About Aerial Services & Photodrone

Tim Whittaker Photography supplies a full range of aerial photographic and video services, using Helicopter, Fixed and UAV

Tim Whittaker Photography has, over the last 5 years, been trialing and developing the Photodrone or UAPV (Unmanned Aerial Photographic Vehicle) and now has a stable high quality working platform

It has a GPS guidance system, gyroscopically stabilized, FPV (First Person View) allowing remote control using a video link. On board also there is an HD video camera and a Hi-Res stills digital camera independently controlled. The HD video link can be viewed by the client in real time during the flight.

The Photodrone is in addition to our fleet of services for Aerial Photographic options complimenting our fixed wing, helicopter  platforms.

Primarily focusing on 3 services;

  1. Vertical Imaging
  2. Oblique Imaging
  3. HD Video (with live in-flight streaming)

Some of the uses include;

  • Elevated Real Estate photography
  • Police crime scene surveillance
  • Fire scene work
  • Promotional HD aerial videos
  • High Structure inspection
  • Disaster zone work
  • Vineyards
  • Municipal Property
  • Civil Engineering projects
  • Televison News
  • Mapping


Tim Whittaker Photography & the Photodrone
are based in Hawkes Bay but travel throughout the country.


Tim Whittaker has over 25 years commercial and aerial photography experience and holds Pilots Licences for Balloon, Fixed Wing (PPL), Paraglider & Paramotor. We are also the first in Hawke’s Bay to  hold the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Part 102 Certification for U.A.V. (Pilotless Aircraft) Operations



Click above to view certificate

Images from these platforms can also be found at the Tim Whittaker Photographys sites www.tim.co.nz Photo Library and www.airshots.co.nz

Please visit www.tim.co.nz or contact Tim from this site for further information.

Zeffer Cider Video

We did a few short flights and a small shoot for Zeffer Cidery in Hawkes Bay. Indelible Video shot and produced the video.


Night Drone Photography

In preparation for a 3am shoot in Hastings I went out to see how the drone handled the very low and varied lighting of the street lights. These images


3D Mapping ( & more! ) is here

Ths week I have mapped more than 100 hectares of land for a client. The results were amazing and very useful to the client.  I decided to see just how the setup handled large objects.. like the Sports Park grandstand.. I think it did pretty well



Take a look





Straight down


3D View


Elevation layer

Te Ūranga Waka – EIT Hawke’s Bay

A very early morning shoot with Indelible Marketing & Video. Great results

Te Ūranga Waka – EIT Hawke's Bay from EIT Hawkes Bay on Vimeo.

The Waitangi Reserve Restoration Project

This was a great project working with Indelible shooting a promo for Hawkes Bay Regional Council used to promote the restoration of a major wetland area in Hawkes Bay. This involved some fairly technical flying over water and filming where location and atmosphere was everything.



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