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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 
We recently finished one of our largest commissions, producing a comprehensive package of marketing imagery for a brand new care home that's just been built in the outskirts of Farnham, Surrey — Farnham Mill — ckucNursing Home. 
 
Our client, MCS Construction, was justly proud of this incredible building and wanted 'the works' when it came to professional marketing imagery to be able to use on their website — we took drone aerial photographs, ground-level photographs both internally and externally, a Matterport virtual tour and we produced a short promotional walk / fly-around video of the whole site! 
Architectural exterior photograph of the brand new Farnham Mill Nursing Home in Farnham, Surrey
Last month we were commissioned to photograph a large residential extension of a stunning countryside property in Wormley, Surrey. From the outside the extension ... well, didn't look like an extension! — so well-executed was the design by Godalming-based MVL Architects. The extension consisted of a remodelled kitchen and open-plan dining area, and a large additional wing including a new entrance, utility rooms, washroom and study.  
 
MVL Architects asked us to fully document the extension from both outside an in which involved visiting the site twice to capture the exterior of the property in the most favourable lighting conditions — once in the morning and again in the afternoon. 
Architectural photograph of a residential extension in Wormley, Surrey
Last month we travelled up to Northampton to capture a set of promotional ground-level and aerial promotional imagery for builders merchants, Hevey Building Supplies, who had recently moved to a much larger and more impressive yard. 
 
The brief was to create a short film promoting the size of the site, the range of stock and also to capture the 'snake' of delivery lorries leaving the site at 7:15am sharp! We were also asked to take a set of promotional images across the site, both out in the yard and inside their warehouse and shopfront. 
Drone aerial photo of the Hevey Builders Merchants yard in Northampton
In the last month we have started to offer a brand new service which perfectly complements our other property-centric photography and filming services — fully interactive 3D Matterport virtual tours. 
 
If you haven't seen one of these tours before, be prepared to be astounded! Matterport tours are created by scanning every space inside a property with a special 3D camera which captures not only visual imagery but also depth data. This data is then compiled into a fully-navigable 3D model of the property in question which can be rotated in 360 degrees, and allows you to jump to any point in the property at the click of a mouse. 
3D model of a new-build house by 6A Vision Homes, as captured in our fully-explorable Matterport virtual tour
Last month we were commissioned to inspect over 2,700 square metres of roof structures at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. This was one of our largest aerial inspection projects to date and involved a significant amount of planning as the hospital had to remain open whilst the work was being carried out. To complicate matters further, the hospital is directly opposite Winchester Prison — a very sensitive site with an understandable concern for drones flying anywhere near their land. 
 
Thanks to our meticulous planning, the shoot was a complete success, with the entire roof structure being inspected from the air in under 3 hours. This saved our client, surveying firm AECOM considerable time and expense when compared to the only feasible alternative — cladding the entire building in scaffolding! 
Drone aerial inspection photograph of the roof of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester
Our brand new Drone Aerial Filming showreel is long overdue ... but it's finally here! 
 
This video incorporates some of the wide range of aerial footage we've shot with our drones over the past 3 years. From construction sites to campsites, business parks to universities, private gardens to lavish weddings, we've filmed it all in glorious high definition (and some of the latest footage is in 4K too). 
 
So sit back, grab a coffee and immerse yourself in the incredible bird's-eye perspectives that only our drones can provide.  
Drone aerial filming showreel thumbnail
Last Autumn we were commissioned by national construction firm Willmott Dixon to produce a short film which had to convey the important role played by apprentices in ensuring the continued success of their business. 
 
The film brought together footage from a number of different events including the 'Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony' (for the latest group of apprentices who had successfully reached the end of the scheme) which took place at a large hotel in Greenwich, London, as well as numerous interviews with key members of staff which had been filmed at Willmott Dixon's Cobham office in Surrey in the months leading up to the Graduation Ceremony. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
We were recently commissioned to inspect the 1000 square metre roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The imagery was required to support a condition report which had been commissioned by the potential new owner of the unit, as they wanted to know the state of the building before handing over their money! 
 
Our client was structural engineering firm Bond Davidson, and we worked closely with one of their structural engineers to make sure all areas of interest were captured in the survey — these were primarily the condition of the bolts fixing the roof panels in place, the general condition of the roof panels themselves, the condition of the gutters and the condition of the roof around any protrusions through the roof's surface, eg. chimneys. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
An increasingly popular use of drone aerial photographs is to combine them with computer-generated models of proposed developments — buildings which don't even exist but can be rendered so realistically that it becomes hard to tell where the aerial photograph stops and the computer-generated model starts. This type of imagery is especially helpful during the planning phase of new developments and for estate agents, allowing them to market as-yet-unfinished properties using highly realistic imagery of the completed projects. 
 
We have many years of experience working with property developers and 3D Visualisation Studios to do just this, and computer simulation software has become so advanced that it's almost impossible to tell where reality ends and the computer models start. Want to know more? Read on ... 
Drone aerial photo and computer-generated building montage used to market an extensive house renovation near Treyford, West Sussex
We were recently consulted about what it takes to start and run a successful drone aerial photography business by the money advice website 'Money Magpie'. The following article was written by our Director, David Hogg, as a guide for someone who likes the idea of using drones to make money, but doesn't know where to start, and it covers topics from equipment selection to business strategy, to our own experience of the explosion of demand (and supply) of drone-related services. There's also some history about the formation of Horizon Imaging and how it all began back in 2007 when David built his first drone from scratch! 
 
So grab a coffee, and enjoy the article!  
Our Inspire 1 Pro drone after completing a marketing photo shoot of a new development near Puttenham, Surrey
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