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Tips for Flying Drones Indoors for Real Estate Photography/Video

Published: 05/05/2018

Larry Lohrman

10 comments on “Tips for Flying Drones Indoors for Real Estate Photography/Video”

  1. Tip #1 Don't Do It. It's a horrible idea for all of the reasons he outlined. All risk / no reward.

    There are better skills worth practicing like storytelling, editing and invoicing.

  2. Didn’t our mothers constantly yell at us as kids, “don’t run in the house!”, or , “if you want to play, go outside”? Drone piloting indoors? I can imagine my mother’s horror at the thought.
    Seriously, though, why invite risk of damaging a client’s property, waste time shooting (and reshooting, and reshooting) to make sure that you have sufficient footage for the final edit, when a perfectly good gimbal would be safer, faster, possibly cheaper, and can use your existing camera and lens? Are the few unique shots only obtainable with a drone worth the cost, risk, and time? I doubt it...I really doubt it.

  3. All good. Frankly I would not use my drone in anyone's house but my own. Too many things to go wrong and too much breakage to consider.

    But for interior flying, I have received the same advice as this video but also to change the setting on "Remote Controller Signal Lost" to "Hover" This will stop your drone from freaking out if it loses its signal and decided to head off to its last known home point which may be through the lounge wall! In addition, as well as the down wash from the props, they also suck air from above, so don't fly near the ceiling or it can suck itself up to the ceiling. I just experienced that down suck yesterday as I was flying through trees trying to shoot tree shrouded houses and passed under a cluster of overhanging bamboo. I had no problem with the oaks but those bamboo young stalks are much more flexible than I had considered and the leaves were sucked down into the props even from 12" away. Just a pruning job thank God, but it made me very aware of the "down suck" strength of drone props.

    I have not flown inside, but I have had to fly under extensive house roof over hangs. I had to start a clip from out in the garden, fly backwards under a 12' over hang, move sideways to then fly forward between to small fountains and under a lath cover over a patio. My P4Pro did all this without a hitch even when loosing the GPS. But there was nothing to damage except for my pride and drone. And I was still flying on P.

    I have seen a very exceptional video taken in Santa Barbara where the house in question had 12" tall double doors front and back and two story ceilings. A modern interior with minimal furniture and the pilot flew in through the front doors straight through the center of the house and out the other side, over the patio, pool and then over the sea. Actually an amazing thing to see since it was spot on accurate right down the middle line and at twilight. I would never personally try this. Takes far more drone flying skill that I will ever possess. And that, I think, is the moral of the story. Before ever flying inside a property that you don't own, make sure your skills and experience are finely honed. Or have deep pockets.

  4. In my opinion, real eatate videography is tailor made for drone work. You never need audio, and half the work is already done on the exterior with it anyway. They are going to continue to be used indoors with higher frequency, may as well embrace it and get ready to be competitive with this fact.

  5. The video is professional and well done. However, I viewed it several times and there were some things that bothered me. For example, looking at this as a prospective buyer, I found the blurred transitions annoying. I also didn't care for the snap transitions. I don't like being confused about what I'm looking at. The drone level at times was unnatural for example entering the bedroom at kitty cat level seemed strange to me.. why am I looking beneath the bed? The bubbly water was totally confusing.. was that a jacuzzi and what does it look like? Another problem I have with drone interiors is I'm not good with heights and indoor aerials really make me feel uneasy.

    All that said, I realize the video is in keeping with what's being done these days. But, in my honest opinion, drone aerials should be limited to the outdoors. Using a polar pro handle mount for drones or perfectly good gimbal might be a better option. I personally prefer the smoother transitions throughout the interior that give the viewer a better concept of the overall layout of the home. Afterall, it is the potential buyer you are targeting here, not Sundance Film Festival.

  6. While it can be done, I would recommend it only be done by an experienced (insured) professional - and only if it helps tell a story. I have used a drone indoors, to showcase dramatic video going from outside in through the front door and capturing the entryway...not through the whole house.

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