As drones become more common in the U.S. and abroad, numerous industries are using aerial imagery for planning, documentation and marketing. But some projects still call for helicopter aerial photography instead of capturing photos from a drone. Here are a few tips to help you decide when to go with a helicopter shoot, and when a project is better suited to a UAV.
A Bigger Bird: Helicopter Aerials
Shooting aerial photos from a full-scale helicopter is the smart choice when you need images from higher altitudes. Helicopter aerial photography can capture larger-scale properties, whether five city blocks or 500 acres, as well as facilities like shopping centers, power plants, and athletic stadiums.
A Smaller Bird: Drone Aerials
Drone photography is an excellent choice when you want to showcase details about a property or event from an aerial perspective. Since the blanket COA for commercial drone operators holding the required FAA Section 333 Exemption is limited to 400 feet, drones are ideal for low-altitude shoots, like construction sites, real estate listings, golf courses and resorts, and infrastructure damage assessments.