Frequently asked questions

What types of aerial drone services do you provide?


We offer Professional Licensed and Insured Drone/Aerial Photography services for Yacht/Boat Sales, Yacht/Boat Owners, Commercial and Residential Properties, Weddings/Special Events, Feature Film /Music Videos, Advertising/Marketing, Action Sports, and Construction/Roof Inspection.




How much do aerial photography services cost?


Our Aerial Photography Prices vary depending upon the service and scope of job requested.




What is the turnaround time to produce aerial videography?


Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease:

  1. Enter App Settings
  2. Click the "Manage Questions" button
  3. Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
  4. When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
  5. That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box




What is the turn-around time for aerial photography?


Color Corrected photos will be uploaded to a Dropbox file, or E-mailed within 2 business days of the flight session. Video production of aerial footage will normally be completed within 3-5 business days from the flight session. If there is additional ground level or interior footage to be edited, additional time may be required.




Where in Orange County do you provide aerial photography?


We offer Aerial Photography/Videography services to the greater Orange County, CA area. We are a Dana Point Marina Authorized Contractor. We service Dana Point to Long Beach Marinas for Yacht/Boat Photography. Our Aerial Photography services are available in Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Lake Forest, Santa Ana, Brea, Fullerton, Whittier, Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margrarita, Santiago Canyon, Yorba Linda, Corona, and Ladera Ranch.




How much does aerial videography cost?


Our Professional Aerial Videography prices start at $350.00. The Price for our Aerial/Drone Videography services vary per type of job and scope of work requested.




How are the aerial photos delivered?


Color corrected photos from your Aerial Photography session will be uploaded to a Dropbox file, or Emailed witin 2-3 business days of the flight session. We will also mail or hand deliver your files, if requested.




Do I need to be on site for your aerial photography/videography services?


No, you do not need to be on site for your aerial photography session. If this is a commercial or residential real estate aerial photography session, we just need to have access to the property to be photographed.




Are there any weather restrictions for aerial photography?


Aerial/Drone Photography has weather restrictions. Rain, wind, snow, etc., will hinder flight operations. Weather permitting, we will complete your specific Aerial Photography/Videography flight session on schedule.




Who should request aerial photography services?


Yacht/Boat Brokers, Real Estate Professionals, Event Planners, Corporate Professionals, Production Companies, Consumers looking for FAA Licensed, and Insured Professional Aerial Drone Services.




Are OC Drone Photography pilots approved by the FAA?


OC Drone Photography Pilots all possess a FAA Part 107 Commercial Pilot Certification. Additionally, all of our equipment is registered with the FAA. All of our flights are conducted according to the prescribed FAA safety rules. We abide by all FAA regulations and carry UAS flight insurance.




Do you require a deposit for wedding aerial photography?


Yes, OC Drone Photography requires a $100.00 non-refundable deposit 30 days prior to your event date. If you are unable to proceed with your requested event date, we will work with you to reschedule.




Why does a Drone Pilot need an FAA license?


The FAA requires a drone pilot to have a certificate if the pilot receives any form of compensation for the drone flight. Compensation includes money and non-monetary rewards such as benefits, discounts, freebies, or in-kind services. If a drone pilot receives anything of value, directly or indirectly, for providing drone flying services, this is considered compensation. Being compensated for commercial drone flying requires the pilot to have an FAA certificate.




Are there penalties for Commercial Drone flying without an FAA Pilot's License?


The civil penalties for flying a drone Commercially without first obtaining an FAA Pilot's Certificate are up to $32,000.00 for each incidence. This fine is charged per day for continual illegal use of a drone for commercial purposes. The FAA may also impose ciminal sanctions, which include a fine of up to $250,000.00 and/or a prison sentence of up to three years upon conviction.




Are there penalties for hiring an unlicensed drone pilot?


A person who knowingly hires an un-licensed drone pilot for a commercial operation can be fined as much as 10x more than the pilot. An unlicensed drone pilot who flies commercially for any sort of compensation will be fined 1,100.00 per occurrence by the FAA. If a Realtor purchases a drone, and uses the drone to photograph his/her own listings, they can be fined twice, adding up to $12,100.00 in fines, per occurance.




Who is liable if my unlicensed drone "pilot" injures someone?


If you hire an unlicensed drone "pilot" who injures someone, or causes property damage, you will be held liable for all damages. Unlicensed Drone Pilots are unable to obtain Liability Insurance for commercial flights.




Can You create a YouTube video?


Yes! If you request a produced video with your services, we will upload a version to YouTube for your review and approval. Upon final approval of the video, we will unlock the video, and make it public for your use. You are welcome to use our YouTube platform to send links, etc., to your video. We will also upload you video to Dropbox for your use.




How do I preview my aerial video?


Non-produced video - If you plan to edit the video yourself, we will create an Mp4 clip of your footage, which will be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video for your review. We will also upload your clip to a Dropbox file for your use. Produced video - If you request a produced video, we will upload it to YouTube as unlisted, viewable only by a link to preview as we go through the editing process. You will be able to view and approve the draft versions. After you have approved the final video, we can make it public, so you will have access to utilize it for your purposes. We will also upload a copy to a Dropbox folder with your other media, if applicable.




What types of Drones do you use for aerial photography?


We utilize DJI Professional Drones. We have equipment for any type of project. We fly the latest technology in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). We utilize professional 4K cameras that deliver sharp, crisp, high resolution still photos and stunning aerial video of a quality level never before possible. We fly the following DJI Drones; DJI Inspire 2 - Zenmuse X5S Camera DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Phantom 4 DJI Mavic Pro We also have the ability to attach a 360º Camera or GoPro utilizing a mounting system We fly utilizing the latest FPV (first person view) equipment.




What types of Promotional Videos can you create?


Every client is different, and we do our best to fulfill our clients' wishes. Video duration will vary per project. We offer "Drone only" video, as well "on ground" video services, utilizing various types of cameras. A general breakdown is as follows; 1. Produced video with text only. 2. Produced video with text and music. 3. Produced video with voice-over and music. The client can narate the video if they prefer, or we can do it in our studio. 4. Produced video with live interviews.




How does your process for Aerial Photography work?


We have a streamlined process; 1. You submit your request for aerial photography services. 2. We review the request, check for area flight restrictions, and if available, we approve it. 3. We contact you to coordinate your aerial photography session. 4. An FAA Licensed Drone Pilot will fly your aerial photography session. 5. 1-2 business days after your flight session, we will email you a link to a Dropbox file containing your images and un-produced video footage (If requested, and you plan to edit yourself.) If you requested a produced video, please allow 3-5 business days for your draft version to be completed. 6. If you requested a produced video, we will upload a draft version to an unlisted YouTube link for your review while we go through the editing process. 7. Upon completion of your project, we submit a PayPal invoice for final payment. 8. Your media will be delivered without a watermark, upon receipt of payment.





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