Using RC Helicopters to get that unique vantage point

I have to admit that one thing I love just as much as photography is gadgets and anything tech. One gadget that has really been intriguing me lately is RC helicopters. With the amazing quality of DSLR cameras capturing video there are so many cool and creative opportunities you have getting that video camera up in the air. With all of the advancements in technology lately you can have a RC helicopter that can use GPS satellites and multi rotors you can get a very stable looking video. It’s something that many of you might not have a ton of use for with your everyday photography but a technology to keep watch on, as these helicopters continue to improve and get cheaper and cheaper it might be a fun way to add a creative angle and vantage point to your work. Im already thinking of ways to use something like this in my wedding work.


If you are looking to just get into RC helicopters check out the DJI Phantom, its very reasonably priced at $679 and has a good amount of features including:

-Attractive and highly integrated design
-Ready-­‐to-­‐Fly
-Stable & easy to fly, yet agile performance
-Multiple flight modes, including GPS position hold
-Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
-Failsafe & auto go home/landing
-Low voltage protection
-High intensity orientation-­‐aiding LED Indicators
-10+ minutes of flight time
-Contains remote control unit
-Li-­‐Po flight battery and charger included
-Camera mount included for GoPro

Here is a quick highlight reel from xFly systems, check this out for some inspiration:

XFLY SYSTEMS: Final Cut- Tribute to 2012 from xFly Films on Vimeo.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. I’m not sure what it is like in other countries, but here in Australia there are very stringent regulations in place for using these for commercial photography. You need to be certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in order to use them for anything that could be considered commercial photography. They do crack down on offenders too.

  2. Great article Mark.
    The DJI Phantom Drone is a beautiful model however I do agree with what Paul has said above. Here in Australia we do face many issue with commercial photography or videography through the use of these (or any rc helicopters for that matter).

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