Rise of the drones: Spectacular shots from above
THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words.
The power of photography from above via drones is a growing trend on the Sunshine Coast with people jumping at the chance to get that winning shot.
They're trending with professionals for paid shoots at weddings or for real estate or simply a kid's Christmas present.
Booming Coast business Vertigo Imaging specialises in drone-photography and is the largest in this region.
Owner Philippe Lamarque is a retired financial trader turned professional photographer.
His appreciation for drones is endless, but due to public misconception, it has landed him in trouble.
"Some residents where we work, see a drone in the air and immediately think it is flying above their house," Mr Lamarque said.
"They don't have the spacial awareness and think it is people spying on them.
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"We've had the police and council called on us and some complete psychopaths get aggressive towards us.
"Drone photography is amazing and becoming very popular. But it is very difficult for the public to tell between a professional and an amateur."
Mr Lamarque called for drone clubs, similar to model aeroplane clubs, to be formed for the casual drone user.
"If you aren't certified you shouldn't be allowed, they can be dangerous," he said.
"You can't trust a 13-year-old with no insurance and it makes it difficult for the professionals.
"Poor fliers create a poor image for us and we have to educate people all the time. We pay $10,000 in insurance each year."
Gympie drone user Brett Willie evolved from using remote control helicopters into drones when they arrived in the country.
He naturally found the skills simple and turned his hobby into a business - Brett's Drone Photography.
One of the pioneer drone users in the Sunshine Coast region, Mr Willie has noticed an increase in users.
Users who are bringing a negative impact on what he is allowed to do.
"I am a registered operator and follow the rules, the height restrictions and all my vision is recorded," he said.
"But some new users don't follow the rules or abuse them. They wreck it for the rest of us.
"People flying them in public places can be dangerous - drones in places they shouldn't be.
"When I first started there weren't too many set laws. Now they keep updating them.
"Brisbane has specific parks to fly drones and ban them everywhere else. I'd hate to see us follow them."
Recently he shot a stunning aerial photo of the Noosa National Park. It took him a full day and 46 individual shots blended together.
"You have to prepare well and choose locations precisely to get every angle covered," Mr Willie said.
"You spin around the arena and get 10-15 shots in each angle then stitch it together on the computer.
"Noosa is a pretty beautiful spot so it is easy to shoot around there. Over the years you get an eye for what locations work and what doesn't."