Commercial Use of Aerial Footage is Now Legal


Commercial Use of Aerial Footage is Now Legal

Aerial drones are a relatively new piece of technology that sound people fine invasive, while others find invigorating.  Regardless of how you may feel personally about drones, you have to admit that they are incredible pieces of technology that are really helping us understand just how the world is progressing.  For those who are loving drones and everything that they can do in how we see the world, you’re about to love them even more, because the commercial use of aerial footage is now legal.  Wondering what that means?  Here are all of the details that you need to know.


Drones are now valid lines of work

Before now, it was assumed that those who invested time and money into getting a professional drone system with all of the hottest technological gadgets that go hand in hand, it was only for personal gain.  After all, drones are just toys that you can play with and won’t actually do anything useful, right?  While this may be true for the department store brand, the professional drone operators with a good quality craft are now able to say that flying a drone is an official line of work.

Many of us are not privy to understanding the fine work involved in drone flying, but there are many companies out there who are taking advantage of it.  This is done, for example, by certain companies offering to connect drone flyers with companies who are looking for footage to be created.  Like other freelancer sites, this gives the drone flyers the ability to get in touch with oppourtunities and contacts that they otherwise wouldn’t have.  Thus, drone flying is now a profitable career option for those who are ready to get serious about it.


These are some of the highest source of income

While this may sound like some sort of trick, it’s the truth.  The companies out there (like the one used as an example above), are some of the most profitable in the business world because they are jumping on the technology train and using their resources to fund a portion that is only going to grow faster as time goes on.

There are companies dedicated now to training those interested in learning to fly them, companies who are putting their resources towards developing more and more advanced technologies in the programming of drones, etc.  Any company that is somehow connected to the development of drones and the related technology is making a lot of money quickly.  It’s an exciting endeavour that has amazed businessmen and women everywhere.


They can be used in rescue work

Drones can be used in all sorts of situations including rescue work.  Imagine if you could send in an unmanned machine to survey the damage so that no human life is put at risk going through rubble or debris until it is cleared to be safe for those who can go in and get help to those who need it.  Additionally, drones can be used in rescue work where the manpower has to be centered around saving lives.

If a drone can help find lost and injured people by flying around and finding them at fast speeds, the time and effort of rescue workers is used much more wisely, meaning safer work experiences and more lives saved at the end of the day. Rescue work is a hard job that takes a toll on its workers, both physically and emotionally.  With the use of drones, the jobs will become a little easier and maybe the profession will become more rewarding so that not as many people burn out from the program after 5-10 years.  Rescue work can become a career option for everyone interested in it.

There are restrictions, and a license required

Now that it is commercially legal, there are some restrictions put onto drone usage in America, mostly centered around safety.  The person who is flying the drone (or, responsible for it) must be at least 16 years old and have taken a special certification course that will show the student how to take care of the drone and maximize the safety of everyone involved.  This certificate is also required at minimum if the footage is to be used commercially, because it also teaches about basic video recording tasks so that the footage quality is the best it can be.

While it may seem overly bureaucratic, it’s definitely a good idea as professional drones become more popular.  Those flying them as well as creating the footage need to be trained at minimum to make sure that the good name of those professionals out there with drones doesn’t get tarnished.


How does this change the rest of the world?

If you’re not totally up to date on drones and their importance, you may be wondering how this new legislation can change the rest of the world.  One of the ways, already mentioned, is with rescue work and other dangerous activities where surveillance is needed.

Another form of its usefulness is in careers like real estate.  When a photo needs to be taken of something out of reach – where an aerial view might be more beneficial – drone photography is certainly something that can really offer a lot of perspective to the photograph.  Drones are starting to enter all sorts of workplaces in great ways, and it is clear that the world of video- and photography is changing for the better.


The commercial use of aerial footage is a good thing for all of us, while we may not be impacted by it personally.  It is an innovative field where technology is optimized and perfected for the field it is used in.  Knowledge grows and power shifts.  This has now all been harnessed in the legalization of the footage.  Many are waiting with bated breath to see what comes next, and while it is unclear as to how the future is going to go for drones, it is certain that there will be a future for them.

The 5 Best Cameras of 2016

The 5 Best Cameras of 2016

 What new photo/video equipment can we expect to see in the months ahead? With the 2015 release of outstanding cameras like the Canon C300 MkII and Sony a7SII , the bar has been set high again for new, innovative options. Whether you’re upgrading your current setup or investing in a camera for the first time, you’ll definitely have some great ones to choose from this year.

Whet your appetite with this roundup of the juiciest camera rumors of 2016.

1. Canon EOS Cameras
These cameras have a pixel count that easily equals medium format cameras yet has a body that’s conveniently portable, with their 5DS model pushing the “performance to size” proportions which is why it was so popular. The EOS 5DS was designed to use in scenarios where detail is critical, including landscape shots, commercial photography, fashion photography and more. There are also several new Canon EOS cameras expected out in 2016.

2. GoPro

While the GoPro Hero4 Black is a tough act to follow, the increasing competition from competing action cam manufacturers is bound to inspire GoPro into introducing the Hero5. It’s also expected that they’ll take another step forward with video processing power. GoPro has revealed its Karma drone, sparking new rumors of a possible GoPro Hero 5.

3. Sony A6100

Sony’s A6100 camera has confirmed that it will be shipping out in March this year, featuring an impressive 36 megapixel sensor. New speculation also suggests that the Sony a7000 or a6100 or will also feature a new 4D focus, along with additional features that include 4K video recording.

4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Successor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera (Black)
When it comes to compact cameras, the Lumix DMC-LX100 really stands out. The Panasonic LX100 produces excellent video and photo quality, includes a fantastic set of features, as well as top notch performance. The good news is that a successor to the LX100 is expected out this fall.

5. Nikon D5 DSLR

Photo of D5 XQD
Without a doubt, the biggest news when it comes to the best cameras of 2016 is Nikon’s new DSLR. It features a new 20.8, megapixel sensor, a completely redesigned AF system along with 12 fps shooting, 153 AF points 0 99 that are cross typed, an impressive new touchscreen display and dual CF and XQD selections. This DSLR monster is just a few months away from being released.

Contrary to what you’ll hear some smartphone users say, digital cameras are far from obsolete. Even with the rapid innovation in smartphone cameras, there really isn’t any comparison. Even better, quality camera manufacturers have taken nor and continue to evolve their own technology, so not only image quality but the cameras themselves never have looked better than they do today. Sensor size and megapixels continue to increase and camera bodies continue to get sleeker, all while adding more manual controls and easier learner curves. We can’t wait to see what’s coming next in the digital camera world.