Organising an aerial photo shoot

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

For a simple shot of an anniversary figure, in this case “100”, made from people standing in the correct shape on the ground – is more complicated than it looks as it takes time, planning, legislation and insurance, before the drone can get off the ground.

Melrose Rugby Club, image by Sherlock Drones Photography, aerial photography Scottish Borders
Crichton Cup 100 year anniversary photograph at Melrose Rugby Club

At the outset a pre-site visit has to take place to conduct a risk assessment form and on the basis of this further control measures can take place. In the instance of dealing with Melrose Rugby club and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the staging of the Crichton Cup – one of the measures was to ensure that all the personnel stayed clear of the landing and take-off area.

The legislation aspect came in many forms – the agreement of the copyright of the images being one, but the main part was the fact that I was a CAA approved drone pilot with “permission for Commercial Operations” (PfCO) and that I had the correct public liability insurance in place.

Time on the day of the shoot was limited to 15 minutes between the rugby matches which meant that the “100” had already been marked out and spaced and it was just the fun of trying to get 300 children to stay still in the same place for 10 minutes or so! Having many people organising the formation was very important and a challenge. A bit like herding cats!

Aerial photography Scottish Borders

The end result was satisfactory and the weather played its part too which helps. Suffice to say that the time that went into organising this was more than the 10 minutes – and if there is anyone out there who is looking for an aerial shot like this I am well versed in how to get a great shot. Contact Sherlock Drones Photography today to find out more.

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