"I saw the view... I was hooked." How I launched my commercial drone business

Drone pilot Andy Smith operating drone with cityscape and bay in background
(Image credit: Andy Smith)

Author Andy Smith has been flying drones commercially since 2018, and his work has appeared on the BBC and ESPN, as well as between clients in construction and transport. He has even picked up the Smithsonian magazine Photographer of the Year Award 2023 in the drone category.

We have to turn the clock back further for his first aerial experience: "My first contact with drones was in 2016. I remember it vividly. I was working as a Creative Director for a marketing agency at the time. I had seen photographers and videographers working on many occasions before. Though I was in awe of what they could do, I didn’t feel any urge to pick up a camera before that. But that all changed on one chance encounter."

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook