The Advantages and Disadvantages of Pole and Drone Aerial Photography
Aerial Photography – Portable Photography Masts Vs. Aerial Drones
Although using elevated mast poles to capture aerial photographs can provide clear images from the specific point you choose to capture from, they also have many limitations of use. Many photographers would argue that aerial drone photography has a lot fewer restrictions and can provide just as good, if not better aerial photographs.
One limitation of elevated photography masts is the transport of them. Transport can be time-consuming and costly. Particular equipment is needed including either a van or a 4×4 to make aerial photography masts portable. Whereas aerial drones are far easier to transport and can be taken in a car or carried anywhere. No special equipment is needed for the transport of an aerial drone which makes it a much easier hassle free method of capturing aerial images for many photographers.
Another disadvantage of using elevated mast poles for aerial photography is the relatively long set-up time to capture a shot. The mast has to be placed in position and elevated to the correct height before a photograph can be taken. An aerial drone has very little set up time as take off from the ground takes only a few seconds. The aerial drone method is highly advantageous for capturing those spontaneous shots, especially in certain circumstances. For example, at weddings when the photographer needs to capture the moment and move with the bride and groom, the aerial drone is perfect for taking aerial shots. It would be impossible to capture moments of a wedding with aerial photography using an elevated mast because it would simply not be able to move quick enough.
In general, unless very specialised equipment is used with pole aerial photography, the height at which images can be captured is limited. Aerial drones can often fly higher and therefore capture more impressive photos with a larger field of view. This can be particularly useful when photographing landscapes or properties with lots of land.
Remote controlled aerial drones have a much more flexible range of capture because of the camera positioning and the direction of the camera lens can be quickly changed whilst the drone is in the air. Elevated pole masts have a less flexible camera positioning, making it harder and more time consuming to capture an image from the specific angle needed.
Obviously location and the immediate surroundings of the area where you wish to capture aerial photographs from can play a large part and create restrictions for aerial drone photography and elevated mast aerial photography. For example any tall structures, landmarks and other objects such as trees or buildings can obstruct the view of both an aerial drone camera and an elevated pole mast. Before raising a pole mast or flying an aerial drone a risk assessment must be carried out of the surrounding area.
Both aerial photography and videography have a wide variety of uses and can give your business, residential sale or even your wedding photographs a unique edge. For photographs with a brilliant twist, contact us now for more information and prices at email@example.com or call 01787 468680.