Aerial Photography Service

Professional aerial imagery

Our team is composed exclusively of experts in their respective fields: drone operators, videographers, photographers and operations managers. All efforts are put forth to make sure your aerial imagery project a success, both in terms of flight safety and of the quality of the final images.

Aerial Photography from a helicopter

For projects where the flight altitude of a drone is not enough, we also offer aerial imagery by helicopter. This service allows you to cover larger areas faster, for commercial real estate, residential and urban development, national parks, open-pit mines, farmlands, and many more. We can work quickly and efficiently, thanks to our partnerships with experienced pilots.

Drone Photography

For projects that only require a flying altitude of 400 feet or less, drone photography is often the ideal solution. Whether it's to capture images of a property, business, car dealer, campground, golf course, resort, or hotel, drone photography gives you access to wider viewpoints that accurately showcase your facilities, in a manner that traditional photography can’t provide. It's a great way to present your business from a whole new perspective to potential customers, partners and investors.

Orthomosaic Mapping / Orthophotography

Orthophotography is used to map large areas by combining and geometrically correcting multiple aerial photographs in high definition, in order to, among other usages, georeference a territory. It is an extremely useful method for schematizing and labeling a territory while presenting it in a resolution than no satellite image can approach, thanks to the low altitude of the multiple captures forming the final composite.

Cartography / Photogrammetry (3D)

Aerial photogrammetry is used to produce 3D models of existing physical spaces or objects using the combination of multi-angle aerial views of the same location. This is the same technology that Google Earth is using for its renders.

Aerial photography: A multitude of applications.

Drone photography has evolved enormously in recent years, not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of the variety of its fields of application. More than a simple imaging tool, drone photography is also a tool for collecting and analyzing data, monitoring and spatial modelling. As for aerial photography by helicopter, it will always remain the preferred solution for certain types of projects. 

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Orthophotography as a visualization and planning tool.

A photographic survey that matches a topographic scale serves a double purpose: Faithfully depict a physical space to scale and to schematize it in order to be able to superimpose layers of geographically concordant information. You wish to show the distribution of the areas available for rental on your campsite by allowing your customers to make their choice using a tool which presents both the site plan, but also its real physical appearance? Orthophotography makes it possible. Following the same principle, it is possible to schematize a multitude of divided spaces such as golf courses, ski resorts, cemeteries or urban development areas.

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Reverse 3D modelling thanks to photogrammetry.

Typically, 3D modelling is a design tool that precedes the construction of a building or object, but did you know that it’s possible to build a three-dimensional model of an existing structure or area and then texture it with a photographic rendering? Photogrammetry makes this possible by arranging photographs of the same object taken from different angles. This method allows you to quickly create a model with accuracy to the nearest centimeter. Whether it is to show the final form of an architectural project or to model the mountain of your ski resort, photogrammetry is a versatile and accessible tool.

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Quickly Cover More Ground with a Helicopter

In the field of aerial imagery, even though drone capture has carved itself a solid spot in the market, helicopter capture has however not become superfluous as a result. If a project requires shooting several targets scattered over a large area or at an altitude above 600 feet, a drone will never be as efficient as a helicopter, as it has much less autonomy, range and speed than it’s maned counterpart. While a constellation of points of interest spread over an area of ​​more than a few square kilometers will require one takeoff per target for a drone, in addition to transporting it from one site to the next, a single helicopter flight will allow the capture of a greater quantity of targets, faster, in a fraction of the time, which may finally amount to a lower overall cost.

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Aerial photography has been around for a long time; however, its visual impact is still striking. It is the best way to overview a location, without restriction of scope or scale. Regardless of the size or nature of the area you wish to represent, aerial photography is a judicious and time-tested way to do it. We advise you on the method that fits your project the best, so that you can make the right decisions. Indeed, drone capture is no better than helicopter capture (and vice versa), as both solutions address different problems and requirements.

Aerial Imagery Technologies

DJI Mavic Pro 2

DJI Mavic Pro 2

The Mavic Pro is one of the lightest, smallest and sturdiest drones on the market. In terms of image quality and maximum flight time, it is similar to the Phantom, but does not allow such complex or varied flight programs. For video capture, it's one of the best choices out there, but for more sophisticated applications like geomatics we will prefer the Phantom 4 Pro or the Phantom 4 RTK.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The little brother of the Inspire is a lighter drone, with better autonomy that retains a very high image quality. For all your needs of aerial imagery, the quality of the content produced by this drone is suitable for almost any commercial project.

DJI Inspire Pro

DJI Inspire Pro

The most advanced UAV in our fleet. It offers the best picture quality and unparalleled flexibility in terms of lenses you can use and the field of view they can provide. If you're looking for the sharpest images, the richest colors, the biggest flexibility in your composition and framing, and a decisively cinematic look, the Inspire Pro DJI will marvel you with the quality and accuracy of the images it produces.

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questions and answers

Is it possible to take 360 degrees photographs using a drone? 

360-degree drone photography is a tried and tested technology that integrates seamlessly within virtual tours on Google Maps. You could, for example, upgrade your Google My Business listing with an aerial virtual tour of your golf club, campsite or seaside resort, providing your clients with a privileged vantage point that they wouldn't have otherwise. A 360-degree capture can also be viewed within a virtual reality headset for an even richer immersion, at a trade show or seminar, for example.

What is orthomosaic?

Orthomosaic, or orthophotography, is a technique used to create a photorealistic two-dimension rendering of a location, by combining an array of overlapping pictures shot at a top-down angle. Perspective is flattened to allow the final composite to be layered over a true scale two-dimensional map. 

It’s a hybrid between classical cartography and modern photography. 

This technology is used in different fields such as urban planning, agriculture or environmental protection, to carry out impact studies, landscape analysis, or geomatic analysis.

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What about privacy in drone photography?

The same basic rules and principles apply for drone photography and traditional photography: courtesy and respect should be the guiding principles. As much as possible, try to limit the capture to the needs of the project, blur the faces and licence plates that could be recognized, but above all, inform neighbors, customers and employees in advance that a capture will take place, rather than proceeding without their knowledge or consent.

Even though there are exceptions to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), such as captures for journalistic or artistic purposes, the fact remains that dignity and politeness should outline any capture.

What is photogrammetry?

Photogrammetry is a 3D modelling technique, that is based on a calculation of correlation between several photographs of the same location or object, but at different angles, which makes it possible to identify relief in an otherwise two-dimensional view using a stereoscopic observation process, which is how the human brain perceives depth. 

It is a technology used in different fields such as architecture, geology or topography, to name just a few. 

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Is there a maximum altitude at which a drone can operate? I need a high vantage point for my project.

Technically, Canadian law does not allow drone operators to fly above 400 feet. 

However, it is possible to get a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to fly a drone at an altitude higher than 400 feet. However, this kind of certificate is only valid for a specific project. The request must therefore be renewed each time. 

If the targets you want to capture are close to each other, this is a viable and economical alternative to a helicopter capture.