Hello, my name is Czarek and I'm a 27 years old photographer from Cracow, Poland. You could check my photos on my Instagram page and I encourage you to do so.
WHAT I WANT TO DO?
At the end of last year I decided to start my own company focused on aerial photography and, later on, aerial video. Thoughts of doing so got born from my unsure job status and instead of switching jobs I decided to do something for my own account.
With average month payment based around 580-600 EUR I can't obtain any decent drone which could help me set up for good at aerial photography market - and that was obvious for me from the start. Unfortunately the only possibility of getting enough money for photography equipment - getting a donation from local employment service - is beyond my reach, because it requires me at least two months of being unemployed before receiving any money from that source. Well, I would like to eat something and live somewhere for that two months, so it's not an option.
Some of you could think that I could just patiently wait, raise funds little by little by myself and, after doing so, buy my dream equipment later. Yes, you are right - I probably could do that. But the thing is that I don't want to spend another year or so on rising funds, checking account balance after every grocery shopping and live with fear that someday things could just go wrong and I could lose all of raised money.
WHAT HAVE I DONE SO FAR?
Of course I also don't intend to idly wait for some money to drop from heaven. What did I do to pursue my dream so far is:
- buying cheaper photo equipment (Phantom 3 Standard) for getting familiar with all controls, flying techniques, rules of safety and everything based around aerial photography
- getting listed for training course, required for everyone who want to do aerial photography for money in Poland
- reserving decent social media accounts for my business-to-be
The problem is that my piggy bank is as empty as possible, so I can't invest more money in my dream. After attending to a training course I have to spend around 150 EUR for medical tests and further exams, also required from drone operator. This is probably the last possible expense I could cover by myself.
HOW COULD YOU HELP ME?
If you are reading this - thank you. This is where I need your help.
My dream photography equipment consist of DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Mavic Pro with additional accesories. Of course your help in raising enough funds to get both will be most appreciated, but my main goal is to obtain at least one of those aircrafts, so I could get my business started for good.
Now for the numbers.
The cheaper drone, DJI Mavic Pro, costs 1556 EUR with all necessary accessories. It includes DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, ND Filters for camera and spare propellers just in case. As I said before - that would be totally sufficient for all my needs at the start of my business.
The more expensive drone, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, costs 2558 EUR with all necessary accessories. It includes DJI Phantom 4 Pro, backpack, 4 additional sets of propellers, battery charging hub, 2 additional batteries and full set of ND filters for camera. This one will be the most fitting drone for getting my job done at all possible scenarios.
Both of them, DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Phantom 4 Pro, costs 4114 EUR with all necessary accessories. It's really big amount of money and I get that, but this is maximum funding that I could wish for - that kind of money will prepare me for absolutely all kind of shots and all kind of jobs.
If you read all that stuff - thank you. If you want to help me in achieving my dream - thank you even more.