Archive for the 'PAP' Category

The New Sony QX10/QX100 Are The Perfect PAP Cameras

September 25th, 2013

You may have noticed the in the announcement that Sony made early September of the QX10 and QX100. They are basically lenses with sensors in them that talk to SmartPhones over WiFi. These things were released about 3 weeks ago, but they are still sold out everywhere. I believe this kind of design where the lens and sensor […]

Shooting Elevated Exterior Shots With The Gitzo Series 5 Giant Tripod

July 2nd, 2013

I heard from Cal Mitchener in Charlotte, NC  yesterday. First of all Cal reports that his years of hard work focusing on great customer service and quality work are paying off. He says his business is very successful, and he’s doing 3 to 5 shoots a day (shoots all day and does post all night). […]

New Hampshire Realtor Using Elevated Photography And Elegant Tours

May 28th, 2013

After having been in this business and seeing so many agents just don’t seem to pay attention to online marketing, I just love to find Realtors like Link Moser in NH that do a great job of marketing listings online. Last July I did a post on the tours that Link uses. Very elegant and inexpensive. […]

How Do You Shoot Elevated Real Estate Photography Shots?

February 6th, 2013

Back in the late 1980’s when I started shooting my wife Levi’s listings. She represented a builder in neighborhood of new homes on the Sammamish Plateau  on the Eastside of Seattle. She insisted that when the home was sighted above the street (many homes in this neighborhood were) we had to shoot the front shot […]

Great PAP Introduction Article and Video By Ron Risman

August 6th, 2012

Thanks to Mike Yother, aka The Swampman, for passing along the link to this great PAP introductory video and post over at Ron does a great job of covering a lot of the basics of PAP (Pole Aerial Photography). For real estate photographers is stuff is all good PAP basics that you need to […]

How Do You Shoot Elevated Real Estate Photography Shots? Do You Shoot Elevated?

April 2nd, 2012

Back in the late 1980’s when I started shooting real estate seriously for my wife Levi’s listings. She represented a neighborhood of new homes on the Sammamish Plateau on the Eastside of Seattle. She taught me that when the home was sighted above the street (many homes in this neighborhood were) I was to shoot […]

A General Purpose Approach to Remote Viewing of PAP Images

March 29th, 2012

I’ve been working on a PAP page today that will list resources for doing Pole Aerial Photography. While I was researching systems for viewing the images you are shooting when your camera is up on a pole, I was thinking about how messy the problem is in that there isn’t one common solution that works […]

What Do You Use For Elevated Photography?

July 4th, 2011

Steve Mather, of the Mather Team in Cleveland, OH, sent me this photo of his low tech, DIY elevated photography rig. Steve calls it his 9.5 foot tripod. He’s bungied his tripod to the top of a fiberglass step-ladder. Steve says it’s stable enough to shoot brackets for HDR/Exposure Fusion. I think it is well […]

Move Your PAP Up To The Next Level

June 1st, 2011

Guest post by Lee Jinks of McAllen, TX: I recently evaluated a 21-foot Wonderpole from Polepixie that is particularly suited for Pole Aerial Photography (PAP).  The thing that makes it suited for PAP over other Wonderpoles is that it’s black.  Okay, that doesn’t mean you can’t do PAP with a Wonderpole of another color, but […]

How To Tether Your DSLR to iPad Wirelessly

April 5th, 2011

I have been eyeing the Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD card for a while now. The idea of having wifi build into your memory card is kind of cool. The feature that pushed me over the edge to buy one is the promise of wirelessly tethering my 5DMKII to my iPad. This video at demonstrates the way […]

Pixie Click Remote Tigger by

November 8th, 2010

Guest post by Lee Jinks of McAllen, TX: Pole Aerial Photography (PAP) has gained popularity over recent years, but until lately, entry into PAP required a major investment and/or some serious engineering.  Today there are various low cost products available to those wanting to attempt PAP.  The most economical approach is with a low cost […]

How to Add Remote Viewing To Your PAP Rig

June 27th, 2010

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to realize how simple it is to see what your point-and-shoot camera at the top of your PAP pole is “seeing”. The basic problem is that with the simple PAP rigs that I’ve described in the past (here and here) , like the polster system, is […]

Polester: A Great Ready To Use Pole Aerial Photography System

May 31st, 2010

Nik who is a PAP enthusiast and a member of  the PFRE flickr group sent me some links on the Polester from which is a PAP rig that looks like it would be a great for real estate photographers. There are a couple of benefits of the Polester: It’s off the shelf. You get the […]

PolePixie: Making Elevated Real Estate Photography With a Painters Pole Easy

May 4th, 2010

I’m a big advocate of using a painters pole to get some extra elevation on your front exterior shots (see: this this post and these posts ). You can use a light weight camera and a painter’s pole, that you can find in any hardware store, to get your camera 10 to 15 feet in […] A Great Resource For Elevated Photography

December 7th, 2009

Looking for some good information on elevated photography? has got an active forum that discusses photography from radio control helicopter and airplane, kites, lighter-than-air, full size aircraft and masts. The forums at are a great place to find parts and advice for building your own elevated photography rigs. As long time PFRE blog […]