Updated: May 13, 2021
Small unmanned aircrafts, a.k.a. drones, are gaining popularity in the general public because they are becoming increasingly more accessible and cheaper in the market, it is important to remember that professionals still have their place. Here are seven important reasons why hiring a Professional Drone Photographer benefits you; knowledge, professionalism, experience, reliability, communication, insurance, and legality.
Reasons you should use a professional drone pilot
They are trained, tested, and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and have recurrent training and testing. Professionals know Airspace requirements, geofencing, and weather requirements for the best result. They likely work on multiple platforms which have verified them as well, like Drone Base, Dronersio, Etc.
Professionals will be contract based and have the terms and conditions spelled out giving you confidence that you will get what you have agreed on. They are not a 'fly by night', “ghost you” or “block you” type of operation. Professionals won’t waste time or money which saves you time and money. They are efficient and can get the job done.
They have the right tools for the job – not a “This should do the job” mentality. Not all drones are created or cost equal. A $100 hobby drone is not the same as a professional’s drone in image quality or capability. You get what you pay for so don’t just settle for the free or ‘on a favor’ work when you need a higher standard. A professional will work with you to ensure that you are getting what you pay for. They need business and happy clients to get more clients. They are professionally invested.
Professionals stay current with the industry trends and best practices.
Professionals know how to fly the drone, how to get the best from the camera, how to edit the photos. You are getting the whole enchilada. They know what works and what doesn’t work. Professionals have flown many missions and can often get shots and fly places that less experienced can’t or won’t fly. They can also give you fresh ideas so you won’t have to come up with everything (back to them knowing the industry).
Most professionals will be there when they say they will. If they are not, the client has many avenues to review the pilot. Then they will either learn their lesson & improve or they will soon be without work.
Professionals listen to what you want and understand how to achieve it. They want you to be happy with the service you receive. A lot of time, money, and effort has gone into a professional to get to the level of talking with a client- we want to keep you happy, work with you again, and to spread the word about a job well done!
Even the best drone pilot can have an accident. Maybe their Visual Observer couldn't see a wire, low hanging branch, or even bird! Weather plays an important factor in accidents too. If you have your friend fly their drone for a job and something happens, fingers could point to you as the responsible party. Drones range anywhere from $100 to thousands of dollars and that is just to replace the drone. Then you have to think about covering damage done to the other end of that accident; this could be a house, a car, or worse- a person! If you hire a professional have to carry insurance and something does go wrong then you are covered and they are covered.
It’s the law
According to the FAA, drone flying done for ANYTHING other than recreational (i.e. for fun) is considered work. This means that the pilot needs to have their 107 certification. Professionals avoid fines by following the law and it will ultimately saves you money.