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    we build a waterproof drone that takes off and lands in water. the motors are fine to get wet, most ESC's are wrapped in shrink wrap and you can spray any exposed wires o CAP's with different types of chemicals that will make them waterproof. You have to be a little more clever when it comes to the flight controller, Rx, video Tx etc to be able to ventilate the heat and you can't make it a completely watertight compartment because of the barometer. You have to have a way to equalize the air pressure or it won't hold altitude. This is a fun example of waterproofing drones:
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    We’ve been a part of whale research that had a permit for the past three seasons. I find the whole process very hypocritical. We always come up on boats that have drones in the air and the researchers want us to take pictures of the offenders while we do pretty much the same thing. The whales don’t care about the permit. Also I often get the feeling the researchers don’t care about the whales. Sometimes it feels like they care more about getting great shots that only they can get because they have a permit. Ever wonder where the great whale shots in all those fancy galleries comes from?
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    Jay Manley has the credentials and offers a really informative lecture covering all aspect of part 107 involvement in SAR activities. The series of topics includes suggestions on how to get free training and certificates so that you to learn what terminology and procedures are required for the Part 107 pilot to ease into structured SAR missions being conducted by officials and public servant members. This information is crucial for you to understand and to gain acceptance into the group by working in harmony with their efforts. These people have "been there, done that" and would welcome your offer to provide free services of value to your local community as long as you are able to work within their framework of standard operating procedures. Jay Manley has a long history of search and rescue participation, including actual mission “Finds”. Jay is a 18-year member of the Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Lt. Col., has over 600 hours of flying and over 150 actual mission hours of flying. But besides the flying aspects, Jay is also a certified Incident Commander and actively helps train other members in search and rescue activities. He is also a Life member of the AMA and has been operating a UAS business for almost a year now. Recently he has taken it upon himself to extend the training that he has had in search and rescue with CAP into the area of UAS operations. This course is a collection of that knowledge and training. https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley
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    I thought this latest episode of the Randy Goers Drone Radio Show would be of interest here as it focuses on real estate. Randy interviews Josh Boughner who founded Soldbyair. http://droneradioshow.com/making-money-shooting-real-estate-josh-boughner-soldbyair/
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    That’s a great interview for this just starting out in real estate. Josh provides a pretty realistic overview of drone photography as a business. Thanks for sharing this.
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    Hi guys! Short film of an abandoned factory explore - used the drone inside for a few shots along with the train-yard stuff. Thanks for watching!
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    As an active REALTOR for 35 years, I have personally always thought it to be better to hire a professional and pay a fair price for photos and videos. My time is better spent marketing the property and myself. But over the years, I have been greatly impressed by several different photography services and have enjoyed the field myself. When the Mavic Pro first came out, I had to have one and part of my justification for purchasing the drone was to enable me to take aerial shots that were, at the time, quite expensive as I had to hire a helicopter pilot and photographer. The Mavic Pro was a great solution to that once high cost for those photos. Along the way, I have begun to work in my spare time on developing a business plan for providing the same services I have for so long purchased from others. After 35 years in the business, I am looking toward reducing the time spent in the industry selling homes and commercial properties. I will not give up opportunities resulting from so many years in the business, but I intend to refer more business to others and devote more time to my passion for photography. So I am diving into final Cut Pro X and steadily developing the skills to provide the same services to others that I used to purchase for myself. The best part is that there are so many other skilled photo and video professionals to learn from. Success leaves clues and figuring out how to recreate the great videos produced by others is simply a learning and a practice experience. I see that this is turning into a long answer to a short question, so I offer this advice. Find some agents like me and take them out for coffee or lunch or whatever. Do not take NO for an answer. And they will say NO. Or that they already have their own vender. Ask them to try you out one time at no charge and if they like your product, well then you may have the opportunity you seek. But before you ever make that call, be sure you have the skills to provide the product they expect. Until you do, be sure to market yourself on social media sites with displays of your product as it develops. It may start with one great photo or video, but will rapidly grow as do your skills. Be sure to have at least one good marketing video that showcases your skill. Then go for it. You can view my Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/northshoredroneservices/ I've only been adding to it for less than a year. Also: http://www.northshoredroneservices.com And my fist complete property video: Best of luck, Jay
