When it comes to taking fantastic photos, perspective is everything. Capturing landscapes, buildings, weddings, and other events from above allows you to see your subject in a completely new way. It’s for this reason that professional photographers are increasingly adding aerial photography to their offerings, whether that be with drones, light aircraft, or even helicopters.
If you’re looking to hire an aerial photographer for an upcoming project or occasion, you’ve landed in the right place. We’ve asked Canberra’s locals to share the photographers they believe take the best aerial shots in the region – and the results are in.
So, let’s get started. It’s time to reveal the top professional aerial photographers serving the Canberra region.
What makes a great aerial photography service?
If you are comparing potential aerial photography services, keep the following in mind. We believe these characteristics separate the average photographers from the truly excellent.
- High-quality gear. It takes more than just any old drone to take spectacular aerial shots. When you work with a professional aerial photographer, they should be equipped with the high-quality gear they need to capture your event or project in its best light.
- A stunning portfolio. One of the best ways to judge a potential photographer is to flick (or scroll) through their portfolio.
- Experience photographing the same kinds of events or projects as yours. There’s a huge difference between photographing an architectural project and documenting a wedding, for example. Look for a photographer that has experience capturing the same kinds of subjects you need to be photographed.
- Fair pricing. Professional photography can be costly, but more often than not, you get what you pay for. Just be wary of photographers charging significantly more than their competitors.
Did we miss anything? What else would you add to this list?
The top aerial photographers in Canberra according to you
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Without further ado, it’s time to introduce the top aerial photographers in Canberra according to you – our readers.
Led by experienced videographer George Tsotsos, Canberra Film provides uncompromising visuals from the ground and in the air, compiled into a single video or photography package. Its team is fully licensed for drone and night UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) operations for your peace of mind.
Whether you need aerial building photography or zooming car videography, with Canberra Films, the sky’s the limit.
Packages start at an affordable $100. No job is too small, or too out of this world.
Capturing great aerial shots takes more than just a drone pilot licence. The best providers also have experience across areas including photography, video production and business management. They make sure your footage both looks great and is suitable for your target audience – whether that’s property buyers, TV audiences or prospective customers.
That’s where Capital Remote Aviation comes in. Since 2018, it has provided drone and pilot hire services in Canberra for real estate aerial photography, aerial asset inspections, TV and film work and 2D/3D modelling.
With a background in commercial video production, founder and chief pilot Jamie Graham understands how to capture high quality footage. Combined with his experience in real estate sales and running a residential maintenance and construction business, Jamie has a unique perspective on which shots will work best for each client.
Capital Remote Aviation is fully licenced and insured. Jamie is an IREX Command Instrument Rated drone pilot, which means he is licenced to fly beyond line-of-sight – perfect for mining and environmental surveys or monitoring crop health.
As for the equipment, Capital Remote Aviation uses a Matrice 600 (with 30x zoom camera and 5x cinematic camera payloads), a Mavic 2 Pro and a Phantom 4.
Overall Photography is one of Australia’s leading aerial photography and cinematography companies. While its services are available nationwide, it also has CASA-certified pilots and qualified photographers/cinematographers based in Canberra.
Its team uses unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) to capture images for personal use, TV, film, marketing, real estate, and corporate. What makes overall Photography unique is its expertise in cinematography and traditional photography, complemented by industry-leading experience in remote control flight.
Overall Photography’s state-of-the-art technology produces extremely high-definition images. Its creative team can even capture 360-degree perspectives.
Skyline Photography specialises in affordable real estate photography and videos, including aerial footage. Zoltan from Skyline recommends aerial photography for homes in impressive locations, and as an inexpensive way to keep off-the-plan buyers updated about development progress.
When you engage Zoltan, you can expect clear communication, effective project management and service with a smile.
If you need aerial photographs of a private or commercial property (i.e. a construction site, landscape, buildings), ChilliStock Photography could be a great choice. Committed to offering a high-quality product at an affordable price, ChilliStock Photography’s photographs can be used for planning documents, websites, marketing campaigns, or even as wall prints for the home or office.
ChilliStock shoots from either a helicopter or high wing aircraft, depending on project requirements.
If you’re looking for a general photographer, check out our article on the best photographers in Canberra.
Who did you pick?
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