Capturing the perfect image can be incredibly powerful – and drones are blazing a new trail in the meaning of how this image looks.

But what makes aerial photography (or drone-based images) unique and more than just photos from a different point-of-view?

Drones have provided new access to photographers allowing them to capture imagery and footage simply impossible to achieve on foot or even in a vehicle. For years to attain footage even remotely close to this, would have to be done from a helicopter or plane – both extremely costly and neither providing the depth, detail and close-ups a drone can easily achieve.

Aerial photography provides perspective and scale. This may be beneficial when trying to understand the size or layout of a property, an event, large-scale farmland or surfing down a 60-foot wave. The ability to understand the depth and generate unprecedented data is giving power to builders, farmers, architects – or anyone after the final product like never before.

It isn’t just those in the construction or farming industry that can benefit from aerial photography, drones can be used for large outdoor events, too.

Aerial photography gives people the feeling of what it’s truly like to be at an event. Drones can be used to fly above a wedding, event or location – capturing everything from above in real-time.

There are several ways aerial photography can be used to the advantage of an individual, group or business. Companies willing to embrace the new-age technology are integrating drones into workflows and increasing productivity gains considerably. With cameras providing sharp and clear visuals from any angle, drones are changing the way companies approach photography. The aerial-photography space is expanding and growing at an unprecedented rate.

Not only are drones great for videoing, but from an economic perspective, they’re unrivalled. The sheer reduction in time and people necessary to now capture that perfect image can save on costs astronomically. Take using a helicopter to survey a plot of land for example. Purchasing the fuel for the flight is already more than the cost of a drone. And we haven’t even hired a pilot yet.

While there is still use for imagery taken from manned aircrafts, drones are shaping and changing the aerial footage landscape. Drones are elevating the photography industry both literally and figuratively. Companies unwilling to adapt and use this new space of technology will simply get left behind. Today, people are visual learners. So why wouldn’t you want to create the best possible product with simply breath-taking and captivating imagery?