Information for commercial photography buyers

Commercial uses for aerial photography

As well as the obvious uses for the domestic property market there's scope for many other uses of aerial photographs.

These are covered below in more detail.

Keys pub, Irvine, North Ayrshire
A commercial property, from the front

Planning applications

Aerial photographs can tell a complex story in a matter of seconds.

Distances to other properties are easily seen as are water courses, hedges, trees and paths.

Not only can they be used to help applications succeed they can also be used to show objections to applications and tell that side of the story with equal clarity.

Uses also include measuring coastal and riverbank erosion, checking various outlet flows, crop assessment and of course archaeological investigations.

Keys pub, Irvine, North Ayrshire
And from the side

Legal cases

The most obvious use is in dealing with boundary disputes. By lining the camera along the line of a fence or other boundary an aerial photograph, especially one from lower level than a plane can reach, and looking ALONG the line, can speak volumes in a single photograph.

Accidents happen in all sorts of places and an aerial photograph of the scene, showing a collapsed wall, subsidence or a close-up view of the road junction or roundabout can be of great help in proving and disproving liability.

Up to date photos

While there are several websites that can show you overhead aerial views - and in some limited locations a more oblique angle of view - none of these websites have current, up-to-date imagery. Even if they did there are serious restrictions on its use for any commercial application and the websites cannot normally supply images for any use other than viewing on their own sites.

To get current and usable aerial photography the only option is to commission new images and
197 aerial photography offer you that service at very reasonable cost and in a totally environmentally friendly manner.

Green is good

All our photos are taken from either a kite or hot air balloon and there's no pollution to worry about. No complaints from neighbours about noisy helicopters or frightened pets or livestock.

The carbon footprint of 197 aerial photography's systems is negligible, too low to calculate on an individual basis. Not only do you get superb photos of your property but your green choice scores loads of Brownie points.

Safety and success

Safety is an important issue and has to be given the utmost respect. In all the many years that 197 aerial photography has been working there have never been any problems, damage or claims made for any reason whatsoever.

Full consultation and co-operation with air traffic control - the CAA etc - as well as a strict regard for the rules of flying tethered kites and balloons which are extensive and complex can give you full confidence that any work commissioned will be carried out safely and competently. And if by some remote chance photos can't be obtained from the angle and direction that you want, you will NOT be charged.

Your choice of angle and view

The examples on this page are just to give you an idea of what's possible with 197 aerial photography's system. The gallery section of the website has hundreds of examples. Please feel free to look around.

Experts in aerial photography are not necessarily experts at selling properties so please be assured that any requests or suggestions in respect of angles of view, content and other factors will be carefully listened to and acted upon.

That said, there are safety matters that HAVE to be attended to and sometimes your request might just not be possible; but if it isn't you'll be told why and in many cases offered an even better alternative.

A current price guide, along with 197 aerial photography's terms of trading can be downloaded from:

Pricing guide and terms of trading download page

Commercial licence pricing information
and terms of trading can be accessed HERE

Always remember that images taken by 197 aerial photography are available for clients
in a very much higher quality than the small sized compressed images which are shown
as .jpg files on this website.

Please see the quality sample page by clicking HERE or email for details.

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