Drone Aerial Photography 

Drone Aerial Photography 

Since we started designing and flying our own drones back in 2007 — or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as they were then called — drones have exploded in popularity, and highly capable machines are now available at a relatively affordable price point. 
 
However, like the advent of affordable Digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, just because technology is affordable and accessible, it doesn't mean whoever buys a drone suddenly knows how to use it to take beautiful and skillfully composed aerial photographs — we do, and our mission since 2007 has been to use drone technology to take the very best aerial photographs possible, using knowledge gained over 12+ years of operation and many hundred of commercial projects.  
Drone aerial photograph of High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
 
Drone aerial photograph of the Gloucester Docks in Gloucestershire
 
Drone aerial photograph of an area of land near Ripley, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photograph of All Hallows School in Farnham, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photo of landslip remediation in Dorking, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photo of two new-build homes in Guildford, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photograph of High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
 
Drone aerial photograph of the Gloucester Docks in Gloucestershire
 
Drone aerial photograph of an area of land near Ripley, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photograph of All Hallows School in Farnham, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photo of landslip remediation in Dorking, Surrey
 
Drone aerial photo of two new-build homes in Guildford, Surrey
 
Is your marketing literature in need of a face-lift? Do you want your marketing literature to stand out over that of your competition? 
Is the location of your business or property one of its biggest assets and you are keen to show where the business is in relation to the surrounding landscape? 
Maybe your site is so large that the only way to document it is from the air – but hiring a full-size aircraft or helicopter would be too expensive
Or perhaps you have had aerial photographs taken from a full-size aircraft in the past but you were disappointed by the results as the images looked flat and lacked perspective
Combining the latest state-of-the-art drone technology with over a decade of experience in commercial photography, we can capture arresting and unique aerial imagery from up to 400ft in the air without you having to leave the comfort and safety of the ground. Take a look at some of our sample imagery below to get a feel of the variety of projects we get asked to photograph, and the quality of the work we produce. 
Drone aerial photograph of St Martha-on-the Hill church in Chilworth, near Guildford, Surrey
Drone aerial photograph of Barnett Hill Hotel near Guildford, Surrey
Drone aerial photo of a stunning 16th Century manor house near Midhurst, West Sussex
Drone aerial photo of Ashdown Park Hotel in East Grinstead, West Sussex
Drone aerial photograph of The Bourne Club sports and tennis club in Farnham, Surrey
Drone aerial photo of a soil remediation site in Portsmouth, Hampshire
Drone aerial photograph of a private house near Haslemere, Surrey
Drone aerial photograph of an industrial park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordhshire
Drone aerial photograph taken inside a warehouse in Derby, Derbyshire
There's a lot more to our Drone Aerial Photography service than just pretty photographs! 

360° Spherical Aerial Panoramas 

These fascinating spherical aerial panoramas are produced by capturing imagery looking in all directions whilst the drone is hovering in the air. 
 
The images are then stitched together and can even be annotated with hovering information points to highlight certain features visible in the landscape. 
 
360° aerial panoramas are a great interactive tool to have on your website to show how your site sits within the surrounding landscape, or to show where nearby points of interest are in relation to your site. 
 
Right-click in the window on the right and select 'Enter Fullscreen' to immerse yourself in the panorama!  

Ultra High-Resolution Aerial Photographs 

Using a similar technique of image stitching, it's also possible to create ultra high-resolution aerial photographs, such as the image on the right. This is actually composed of 21 separate 24 megapixel images, all taken from the same point in space and then stitched together. This process creates a resulting image which has a much higher resolution image than a single image — in this case it's created a 252 megapixel image!  
 
Roll over or tap on the image to zoom into the red box! 
 
Ultra high-resolution aerial photographs allow for enormous prints to be made, or for interactive online images to be created where you can pan and zoom around to look at any part of the image in high-resolution detail. 
Drone aerial panorama of Guildford, Surrey
 
Zoomed in image from a drone aerial photograph of Guildford, Surrey
 

Plan-View Mosaic Aerial Photographs 

Another clever use of image stitching allows us to create plan-view mosaic images of very large areas of land — areas far larger than could be captured in a single image. 
 
By programming the drone to autonomously fly to a number of waypoints and take plan-view photographs at each, it's possible to stitch together large 2D plan-view maps such as the one shown on the right. This image is comprised from some 38 plan-view drone aerial photographs. 
 
Potential usages of this type of mosaic image stitching include capturing and outlining plots of land for sale, capturing up-to-date plan-view imagery for masterplans, or capturing the evolution of a large-scale construction site. 
Mosaic of drone aerial photographs of a large area of land near Ripley, Surrey

3D Modelling / Aerial Photogrammetry 

Modern processing software has enabled the production of accurate 3D models of buildings and landscape using drone aerial photographs alone. 
 
