About six years ago the drone got introduced in the content creation world. In the video world literally every movie that appeared had some drone footage in it. Everybody was absolutely raving about this new angle, drones popped up everywhere and you couldn't approach a client without offering it anymore. Photography in this case was a little bit behind and there were a couple of good reasons for that. When I compared photos from a drone with the ones I got from my DSLR back in the days it was just not there yet. Also not being able to attach different lenses on the camera was a big disadvantage. Although I was very interested in this new angle, the biggest reason for not investing in it was the size. I travel around with a lot of gear and having an other suitcase to carry around was not easy as well. I always find it very interesting trying new things and finding new angles but I couldn't justify the extra costs yet.
During shoots where I worked together with guys shooting video next to me I was always jealous about their angles and clients even started to use screen grabs, regardless the quality. When DJI launched their Mavic Pro it was time for action. The drone was so small and easy to use that I could literally put it in my pocket not needing an extra bag. I order it straight away. The video quality was outstanding but I still wasn't convinced on the photo quality. I bought it as an experiment to see if it was an addition to what I normally shoot and to be able to give that client some decent photos from this angle. I've been spending many hours flying, had a lot sweaty moments and crashed my drone in a tree once. I still wasn't sure if this was the way forward.
During an invitational Red Bull photography course in Austria I met Lorenz Holder. He showed me an other perspective on drone photography and inspired me to think different. What do you see if you look down!? Things appear that you normally don't see. That's the interesting part of using a drone. Although the drones are getting better and better and it all depends on how much you are willing to spend, drag around and willing to risk, you have to accept that the quality will never be as good as your 10.000 euro kit on the ground.
You could also question yourself if it needs to be the same quality. Unless you are a pixel peep, in my experience in most cases the specs on these days drones are more you'll need. Note that you have to get your exposure spot on and in some situations (low light) you are limited.
Getting one of my shots on a cover of a magazine makes me realize that things are different these days. The quality is good enough and it’s far more about the creativity and the way you approach your subject. Definitely expect more from above.