

Drones have become an innovative technology in the demolition industry due to their ability to monitor demolition sites, collect data, take photos, and send the data to project managers.

Beyond aerial imagery, implementing drone technology is now used throughout the entire demolition lifecycle: initial site surveys, estimating costs, delivering volumetric measurements, identifying layout accuracy, and more.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544

Drone Infrared Inspection and Moisture Investigation for Commercial Buildings and Residential Homes.

Do you have a roof leak that you cannot find? Have a portion of the home or building that is much colder? Leaking corners? We can help. We can use a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) camera to investigate. Images or video of your commercial building and site can be accomplished with our drone. Also we can document your building conditions for moisture with our infrared camera and moisture meter.

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Robert Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544