Drones are great for capturing aerial imagery on a budget (…at least when they’re not about crashing into airliners). But, not everyone can afford to or wants to jump on the drone-ownership bandwagon. And as drone regulations continue to tighten, the prospect of drone ownership is could begin to fade.
However, for those living a drone-free existence who still want to capture great imagery from time to time, DroneBase may be the answer for you. DroneBase facilitates a peer-to-peer network of drone operators and prospective imaging clients, allowing you to hire a qualified professional to capture what you need without all the hassle or cost of owning the equipment yourself.
DroneBase targets customers in the real estate and construction markets, providing aerial photography, videography, measuring, mapping, and digital modeling services to clients in their respective fields. Clients fill out a simple form, selecting their level of service, input details about the project, and are contacted by a provider in their area to get to the job done.
Pricing varies based on choice of package, and custom estimates can be provided for large projects or those with many variables involved.
How this can benefit photographers
While this service is geared towards the end user, I believe it could also be a valuable asset to the photography businessperson as well. I do a lot of work with clients in the housing and construction sector, and occasionally we bat around ideas about incorporating drone footage into various projects. The problem is, I am neither a drone owner nor pilot, so my options are to either purchase my own gear and learn how to fly it, or rent equipment and learn how to fly it. A resource like this would allow me to easily outsource the work to a third party while still being able to meet the client’s demands.
Want to be a DroneBase pilot?
The base pay for a DroneBase pilot is $300 per project with all the standard promises of flexible schedules, limitless earning potential, yadda-yadda. However, for those interested, you can begin the process by filling out the pilot application on their website and go from there.
The One Downside
A foreseeable downside of DroneBase from the perspective of photographers already specializing in aerial filming is that this service is made more easily-accessible to the end user. Some may feel more threatened by this, while others will, no doubt, rise to the occasion and either use DroneBase as a way to expand their clientele or adapt and find more creative ways to market to their target demographic.
For more information about DroneBase, to become one of their pilots, or to land their services for your own project, check out their website.
[via Imaging Resource]