What we’re about
We are an Award Winning (we like to get that in where we can!), Lancashire based, aerial photography and filming company. At SkyOptics we’re a small but passionate team who really care about our product.
We use unmanned technology, combined with our highly trained pilot, bespoke built, high spec OSC approved aircraft and a civil aviation derived robust safety system, to set the highest standards in operational quality and product delivery… However, most of all… We love striving to surpass our clients expectations, creating high end aerial images and films for our customers!
Our UAV pilot is RUSTA trained and an NQE trainer and examiner and also a trained professional photographer and airline pilot, with years of flying experience. We operate as a team on most jobs and our pilot is accompanied by our digital imaging specialist, to allow independent UAV and camera operation. Or we can operate as single pilot depending on the requirements. This combination of over 20 years of imaging and piloting experience gives you the confidence to know that the aerial shots that you require are the shots that we will produce.
We love what we do at SkyOptics and we want our customers to feel the same. So let us help you stand above the rest and use our ‘Creativity from Above’.
What we do
We specialise in aerial photography and filming, creating beautiful, artistic images required for print and screen, razor sharp promotional imaging or cinematic aerial filming. We also provide ground filing to compliment the aerial work using high end, stabilised gimbals.
We don’t use integrated cameras built by drone companies at SkyOptics. As photographers we believe the best cameras and optics are built by camera manufacturers and are used by professional photographers around the world.
We use the incredible Full Frame 42 MP Sony a7R3 with Sony & Zeiss lenses on Movi and Gremsy gimbals, lifted using both our sub 7kg bespoke aircraft and our FreeFly Alta 6, which can carry cameras such as Alexa Mini, Sony FS5 or Panasonic EVA.
We are one of only 1% of UK operators granted an Operating Safety Case by the CAA – reducing our required safety distances due to our technical and procedural systems, meaning we can operate safely and legally in tighter, more congested areas needing just 10m from the public to launch.
If you’re thinking of using aerial imagery, please get in touch for a chat, we’re always happy to talk drones!
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Established in 2015, at SkyOptics our UAV pilot and Image Specialist are trained professional photographers. Combined with our professional Full Frame 42MP camera and Sony and G-Master lenses, we create beautifully rich photographic images and dynamic films to meet your needs.
Our safety procedures and systems have been checked by the CAA resulting in us gaining OSC approval, reducing the required separation distance to people and buildings than a standard commercial permission, whilst maintaining the highest safety standards. Practically this means we can operate in tighter locations, with less restrictions and disruption.
Approved Night Rating
Night brings additional challenges for flying drones, however it also brings some of the most spectacular shots! We are fully approved by the CAA to operate during the hours of darkness, meaning that just because the sun goes down, we don’t have too.
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Highly Trained UAV Pilot
Our UAV Pilot is a current airline pilot with a major european airline and a trainer and examiner at one of the countries biggest drone training companies. Implementing the highest operating standards at every stage of our operation means you’re in safe hands with SkyOptics Ltd.
Approved by the Civil Aviation Authority
All of our technology, operations and procedures have been examined and fully approved for commercial use by the Civil Aviation Authority, with additional reductions in distances by over 60% to standard commercial operators. This means we need just 10 metres to launch, reduced from the standard 30 metres!
Operational Excellence & Passion for Creativity
We strive for operational excellence at every stage of our operation. Using stringent operating procedures and a highly experienced pilot means we operate at the highest standards every time and our many years of photographic experience means you get creativity from above every time we fly.