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    Hi all, Apologies if this is a duplicate post. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (www.erau.edu) has recently release version 1 of an unmanned aircraft systems pilots code. It includes everything needed, recommended and required (including copious amounts of Alan's Part 107 course) for 107 and goes further into business practices, planning and crew resource management (beyond the Part 107 test). Clearly stated up front is the fact that it (this version, anyway) is only a model and not a standard or regulation. I encourage you to consider it, criticize it, comment on it and about it, maybe embrace some or all of it and incorporate it into your regular commercial remote pilot activities. Attached (I hope) a condensed synopsis. Thanks! vb UASPC-condensed-v1.0.pdf
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    I just got a Hubsan X4 502S, but finding a good place to fly it in the L A area (San Pedro and Whittier especially desired) seems difficult. The local park has large areas with no people most of the time, but I'm unsure of legality. It's a long ways from any airports. I really don't want to drive 20 or 30 miles in city traffic to fly. This is a hobby, no business involved. I might could get a professional license if that would help me. Among the needed info : - Altitude limit = 400 ft above terrain or buildings, etc. - How far out from launch can I fly? Limited to field size, or line of sight (there are mods that allow VERY long range that I haven’t' done), or just not over roads, people, 5 miles of airports, etc.? - How strict is enforcement as to flying location, distance, etc. I can imagine that in the middle of the desert, no one would likely care, but if I miss the parameters a bit (but not the critical points above) in the launch areas here, what can I expect? Can you offer any information? Thanks!
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    @TndroneworksIf you think it's bad on the 107 charts, you should try flying it. I would start with building a relationship with the PD before you want to fly. I got to meet lots of different people, from the dispatch folks to the Intel group, who were actually more interested than anyone else. You might also check with the local PD to see if any of their folks are flying. That's another great way to get contacts.
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    We try to keep the local PD informed. If they know that we are flying in an area they don't have to dispatch someone to check out a report of UAS activity. If we don't inform them, they do and then check for paperwork.
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    In a perfect world that would make sense, but that's not the world we live in today. The fact that you called local PD to say you would be flying in the area is not going to satisfy the caller who thinks you're up to no good somehow. You're in (or around) Nashville so who in the PD would you call? Where would that info go? In addition, I suspect that if a citizen makes a complaint they are required to respond. Now on the other hand, what many operators do, when possible, is notify the immediate neighbors about the upcoming flight. Often that might prevent the complaint in the first place.
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    No and in fact, as a general rule, there is no vehicle by which you would contact local atc. You are correct that it might seem logical, but you just can't confuse the issue with logic! There is currently only one way to obtain authorization and that is through FAA's DroneZone portal. If and when LAANC goes widespread, the process may get better but I for one am not holding my breath!
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    I thought that Randy's latest podcast might be useful to add to this thread. http://droneradioshow.com/creating-drone-based-business-around-stem-education-ron-poynter-onpoynt-aerial-solutions/
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    Thanks, all very helpful! FYI, we have flight-tested a small (<$200) quadrotor with a 4lb box some 15 to 30 feet beneath it in a casual "let's try this at the park b4 anyone wakes up) and gone at fair speeds (est. 30mph-plus). Perfectly smooth without bringing in any of our exotic technology. Large pizza box is harder, but doable. Also, now over the terror of OMG! A Tree! Nice sound the rotors make as they cut through foliage in front of our (organization's) President's Office. Perfectly legal, mind you, flight only above Green Space, no humans underneath. One observation: Current prohibition of slung loads over populated areas is based on human-piloted vehicle rules that require a sling that can be "pickled". Sensible, but with drones that is not essential. Drone crash? Load crash? all the same. You can probably use load aerodynamics to set the drone gently down if still tied to it. Yes, I will be delighted to start a new thread (hope anyone else also shows interest). Relevance to thermography? I wonder about thermography from 10 feet above the ground versus 60 feet above. Unlike those spectacular images people post, one does not need pixel-level precision. Some work I see, depends on catching plumes rising, but from closer to the ground one may be able to sense much better. Yes, the motion of the sensor is an issue but we know how to deal with that for much worse motions. These motions are clean periodic, I believe we can get essentially perfect recovery of the images even with the long exposure times of thermography. Hope this makes sense. The other reason to post here is that our actual interest is in the business aspects of drones with loads. Tired of writing the tech stuff in Peer-Reviewed Papers etc, got loads of that. Greatly hoping for any guidance on the business lingo such as Value Propositions, hypotheses, Channels, Customer Segments, reaching customers in this business, conventions and trade shows, advertising, pricing, customer service. All related to the drone business. Thanks!
