When Brandon Lang bought his first drone, it instantly became his new favorite hobby.
He would fly it around the county for fun and even use it for graduation and family parties on request.
“It was pretty fun to just use it and see how all the different views,” Lang said. “I really enjoyed flying it around the county because it was just so beautiful and a new perspective of Livingston County,” Lang said.
That’s when he decided to make videos of the county to share with the community.
Lang’s brother, Zach, and their friend, Dar Lorang, joined in and helped Lang make and produce the videos.
“Zach does photography and editing, and Dar is a photographer,” Lang explained.
The three made videos hovering over Howell, Fowlerville and Brighton with nearly 8,000 views and multiple shares on social media.
Drones and quadcopters, or four-rotor helicopters, are flying devices with cameras attached that record routes and are run by smartphone GPS or other remote controls. They’re geared toward use by serious hobbyists, but they have been making big inroads in general consumer electronics.
“It’s amazing to see how viral these videos went,” Lang said, noting the unique view is what people love the most about the videos.
That’s when the group decided to take their drone and video hobby more seriously and began to make promotional videos for local paintball shops in the county.
“We started No Limit Images,” Lang said. “People love where they live, and it’s fun to show these people a new perspective of Michigan.”
Most of the videos are scenic; however, they make promo videos for businesses on request. No Limit Images’ videos typically start from the sky-view, but some also start from the ground and rise to aerial shots.
“They’re really fun to shoot,” he said.
Lang said they make and share for free the videos of the county, but the promo videos cost money to produce.
“We charge to edit those videos. … The cost all depends on the type of video a business wants,” Lang said. “But we can’t, and don’t, charge for the drone footage.”
Because the business is still new, the trio are still figuring out details but hope it will one day become a professional drone-video business.
“Down the road, we definitely want to expand our services once we figure everything out,” Lang said. “For now, we are making videos for fun to show and for businesses who want them made.”
Even though Lang’s drone is constantly flying high in the air, he has yet to run into any legal issues.
Drones must follow the Federal Aviation Administration rules for drone fliers in recreational areas, such as not flying any higher than 400 feet.
“I have to have my eyes on the drone at all times when it’s flying,” Lang said. “If it goes out of my sight, then I would have to immediately stop flying it.”
He also hasn’t run into any privacy issues with other people.
“I don’t think I actually ever will, either,” Lang said.
For more information on No Limit Images, check out the Facebook page for the business, which has their videos posted and contact information:https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Limit-Images/795654723886465?sk=timeline.
To contact Lang and his partners, call 248-342-3234.
“We love showing people how truly beautiful their county is from a different perspective, and people seem to really appreciate it, too, and that’s the best part,” Lang said.