InterviewWe spoke with Andrew about his career as a photographer, the benefits of using a UAV and advice on for potential future drone users. See our interview below and watch out Snapshots video here:
How long have you been a photographer and how long have you been using drones as part of your photography?I’ve been a photographer for a little over seven years now. I fell into photography after buying a camera for my honeymoon and loved taking photos. I’m into my third year of using drones as part of my photography.
Which aircraft do you use and what’s your favourite thing about them?I have three aircraft that I use in my photography and videography. I use a DJI Inspire 1, an Inspire 1 Pro, and a Phantom 2. I’d say my favourite is probably the Inspire 1 Pro as I’m able to capture all the shots I need in the best quality.
What’s your favourite location you’ve used your drone to shoot with?It would be hard to pick just one as my favourite location. Two come to mind for different reasons. I shot the creation of the Morpeth Bypass as part of their progress reports. It was fascinating to see the site grow from a grass field into the road it is today, going through all the stages of its construction. I’ve also been able to shoot at The Alnwick Garden a few times for their website and as part of LOVE Northumberland. I love this location as it’s such a peaceful and tranquil place.
Why do you use Heliguy for your drone services?I initially went through Heliguy for my training on one of their first courses in 2015 as they were local to me and easy to get to. I chose to keep going to Heliguy after my training as they’re really friendly and always make you feel welcome. You can call, email or pop in with any technical questions or for any orders. If they don’t have what you need, they’ll order it in for you quickly.
How do you think using drones benefits you as a photographer?I totally fell in love with the unique angles you get from using drones for your photos and videos. For example, if you’re taking photos at a wedding, you can take pictures from a height and include buildings rather use the building to take photos from. The perspectives are much more distinctive and can make the picture more special for my customers.
Do you have a ‘dream’ location you’d like to shoot in?I would love to shoot all over the world but I’d be amazing to go to Hawaii and film surfers coming in on the big waves.
Have you got any advice for someone wanting to get into drone photography?Make sure you research into each drone before you buy it and check it’s capable of doing everything you need it for. Always follow the CAA regulations and make sure you avoid all no-fly zone. I’d recommend you take a course through Heliguy, even if you’re not intending on using your drone commercially. It will help you make sure you fly the drone carefully and safely.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Andrew’s story, take a look at our Insider post and see his website here. If you need any more information about the subjects raised in this article you can get in touch with our customer support team from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm via the following details:
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