Thank you for requesting a Quotation for some Aerial Photography.
Please take some time to read through the following, which guides you in what can and cannot be achieved as well as advising you about the information that Overshoot needs to take some Aerial Photography.
All aerial photography in the UK, whatever the platform, is licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and you should establish that any aerial photographer that you use is, indeed licenced and insured. Broadly speaking, the following restrictions will apply to any Remote Controlled aerial Photographer.
Don't forget: We can fly lower and get more detailed shots than a manned aeroplane or helicopter - at a far lower rate.
We can fly higher than the highest mast and, at all heights, we can shoot at all angles, including those that a mast cannot obtain. No more contrived and distorted mast shots taken from a hard standing - Overshoot gets the angle that you want.
What do we need from you?
Permission to photograph the property or persons in question - if a Model or Property Release is required, you will need to obtain this (but we can supply appropriate forms upon request). If it's an organisation such as a School, then there probably already is a signature on file.
A postcode and, if this is not precise enough, a location description. This is so that we can examine the site from Google Maps to carry out an initial Risk Assessment and feasibility study. The shoot may be declined at this stage if Overshoot determines that it cannot be made safely.
A safe take-off area approximately 60m wide. e.g. car park, field, wasteland. We carry cones, rope and hazard tape to mark it off.
At least 50m to the nearest road / railway (unless we can control the traffic - e.g. cul de sac)
Your Presence or a comprehensive brief if you are not planning to be there or a smaller brief to give us some idea before we get there if you are planning on being there and Directing us. If you cannot be there and we fulfil the brief then the agreed fee will be payable. If we have to reshoot because it was not what you expected, then we reserve the Right to charge for an additional visit. If you are there, there can be no issues!
Power to recharge the drone batteries. This can be 240V mains or 120V 'safe' building site electrics. We carry lots of batteries but on jobs with many flights we do need to recharge them.
Permits to Work where necessary. We can provide Risk Assessment Forms - either our own or we can complete the site one. We carry hi Vis and PPE for when needed and also are ECS registered for working on Site.
Where can we fly?
Over virtually anything (subject to the clearances mentioned above). We don't like windy coasts nor taking off from boats in rivers/the sea
We have restrictions in certain areas such as near airports and take-off / final approach lanes - which can extend for miles. Sometimes we cannot fly at all, sometimes we have to get written permission from NATS (National Air Traffic Services) which can take up to 21 days.
Where can we not fly?
We cannot fly over crowds or built-up areas.
We cannot fly where we cannot take off or land safely
We will not fly close to masts or pylons due to potential arcing or Radio
On the day, the Photopilot's decision is final.
[A]over or within 150 metres of any congested area;
[B]over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more
than 1,000 persons;
[C]within 50 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure which
is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft;
Group / Posed Photographs
If you have asked for a Group Photograph, please bear in mind the following:
I cannot fly directly over the group - it is too dangerous as if I have a blade or motor failure I cannot control the craft's descent. Instead I will photograph at an angle, taking off and landing in front of the group. This usually makes for a better image in any case.
The group needs a couple of responsible adults at each end to make sure that there are no stragglers under the flight path and that everyone stays in the group unitl I give the 'All Clear'
My take off and landing area needs to be a minimum of 30 metres from the front of the group. This is a No Go zone for most people.
Think of the sun. If it is behind me, the group will be squinting. The other way round might work but I will be shooting into the sun and this may affect it. Shooting with the sun at an angle is probably best
I will take shots at a few heights and you can review them. We can reshoot if necessary.
To reiterate: Permission to photograph the property or persons in question - if a Model or Property Release is required, you will need to obtain this (but we can supply appropriate forms upon request). If it is a school then you probably have parents' signatures on file already. The images will go on to a Public Gallery in order that prints may be sold and this can only be done with the permission of the people (or their guardians) in the picture.
In addition, having shot many
School Groups over the years, the ones that work best have the following in
Shape clearly marked out
beforehand. Chalk on a field is ideal, but if you don't have that option,
something else such as cones (plenty of them). Sketch it out on paper
Rehearsal. Practice how you
are going to being the pupils on efficiently. They won't tolerate standing
around for long.
Colours. With the Olympic
Rings, pupils were told specifically what colour top to wear that day. If
you have a school jumper, please ensure that they are all wearing it (have
spares) or something of the same colour. The more solid the colour, the
clearer the logo will be.
