Whether you’re a professional photographer or someone just playing around with new techniques, drone photography is the most exciting and new way to capture the perfect scenic shot. Any scene (even the most over-looked of settings), and watch how this jump in photography will transform the scene into an utterly breath-taking picture.
Even classic sites around the world are now being filmed from previously impossible angles for a fresh perspective. Originally created for the military, the civilian cousins of these drones are skyrocketing in sales. Usually piloted by a person with a radio controller, drones can serve as a source for photography, videography, weather monitoring and more. Some are even capable of autonomous flight for programmed geographical coordinates. As people purchasing and operating these machines grows in number, laws are being created to ensure safety. Cayman does have drone laws, so before you go outside to try out your new technique, you should definitely review the information below.
Know The Rules!
• Before each flight check that all components of drone are working in accordance with the supplier’s user manual.
• Keep the drone within your line of sight at all times.
• Do not fly your drone in any way that could endanger people or property.
• You must fly three nautical miles away from the airport and one nautical mile away from prisons.
• Do not fly your drone within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.
• If you intend to use a drone for any kind of commercial activity, you must receive permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and obtain a business license from the Department of Commerce and Investment.
• Think about what you do with any images you obtain as they may be a breach of privacy laws.
Most experienced drone photographers say that the laws boil down to common sense. Keep away from airports and prisons, and make sure you’re not in anyone’s way or could harm someone or something. And always keep your drone in sight.
Always watch out for the weather. Many experienced photographers have stories of crashing their drones. We all know Cayman can have unexpected weather, and having an unfamiliar drone in bad weather can be hard to deal with. So make sure to get outside a few times in crystal clear skies to make sure your drone is like an extension of your hand before you try anything too far out of your comfort zone.