Things to Know Every couple of years, we see new trends developing with regard to weddings; and the latest trend to catch on with those about to tie the knot having a drone cover their wedding to provide a bit of aerial filming and aerial photography.
What is that you ask?
Well, aerial filming/photography involves the use of drones attached with video cameras to capture the entire wedding. If you've kept abreast of recent trends, you're sure to have come across wedding images produced through drone/aerial photography.
Aren't they stunning to look at?
The good news is you can get that done for your wedding or a friend's/relative's wedding too. But, before you do, there are a few considerations to be made.
Safety might seem like a boring topic to start off with, but, it is extremely important. As they always say, safety first! The one thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that drones are basically mini helicopters with cameras attached to them. So, you'll need a professional to operate them or there is a risk of accident. An accident is the last thing you need at a wedding event.
Continuing with the topic of safety, we look at drone insurance. Yup! There is such a thing as drone insurance and you need to have it before you begin the aerial filming process. The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or Drone Insurance will help you pay for your damaged drone and will also cover injuries/damages caused to a third party.
So, if you're hiring an aerial filming or aerial photography service, make sure they have UAV insurance.
Keep it legal
By Law, In the UK, any company or person using drones commercially requires permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. To obtain CAA permission the company has to ensure that the firms' staff are fully trained in UAV use and a wide range of relevant areas which affect UAV operation. Some of those areas includes but are not limited to training, weather, UAV handling, human factors and emergency procedures. It is a requirement for a drone pilot to be fully trained and hold the relevant qualifications which are recognised by CAA.
So make sure your drone operator has permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. For more information, check out our post on Choosing an Aerial Photography Company
Operating a drone requires a lot of planning. According to Parker Gyokeres, a celebrated photojournalist for the US Air Force and the owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography, drone operators who do not work with a plan can become threats to the people at the wedding.
So, make sure you get your drone operator to work with you in developing a plan for how the filming/photography will happen. Get your ground photography/videography crew to join the discussion as well.
Make the most of the venue
Drones have the ability to capture content that is illustrative and dynamic. They can highlight the scenic elements of your venue. They can provide interesting perspectives of the location you choose. So, ask your operator to find interesting angles and be as creative as possible.
The end result is likely to be something you won't regret. Never hesitate to take advantage of your wedding location.
Speaking of locations, it is also good to note that not all venues suit aerial filming or aerial photography. For example, indoor locations are a complete no-no for drone based videography/photography. Other poor locations for drone photography include areas with too many walls, trees, and other kinds of obstacles or obstructions.
Also, please check with venue on their policy concerning drone usage.
Ideally, the best location for drone filming/photography is an outdoor location with minimal intrusion.
Never ask for close-ups with the drone. The objective of drone photography is to augment the event. It is also an unsafe practice and can turn out to be very intrusive, especially for those not too fond of the drone idea. Just focus on capturing the scene. The extra details can be handed over to the ground crew.
For instance, you can capture the couple walking up the aisle. There is no need to record anything else.
Drones are not quiet machines. They do make their fair share of noise, thanks to engines and propellers. So, having a drone flying around close to people isn't as enjoyable as one would imagine, especially at an event such as a wedding.
In fact, some operators ground their drones during the important parts of the event.
On the whole, aerial filming with drones opens up so many possibilities, as long as you plan and prepare. They are versatile tools that allow you to get creative in several ways. Ask any drone photographer and he/she will tell you about the amazing shots they've managed to capture.
So, now that you know how the whole thing goes, go ahead and book your drones and capture those amazing moments in a brand new way.