JJ Trinidad, owner of Skyecam, an aerial cinematography studio based out of Los Angeles, charges upwards of $1,500 for a few hours of aerial event photography on their lower-resolution cameras. And that price includes a three-person team: a drone operator, a camera operator, and a visual observer to ensure that no birds (or power lines) are injured during the production of your film.
If you’re looking for aerial event shots, Trinidad says you don’t just need a photographer, you need an experienced pilot, too. More dynamic footage simply means more risk. But a high demand for that kind of footage also means more supply. Safe drone-specific cinematography shops are popping up all over the country.
Above Summit Films is a cinema group that services the greater New England area and has extensive safety information listed on their site about their aerial photography services. But their drone wedding demo reel has a castle in it.
But, let us for a minute just imagine the possibilities…
Does your event feature a stunt? Try Periscoping or live-streaming the aerial footage directly from your iPhone. That’s exactly what Eric Chang, drone videographer extraordinaire did at Burning Man in 2014.
Are there fireworks? Even better. This promotional video for the Sony Action Cam proves that big bangs are even better up close.
Big race? Conference expo? Outdoor concert? Dance party? Boat cruise? All made a thousand times cooler with an aerial shot.
At Splash, we like to encourage our clients and party planners to document their events via any means necessary. Often that implies professional photography and videography, but user-generated social shares, and emerging tech like aerial photography and live streaming is often edgier and more authentic. Just play it safe. We’re rule benders, not breakers.
For a more in-depth dive on drone regulations, aerial sports videography, and reviews of specific products, read this helpful write-up via DC Rain Maker.
Plus, check out Know Before You Fly, an educational campaign founded by several organizations in partnership with the FAA. Or send it to a friend with a drone.