Pre-Flight Planning

Personal safety & protection of property is our first priority. Pre-flight planning, inspections and two party checklist are part of every unmanned aerial photography flight.  While flying the drone, a member of the ground crew always has visual contact with the equipment. A thorough inspection of all equipment is conducted following each flight.
In terms of weather, we do not fly in the rain.

In terms of lighting, be aware of the effects that the sun can have on your shot.  We like to keep the sun behind us when possible.  The same principle applies to every photography technique, but the effect is amplified over water, and everything looks dark if the sun is shining toward the drone. Noontime sun with zero clouds provides the ideal lighting conditions, but it is not always possible to time your shoot down to the minute. When it comes to capturing your shots within the time frame necessary for perfect light, our practice and experience in the field will serve you extremely well.

Before the action begins, it pays to think ahead and meticulously plan out your shot.  Where is the subject, and where does it seem likely to move? Where is the sun? What is its angle, and how does this affect your shot? How hard is the wind blowing in relation to your desired subject and frame? Where is the subject going, and where will it end up after the action is over and the shot has been captured?  Pre-Flight Planning is invaluable.  A heightened alertness and good sense with regard to our surroundings pays off.  We’re ready for things to change at any moment, and have a back-up plan in place.
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