Why Quadcopters and Weddings Sometimes Don't Mix

In the past year, we've seen some pretty amazing advancements in camera/drone technology. Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom are incredibly affordable and seem very easy for anyone to master. When shooting a commercial earlier this year, I had a similar mentality. "Why don't I buy a cheap quadcopter and strap a GoPro to it. How hard can it be?"

As it turns out, even small drones can be used with disastrous results. Youtube user: WeddingMan123 recently posted a video with this description:

"Ok so here's the story. This was shot using a DJI phantom and a GoPro camera. This was two days before the wedding at their bridal shoot. This happened towards the beginning. I had done one successful fly by and I brought it around for another pass to make sure it was smooth. I underestimated the lift time and it hit the groom on the side of the face. He had a cut on his cheek and and the side of his head. I felt horrible. Luckily the bride and groom were able to laugh about it after and we continued the shoot. At the request of the bride and groom I put the video online. All though it sucks that this happened. I have decided to own up to what I did, instead of try to hide it from the world."

Don't underestimate the power of these little machines. Your clients may not be as forgiving as this couple was.

[Via Youtube]

Log in or register to post comments

29 Comments

In the Netherlands we call this a 'prutser'.

in the UK we call it an 'idiot'

suprisingly, in czech republic and slovakia, we have a similarily sounding word - prúser - meaning bummer...

in slovakia we have pruser as well in czech

Not to mention making money using RCA is absolutely illegal right now. My brother is heavy into the RCA world and it is a shame that one can't use an RCA to film weddings/commercials/other business related events for financial gain. People seem to not understand this.

Why you can't use it to make it money ? Is just in the US ?

In the US it is against FAA regulations to use this for commercial use, not actually illegal, just against regulations. There is no actual law out yet against them for commercial use. You'll just get a letter/email from the FAA discouraging you from doing it again, but no fees or fines. If you want to do it for commercial use, you just need to have SUAV insurance, which is pretty cheap for the weight class the phantom falls under.

You can charge for ground shots, timelapses, interviews and throw in the aerial views for free. Easy open-shut- case esp if you itemize the shot list and have no value next to aerial view. Bam done.

Yes you can, you charge for editing, not the filming! :-)

It's called loopholes. You charge a creative fee and the flight is free.

That dude is MONEY. He didn't even flinch after it hit him. BAM!...nuthin.

Jaron Schneider's picture

Like a boss.

haha look again. at the end you can see his boots on the ground! @27 seconds.

You're right. I didn't view it all the way. However, he initially kept his cool and followed through like a champ for not not calling his attorney. I like this guy!

Pages