While real estate was one of the first fields to embrace aerial photography to capture a property from the air, there are many other ways that drones can be useful in the day-to-day world of business.
One of the fastest growing industries using drone photography is in the field of construction. Drones are used to monitor buildings during the construction process. This type of monitoring is becoming more common, growing by about 250 percent annually.
Using a drone to capture weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly photos and/or video is a great way to show progress over time.
If the construction time line is long, and photos are taken every day or two from similar positions, drone footage can also be used to create time lapse videos of the project, from an empty lot to the finished building.
If the building is a large, multi-storey project, drones can be an excellent way of safely checking each floor from the outside as they are completed, rather than suspending a worker in a crane.
Using this approach is also much faster: as the drone moves around the building, it can shoot 4K hi-resolution video, which can then be played back and inspected from the comfort of an office.
The appeal of using drones is simple. They are small and light, and in the right hands, safer than other methods previously used.
A drone can also get into places that an aerial photographer in a helicopter would have trouble reaching. If the construction site is surrounded by obstructions like tall buildings or cranes, a helicopter may not be able to get to it at all.
Using drones for this service has proven very useful and time-saving. It is a great way to keep investors, board members, and project managers up-to-date on the progress of the project.
Several things have to be considered when using aerial photos and video to promote a construction project. This is where an experienced, licensed and insured photographer can really make your construction projects stand out from the crowd.
Terry Young is an FAA licensed drone pilot and professional photographer and videographer. His 30 plus years of experience in pre- and post-production of both still photography and video, coupled with the latest equipment, enable him to capture amazing, high quality images.
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