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Drones are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly af­ford­able, al­low­ing for shots to be taken from nor­mally un­reach­able van­tage points. This in­cludes high al­ti­tudes, and track­ing at high speeds or over large bod­ies of wa­ter. The D-SLR-ready op­tions aren’t par­tic­u­larly cheap, though if you have a Nikon 1, a drone that can support it will be more af­ford­able. How­ever, a few rental ser­vices are emerg­ing, and 2015 is bound to bring even more.

Be­fore tak­ing off be sure to get some train­ing and in­sure your kit, as the sheer amount of YouTube videos show­ing a smor­gas­bord of calami­tous mishaps proves both pi­lot and kit aren’t ever in­fal­li­ble. Also, pay at­ten­tion to the guide­lines from the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, which of­fers ad­vice re­lat­ing to where and where not to fly.

Drones of­fer to­tal free­dom, not to men­tion a pos­si­ble rev­enue stream for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, and can be used to cover sports, wed­dings, sun­rises and count­less other events from a com­pletely unique an­gle. Al­ter­na­tively he­li­copter rides can of­fer sim­i­lar pos­si­bil­i­ties, although with­out the same level of free­dom or con­trol.

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