Horizon Imaging


Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog! This page will be updated every few weeks with news, case studies about current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Click on a blog post heading or the ‘Read More’ text to read a particular blog post. You can also find exclusive behind-the-scenes imagery from many of our shoots on our social media platforms! You can find the links to these below. 

Announcing a brand new service, 3D fully interactive Matterport virtual tours
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...
2700 square metres of Royal Hampshire County Hospital roof inspected with drone in Winchester
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....
Brand new 2018 Drone Aerial Filming showreel released
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...
Roof of industrial unit inspected using drone and telescopic mast in Hoddesdon, 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...
Promotional film produced for Willmott Dixon explaining the importance of their Apprenticeships scheme
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...
New Case Study added about combining drone aerial photographs with computer-generated buildings
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...
Thinking of starting your own drone photography business? Read our guide here
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...
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful start to 2018
This is just a quick note to wish all our followers, sharers, likers, commenters, networkers, collaborators and customers a very happy and restful Christmas, and a peaceful start to the New Year — not long to go now!
Drone inspection of the inflated roof canopies above The Malls Shopping Centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire
The Malls Shopping Centre in Basingstoke have been struggling for years with the inflated roof structure above their main courtyard developing mysterious holes, triggering the roof's automated deflation alarms. After some investigation they discovered the culprit(s) — the local seagulls! For some reason they continuously peck at the clear outer membrane until they've punctured it ... and then they abandon their 'creation' and start afresh elsewhere! Numerous attempts have been made to scare the birds...
Ultra high-resolution imagery printed onto scaffolding wrap in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Earlier in the year we were presented with one of our most challenging projects to date — capturing a 300 megapixel architectural photograph from 5 metres above the Grand Staircase inside the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office! Never a company to turn down such a challenge, we eagerly accepted the project. The ceiling above one side of the Grand Staircase was in need of renovation and the only way to achieve this was to completely scaffold the area from floor to ceiling. However, as the Grand Staircase...
Four striking modern office spaces photographed for FIVE Interiors
Over the past 18 months we have been working with leading interior design and fit-out firm, FIVE Interiors, to help them document some of their latest projects for their website and other promotional material. These have ranged from two finely crafted estate agents in north London and Hertfordshire, a stunning modern office re-design for an investment firm in Central London, and the redevelopment of a multi-floor office block in a listed building in the heart of Nottingham town centre.
New Case Study added about Drone Aerial Photography and Filming at Golf Courses
There aren't many other sites which look quite as spectacular from above as golf courses. From showing off the design and layout of the course, to the proximity to the countryside or local cities, to the challenges provided by individual holes — drone aerial photography and filming is revolutionising the way golf courses are being marketed. You invest heavily in the maintenance and upkeep of your course so it looks its best — make sure your marketing imagery is doing the course justice by investing...
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