Simple answer: Artists don't work for free!
Longer answer: It's a great question, and one photographers often get asked. Believe it or not, while it may seem like a straight-forward job, being a photographer as a job/career has many, many expenses. The gear alone can costs thousands upon thousands of dollars! Not to mention paying insurance, travel, editing fees, equipment ware, licensing software, labour, taxes, and location rental or other small business expenses, and the list goes on!
Probably the most important part the client pays for is the skill-set. While it is true that everyone has a high-quality camera these days in their cell-phones, not everyone is versed in the theory and practice of professional photography, and even further there, photographers can be specialized, such as aerial photographers, sports photographers, war photographers, journalism, etc...You are paying for someone to do it right. Another example is that anyone can stick bricks together, but to have it professionally done and done safely/correctly, we hire a construction company.
In short, photographers as artists are often taken advantage of. They are often asked to do work for free because it would "look good on their portfolio". While it may be true, photographers are people too with their own lives and expenses.
We at A.S.A.P. are flexible and are very competitive with pricing, but as said above, shooting isn't free! What are your opinions? Comment below!
Going on a Trip Across Canada, or even to another country but you're not too sure about bringing your drone? That's what this post if for! For starters, if you are travelling across Canada by car, by all means, bring your drone! Just be sure to follow the Transport Canada rules and the local municipal by-laws. Also, remember you are NOT allowed to fly in National Parks without permission from Parks Canada.
Flying, and going international is a little different. Depending where you go, the rules can change drastically. Certain countries may have rules in place for recreational/tourism drones such as Canada, America and the U.K. while some countries may have banned them outright! Some may even have no rules at all, it is your responsibility to research before arriving to the country you are visiting.
Another factor to think about is the drone itself. Chances are, it is powered by a lithium-ion battery, and may need special treatment as it may be considered a "dangerous good". Ask the airline you are taking to ensure that you do not have to do any special paperwork if you are bringing a drone with you, better safe than sorry!
Remember to use common sense, and you will be generally OK. Now go get some amazing shots, and happy landings!
In a quick little video, it is shown here that a drone (let a lone a small DJI Phantom, one easily acquired by anyone these days) does internal damage to the wing while a bird would do mostly external damage. Another reason to #flysafe
Henry is the founder and operator of Air Support Aerial Photography. Here he talks about A.S.A.P. news, drone industry news, and opinion pieces!