Wanda in Virginia recently asked:
I have a question and was wondering how other photographers handle this. It just seems that the best position for photographing most exteriors is higher than my tripod will reach but not high enough for a drone. How do other photographers handle this. I have thought about bringing a different camera that is rigged to a higher pole type tripod and even considered using a platform and a ladder. Any suggestions?
Yes, Wanda is definitely on to something.
The post on Jeffery Hogue's bucket truck stirred up a lot of discussion about elevated shots. Clearly a large part of what Jeffery gets out of his bucket truck is advertising and visibility. Iran Watson does a good job in the comments explaining why a truck like this doesn't make sense for everyone. However, I think it is well worth reiterating that all real estate photographers need to have a way to shoot elevated shots. There are two basic reasons:
A height of 10' to 20' will nicely cover 99% of the shots you'll need to take. Nowadays there are a lot of good alternatives for getting your camera 10' to 20' above the ground:
What do you use? Take the poll below so everyone can see what's most popular. I'm a bit surprised that about 13% of readers think they "don't need no stinking elevated shots". Yes you do! You can't make great front exterior shots if you are always standing at the street level.