When hiring a commercial drone operator the client needs to have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.
In the first place, only CAA approved operators can undertake commercial drone operations. As a result, the operators have undertaken training and have passed theory and practical assessments. They also hold liability insurance to run their business operations.
What information is that is important for the commercial drone operator?
In this case, the important information is location, time, date and description of the task.
Accordingly, the commercial drone operator has to consider the airspace that the operation is going to take place in. For this
Time and Date
It’s important to realise, depending on the airspace category the operator may have to apply for extra permissions. Consequently, these can take a minimum of 28days. Therefore you should try and forward plan. Equally, give consideration to the time of day with use or congestion.
Equally important, the task requires to be as detailed as possible. For this reason, the more information that is available allows the operator to plan throughly.
How the information’s used by the operator.
Accordingly, the first consideration the operator has is to ascertain the airspace. The classification of G is the only place the operator can fly without further permission. Equally, important the operator uses OS Maps and Google Maps to gain as much info as possible on the topography. At the same time, this gives the operator the chance to look at any other factors such as:-
- Take Off and Landing areas
- Possible numbers of staff required to operate safely
- Power lines
- anything else that will aid planning.
How this helps
All of the above allows the operator to put together a remote plan for the operation. As the day gets nearer other information is gathered:-
- Permissions (if needed)
- Risk assessments
- Look at the safety measures identified from the risk assessments
- Permissions from the landowner(s) where alternative landing site has been identified
- Any Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notices
- Identify access controls if required
- Air Traffic Control Permissions (if required)
On site check
In addition, before any flying takes place on site tall of the above must be revisited. Particular attention is paid to the weather and Health & Safety. If rain is falling or due then consideration has to be given to a postponement. Drones do not like the wet.
Its also at this stage that the log book for the flight is started. This records the flight timing, batteries, weather, temperature. Also records aircraft condition, aircraft preparation and post flight information.
As a result, this may seem a long tedious process. However, the CAA regulate the flying of drones for commercial operations. They require to see the manual and log books at any time. Although this is more likely if things go wrong. As the drone is classed as an aircraft, you will have seen the Gatwick chaos.
For one thing, yes this is a long process but responsible businesses take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk. That’s to the client, public, property and themselves.
For more information contact Martin to find out how your photography can stand out or use the form below.
Fundraising Event Photography
Generally speaking, Fundraising Event Photography is a passion that I thoroughly enjoy. For me, its all about seeing the joy on guests face when they view the photos.
The first thing to remember, Fundraising Event Photography is not Studio Portrait Photography. That is to say that the photography reflects a moment in time. As a result, the aim is to record the enjoyment of being at the event. For this reason, guests can take home a memento of that enjoyment.
How we prepare
When your guests arrive we have already set the portable studio up. Indeed your guests can approach us and we will happily photograph them.
Before we get to this stage though we have had a lot of work to do.
For this reason, first, we check all of the equipment to ensure that it is in good condition. In addition, as we do this its checked off against a list and loaded into the car. Therefore this helps us not to forget the important items.
We aim to arrive at the venue an hour and a half before the first guests arrive. Generally speaking, yes, it does take that amount of time to set up.
With all the items carried into the venue, we can then start to set the studio up. In the first place, we start with the Backdrop and stands. We have various backdrops, although the most popular has been a blue background with stars all over it. The backdrop drapes over a pole on stands and then extends out to a length of 3metres.
As soon as the backdrops set up, next we position the lights and electricity run out.
Means of viewing the images
Taking the images is fine but guests need to see them before purchasing. For this reason, we use laptop computers. Consequently one’s for guests to view. Accordingly the other contains Photoshop and has the printer connected to it.
In this case, we use a special printer called a Sub Dye printer. It doesn’t print with ink cartridges, instead, it uses celluloid film of three colours. As a result, the print does not fade.
We only print images when the guest is happy with there choice. For this reason, we have a no obligation clause for your guests.
Last minute readiness.
Once all the preparations are complete just a few checks remain.
In the first place, the camera’s set to the correct colour balance and colour chart for the lighting conditions. For this reason, we then take a photo and print the result. The printer might need some minor tweaks in photoshop but then all prints will be the same colours when printed.
Accordingly, we are now ready for the guests to arrive and have their photos taken.
Style of photos
Correspondingly the evening gives the ladies the opportunity to put on there finest with the men looking smart in Tuxedos.
As a result Event photography gives the opportunity to record the guests in there dresses and tuxedos.
Generally, we take 3 types of photos:-
- Full length
- Landscape from the waist up
- Close up of the guests.
In the first place the backdrop is only 3metres wide. As a result, group shots are limilting, the more people you have the more restricted you become on space.
In the first place for a fundraising charity event we attend Free of Charge. For this reason we sell the prints for £15 each or 3 for £30. In addition each print comes in a black photo-strut and a clear plastic bag to protect them. Consequently at the end of the evening we give 10% of our takings to the charity.
Area of cover
In general the areas of coverage for Fundraising Event Photography are Hampshire and surrounding counties.
Likewise, for more information contact Martin on 07824 331 730 to discuss your event photography needs