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.