Archive for the 'Drone Photography/Video' Category

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” […]

Finally – Some Reasonable US Drone Regulations!

June 24th, 2016

This last Tuesday, (June 21) the FAA announced the long awaited Part 107 Rule. Here is the FAA press release. The entire Part 107 Rule is 624 pages if you are having trouble getting to sleep. The 3-page summary is much more useful. This new process goes into operation in late August 2016. I think […]

Are You Confused About US Drone Regulations?

June 6th, 2016

Jack recently asked: I am confused about the rules and regulations about flying a drone for aerial photography. If a person is a license commercial pilot can they fly a drone for commercial/real estate photography purposes? Or are they required to be certified by the FAA? Real Estate agents in this area are very leery […]

Video of A Luxury Condo In Rio Shot With Only A Phantom 3 and DJI Osmo

April 28th, 2016

A while back we discussed the shortcomings of shooting inside with a DJI Osmo. Zoltan Prepszent of in Miami saw that post and sent me another example of what he did with the DJI Osmo. Zoltan says: The reason I am writing you is that I remember an earlier article when someone was analyzing […]