Well I FINALLY have an official answer for all of you to a question that I have been asked a lot over the past 6 months. Do I have a drone and if not, is this in my plans in the near future?
I have been wanting to add this tool to my Equine Videography for about 9 or 10 months now, I was just unsure on which route I was going to take. Do I get myself a drone, get licensed as a UAV pilot or do I hire someone else who is already there, been there and done that, to provide me this service and someone who is already a hundred times the skilled pilot than I ever will be?
It was a very tough decision as just a few weeks ago I was this close to enrolling in a 3 day, 20 + 20 hour UAV pilot course to get certified but instead I have opted to join forces with a good friend of mine who is a skilled drone pilot and has actually built drones before, to provide me with this service for when I need it.
The drone that will be used is a DJI Inspire 2 Professional which is currently the best drone out today.
I have flown drones before and am familiar with them but admittedly I have also crashed them a few times to it's near fatal death, so I think it's safe to say that UAV pilot skills is not my specialty. :)
To get really good at drone videography, it requires many many hours of practice, hours that I unfortunately do not have the time for. But perhaps the biggest reason why I chose to partner up with an aerial videographer is because logically in terms of productivity, it makes the most sense. Many videographers today team up with drone videographers because when on location shooting, the videographer films the on the ground footage while the drone pilot films the aerial stuff. This saves a significant amount of time for both the company and the client. After all you can only be in one place at a time.
This will not be a stand alone service but rather an additional tool (by request) to be used in my Equine Videography service.
There are so many creative ways to capture the beauty of horses with drones and I can't wait to see where this takes us.