Consumer drones or quadcopters as they are also known as have taken photography to a completely different level (no pun intended). They have been able to capture stills and footages from an angle that would have been unthinkable some years back. Drone photography has been making inroads into a number of genres of traditional photography. They along with a new breed of action cameras have been able to achieve something that is adding a lot of production value to ordinary photography assignments. Architecture photography, e.g., has benefitted from the use of drones and the unique angles that it is now possible to shoot a property from giving a much better view of the property in question.
Drones have routinely been used for landscape photography and video. This is because of the unique aerial perspective that drones bring on to the table. You can use them to create stunning landscape shots and panoramic images. Some high-end drones have the ability to hover at a spot for some time (depending on the other overall flight time). This should give you some opportunities to create enough stills for a few seconds worth of time-lapse. With the right drone, camera and editing tools you would also be able to create hyper-lapses. The opportunities are many when it comes to landscape and real estate photography. If you are unsure about whether drones can be an effective tool for your photography business, take a look at this discussion on the best drones for still photography.
Drones come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and weight bearing capacities. Some like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, for example, is designed to carry a heavier 1″ CMOS sensor equipped camera.
Choosing the right drone for your need is imperative. For real estate photography as well as for landscapes, it is imperative that the drone has an excellent obstacle avoidance system. The same goes for urban scenes where you are likely to confront with a lot of obstacles. It is also important for drones that are used for interior shoots. Check out our suggestions for the best drones for real estate photography.
Then there is the question of the camera. The kind of camera that you are likely going to use has a bearing on the drone. Some drones come with proprietary mounts for cameras from the same manufacturer. Others have a standard mount that allows particular camera systems to be used.
Larger drones are more cumbersome to transport to a location. Amateur photographers prefer smaller drones. But even professionals are looking for drones which are portable, easy to fly and captures full HD / 4K videos. Drones like the latest DJI Mavic Pro and the GoPro Karma are popular because of their foldability and ease of transport.