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    Question for all. Any thoughts on getting my drone waterproofed? If it could be done where it didn't effect performance in any way would you do it? Im thinking that it would be nice to have when Im trying to get that last job done and it starts to sprinkle or rain, it would be nice to be able to finish up knowing I wouldn't hurt the drone. Thoughts? Jake
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    Hello, I am into wind tunnel tests and aerodynamics research on drones, and I need to know about experience flying drones carrying and delivering packages. Any insights on safety issues, challenges, limitations etc. would be great! Thanks!
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    And as of 2/4/2018, the strange advisory has mysteriously disappeared from AirMap. All the more reason to be sure to check for NOTAM's and other website prior to flight. PS... thanks to Alan and Drone Pilot Ground School as I passed my test, completed my application, and am awaiting certification.
  20. 1 point
    Every time I shoot in Kihei & Wailea, I imagine myself living there. It's good I don't really have millions, because I'd be broke already! This property is no exception to the habit.
  21. 1 point
    Lotta good info in there, good insights. I can't say that I agree completely with all of what he says, regarding real estate media, but I get the gist of it. I find his approach to charging according to acreage interesting. I personally prefer to charge per flight (one battery = one flight) with real estate media capture. Would be interesting to see how that converts to an acreage scale. Definitely a great intro to real estate drone photography. Also like the part about most people not into cold-calling prospective clients. I guess I'm old school about that...if you're too scared to dial, you're gonna be skinny.
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    Hi Jojo, I'm biased and will recommend our program, Drone Pilot Ground School (link below), but ultimately it comes down to what type of learner you are, how much time you have and what level of training you're looking for. The FAA publishes its own study guide on their website, and there are free Youtube videos and $20 workbooks you can buy from Amazon. There are more premium online courses like ours, and there are in-person trainings you can attend in different cities around the U.S. I don't want to turn this thread into a sales pitch, but check out our FAQ page and feel free to reach out directly to me at alan@uavcoach.com with any questions you have, either about our program specifically or the certification process / industry in general. Happy to help. It's a 60-question multiple-choice test. More info in the FAQ linked to above.
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    Following up to this thread. This seems to be the definitive answer: http://www.uavexpertnews.com/2018/02/class-e-airspace/
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    Welcome to the forum. There are threads on this forum about real estate/property videos, aerial cinematography, aerial photography, etc.. I’d recommend checking out the examples there and feel free to ask questions about how the members accomplished them. You’ll learn a lot from reading what’s already there. There are a lot of variables to be successful at producing real estate videos, none more important than being a photographer. The drone is not what’s important, the camera is? Those drones you linked to are toys and would not be considered professional. However, depending on the area your in realtors might not be willing to pay enough for more expensive equipment. You’d need to tell us more about what, where and why you want to do this professionally for others to help you.
  25. 1 point
    Absolutely love Miss Suzie Bombshell. I wish she was in my area I have tons of cars to shoot her with.
  26. 1 point
    I edit most of my own work, my son (22yrs old) shoots and edits, and we have one other outside source, local to the island. I've tried outsourcing in the past, and honestly, it was a flop. Seems like others just don't see what I see. lol
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    Jay, Great video. Nice slow reveal shots. I noticed you said you do "surveys" on your website. Search the threads on here about drone surveys and surveyors. Good info. Mike
  29. 1 point
    Working with realtors who lack the vision to produce property videos that better represent the property must be frustrating, on one hand this type of video is easier and quicker to produce, if you can charge enough for the service you can probably make more money, but on the other, when working with an amazing property you just want to show more from all perspectives because it makes your work so much more interesting. It must be hard in an area where most of the properties are Kodak moments.
