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What Drone Photography Pricing Can I Expect?

What Drone Photography Pricing Can I Expect?

With the use of aerial drones becoming more widespread and better accessible to the public, drone flying has evolved into a variety of specific fields. Whether you’re just using a cheap drone for fun or competing with a streamlined racing drone, there’s a wide variety of products out there to suit various needs. One industry that has seen a big benefit from the advent of drones is photography, and aerial photography using special drones is becoming a hot topic. How much does it cost to get pictures taken using a drone? How much would it cost to get into drone photography yourself? This article gives an overview of aerial drone photography with a focus on the financial aspect of getting the memorable shots you need.

Drone Photography Pricing

What Makes Drone Photography Expensive?

You may have a case of sticker shock when you look into how much it would cost to get some photos taken by a professional photographer using an aerial drone. We’ll get into the specific average prices a little later on in the article, but this section will serve as a basic overview of what you’re paying for when you hire a photographer with a drone.

Drone Photography Equipment

Buying a professional grade camera is a significant investment, and finding a photographer with a drone and experience can be difficult. This is mainly because of the added expense a good camera drone adds, and it serves as a barrier to entry for photographers who are on a budget or hesitant to learn a whole new set of skills. Hiring a drone photographer means you don’t have to buy the drone yourself, which results in a good amount of savings overall.

Buying a professional grade camera is a significant investment, and finding a photographer with a drone and experience can be difficult. This is mainly because of the added expense a good camera drone adds, and it serves as a barrier to entry for photographers who are on a budget or hesitant to learn a whole new set of skills. Hiring a drone photographer means you don’t have to buy the drone yourself, which results in a good amount of savings overall.

Photography Experience

Though there’s a good amount of initial investment when a person wants to become a professional photographer – especially using drones – you’re paying for a quality service from an industry professional when you make the decision to hire one. Like many artistic professionals, the general public seems to undervalue just how much time and effort goes into becoming a master of your craft. Above everything else, you’re paying for the experience and high-quality results.

Time (is money)

When a photographer is at your event, they’re there to work rather than enjoy themselves. Just as you get paid for the time spent at your job, Photographers have to charge for the time spent getting the perfect shots at your wedding or other get together. Time spent working for you is

When a photographer is at your event, they’re there to work rather than enjoy themselves. Just as you get paid for the time spent at your job, Photographers have to charge for the time spent getting the perfect shots at your wedding or other get together. Time spent working for you is time they can’t spend earning money elsewhere, and a specialized job like drone photography calls for additional setup time – and that time needs to be paid for.

We’ve spent this section going over the reasons why drone photography is a little more costly, but we don’t want to give the impression that a cool aerial photo is out of your reach. Below we have a section of drone photography pricing for various common jobs so you can see just how manageable this special experience can really be.

Aerial real-estate photography

Aerial real-estate photography

Drone Photography Pricing

As mentioned above, this section will serve as a guideline for general pricing for various drone jobs. It’s important to mention, however, that these averages may vary widely based on the photographer you hire and your location. States or countries that are hotspots for events may be more expensive, as will places where the cost of living is a lot higher – after all, your photographer needs to eat! Let’s take a look at some common jobs and the associated drone photography pricing.

Flat Fees

There are two main types of ways that photographers charge for their drone work, and the first is flat fees. This is a good approach if you have a general idea of the amount of time you need a photographer to work. This is a good approach for people who have a strict budget to stick to, as you can agree on a specific length of photo session. A flat fee generally costs the photographer’s transportation to and from the event, photos taken while there, and the editing process afterwards.

Video Fees

The majority of flat fee situations are for photo sessions rather than video recording. There are often associated additional fees that come alongside video work due to the more complex editing process. Generally, the longer the finished video product is, the more you’re going to pay. Prioritize aerial filming of just the most important parts of your event to save some money.

Drone Photography Costs

Prices will vary widely, but below we’ve listed some basic prices that you can start to budget off of. Make sure you leave some wiggle room as your photographer’s prices will be unique to his or her business.

A 60 to 90 minute shoot with aerial photography will generally cost around $150 Dollars

Generally, if you require the services of your photographer for longer than a couple of hours, the fees will be slightly discounted. This better rate is in exchange for paying for a longer period of time.

Drone Video Costs

Drone video recording is a lot more expensive, and the prices vary a huge amount depending on what you need.

A 60 to 90 second video clip can set you back around $400, with prices increasing from there. A 30 minute 4k video with included editing can cost $5000-$7000.

Oftentimes, if you add aerial drone video as part of a regular package – a wedding video package, for example – that brief bit of extra footage can be obtained for a steep discount. Wedding addons of this service at some photographers can be as low as $600 extra.

As we discussed above, the reason for increased drone photography pricing for jobs is the more specialized equipment as well as increased time and complexity of editing video content.

Drone photo of Norway Black Chruches

Drone photo of Norway Black Chruches

Why Not Do The Job Myself?

We’ve gone into the benefits of hiring a professional for your aerial drone photography needs, but what if you just want to do it yourself? Can’t you save some money?

The answer would be: probably not.

A good quality camera drone can cost up to $12000, and you’ll be missing the valuable experience and training needed to make your pictures and video professional quality.

Long story short, save drone photography jobs for the professionals to document your event beautifully.

Inquire With Your Local Photographer Today

We’ve mentioned above that drone photography pricing can vary wildly depending on your location and the details of your job. It makes sense, then, that your best option would be to contact your local photographer and ask about aerial drone photography. We’ve given you some general estimates, but knowing the exact rates is important before hiring a professional to take pictures or video at your event. Inquire with your local photographer, today!

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