Replace your expensive crane shots, add aerial video with our drone services.

As any cinematographer can tell you, placing your camera above the action and keeping it there is no easy task. And while the camera crane may be one of the most reliable tools a filmmaker has when it comes to shooting elevated footage, they’re not exactly cheap. In fact, renting a crane for a day typically costs around $3,000 per day. That’s why so many filmmakers are looking for an affordable way to capture aerial video without breaking their production budget. If that sounds like you, you may want to consider hiring an aerial cinematography company.

What Is Aerial Cinematography?

In the simplest terms, aerial cinematography is the art of shooting video from a drone. Aerial cinematography has been around since the invention of the helicopter, but the rise of drones has created a whole new industry for cinematographers looking to shoot from above. The benefits of aerial cinematography are numerous — from the unique perspective that comes with shooting above the action, to the immersive nature of aerial shots. Aerial shots can also allow filmmakers to avoid things like noise restrictions that would make shooting on the ground impossible. Many filmmakers might be surprised to learn that aerial work doesn’t have to be limited to large helicopters. Small, unmanned drones can be used to shoot video in many of the same ways. And although they’re not as capable as a helicopter, they are far more cost-effective.

Why Use Drones Instead of Camera Cranes?

If you’ve ever considered using camera cranes in your filmmaking, but the rental price of a crane has stopped you in your tracks, you may be wondering why you should ever use a drone instead. Beyond the cost, cranes have distinct advantages over drones that make them ideal for certain situations. Drones are much easier to fly than a helicopter, so you don’t need to be a pilot to use them. This also means that drones are far more difficult to control than a crane. Crane shots tend to be very smooth, but drones aren’t designed for the same level of smoothness. There are many different factors that go into creating a smooth crane shot, but at the end of the day, a drone is just an aircraft.

How to Shoot Video With a Drone

The exact process for flying a drone and shooting video with it will vary based on the type of drone you use. Most drones can shoot video and take pictures, but not all of them are created equal. You’ll want to look for a drone that has a gimbal, that way you can attach a camera to it. Drones can be flown either autonomously or manually. When flying a drone manually, you’ll have a remote control in one hand, and a set of joysticks in the other. When using autonomous flight, the drone is controlled by a computer that’s on board the drone. The quality of the video you shoot from a drone will vary greatly based on a few factors. The most important is the camera attached to the drone. If you’re shooting with an iPhone, the results won’t be exceptional.

The Equipment You’ll Need

Before you start shooting, you’ll want to make sure you have all the right equipment for a safe and successful shoot. There are many different types of drones to choose from, so before renting one, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right fit for your production. Camera – The camera you use will depend on the type of shots you’re trying to capture. For example, if you’re trying to capture wide shots, you’ll want to use a wide-angle lens, whereas if you’re trying to zoom in on certain subjects, you’ll want to use a telephoto lens. Memory cards – You’ll want to make sure your drone has enough storage space to hold all the footage you need, but it’s also good to have a few extra memory cards on hand just in case something goes wrong. A good rule of thumb is to have one card per every 15 minutes of footage you intend to shoot.

The Footage You’ll Get From Drones

When it comes to the quality of the footage you can expect to get from a drone, much of it will depend on how much you’re willing to spend. The cost of drone shots will vary greatly depending on what you’re looking for. Wide shots – Wide shots from a drone are great for establishing shots, or for getting an overview of the setting for your shoot. These shots typically cost about $250 per day to shoot. Medium shots – Medium shots are great for exposing character, and can be used to delve into the emotions of your characters. If you want to capture these shots, you can expect to spend around $500 per day. Close-ups – Close-ups are essential for establishing character, and are often used to end a scene. Because they’re essential to almost every scene, you can expect to spend around $1,000 per day.

The Catch: You Can Only Fly During the Day

One thing that you’ll want to keep in mind is that you can only fly during the day. This is because you need to be able to see what you’re shooting, and you won’t be able to do that at night. If you want to shoot at night, you can certainly use lights, but this will drastically change the appearance of your footage. Flying a drone at night may also be illegal in your state. For most shots, you don’t really need to fly at night, and if you do, it will increase your costs by around 50%.

Final Aerial Thoughts

Now that you know everything you need to know about drone shots, you can start planning your next project. Before you do, though, make sure you’re familiar with all the regulations regarding drone flying in your area. You’ll also want to make sure you have a clear understanding of what you want the finished shots to look like, so you can hire a drone operator who can best achieve that vision. Once you’ve done all this, there’s no reason why you can’t make drone shots a part of your next production.

Michael Haller 314-892-1233 saintlouisdrones@gmail.com

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Drone data and imagery for architects, builders and contractors.

We specialize in shooting and editing aerial drone photos of commercial properties and residential real estate to create valuable data for architects and contractors.

An orthomosaic is a large, map-quality image made by combining aerial photos that have been orthorectified, or corrected for lens distortion, camera tilt, perspective, and topographic relief.

