Archive for the 'Drone Photography/Video' Category

What Are the Best Settings for Drone Photography?

December 26th, 2018

Rom in New Jersey asks: I am seeing a few posts around which Drone is best for real estate photography but I have not seen yet any posts around the best settings for the camera for stills and videos. I bought a DJI Phantom 4 pro V2, passed the part 107 and still need to […]

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 […]

Bristol Drone Time-Lapses by Beeston Media, Bristol, UK

August 15th, 2018

?This post is republished from, thanks to Hamish Beeston. Flying a drone to film aerials for your corporate video production in the middle of a city is no easy task; at least in the UK. There are a huge number of rules and regulations which (NB I’m not a drone pilot) seem to me […]

5 Tips for Taking Better Real Estate Photos with Your Drone

August 1st, 2018

Thanks to Dave in Perth (Western Australia) for pointing out the recent article in that summarizes 5 tips for taking better real estate photos with your drone. In summary, the article covers: Preparing the landscape Adjusting your settings Utilizing intelligent flight modes Keeping your drone low Careful editing Nowadays, having just one great drone image can […]

Keeping the Neighbors Near a Drone Real Estate Shoot Happy

July 12th, 2018

Now that more and more people understand what drones are, what they do, and what they are capable of, the neighbors around the homes you photograph are becoming more sensitive about having a drone near their home. The video to the right shows a great example of someone who doesn’t like a drone near his […]

Some Recent Stats about the Benefits of Drone Video on Real Estate Sales

July 4th, 2018

Here are some recent stats on the benefits of using drone video in an article on According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images. Video tours that incorporate drone footage are also a great way to make your property stand out and to attract new […]

Tips for Flying Drones Indoors for Real Estate Photography/Video

May 4th, 2018

What Are the Requirements to Shoot Drone Video for Real Estate in the US?

April 17th, 2018

?Don in Florida asks: I’ve recently bought a DJI Spark Drone and need to make it as legit as possible to add to my commercial real estate services. I’ve read that I need FAA registration but others have said I need a pilot’s license? This is kind of confusing for me. I live in Florida […]

Is Anyone Using the Airmap App?

November 6th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Kelvin pointed out that there is a new app available for IOS and Android available called Airmap that automates the process of contacting airspace authorities. The Airmap website describes how the App works as follows:

How Much Should You Charge for 1 to 3 Minutes of Drone Video?

October 12th, 2017

I was reviewing the blog stats today and noticed how popular the subject of what to charge for drone photography/video is this last year. In the last 365 days, this has been the most popular subject on this site (please see associated poll below), beating the post on wide-angle lenses which has historically been the MOST visited post. […]

Would It Work to Start a Drone Photography Service by Subcontracting Out the Drone Operation?

August 28th, 2017

Alice in Texas asks: I am not a drone pilot – can barely spell drone. But I’m an old hand at sales and marketing and setting up successful small businesses. I am getting ready to set up a drone photography service for realtors and construction managers in Texas where I live. I have a pretty […]

What Training Do You Recommend for FAA Part 107 Registration?

July 17th, 2017

Randy in Iowa asks: A real estate company I do a lot of photography for has purchased a drone and would like for me to use it to take arial photos. I’ve been practicing and doing pretty well with it, to the point that I’m ready to get it into service. So, I need to […]

DJI Continues to Push the Boundaries of Drone Technology

June 9th, 2017

This past week DJI (the world’s leading company in the civilian drone industry, accounting for 70% of the global consumer drone market) continued to push the boundaries of drone technology by announcing the DJI Spark. While this isn’t what real estate photographers would consider a professional level drone because it doesn’t shoot 4K video, it is […]

Realtors Have Liability for Hiring an Unlicensed Drone Operator

May 23rd, 2017

David Murdoch recently posted an important comment on last year’s poll we did on the FAA’s Part 107 certification. David said: Just as an update, the FAA confirmed in writing this week of the fines that can be applied. For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used […]

What Do You Do When You Need Your Drone Repaired?

May 9th, 2017

Craig in VA asks: Is there a database of drone repair and maintenance shops in the US?  We have learned that you can’t necessarily count on the manufacturers. I don’t know of a database or directory of drone repair shops but when I Google “drone repair” I get a lot of options like: […]