Archive for the 'Aerial Photos' Category

Camera Drones: The Ultimate Buying Guide

December 12th, 2018

Real estate photography is one of the biggest sectors being impacted by the drone industry, allowing real estate photographers to capture a wide variety of shots much cheaper than in recent years. But how do you know which drone is best for your business? The variety of choices is a blessing and a curse. On […]

A Different Way to View a Drone Shoot of a Large Property

October 9th, 2018

Bill in Oregon wants to show us his unique way of displaying a large property with a 360 tour interface. He says: A client listed 80 acres and wanted something a bit different. 80 acres of dirt is pretty boring, I have shot via drone looking towards and from inside looking out. But there are […]

How Do You Market Undeveloped Forested Empty Lots?

August 13th, 2017

Trav on the Northern Oregon Coast says: I’d love to hear how other photographers plan and shoot undeveloped, forested lots. I am in the Pacific Northwest, and shoot many wooded properties near the ocean. The drone isn’t a fantastic asset, and I tend to shoot ground-level images on overcast days to avoid intense dappling.

When Flying a Drone, Do You Need a Property Release for Neighboring Properties?

July 31st, 2017

Peter in California says: Grant Johnston, who advertises on your blog, had a good question on his own Video blog. Is there an existing photo consent form that includes drone shooting as well as property release in existence? I have left this up to my clients who have photo consent as part of their contracts […]

The FAA is Ready For You To Get Your Part 107 Registration

August 28th, 2016

The new Small UAS (Drone) Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, become effective today (Monday, August 29, 2016). Here’s the FAA’s official announcement. Here is the FAA’s page that explains how to become a registered FAA drone pilot. It has links to suggested study materials. They have a link to a list […]

California Close To Creating No-fly Zone Over Private Property

September 10th, 2015

California appears to be very close to creating no-fly zones over all private property. California SB-142 has been passed by the state legislature and as I understand it has been on Gov Brown’s desk since August 28. As I understand it, SB-142 says you have to have express permission to fly a UAV over private […]

Are You Flying A UAV For Real Estate Photography or Video With or Without The FAAs Blessings?

July 23rd, 2015

Currently, if you wish to fly a drone commercially in the US with the FAA’s blessing you can petition the FAA for a section 333 exemption. One of the conditions for obtaining this exemption is you must be a licensed pilot. Here is what you need to do to file for a Section 333 Exemption and […]

What Do You Charge To Shoot 1 to 3 minutes of UAV Video For Real Estate?

June 24th, 2015

Anthony recently asked the following: I’ve searched here and the flickr group, but the answer to these questions still elude me. What is a reasonable rate for basic video? What is a reasonable rate for drone flights/photos? We’ve done a poll for standard real estate video that is fairly recent but we’ve never done a poll for […]

What’s The Status Of US Small Drone Rules That Apply To Real Estate Photography?

June 4th, 2015

I have a lot of people asking, “what’s the status of small Drone rules that apply to real estate photography?” What I always do is refer people to Peter Sachs’ Peter is a lawyer, drone activist, photographer and small drone pilot and has the best description of the state of US drone law that […]

FAA Is Completely Confused About What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use

March 20th, 2015

Faine Greenwood over at has a great article on the FAA’s harassment of Jayson Hanes in Tampa (that I reported last week) and Steve Girard in Portland. These two cases illustrate the confusion around what does and doesn’t constitute commercial UAV usage in the US. The article concludes that: It’s not at all certain […]

The FAA May Be Sending Threatening Letters To Real Estate Photographers

January 22nd, 2015

A reader, that has UAV video and photos on his website, sent me this last week:

FAA Grants First Commercial Exemption For Real Estate Photography

January 7th, 2015

NAR President Chris Polychron, released a statement today on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to grant the first drone exemption to a real estate professional in the U.S.: “The FAA has taken a positive step by approving Realtor Doug Trudeau’s application, member of the Tucson Association of REALTORS®, for an exemption to fly an unmanned aerial vehicles […]

RodCam: A Handheld Camera Crane For Smooth Dynamic Camera Movements

November 6th, 2014

From a post at With moves afoot in some countries to ban the use of Go Pro-toting drones after some spectacular accidents in public places, what better time than now to introduce a safe and affordable alternative? Michael Georgens of Aachen, Germany, has done exactly that with his RodCam, recently demoed at IBC 2014. […]

John McBay’s Tips For Shooting Property From A Helicopter

November 4th, 2014

John McBay is the author of Image Editing For Real Estate Photography. John did some shooting from a helicopter recently and want to pass on some things he learned from the experience. Click on the photo to the right to see a large version of John’s great shot! I recently had my first opportunity to […]

Licensed Pilots Flying Drones Beware

October 16th, 2014

I know there are many licensed pilots out there that also do real estate photography and may fly small UAVs. In a move that appears to be an effort by the FAA to use what ever means they can to control small UAVs the FAA focused on drone operators, Change 6 to its Compliance and […]