Our drone photography can be used to create high-resolution 2D maps and 3D models. We can create orthomosaics and 3D models from aerial photographs, allowing you to measure distance, area, and volume from your maps.

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Make sure to capture in-progress aerial construction photos at regular intervals to ensure the project is kept on schedule. After construction is finished, let our Drone Services showcase your new project through high definition 4K video and high resolution stills for use in marketing advertisements and brochures.

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Monitor and track your construction site progress from the sky with detailed aerial, drone video and photography.  For larger areas, we fly airplanes too.  We’ll capture images from various altitudes, distances, and directions to give you the full geographic picture of your project.

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Rob Haller, Drone Navigator
314-604-6544
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We provide professional aerial photos and video for commercial properties of all kinds. Aerial photographs of your business location are great for marketing materials.  High resolution images for use in all media — printed collateral materials, trade show displays, newsletters and the web.

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Rob Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544
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St Louis Drones Indoor Aerial Flights.

Fly the drone indoors safely. FPV can take flight in the office or manufacturing plant. We’ve taken the safety aspect into account and built some of our own drones. Yes, with a 3D printer. Extremely light weight, and versatile to fly safely indoors. Couple that with experienced pilots and you can create some great marketing tools.

The drone is a great tool to capture different angles and all sides of the injection and rotational processes involved in the making of their valuable parts.

The client was clearly happy with our edit of the video, and they utilize it with all their current marketing needs.

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What a drone video can do for you to enhance your marketing communications.

Marketing Directors

We can show your entire building and signage with your teams in the photo
We often showcase products and services in action

Realtors

Show the true size and layout of the property to interested buyers
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Give prospective customers gorgeous aerial shots of the property

Tourism

Offer interested prospects a no-holds-barred tour of the property, including the location and facilities.
Give a birds’ eye view of gorgeous golf courses
Showcase gorgeous scenic vistas that tourists love to see

Property Management and Development

Safely show construction in progress
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Offer prospective customers lifestyle videos of the locale

Event Organization

Live Event Drone Streaming to your market
Offer a unique perspective to highlight sponsors’ involvement
Show off beautiful sporting arenas
Capture the full  concerts and outdoor festival experience

Rob Haller, Drone Navigator
314-604-6544
saintlouisdrones@gmail.com

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With our FAA Approved and Licensed crew, GPS Enables UAV crafts and glorious 4K Capable Cameras, we are able to capture breath-taking aerial imagery for almost any kind or project you can think of. If your company has a building with an impressive exterior or landscape, or you’re a realtor looking for high-end real estate videos, or if you just want to incorporate amazing aerial scenes of just about anything into your video, we are capable and willing

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Get stunning videos in 4K HD to promote your properties, products, or services. Provide your customers with a truly engaging experience with a customized  marketing video.

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Event venues, resorts and hotels have utilized our aerial filming capabilities in their marketing / promotions, and we have provided stock aerial videos and photos for television and promotional material uses.

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Rob Haller, Drone Navigator
314-604-6544
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St Louis Stock Photos and Video by Drone | Arch and Old Courthouse

With the amount of projects we work on for drone photography, we often are able to shoot extra during the day or night of many St Louis landmarks.  We have specific, safe locations to fly and shoot to garner some great images of the Gateway City.  Tell us what you are looking for.  Chances are, we have shot it or we can reasonably get you the exact image or footage your require for your communications.

Shown here is a clip and a still image from a recent shoot covering downtown St Louis from the West you see the Arch and the Old Courthouse, while from the East you see the Eads Bridge and the Arch.

FAA approved.  We are Safe-To-Fly.  We have our 333 exemption and our 107.  We also have licensed pilots.  We adhere to all FAA guidelines.  For safety and quality, we shoot with a two-man crew, and we are fully insured.  Our flight specialists always keep visual contact with the drone, while our navigator guides and directs the shot.

Rob Haller, Drone Navigator
314-604-6544
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Saint Louis Drones, Aerial Photography & Drone Videos provides the St Louis area with state of the art drone helicopter videos, aerial video, and aerial photography and video editing services in the St. Louis and surrounding Metro Area.

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St Louis Drone Video performs St Louis aerial photography & drone video services in the St Louis and Southern Illinois area and is looking forward to working with you on your next aerial video production. We are professional Aerial Video Service providers and strive to make your production an overwhelming success. We provide video editing, music selection, and a complete video production.

Saint Louis Drones Aerial Photography and Video.  Certified, Safe FAA Approved Pilots.  Fully Insured.

Saint Louis Drones Aerial Photography and Video. Certified, Safe FAA Approved Pilots. Fully Insured.

At St Louis Drone Video, we have provided professional aerial photography and drone videos for all kinds of uses such as commercial television, real estate, construction, mining, agriculture, marketing and insurance purposes. Aerial photographs or drone videos of your business location are great for marketing materials, print, or even on your website and video channel.

Rob Haller, Drone Specialist
314-604-6544
saintlouisdrones@gmail.com