Archive for the 'Drone Photography/Video' Category

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: […]

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

April 27th, 2017

I just ran across 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 […]

What Is the Best Drone for Real Estate Photography?

April 12th, 2017

I’ve had several people ask me to recommend a drone for real estate photography recently. In researching this subject I found this recent review of drones for real estate photography by Andrew Nixon. This is a useful guide for using drones in real estate photography.

What Are Some Must Have Drone Video Shots?

April 3rd, 2017

Michael in Illinois recently asked: I’m beginning to add drone photos/videos to my offerings. Are there some “go to” or “must have” shots that a drone package should include? About the time that Michael asked this question I ran across this video tutorial by Captain Cornelius on his Drone Film Guide YouTube channel. This is […]

Free Drone Certification Study Guide: FAA Part 107

March 24th, 2017

Tony Northrup has a pretty complete study guide for the sUAS FAA part 107 certification so you can fly drones commercially in the US. Tony’s other resources that go with this are: The study guide at Other drone videos at

Drones Are Changing Real Estate Marketing

March 14th, 2017

Steven, a Realtor and real estate photographer in New Jersey recently told me: The drone stories and questions have been a hot topic lately and every story or question on the site has drawn me like a fly to light. Before I had my drone I was dismayed at the lack of response I would […]

Marketing Yourself As A FAA Registered Insured Drone Operator

January 10th, 2017

Patrick in Texas asked: I have passed my knowledge test to be a remote pilot but I am not finding a lot in the form of logos/credentials for the certification from the FAA to market with. I mean, I am happy to have it but I really want Realtors to know that up front. Have […]

The Mavic Pro Could Become The New De Facto Commercial Drone

December 9th, 2016

There are a couple of recent articles over at that seem very significant to real estate drone photography. The first is one titled Five Reasons Why The Mavic Could Become the New De Facto Commercial Drone, by Mike Winn. Mike argues that the new DJI Mavic Pro due to start shipping in January has […]

What’s a Reasonable Entry Level Drone That Will Provide Competitive Results?

October 6th, 2016

Felix in MA says: After passing the FAA test,  I’ve developed even more questions about drones and using them. What’s a reasonable entry level for a drone that will provide competitive results?  Is a DJI Phantom 4 sufficient or is something like a DJI Inspire raw needed ? Big difference in price.

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 […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Get Started In Drone Photography and Video?

July 7th, 2016

Ray in North Carolina says: I’ve been waiting for Drone Rules/Regulations to be clarified before I jumped in.  Time to jump.  I’d like to hear some recommendations for a good first time drone buy, important accessories to buy, pricing and service terms for clients, Insurances acquired, and “If I knew then what I know now” […]