About the author : Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto

Meet Rodrigo, our chief remote pilot here at Sky Perth, where he's been transforming aerial videography into captivating stories for over eight years. At the heart of Rodrigo's work lies a profound passion for both the art of flying and the art of storytelling. This combination has led his work to be featured on platforms like Netflix, Stan, AppleTV+, Disney+, SBS On Demand, and even internationally with ZDF in Germany.

Rodrigo's aerial videography and photography journey is a testament to his dedication to mastering this unique craft. From capturing the vast beauty of Australia's landscapes to the dynamic energy of urban life across the globe, his work offers viewers a fresh, sky-high perspective. It's not just about the technical expertise of handling a drone; for Rodrigo, every flight is an opportunity to tell a story, to reveal the unseen, and to share a new viewpoint with the world.

Renowned for his collaborative spirit and innovative approach, Rodrigo brings more than technical skills to every project at Sky Perth. Whether working on a documentary, a TV series, or a bespoke project, his focus remains on creating visuals that resonate deeply with audiences. His commitment to quality and ability to capture the heart of a story make him a skilled pilot and a storyteller of the skies.

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Hello everyone!

We’re here today to discuss a creative and effective way to enhance your tourism business. You guessed it right; we’re talking about aerial photography. While not new, this technique has taken a new turn with the advent of drone technology. And don’t worry, this isn’t limited to just our beautiful Australia; the tips we’re sharing can be used anywhere in the world.

What is Aerial Photography?

Let’s start simple. Aerial photography means taking pictures from an elevated point. This could be from a helicopter, an aeroplane, or, more recently and commonly, a drone. These pictures can provide a unique bird’s-eye view of landscapes, cityscapes, or other scenic views that ground-level photos can’t capture.

Why Aerial Photography?

You might ask, “Why should I consider aerial photography for my tourism business?” The answer is simple: perspective. Aerial photos can showcase the authentic grandeur and beauty of a location. Whether it’s the expansive Australian Golden Outback, the stunning Great Barrier Reef, or the picturesque Perth CBD, aerial photography can captivate potential tourists in a way that ground-level photos simply can’t.

Getting Started

Getting started with aerial photography for your tourism business is easier than you might think. Here’s how:

1. Invest in a Drone: Drones are the most cost-effective and user-friendly way to take aerial photos. Drones with high-resolution cameras are available at various price points, making them an accessible option for businesses of all sizes.

2. Learn the Basics: You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take great aerial photos. Plenty of online resources can teach you the basics of drone photography. Check our free to our A Guide to Drone Photography for Beginners.

3. Get Certified: If you’re in Australia, you’ll need to get certified to operate a drone for commercial purposes if your drone has more than 2kg. The process isn’t too complicated, but complying with all laws and regulations is important. For those outside Australia, make sure to check your local regulations.

Leveraging Aerial Photography

Once you have your stunning aerial photos, it’s time to put them to work. Here are a few ways you can leverage them to boost your tourism business:

  1. Update Your Website: Replace old ground-level photos with stunning aerial shots on your website. This can instantly refresh your online presence and attract more potential tourists.
  2. Social Media Promotion: Social media platforms are an excellent place to showcase your aerial photos. They can help generate buzz and interest in your destinations.
  3. Printed Materials: Don’t forget about brochures, postcards, and other print materials. Aerial photos can make these materials more appealing and memorable.
  4. Virtual Tours: Consider offering virtual tours using your aerial photos. This can provide potential tourists with a unique and immersive way to explore your destinations before they visit.

In conclusion, aerial photography is a powerful tool that can help you showcase the beauty and uniqueness of your tourist destinations. With a bit of creativity and planning, it can significantly boost your business. So why wait? Start exploring the world of aerial photography today!

We hope this guide has been helpful. Stay tuned for more tips on how to make your tourism business thrive.

Safe travels, mates!

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