If you are planning a large event that might be enhanced by the use of aerial photography, you may want to engage the services of a photographer or videographer who uses drones. Drone usage at personal events, such as weddings and reunions, is still in its infancy and not everyone likes it. Many photographers feel it takes away the intimacy associated with having a live photographer. Others feel it adds another dimension to their work. Some viewers find that the drone’s speed and movement make it difficult to enjoy the finished video, making it not worth the extra expense.
Drones have been used at large public events for years. Using them at sporting events and large conventions enables the hosts to “see” things they might not otherwise. Their use at smaller personal events is relatively new.
If you are considering using a drone, several issues need to be considered. Drones are not suitable for use at most indoor locations, particularly if the facility has a lower ceiling, fans or lights that could be damaged. They are better used at large stadiums, arenas and similar locations. Drones should not be used at outdoor events near power or telephone lines, trees or other obstructions, nor should they interfere with the attendees’ enjoyment of the event.
Anyone offering drone services for payment (commercially) must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Information can be found on the FAA’s website.
If you are planning a large event to which aerial photography might add an additional benefit, using the services of a drone may be appropriate. Just be certain the operator is properly licensed and experienced.