Drone Aerial Filming
Drone aerial photography is already revolutionising the way construction projects can be documented — but there’s one more way drones can add impact to your online marketing material — with drone aerial video footage.
Filming in up to 4K resolution, our state-of-the-art ultra-stable drones can capture breathtaking footage from ground level to 400 feet. With an infinite variety of manoeuvres possible, there’s no better way to show off your property, document your construction projects or capture your special day from the air.
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Combining the latest state-of-the-art drone technology with over a decade of experience in commercial photography and filming, we can capture arresting and unique aerial footage from up to 400ft in the air without you having to leave the comfort and safety of the ground. Take a look at some of our sample Drone Aerial Filming projects below to get a feel of the variety of projects we get asked to capture, and the quality of the work we produce.
Drone aerial promotional film documenting the installation of a 360 ton bridge at a dock in Tilbury, Essex. Click the play button to watch the video — be sure to click the rectangle button at the bottom right to watch full-screen!
Drone aerial promotional film for estate agents ‘Mr and Mrs Clarke’ of a stunning property in Woldingham, Surrey. Click the play button to watch the video — be sure to click the rectangle button at the bottom right to watch full-screen!
Drone aerial film of the wedding and reception of Andy and Samantha at St Martha-on-the-Hill church and Barnett Hill Hotel in Guildford, Surrey. Click the play button to watch the video — be sure to click the rectangle button at the bottom right to watch full-screen!
Aerial and ground-level promotional film for construction company MCS Construction of one of their projects at Prior’s Court School in Thatcham, Berkshire. Click the play button to watch the video — be sure to click the rectangle button at the bottom right to watch full-screen!
If you're wondering what makes Horizon Imaging different to other drone operators, here are just a few reasons!
Frequently Asked Questions – Drone Aerial Filming Services
Yes, the Civil Aviation Authority has strict regulations on where drones can be flown.
However, these regulations do vary depending on a number of factors including the weight of the drone, the environment where it is to be flown, and if there are any significant hazards nearby such as airports – to name a few.
It is technically possible to fly any drone almost anywhere, provided the correct permissions and risk-mitigating strategies are put in place in advance, but very often there is a type of drone that is most suited to a particular job, depending on the final use case of the imagery (eg. website, print, TV, inspection work, etc).
For inspection work, we use two types of drone. The first is a small sub-250g drone which can be flown almost anywhere* including over uninvolved members of the public – this is the drone we use for the majority of our inspection work as it’s very light, has an excellent quality camera, and can be safely flown in built-up areas.
However, for larger inspection tasks such as warehouses, we generally wouldn’t be able to maintain visual line-of-sight with the smaller drone when flying it at the far end of large buildings. So for this type of work we would use a larger drone which has a camera with interchangeable lenses. This means we can attach a long zoom lens and fly the drone much higher (meaning the drone remains within visual line-of-sight) whilst still being able to capture detailed imagery of the roof.
* All drones, regardless of their weight have to abide by regulations around sensitive or hazardous sites such as airports, restricted flying zones (eg. in Central London), military bases, prisons, and so on. But don’t worry, obtaining permission to fly in these locations is handled entirely by us, so our clients don’t need to get involved.
Yes. Horizon Imaging has held the relevant permissions for undertaking complex drone operations with drones up to 7kg in weight since the regulations were introduced in 2010.
Following on from the answer to question 1, this is determined by a number of factors, specifically the weight of the drone being flown and also whether the people are ‘involved’ with the drone operations.
Members of the public who have no knowledge / awareness of the drone operations would be considered ‘uninvolved’, and so in this case, only drones under 250 grams in weight are permitted to fly over them.
If the people are aware of the drone operations (eg. they have been informed about where the drone will be flying) and are within earshot of the pilot so they can be told to move out of the way of the drone in an emergency, then they are considered ‘involved’ which means heavier drones up to 7kg in weight can fly over them.
But as a rule we always avoid flying over people if at all possible, even if technically we are allowed to do so.
As per the answers to questions 1 and 3, this also depends on the weight of the drone being flown as there will almost always be members of the public walking around built-up areas.
