- Drones can be a lot of fun to fly
- You control the action.
- you are a Control Freak and know exactly the shot or video you want
- or, you can tell the pilot what you’re after and get exactly the shot or video you want…
- Unlimited photography
- If you need LOTS of photos or video it can be cost effective.
- You put all of the time and money into your drone and got your pilot’s license – Kudos!
- Gets you a lot of attention
- Drones are better than taking a puppy to a park if you want to meet people.
- ALL of your friends are going to want to fly your drone! You’ll be the most popular person in the office.
- … good luck with that one… The word is “noooooo!” LOL
Cons of doing it yourself
- Basic Drone: $1000 to $3000
- Drone Case & Accessories: $400
- Extra Batteries: $450 (they only give 20 minutes of flight time each)
- 4K Camera: $400
- Extra Camera Batteries & Micro Cards: $200
- Education, Testing & Registration: $500 – $1500
- Software: $200 – $600
- sUAS Training, Test and Certification (see the study guide here): 2 weeks +
- Buy and Learn Photo and Video Editing Software: 1 month +
- Production time; filming & editing: constant
- What if you suck at it?
- Don’t you have better things to do? 🙂
- Start Up Cost $4000
- Time: Education & Learning Curve, 2 months +
- Production: You do Everything, Constant
- Hire Me to do it for you
So, for an initial investment of several thousand dollars, two months of studying and then the actual production – you could do your own drone photography. But is it worth it? You also have to consider the possibility of a runaway drone that crashes into something valuable… big bill and a dead drone…, FAA rules and regulations and THEN consider that technology moves so fast all of the equipment you just invested in is obsolete in a year.
You need Drone Photography. But you don’t have to do it yourself.