HOW TO TAKE GREAT AERIAL IMAGES WITHOUT A DRONE - FREE QUICK GUIDE February 21 2017

Want to capture amazing aerial images, without facing the costs and restrictions of flying a drone? Take a look at our free quick guide to find out how.

We retail our own range of high reach carbon fibre mast systems to many professionals, including a growing number of photographers and videographers who are already fully trained, insured and qualified to pilot imaging drones.

"Qualified drone pilots you say? Why do they need a mast system when they can fly?!?" - Well....it has a great deal to do with the many restrictions placed even on qualified drone pilots - such as flying near crowds, near properties or in no-fly zones - not to mention the costs of using a drone capable of safely elevating DSLR quality HD cameras and lenses.

For instance, even qualified drone pilots are restricted from:

  • flying within 50 metres (150ft) of people and properties,
  • or within 150 metres (500ft) of crowds and built up areas
  • - That limits most areas worth shooting in the first place!....Unless you use one of our carbon fibre mast systems, then no restrictions apply at all (within reason, safety and common sense - good quality carbon fibre conducts electricity after all).

Instead of flying, many of our customers use our masts to simulate "drone" footage, bridging no-fly zones or restricted areas, while relying on gimbal and *non-gimbal remote controllable camera systems, such as the DJI Osmo X3, DJI Osmo Pro X5 or the SteadXP+* stabilisation hardware with their preferred DSLR and lens of choice.

"Are your masts that strong and rigid?" most people ask us. Yes they are - our mast systems can carry 2kgs of DSLR and lens to 18ft, 30ft or even 40ft high. They can be used with, or more often without a tripod - as a highly portable jib arm to "fly" a camera. We can even supply masts that can elevate cameras under 200 grams between 50ft and 74ft high if needed.

 

Check out the video below to see just how strong, rigid and stable even our entry level Pro-sumer 18ft carbon fibre mast is under DSLR and lens load.

Let's face it - drones are great fun to fly as a hobby, and aerial stills and video are amazing to look at......but when it comes to doing so commercially things get a whole lot more complicated. Just take a look below at the helpful video the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have produced to get a brief overview (pardon the pun).

In the interests of safety (not just your own!), thankfully the CAA have produced a very helpful site called Drone Safe, along with a useful info-graphic called The Drone Code - shown below. To fly commercially (when any client will be paying you for your piloting and imaging skills), step one will be to visit the CAA main website and apply for a permission - click here for more information.

image of civil aviation authority drone codeimage of civil aviation authority drone code

If all you want to image is property, people, wildlife (scared of noisy drones by the way) landscapes or any other area of interest from a good vantage point, then all the drone legislation and restrictions, along with the costs of training, insurances, flight and imaging hardware may seem too much trouble!

Don't Give Up! - If you already have a database of customers that can cover your hardware, flight and production costs then go for it......otherwise you may wish to contact us here at Vantage Point Products to see which of our high quality carbon fibre mast systems is right for you.

Give us a call on (+44) 02380 982366, or email us on help@vantagepointproducts.com to discuss your requirements. We will listen carefully to your needs, provide free advice on your project, and when you're good and ready we'll supply our products and solutions.

The most important information we need from you is:

1. The make and models of cameras and lenses you wish to elevate (so we can research the exact total weight)

2. The height you wish to elevate your imaging hardware to (18ft, 30ft or 40ft for DSLR's, DJI Osmo's and Pro Compacts, or 35ft to 74ft for super light weight cameras under 200 grams i.e. GoPro's, or Sony QX-10's)

3. Your remote camera control requirements (we can provide several recommendations, or your camera may already be remote controllable via built in Wi-Fi, or other means).

We hope you found our blog article helpful, and we look forward to working with you soon.