August 8, 2014 7:19 am

Drone photography takes flight in Halifax

HALIFAX – High-quality cameras on mobile devices are making photography more accessible than ever for the average Joe, and photographers in Halifax are now pushing the limits of technology and their imaginations to find new ways to snap the perfect shot.

Skyline Studio is one of a handful of Maritimes-based companies that uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — commonly referred to as drones — to stay on the cutting edge.

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Zachary Keating, the company’s UAV pilot and videographer, says Skyline uses its eyes in the sky to do work for a wide range of commercial clients.

“We saw the advantages especially in real estate… [it's] a department where there’s not enough aerial stuff being displayed, and being able to sell the neighbourhood and not only the house is a huge selling point,” he said.

“We do flyovers and recently shot the Cape Breton Highlands, and it gives a beautiful low-level view that can’t be attained by a traditional helicopter.”

Although it’s a new field and new career path, Keating says it’s more than just a job.

“I think the moment it all becomes worthwhile is when you get that shot that you’ve never really seen before,” he said.

Keating said for a generation that has seen countless videos on the internet, being able to capture life from a unique angle can be invaluable.

“To be able to demonstrate something from a different perspective that I feel like the public or the community would really enjoy, that’s a really rewarding thing for me to be able to offer back and to show people,” he said.

“It’s a really lucky thing for me to be able to mix work and pleasure together.”

 

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