Real Estate Photography News Bites

July 10th, 2014

Miscellaneous real estate photography newsReaders pass on a bunch of interesting real estate photography news and I like to pass on as much of it as possible. I’ve been getting behind lately so I thought I’d do a post to catchup all these news items:

Drone Users Largely Silent Regarding FAA Rules That May Limit Flights: Wanda pointed this article out. I used the FAA feedback page that this article is talking about and struggled for 20 minutes trying to give feedback and finally discovered that if you use the Google Chrome browser the comment page won’t work… keeps saying the comment field is empty when you submit. As soon as I switched to Safari the comment page worked. Do you think this could have an effect on the low feedback rate. I do, chrome is the most popular browser – many people are probably giving up and leaving… and these are the people that are regulating our air space and new technology?

Mike in Appleton, WI reports real estate photography business is good:  Mike says: “Since February I’ve been getting a ton of business (about 7-10 houses per week), and just started getting serious about RE photography about 18 months ago. All the tips and advice from your site, the flickr forum, etc have been a tremendous help in helping me establish myself–especially in a market that was (and still is in many respects) extremely resistant to professional real estate photography. I know being persistent at speaking at RE weekly meetings has helped immensely, and I started using facebook earlier in the year which has also helped.”  Appleton is a relatively small town (~75,000). It’s great to hear that it’s possible to build a real estate photography business in a small town if you persist at it! Jacques Joffre of wanted to let us know about his about his software that many be really useful for real estate photography. It’s called HDRinstant – its currently free to use and can help Real Estate Photographers, using drones to create great shots and help them market better. This video describes how it works.

MatterPort: Dave in Perth pointed out an article about a new technology that creates 3D scans of rooms. Still a bit pricy for real estate photographers but this could have potential in the future.

Roberto wanted to share his shoot he did recently in Belize: Roberto says: “I happen to be hired to shoot a Private Island in Belize and saw the opportunity to start using the aerial videos and stills with a DJI Phantom Drone. Since I am showing stills, 360 panoramas, aerial videos and twilight images in this Virtual Tour, it’s interesting to show all of that in just one.”

Check out the German language real estate photography blog by Oliver Zielinski: is a German blog on real estate photography.If you use Google Chrome as a browser, it will automatically translate to your native language. This last week I got the latest version of Oliver’s e-mail newsletter and he is doing a lot of great work promoting real estate photography in Berlin and beyond.

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4 Responses to “Real Estate Photography News Bites”

  • Mahalo for the updates Larry!!!

  • Thanks for pointing out the issue with Chrome not working on the FAA’s limited computer system, makes one wonder about what other technologies they are behind on…
    …like maybe UAV/UAS/drone technology?

    Clearly they are not up to date given their recent re-interpretation of the “rules” for model aircraft (even toy drones are now ludicrously considered in the same light as full sized manned aircraft) and their apparent inability, after a long time on the pot, to think of any sensible way to integrate UAS into the national air space (NAS).

    Yes, it is important for anyone interested in curtailing government over-reach to leave a comment with the FAA here:!submitComment;D=FAA-2014-0396-0001

    …because if the below list of “rules” is not an example of your government in action that needs comment. then what’s is?

    (Taken from the FAA’s: Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft)

    Flying a model aircraft at the local model aircraft club. Receiving money for demonstrating aerobatics with a model aircraft.
    Taking photographs with a model aircraft for personal use A realtor using a model aircraft to photograph a property that he is trying to sell and using the photos in the
    property’s real estate listing.
    A person photographing a property or event and selling the photos to someone else.
    Using a model aircraft to move a box from point to point without any kind of compensation. Delivering packages to people for a fee.
    Viewing a field to determine whether crops need water when they are grown for personal enjoyment. Determining whether crops need to be watered that are grown as part of commercial farming operation.

  • Ooop, the formatting did not come out right on the list… sorry everybody.

    Here is a link to the FAA’s page and info-graphic for the list:


  • @ Roberto

    Very nicely done….I enjoyed the tour as well as the remarkable photos!

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