The advent of superior Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technology facilitates aerial photography without having to rent a manned aircraft or helicopter, and brings such images into the repertoire of regular photographers. As aircraft in Canadian airspace, a license is required to operate a RPAS. We are licensed for Advanced Operations, and we operate equipment certified for operations in controlled airspace and for operations near people. We also carry aviation insurance.
Our aircraft are all by DJI. Our Phantom4 Pro is now relegated to backup or extended operations, with most of our photography now done using our Mavic2 Pro with its superior optics. If a dual operator situation presents itself, our Inspire Pro is configured for a pilot with a separate photographer / videographer controlling just the camera.
Our base rates for aerial photography and videography are:
- First hour or part thereof
- $250 (includes flight planning and preparation and any necessary NavCanada clearances)
- Each additional hour
- $85/hr. (this is overall job time, not flight time)
- Visual Observer
- $60/hr. (necessary if flights will be beyond Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
- Second Operator
- $75/hr. (necessary for more complex camera management for advanced video)
- (If flying conditions are not within margins for the operation, the photography will be rescheduled. We are unable to fly in excessive wind, fog or rain, threat of lightning etc.)
For most of our real estate work, we are carrying a drone as an additional camera, and might put the aircraft up for one or two elevated, but low altitude shots as a part of our standard still photography package. No additional charge would be made for this. We might consider this if power lines or vegetation are interfering with a clear shot of the front of a property, or to obtain a clear view of a waterfront exposure.
For more extensive aerial work, like 360 degree panoramas, videos and high altitude shots, basic rates apply.
In most cases, aerial videos add little to the presentation of a listing, unless the property is very large (farm, estate etc).
Aerial stills not only give a fresh perspective on the property, they can also be used to inter-relate different features of the property which may not be properly show using ground level photos. The elevated view also tends to eliminate distracting backgrounds.
Promotional and Public Relations
From tourist brochures to annual reports, aerial photography which conforms to pictorial principles helps to grab and to hold the attention of the reader.
Well planned aerial photos, are now an essential part of any PR campaign.