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New Hampshire Realtor Using Elevated Photography And Elegant Tours

May 28th, 2013

LinkMoserAfter having been in this business and seeing so many agents just don’t seem to pay attention to online marketing, I just love to find Realtors like Link Moser in NH that do a great job of marketing listings online.

Last July I did a post on the tours that Link uses. Very elegant and inexpensive. Checkout that earlier post for details on how link creates this kind of tour.

Last week Link sent me a link to a recent post that he did on his blog that illustrates the benefits of elevated shots for listings. Actually, Link’s blog post is where I ran across the WSJ article that I featured yesterday. Link’s comparison of elevated and non-elevated shots  clearly illustrates the benefit of using Pole Aerial Photography (PAP). That is, getting the camera up in the air always even if it is just 8 to 16 feet. I fascinated by why elevated exterior shots always look better. It almost seems there is a biological preference for a slight bit of elevation. Although, if you get too high (like some masts do) you start seeing too much of the roofs and it becomes too much of a good thing. 8 to 16 feet always seems to help, but more than that isn’t always a benefit. My contention is that every real estate photographer should have some means of getting the camera 8 to 16 feet off the ground. A ladder, or a pole or your vehicle- what ever works for you.

In any case, congratulations Link for the great marketing!

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11 Responses to “New Hampshire Realtor Using Elevated Photography And Elegant Tours”

  • Great elavation shots. Can Link share the equipment he uses to get the 8-16 ft shots & how does he see what he’s shooting when the camera is that high?

  • Thanks Kevin. I’m just shooting a Canon T2i with a Tokina 12-24 lens. I set the camera to take multiple shots with the timer and use an aluminum 16′ painters pole with a special head from http://www.polepixie.com/ on the end. I can’t see what I’m shooting so there is a little trial and error of shooting photos, reviewing and reshooting to get the right composition. I assume some risk for my camera everytime I extend it and have read about people using a less expensive, point and shoot like the Canon G12 on the pole. I don’t think I’d put an 5D with L glass up there but to each their own. The pole and camera mount seem pretty sturdy and secure to me.

  • Hi Link : lovely shots and a superb marketing package/ tour: your clients must be pleased!

  • Love the shot!! Fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing the types of equipment you use.

  • The shot of the second home with the pool really shows the advantage to low aerial shots. I have a 50ft mast, but rarely use it unless the home has an amazing view or something. I’ve found that just holding my tripod by the legs and rapid firing with a remote gets some great results from 10ft or so.

  • I agree. High angle shots work very well, but too high an angle gives you too much roof.
    I use a heavy duty Manfrotto light stand with two 20lb sand bags at the base.
    It puts my D800 about 16′ above the ground. I run a USB cable down to a laptop running “Control My Nikon”, a $30 program that gives me live-view and complete control of exposure and focus. (http://www.controlmynikon.com – there is a Cannon version on the way.)
    Works great.

  • Likewise. I have a DIY rig on lieu of the polepixie attachment. I use to do the guessing game with a series of shots fired wirelessly. Then I got a camranger. Whole new experience, many times one and done. Need to look at some type of mount but not hard to hold both the pole and iPad. Occasionally, will let the Realtor hold my iPad. They are amazed watching as I adjust composition and exposure…then I tell them to push the capture button.

  • Larry,
    I think the 8-16’ images look great, and it gives a view that realtors can’t shoot themselves with their hi-end point and shoot cameras.
    I always shoot my normal outside images from my 4’ ladder that I use to mount my Olympus E-510 and 9-18mm lens on my 40’ pneumatic mast in my van. But, I would like to have the ability to shoot 8-16’ images without having to set up the heavy large mast.
    I was considering a light weight GO-PRO Black camera and painter’s pole for low elevated images. Do you or anyone you know have any experience shooting with the GO-Pro Black?

  • Im with Dylan, most of the time just hoisting a fully extended tripod over your head is enough to get the job done. At 6′ tall, I can hold my Manfrotto tripod over my head and get the camera to about 14′ with relative ease and no extra unpacking. I still carry my little giant ladder and a 35′ pole but for daytime shots I rarely ever get them out. Now for night shots and twilight stuff, completely different story…

  • Still using a Canon G10 atop a 32’ windsock pole. The G10 has a 30 second timer, so no need for complicated triggering. I shoot a bust of 3, take it down and see what I’ve got. Only takes a minute to try again if needed. I don’t need PAP often, but comes in handy not only for main street shots, but also for those backyard second story decks. Just offering this option gets me clients.

  • On my last shoot, I just stood in my truck bed to get a slightly higher elevation. On a couple other shoots I have stood on the roof of my truck. Works for me!

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