Behind the Scenes
- On my last trip to Houston, Texas for one of my regular clients, Newland Communties, I was tasked to shoot aerial photography from a helicopter. In todays world, that is mostly done with the Phantom Quadcopters. It seems that everyone has one and since the judge recently ruled that the FAA law was invalid, the sky has opened to anyone with a couple grand. I have heard of more than a few accidents due to these flying out of control, or people just not knowing what they are doing. It is my own humble opinion that this entire industry desperately needs to be regulated before someone is seriously hurt or killed by improper use of these “toys”. (btw, I am about to order mine)
The old school way of shooting, from an actual helicopter, was an absolute blast. Hanging out of the door, several thousand feet up was exhilarating. And because we were right next to Sugar Land Airport, and the client wanted something more than simple overviews or flybys, this was really the only way to do it.
I think we need to do this for all of their communities!
By the way, we got some other pretty good shots of the community as well!