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    The MAVIC is a great little drone to fly around, it’s quiet, much safer than larger drones and you can shoot cool footage for Youtube. But the camera is crap. So in a way it’s such a disappointment because it would be so awesome if it produced footage as good as the Inspire2 with an X4. But it doesn’t and that doesn’t make it a bad drone, quite the contrary, it’s a remarkable drone. I just have the wrong expectations. Unfortunately my expectations are a result of the hype surrounding DJI’s marketing. The DJI fan base is at work spinning the fact that this camera has 100mb bitrate as if that will overcome all the shortcomings of the original MAVIC camera. I’m also not sure why they Call it a MAVIC? It’s a different drone, like the Spark. I guess There are no real photographers amongst DJI developers and fanbase..
  31. 1 point
    I think you'll enjoy using LR mobile. Pretty powerful lil app! Only gripe I have is no watermark feature Looking forward to seeing what you create!
  32. 1 point
    Thanks Jonathan, that is really helpful, and definitely something I'm going to have a go at doing in the mountains in a few weeks time - hand-held camera. I've always preferred to shoot in RAW too but have never used Lightroom so perhaps now is the perfect time to start with it
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    Aloha all! Today I'm sharing a photo of the bamboo forest on Maui's north shore, shot on a Phantom 4. Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing!
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    Hello, My name is Jorge, I'm Commercial Drone Pilot, working in a Telecom Company, currently flying in Georgia for Cellphone Towers inspection, most of the time using M600P with Z30 Camera. My Team is planing to start flying in Los Angeles area, and we are not sure the differences with the Regulations and requirements between Georgia and California. So I will appreciate if this community can help me out to get more detailed information about flying in Los Angeles area. By the way, I got the Part 107 Certificate back in January 2017 Thanks to DronePilot Ground School Team. Here is a Proof of the BEST UAV COACH in the Drone Industry I'm excited to start flying in Los Angeles. Thanks in Advance for all the Support! Happy flying! Sincerely Jorge Luengo
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    Good method to your madness. Get licensed first to fly and continue researching the drones you would be interested in (and can afford) that could possibly fulfill the role you intend to use it for. DJI is probably the most readily available but the most problematic to fly. Yuneec makes a great product as do a few others. Next think about the camera. Precise work calls for a good camera. For general mapping purposes the absolute minimum would be a 12 megapixel camera which will do the job roughly at less than 120 ft AGL. A better choice would be something in the range of 20 megapixels or you could always design a system around a Sony A7Rii if you can afford it. Pixel count equates to image detail and also allows you to fly at a higher altitude capturing more data per picture and covering more ground which decreases flight time or increases area covered per battery. The newer units fly with a dual-battery setup that may give 25 minutes of flight time under ideal temperatures and battery condition. Single battery aircraft (DJI) can be reasonably be expected to fly about 15 minutes per battery. Batteries run (for my aircraft) roughly $200US each (although I did just purchase 5 TB48 5700 mAh batteries with my government discount for $832 US). I fly small to medium sized job sites (2-47 acres). I have six batteries on hand with five more shipping. If I knew then what I know now, I would have purchased a higher end UAS and paid the price up front instead of my current situation which is now trying to justify purchasing a $20,000 US aircraft to do the job that my $3,000 US aircraft does. Bottom line: take your time and be able to justify your decision before you leap blindly or at least half-cocked into the UAS business. Identify your needs for the service you intend to provide and then find an airframe that will cover those expectations. Also build some redundancy into you needs. Think strategically five years ahead of what you not only need at the moment but what you need to cover other possible aspects of a project (IR roof inspection as an example).
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    That reply kind of makes you wonder who's in charge of airspace authorization? Or you can buy a different drone from a manufacturer that respects your rights as the owner of the drone with a 107 certificate to fly commercially responsibly. Jus a thought.
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    On Facebook, go to "Search and Rescue Drones". Or, go to www.sardrones.org.
