Jack in Florida recently asked:
Is there an alternative to using a drone for real estate photography? In my local area there hasn't been a huge demand for drone images/video. I have used an extended pole to capture some elevated images but it is very awkward. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
For many years real estate photographers have used a variety of alternatives to shoot elevated shots.
Here are popular alternatives used long before drones were available:
- Carry a fold-up ladder. That's my fold up ladder above in the bed of my Toyota pickup. These fold up ladders will fit in any trunk and get you up to 10' or 12'. I have a pole too but rarely use it because I like to use my 5DmkII with a 24-70mm lens for front shots. Here is another PFRE readers solution for a ladder setup.
- Use a painters pole (this is my solution). It's very easy to put a point and shoot camera on a painters pole. Here is a PFRE readers solution.
- PolePixie is a very popular solution.
- The WonderPole is also a popular solution.
- The Polester solution.
- Giant tripods are a very popular solution. It's easier and safer to put your full-size DSLR on one of these.
- A big telescoping mast used to be an alternative, but had to be hauled around on a trailer and with modern alternatives are not worth the effort.
If you have a drone, you don't have to use it to fly around in the traditional way. Many photographers report that drones are a quick and easy way to grab an elevated front shot and much easier than struggling with a big pole.