First and foremost, using camera drones means freedom. In principle, it’s like setting up your tripod for a shot in mid-air. You position the flying eye freely in three-dimensional space until you find the perfect view for an ideal image composition of an object. Or one takes the exact position and perspective above a building site from which a person will later enjoy the view over the city from the 25th floor. Such views are needed, for example, to integrate them as background in 3D interior visualizations of planned buildings. In order to implement these views as precisely as possible in terms of position, height, viewing angle and position of the sun, the drone pilot and 3D studio coordinate carefully in advance.
When it comes to exterior views of large-scale construction sites, panoramic images provide the ideal basis for integrating entire large-scale construction projects into the real landscape as 3D renderings. Such images usually consist of up to 24 high-resolution individual images, which are combined into a panoramic image in post-processing.
Drone footage achieves its maximum effect in the filmic realm. Because it is incomparable to experience views of architecture and surroundings through a flight in 3-dimensional space. No photography, no matter how successful, enables such an emotional perception. Especially when flying through interior spaces, cinematic shots are created that can only be realized with great technical effort without a drone. Such cinematic architectural shots are mostly used in corporate films, project documentations or real estate marketing on a high level. In many cases, drone shots are also combined with tripod shots for this purpose, in order to have a versatile selection of image settings available for editing. In this video you can see how freely a flying camera can move in urban space.
In order to make maximum use of this freedom, a high level of expertise is required. Depending on how extensive a drone operation, or production scope is, a professional drone pilot must bring a correspondingly extensive skill set to the start. This is because he should not only be experienced as a pilot, but also as a flight operations planner, camera operator and specialist in final image or video editing.