Standing on, or holding up
coloured sheets will not work. If they stand on them, you will not see the
sheets. If they hold them up, you can guarantee that they will not hold them
up correctly and, in any case, if they do do it correctly, you will not see
the pupils in the photograph!
A megaphone and/or Air horn is good for getting attention and passing on instructions.
What are your Weather restrictions?
This is the important question as, for instance, if you are holding a one-off event, you must take into consideration that we may not be able to fly at all on a specific day / weekend / week.
Dry conditions. If wet then we risk our electronics, the photographs will come out dull and smeary with rain on the lens (as for any photographer)
Calm conditions. We can fly in wind speeds of up to 10mph, non-gusting. However, this also depends on what you want us to do.
Water. We can fly over water, but need calm or an onshore breeze (in case the worst happens and we lose control. It is better for the craft to be blown back onto land. Not that we have had that situation so far)
Coastal areas. Even if the weather maps say calm, often there will be an onshore or offshore breeze, preventing flying or reducing the scope.
Height. We can fly to 100metres (400 feet) up in the air. Generally speaking, the higher we go, the higher and gustier the wind speeds, even on a calm day on the ground. This translates to shake on the camera as the craft maintains position. For heights of 50m and over, wind speeds must be sub 5mph at ground level. Above this and it can become too dangerous to control and shake is introduced into the shot whilst maintaining position, blurring the image. This might not be a problem if you are just trying to see what the view is, but blurring would be a problem if you are shooting PR shots, for instance
By way of comparison, however, most property and PR shots will be at less than 30m - it is only for scoping tall tower blocks and large land areas that such heights are needed. Just ask and we can discuss it. We can and do shoot perfectly clear images at 100m - it just needs the right weather.
Yes, we can shoot video but this is more intolerant of wind. Calm or thereabouts is needed - either indoor or outdoor, so this best suits a commission where we have a timeframe to get the best weather. Fixing a shoot on a specific day for a specific event is a gamble, to be honest and you need either a Plan 'B' or it is not a critical part of the day
The Drone is light and although it keeps level, there will be some lateral and vertical movement as it flies along. This can be post-processed with stabilisation software to a good extent to produce good video, however some movement is inevitable.
We have made a conscious decision to not quote for Broadcast quality work outdoors as Production Companies usually commit to specific days filming and the UK weather is just not predictable enough.to guarantee that we can fly. In addtition, see the note below about Frames Per Second.
This is Britain. We cannot guarantee the right weather. If we cannot fly due to adverse weather conditions, you will get 100% of your money paid for that day back - guaranteed. No ifs, no buts. We and you have to accept that there will be times when we cannot fly and we'd rather you went away and bore us in mind for the future, than take your money come what may and never hear from you again. Costs incurred prior to the day such as paid-for Site visits and meetings are excluded and remain due for payment.
What else do I need to know?
We can supply JPG or RAW images. Generally we supply JPG. If you want RAW, let us know in advance and we will shoot in JPG and RAW. There is an additional £25 administration charge to supply RAW as the files are much larger and will need porting to multiple discs
Our camera currently shoots 10Mpx images (approx 3Mbtyes in size for JPG files. This produces approx. 3700 x 2500px images
Video is provided in MP4 format and it is down to the Client to edit
this (Most professional Software video editors will have an import filter
Use of the images
Unless otherwise agreed in advance, Overshoot retains the Copyright of all images produced and grants you perpetual non-exclusive, non-commercial Reproduction Rights. 'non-commercial' means that you cannot sell them on as prints or as images on merchandise (for instance). If you wish to do this, then speak to us and we will negotiate a different licence with you. 'Non-exclusive' means that Overshoot can use the images generated for its own purposes, incuding resale through its stock library. Overshoot, if it chooses to do this will not do so within 6 months of the date of the start of the shoot(s) and during this period you, the Client will have full exclusivity unless you explicitly choose to waive this.
Circumstances can mean that we have to cancel. Weather is the obvious one, but the Draganflyer is a complex flying machine and we need to be sure that it is (to the best of our ability) safe to fly. Components can and do fail. Currently we do not have a backup unit in the event of mechanical failure although this is something that we are actively looking into. Before you commit to using us, please appreciate that there may be times when we cannot conmplete the job on the day or within your required time frames and you should take this into account should you book us. We will, of course, keep you informed and if we need to reschedule, will work with you to achieve your photos or videos.
If you have any questions about our ability or restrictions, then also check out our FAQ or do not hesitate to call on 0808 164 4005 or contact us via our Contact Form. We operate 7 days a week and you will normally get a response the same day.