I'd love to hear how other photographers plan and shoot undeveloped, forested lots. I am in the Pacific Northwest, and shoot many wooded properties near the ocean. The drone isn't a fantastic asset, and I tend to shoot ground-level images on overcast days to avoid intense dappling.
How do you approach photography (and video) when faced with dense lots and no structural features? What time of day do you like to shoot? Any awesome examples?
As someone that has shot vacant property, and both bought and sold vacant land I have to say that drones do provide a great way to photograph vacant land because:
It used to be that the only way to get a sense of #2, #3, and #4 above was to use Google Maps or Google Earth but nowadays drones provide a great way to get good stills of vacant property.
What I do is get an aerial view of the property, look up the property lines from the local tax records site, and draw in the property lines on the aerial map.
The big problem with vacant land is communicating to the buyer exactly what it is that's for sale. Nothing does this better than an aerial view with the property lines drawn on the map.
The image above (click on it to see a bigger view) is a multi-million dollar property on Seattle's Eastside (near Issaquah, WA) that was marketed and sold with only this photo. This was before drones were available but if I were selling it today I'd be tempted to add a drone video to the marketing.