More Examples of Great Front Shots!

June 9th, 2009

I got lots of feedback on yesterdays front shot post. The shot to the right is by Marcus Diddle of the Columbus, OH area. Marcus said he shot this standing on the back of his Honda Element, with his Canon T1i mounted on a 6-ft mono pod, fully extended above his head. Besides being a wonderful front shot of a home this is a great example that you can take very effective elevated shots without ANY special PAP equipment. I’m a big advocate of standing on vehicles to get elevation. I’ve done it for years. Just be warned that it can dent your roof. My pickup has permanent dents in the roof from doing this. But it is very effective!

A second example is from Mike Martin of Gig Harbor, WA. Mike uses a Canon SD430 on top of a fiberglass pole. Mike points out that the home in example his has 38 steps from the street level to the front door. This is an example of one of those homes that MUST have an elevated shot. I find that around 5 to 10% of homes are like this. They are sited high above the street. This is why real estate photographers must carry a ladder or be equipped to shoot an elevated home.

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6 Responses to “More Examples of Great Front Shots!”

  • I lurk here often and mostly for the PAP articles Larry. Lots of great info and you’re not kidding about the dramatic difference that extra 10′-20′ can deliver. You’ve shown many obvious examples, today’s included.

    I’ve built a bit more elaborate rig than the painters poles. It allows me to ‘remote’ view what I’m shooting, as well as a pull string shutter trigger, but it’s still a fairly simple DIY system. I’ve only been shooting car shows so far this summer, but hope to work with some realtors soon. You can see galleries from the car shows at .

    I know this is PFRE, but take your poles with you when you travel folks! You’ll get vacation photos that no one else has!

  • Thanks for the post, Larry!

    That shot took a few tries. I was shooting in bursts on a 10sec timer to allow myself enough time to get the camera up in the air and into position.

    Next time, I’m definitely going to try shooting remotely, since the T1i has remote live viewing. I’ve got a Dell Mini 12 laptop which is just perfect for the sort of thing. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    – marcus

  • To Mike Martin – how about a link to the fiberglass pole source?

  • This was discussed previously. See the below link:
    My pole is the heavy duty telescoping 32? windsock fiberglass pole. It is item# 77932 sold by Premier Kites: It costs about $100. In its collapsed state, it is about 3?-8? long and 2? in dia. The pole weighs about 5 lbs. Inside this package there are nine tappered sections. The smallest (top) section has a swivel mount loop for attaching a windsock. I cut that off with a hack-saw. I then take a bolt about 6? long with the correct tripod thread size and cut the head off. Wrap the cut end with duck tape and force fit it into the top cut-off end of my pole. Now the pole is just like the top of a normal tripod and you are good to go.

  • Hey Mike,
    Using HDR you need to attend to the halo affect in the sky left.

    Sorry mate just needs fixing.

  • I don’t think that’s HDR…

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