You get to the beach, and you whip out your phone, to try to capture the scene. But all that gorgeousness can look flat on your screen.

“Standing in the sand, taking a picture with your iPhone doesn’t always allow you to capture the aesthetics,” said Eric Johnston, owner of Way Up Aerial Images.

Drone photography takes in the entire panorama of water and land. “You can see how blue the water is. You can’t necessarily see that from the shore. You can see the people. You can see how crowded it is. It allows you to see all that stuff, the people in the water, how many boats are around.”

One July day, Way Up created a video of Ohio’s Lake Erie beaches, from Cleveland’s Edgewater Metropark to the Marblehead Lighthouse state park.

“It was hot, everybody was out and those beaches were full,” said Johnston, 35, of Avon. “It was cool to see that.”

Johnston — no relation to me — started flying drones in 2015 and got his remote pilot license in 2016. He started his business, which provides aerial images for Realtors, insurance agents, special events and just about anything else, in 2017. But so far he’s kept his day job, helping special education students with transitions between grades for Ohio Virtual Academy.

He likes drones because they’re fun, with all sorts of maneuvers. The intricacy of photography, with exposure, shutter speed and color coding, is also intriguing.

“I think this is the time where you’re going to see drones expanding over so many markets,” he said.

Law enforcement can use drones, for example. Safety inspectors, the tourism industry all can use them.

“The list goes on and on.”