Aerial drone photography

General

Why use Upshot Photos?
Upshot Photos is run by Jamie – a creative designer with a passion for photography. With a huge amount of experience in creative digital arts (more than 25 years), Jamie specialises in getting the best from digital photography using a wide range of visual and software skills to get the best from the images taken by small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS). We’ve all heard the phrase ‘all the gear but no idea‘ so just remember when choosing an aerial imaging company that it’s one thing to own and to be able to operate a drone, but getting the best results from the images is another skill set that requires a creative eye.

What are your costs?
Please call for a quote. Upshot Photos offers very competitive rates and will either price match or beat any genuine price from a licensed drone operator that holds Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

What areas do Upshot Photos cover?
All across the North West UK and beyond, depending on job requirements. There may be travel and accommodation fees depending on location and job duration.

Legal

Why use Upshot Photos?
We are professionally trained and licensed drone operators with Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It is a criminal offence, punishable by up to £2,500 fine or a five-year sentence, for misuse of drones or operating commercially without a license.

Are you insured?
Yes. You cannot obtain drone insurance cover unless you have PfCO so your mate who owns a drone or any ‘cowboy’ operators will not be covered for any damage or accidents without this.

Drones

How long can your drones fly for?
We have a selection of drones which can fly for between 20-30 minutes (depending on weather conditions) before needing to land to change the battery. We also carry backup batteries and mobile charging facilities to ensure we can stay in the air to capture images and video as required.

Can you fly indoors?
Yes. We can add propellor guards for extra safety and use smaller, more nimble drones to fly in more confined areas.

Conditions

Can you fly at night?
Not at the moment. Night flying requires further ‘permission’ from the CAA which Upshot Photos doesn’t currently have.

Can you fly in wind and rain?
Our drones are expensive electrical devices so flying in the rain is highly unadvisable as they’d be susceptible to damage which could lead to an accident. However, we can fly in fairly breezy conditions of up to 15mph depending on the job requirements and location.

What happens if the weather’s bad?
In many cases there is no alternative than to postpone the job, if possible, until a better weather opportunity is available.

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