Things to Ask Before Hiring a Drone Photographer

Not all Drones are created equals, nor are drone operators! Are you looking to capture some awesome footage of from above? With so many drone pilots in the photography space, there’s no shortage of gorgeous overhead shots. What was once a luxury for big-budget productions is now within reach for almost any business looking to boost the quality of their commercials or marketing videos with the help of a drone photographer.

Before you hire your next drone photographer, there are some things you need to keep in mind and make sure you ask. Knowing the difference in drone levels and asking important questions will help to ensure you get the footage you are expecting. Also, keep in mind, if the cost you are quoted is too good to be true, it probably is.

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The biggest question to ask: Is the Drone Pilot Licensed?

Starting on August 26, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all non-hobbyists who use unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones) for business purposes must be licensed. This ensures that any footage captured for your project is legal and does not violate restricted airspace laws.

What quality does your drone offer?

You need to ensure that the drone the photographer has can give you the end quality you are looking for. Not all drones are created equal. Ask to see samples of their work to ensure they can do what you are looking for, has the drone photographer completed a similar type job? If not, how can they assure you they can do what you are looking for.

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Flying is one thing- Shooting is another

Flying a drone and getting beautiful footage, are two completely different skillsets. You need to ensure you hire someone who is capable of doing both. You need to hire a drone photographer who has a grasp of composition and pacing, as well as someone who has the understanding of how to manually control camera settings for lighting conditions, speed, and subject as well as to achieve the results that they are after.

Do some basic research, make sure you see the drone photographers’ portfolio and ensure it is their work before you hire them. In the long run, you will be happy you did.