Guide to Aerial Architectural Photography

Hireuavpro.com based in Denver, Colorado, specializes in working with architects to provide the best high resolution photography that can be used for architectural renderings, proposals, and even for simply office artwork. In order to perform the best in aerial photography, we follow a few simple steps:

Equipment

This may come as a no brainer, but one of the biggest problems we still face in the drone industry are aerial photographers overlooking true quality photography in lieu of their new found Remote Pilot’s license. In other words, “drone operator” is not a profession in its own right, but it is simply a title given to someone already professional in photography who no flies a drone.

In order to do photography capable of holding up during editing, you’ll need RAW or DNG photos coming from your camera. And, the best camera out there with the most reliability and largest base of users is the DJI Inspire 2 with the X5 camera. You’ll be flying a quality sensor with 5K video capabilities and 20 MP camera capabilities.

Lighting

The best photography still depends on the critical eye of a photographer, and that photographer should be most concerned with light. This means the angle and track the sun is on in relation to the building you are photographing, as well as understanding your surroundings with regard to shadows, your latitude and sun angle, and also how this is all affected by the seasons.

In some cases, you may need to call a shoot off if the lighting doesn’t allow, there is cloud cover and precipitation, or if you missed the right time of day. In Denver, sunshine is aplenty, so we know that most days if you get early morning light you can keep your shoots quite consistent with respect to light. However, in many other parts of the country like Chicago, Boston, and New York, we have to keep an eye on the weather constantly.

Post production can enhance the end result, but lighting is still extremely important to a quality photograph.

Post Production

As mentioned previously, while lighting is the most important difference between a good photo and a great photo, a photographer who possesses master level skills in post production will be a difference maker in the end result.

Many clients ask for unedited raw images, however our studio in Denver, Colorado processes hundreds, sometimes thousands of photos a week and often times fully edited. Batch editing quality photos is a skill derived from understanding how to masterfully collect many different looks, styles, and functions that capture the highest quality image.

The preferred software program for cataloging photos is Lightroom, while Adobe Photoshop is the preferred method for doing the final editing touchups. When used appropriately, the client can get a proof sheet from Lightroom that is then taken into Photoshop for the final edits.

Consistency

Occasionally, an amateur photographer will be able to capture a quality image, even edit it in a professional manner. However, over time, the results varying means your project will suffer, and ultimately you’ll need to look for a new aerial photographer. And it’s a waste of money to hire a photographer that won’t deliver the same, consistent, high quality result.

Hireuavpro.com ensures that the photography you receive, across the nation and into many international locations, will always be the same high quality result. Our professional operators understand the best equipment, lighting, and our production studio in Denver, Colorado ensures that you’ll always receive the best edited, consistent photography.

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