This technique, called photogrammetry, is a very quick and cost-effective way of producing 3D models of existing infrastructure and has a multitude of uses including incorporation into masterplans, simulating alterations to buildings, calculating areas and volumes of land, and so on. 
 
Using drone imagery alone, the accuracy of this type of modelling is around 10cm, but when combined with accurately-measured ground-points, it's possible to get the accuracy down to sub-cm level. 
3D model of a country house near Farnham, Surrey,  produced from 500 high-resolution drone aerial photos
Not used a Drone Aerial Photographer before and want to make sure you've selected a safe and capable operator? 
 
 
The eBook cover the basics of making sure they're CAA-licensed, adequately insured, are using suitable equipment for the output required for your projects, and much more. 
If you're wondering what makes Horizon Imaging different to other drone operators, here are just a few reasons! 
Horizon Imaging was one of the first 50 drone operators in the UK to be granted a CAA licence to undertake commercial work with drones back in 2010. Please see the Why Us of our website to see our current "Permission for Commercial Operations" – a legal requirement for undertaking commercial drone aerial photography in the UK. 
We have over a decade of experience in taking drone aerial photographs for commercial clients.  
Horizon Imaging use professional interchangeable-lens digital cameras on our drones, ensuring our imagery has the quality and resolution for almost any application – be it a website or a large advertising billboard. 
We bring a complete backup drone to every shoot (including spare transmitters, cameras and lenses), ensuring that whatever happens your imagery will get captured.  
Photo of the Horizon Imaging Drone in action
Photo of the Horizon Imaging Drone in action
Photo of the Horizon Imaging Drone in action
Photo of the Horizon Imaging Drone in action
Photo of the Horizon Imaging Drone in action
If you haven't used a Drone Aerial Photography company before, you're in safe hands with Horizon Imaging. We have a track record of exceeding our customers' expectations and providing excellent customer service from start to finish. You can read some of our clients' feedback below or on our dedicated Testimonials page.  
"David provided an easy-to-use, professional service providing us with both static images and an edited video of our completed project. David kept us informed throughout and sorted out all the necessary permissions and access to the site and adjacent plots (to fly over). We'd highly recommend both his work and his services and we look forward to our next project with Horizon Imaging." 
 
Drone aerial photograph of a new Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Basingstoke, Hampshire
"We’ve used Horizon Imaging’s services several times to capture drone aerial imagery of sites onto which we’ve superimposed computer-generated architecture, the result has always been on time, and with the specifications that were commissioned, even from overseas. Working with David feels like working with a team right at home, he is my first choice for Drone imagery in the UK." 
 
Drone aerial photograph and CGI montage showing a proposed Lidl store in Hersham, Surrey
"Soilfix have started using the services of Horizon Imaging on one of our current sites in Portsmouth. Horizon have been very attentive during discussions and giving ideas that led into fantastic shots being taken of our site. Soilfix will be using Horizon Imaging on further sites that we operate throughout the U.K." 
 
Drone aerial photo of a soil remediation site in Portsmouth, Hampshire
"JOG Contractors Limited commissioned Horizon Imaging to provide some professional marketing photographs for our new website – from both the air and the ground. David was punctual and professional conformed to the site's Health & Safety policies. David holds a CSCS card and provided a Risk assessment for his scope of works. We would not hesitate in recommending Horizon Imaging and look forward to working with David in the future." 
"We have used Horizon Imaging for a number of different shoots at Elite Hotels. The scope and extent of the grounds we have at the hotels are now very clear for all to see thanks to the high quality images produced. These have been invaluable in all forms of marketing, and we will be getting Horizon Imaging back this year to complete our portfolio of aerial photography" 
"We really love the unique view of the School captured by David’s innovative technology. It shows off the buildings in their beautiful surroundings of the Surrey Hills, something we hadn’t even appreciated ourselves until we saw the images. It’s the first picture in our prospectus and is so often commented on by prospective parents. One of Horizon Imaging pictures really does paint a thousand words." 
Want to see some more examples of our Drone Aerial Photographs? Click on any of the images below to visit our Drone Aerial Photography Gallery
Technology has given us the ability to put a camera at any point in the sky and capture views that no-one has seen before. It is this fascination with rarely-seen viewpoints that continues to turn companies to Drone Aerial Photography to give an eye-catching twist to their marketing campaigns
If you would like to know more about our Drone Aerial Photography service, please get in touch with us today using any of the details below! 
Call us on 
 
 
Drop us an email on: 
 
 
Or complete the form on the right and we will be in touch within 24-48 hours. 
 
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you! 
If you would like to know more about our Drone Aerial Photography service, please get in touch with us today using any of the details below! 
Call us on 
 
Drop us an email on: 
 
Or complete the form on the right and we will be in touch within 24-48 hours. 
 
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you! 
Drone aerial photo of private farm estate near Fernhurst, West Sussex
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