So, if the area is full of ‘uninvolved’ people, then only sub-250 gram drones can fly over the area.
If, however, a certain segment of the built-up area can been cordoned off so the operator can be sure that no uninvolved people will enter this area, then it’s possible to overfly the area with heavier drones.
Similarly, referring again to the answer to question 3, if a heavier drone needs to overfly people who can be considered ‘involved’ with the work, then provided they are within earshot of the operator in case of an emergency, heavier drones can overfly them.
Provided the relevant permissions have been put in place with the airport before the flight commences, generally yes flying close to, or even within an airport is not an issue.
However, depending on exactly where and when the drone is to be flown, the airport might stipulate a maximum altitude above ground level that the drone must not exceed, and such restrictions are non-negotiable.
Again, referring to the answer to question 1, obtaining permission to fly close to airports is handled entirely by us, so our clients don’t need to get involved.
We are limited by the CAA regulations to fly no higher than 400 feet (120 metres) above the ground.
This might sound restrictive, but often only a small increase in altitude will yield a dramatically different viewpoint, and photographs taken from 400 feet can capture a surprisingly large area of land.
We are limited by the CAA regulations to fly no further than 500 metres horizontally from the drone operator, but with the caveat that the operator must be able to maintain orientation of the drone at all times (they have to be able to see which way the drone is pointing).
Due to the difficulty of judging a drone’s orientation at a distance, for smaller drones this means flying the drone no further than approximately 150-200 metres from the operator.
The drone has to remain within line-of-sight of the pilot at all times, regardless of how far away it is flown, eg. it cannot be flown behind walls or too low over a roof if a suitable vantage point cannot be found for the pilot so they can maintain visibility of the drone.
Our drones can typically fly for approximately 25 minutes per battery before they have to land. We bring multiple sets of batteries to every shoot, and battery chargers can also be brought which would allow the drones to fly almost continuously all day.
All the drones we fly transmit a live video feed to a screen on the ground which allows the operator and client to compose the imagery in real-time before the camera is triggered.
No. Wind speeds gusting over 15mph will reduce the stability of the drone, and when flying close to buildings (as is typical during a roof inspection) the wind becomes very turbulent as well, which could possibly cause the drone to crash into the building.
Rain would also prevent a flight from taking place, partly because the onboard electronics are not waterproof / protected from the elements, but mostly because the resulting photographs / videos would look very dull.
The decision whether or not to fly the drone on the day of a shoot ultimately rests with the operator and their decision is non-negotiable.
This depends on the drone we are using. Referring to the answer to question 1, our smallest sub-250g drone produces 12 megapixel images (4ooo pixels across), and the camera on our larger drone (that we use for inspecting larger building) produces 24 megapixel images (6000 pixels across).
What Do Our Clients Say?
If you haven’t used a Drone Aerial Photography company before, you’re in safe hands with Horizon Imaging. We have a track record of exceeding our clients’ expectations and providing excellent customer service from start to finish.
You can read feedback from some of our Drone Aerial Photography clients below, or you can browse through all 175+ of our glowing testimonials from across all our services on our dedicated Testimonials page.
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“Horizon Imaging undertook an aerial photographic survey of the upper floors and roof of the main Butterfield Building of Winchester Hospital, as part of our structural survey of the building. The high-resolution photographs of these areas enabled us to view parts of the building not easily visible without scaffolding, thus introducing a large cost and time saving, as well as removing a number of health and safety hazards. Overall it was an incredibly efficient process to capture a large amount of data.”
“We contacted David to help us complete a visual inspection of the roof of a new industrial unit in Crawley. We had worked with David before on a previous project, and so were confident that he would provide us with the high quality imagery that we require to identify and assess building defects. David was very prompt on replying to emails and worked well to meet our short deadline. We were very please with the overall service and the products produced. We will definitely be relying on David’s services for our future data collection projects. ”
“David is very professional, efficient and easy to work with. The aerial roof photographs which were taken for various properties to form part of condition surveys are high quality and just what was required.”
Drone Aerial Filming Imagery
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