Drones rising as valuable tool in commercial film industry

Steven G. Smith for The Boston Globe

Mike Gearin has a tendency to drone on and on. But it’s OK — because he’s droning about drones.

Gearin is a sky diver, airline pilot, and former flight school instructor who has taken to the skies in a new way: flying commercial drones capable of carrying cinema cameras that shoot amazing shots at low altitudes.

Drones have flown outside of their military origins to become versatile equipment used in everything from firefighting to farming.

Now Gearin’s company, PhotoFlight Aerial Media, based in Manchester, Conn., is tapping into the commercial potential of drones for real estate, surveying, marketing and cinematography. PhotoFlight has hovered over Quincy for a shoreline project to analyze beach

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