Douglas Spotted Eagle is used to getting aerial images the old-
fashioned way: by strapping into a helicopter or throwing himself
out of a plane. But now, thanks to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),
he can create compelling aerial imagery without a parachute.
In fact, because drones can fly and hover at a variety of low
altitudes, Spotted Eagle says he’s able to capture angles and views
for his creative photography that were either impossible or wildly
impractical before. Drones can also be used in photo scenarios that
would otherwise require a dolly or a crane, he says.
UAVs are quickly becoming a staple in wedding cinematography
for sweeping establishing shots, as well as real estate photography.
But Spotted Eagle says the same drones that are used for creative
photography have other commercial uses as well.
“I also use them to assist law enforcement in forensic imaging,”
Spotted Eagle tells us, and for photographing construction sites to
aid in the creation of building information models (BIMs, for short)
that are used for planning the construction of large buildings. Drone
cameras can also be used to create orthomosaic photos—basically
a series of aerial stills that are composited together to make a
single, uniform aerial image that can be used by surveyors to study
a region’s topography.
All that’s required is for photographers to learn a few new skills
and their drones can unlock additional opportunities, Spotted Eagle
says. “The application of UAVs in my world is really broad.”
Drone expert Douglas Spotted Eagle weighs in on the di;erent ways you can put drones to work.
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