Make money with drone photography and video

Flying robots that make you money? I bet that grabbed your attention.

Everyone has heard of drones, contraptions like mini remote-controlled helicopters that now often have cameras attached. Also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), the perspectives they offer have made them very attractive to photographers, whether the amateur or the professional. But can you actually make money with them?

To help you come to a decision, we spoke with David Hogg from Horizon Imaging Ltd, a specialist in the field of drone aerial photography for over 10 years. His professional opinion is included at every stage along with our advice, and you can learn more about him and his career further on in the article.


What equipment do you need?

Well, a drone, obviously.

There are hundreds on the market, ranging from £10 toy quadcopters to hi-tech beauties for over £20,000. Sites like ExpertReviews and TechAdvisor can give you some more detailed information depending on your budget and preferences, but we’ve also included a few models for you to drool over here.

UDI U818A – £150


  • Easy to fly
  • First-person view, which means you get the images caught whilst in flight transmitted directly to your handheld screen.
  • 2MP camera with 720p HD video
  • 10 minutes battery life

You might think that battery life doesn’t sound impressive at all, but drones tend to have quite limited flight times – it’s rare to find any that fly for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Luckily, the batteries…

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