The appearance of drones has revolutionized the world of photography. Every photographer who takes this job seriously now must have at least one drone in their equipment. In many ways, drone technology has made it much easier to record sports events.
It was first used to film sports events at the Winter Olympics in 2014 that took place in Sochi (Russia), and since then has become a worldwide sensation in photography. Let’s get acquainted with this fantastic technology that has made aerial photography accessible to everyone.
The Advantages of Using Drones in Sports Photography
In the past, it took a lot of equipment to record a Formula One race, from cameras that were set up along the entire length of the track, to helicopters that were rented to capture the whole event from the air. Today, you only need one drone to get the job done. In addition to being a much cheaper solution, a drone is straightforward to use. To make great aerial shots, however, you must constantly practice aerial photography.
This unmanned aerial vehicle can be operated from a great distance afar. It doesn’t produce any noise like the helicopter does, so it won’t disturb or distract anyone. This is especially significant in sports where competitors must remain focused at all times.
Another advantage of using drone technology is that they are more flexible than cable-suspended camera systems that were also used at the Winter Olympics. These devices can easily fly at over 40 mph while delivering live HD video. Live transmission is still a bit challenging since it requires an extra transmitter to operate.
Limitations in Use
Many countries have legal regulations regarding the use of drones. Laws have been put in place to ensure the security of their use and to protect the privacy of athletes and the audience. In the USA, the FAA has introduced a series of legal regulations that limit the usage of drones:
- A drone must be registered
- A drone must not fly at an attitude fewer than 400 feet
- A drone must not fly near an airport
- A drone must always be in the sight of the person who uses it
- You must not record other people and their belongings without permission.
With these regulations in place, drone filming is limited to professional photographers only.
Drones are undoubtedly the future of sports broadcasting and it won’t take long before these devices are fully integrated into the world of photography and media altogether. There are limitations to their use, as many countries have obsolete regulations regarding drone usage, and it’s still unclear when these devices can be used legally. Be that as it may, the benefits outweigh the risks and we are likely to see drones making appearances at all kinds of sports events.