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    Some early reviews give it a "best of both worlds" thumbs up. First impressions/reviews: Tom's Tech Time Fun For Luis We Talk UAV
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    Hi, nor do I Jonathan as I have forgotten what caused me to asked it in that way!! You took multiple shots and merged them. Over what sort of timescale and was the uav holding the exact same relative position for the duration? Better??
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    This story has all the trappings of product propaganda, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Positive applications of drones needs all the good PR we can get.
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    Welcome to the forum. Aren't you the manufacturer of this drone? If so, that's fine but one of the goals of this forum is to help people figure out how to create profitable drone related businesses. All multirotors are relatively easy to fly and good for beginners but how many of them float? What are some of the applications your customers are using these drones for? How did Urban Drones become Urban Drones? What kinds of challenges did you have to overcome to get to where you got? How could I make money with your drones? Most Podunk fire departments use Phantoms, you know where they use "WATER" to put out fires or have to fly in inclement weather to find someone, why aren't they using Splash drones that won't crash when you sneeze on them... This forum might not have as many users trying to figure out what ESC's, Props and motors to use together but if your an operator trying to figure out what drones mean to society, this is a great place to discuss issues relative to actually accomplishing something with drones and if you are the manufacturer of the Splash Drone it's worth paying attention too. You have a great drone, this is a great forum - kind of like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups "two great taste's that taste great together - I encourage you to tell us more about the Splash Drone besides that its easy to fly. If your not the Urban Drones that manufactures the Splash Drone, Oops..
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    Shot this in September 2017. It is a video about a dam in the south of Portugal that is used primarily for supporting agriculture irrigation. I was surprised to see it completely dried out and was even able to drive inside the dam ! In January 2018 it's still empty.
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    All rather splendid. Would love to be able to do this. How great a difference in perspective (if any) do you use?
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    Wow! Thanks for the feedback, gear: Nikon D5300 Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 Nikkor 35mm F1.8 Glidecam Variable ND filter DJI Spark
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    As a relative new comer to video production I hardly noticed anything about that video that needed "attention" In all honestly it was only after I read the posts here a second time could I pick out certain issues, so rest assured normal folks just think it's an awesome video with great editing.
  46. 1 point
    You see, I'm no stranger to a baked potato so when I engage my core that's then the jello starts...
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    I'm guessing you've already interviewed Ben. I think AirMap, along with DJI are largely responsible for this mess in the first place. AirMap started out as a company who's website you could log into, pay money to add your company to a "no-fly-Zone" for a fee. Now their influencing the regulation of the airspace? For them and DJI this is all about pay-for-play.
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    Thanks for sharing, @ScottF! Copying/pasting a lecture I was working on a while back re: the same topic and hope it adds some value to this thread: -- Alright, so in this lecture we’re going to talk about MONEY MONEY. And let’s go ahead and get one thing out of the way….pricing your aerial services is less science and more art. Not only is this kind of service brand spanking new for the majority of your prospects, but in any service-based business model, there’s a LOT of variance in the kind of work you could be doing, what end product you feel most comfortable delivering, specific client needs, etc. So, there’s a lot that goes into determining how much your aerial photographs, videos, and data packages that you provide to clients is actually worth. In this lecture, we’ll run through a few big concepts: What factors influence your pricing? Sample pricing and packaging models (hourly rates, day rates, flat-fee packages) Raising your rates down the road Let’s dive in. What factors influence your pricing? Here are a 10 things that'll influence what kind of prices you can charge for your aerial service work: The end product. Are you selling a block of 50 photos? A 3-minute YouTube video with music? An orthographic map? Each of these command a different type of approach to pricing. If you're doing the post-processing, you've got to factor in that time. Your client. Are you working with a real estate broker on a $575,000 listing? What about the CEO of a construction company bidding for an $8 million project? What about a roofing inspector? Each has a unique situation when it comes to hiring an sUAS operator and their own perceived value of the end product. Your geography. Urban vs. rural, big city vs. small city, other close-by competitors vs. no competitors, etc. Service-based businesses tend to look a little different city to city. Your competition. This isn't as important as you might think, but it's still a consideration. All else equal, what are your competitors charging? Your track-record. This is a HUGE part of your sales process and something I really want to focus on in this lecture. There's a lot to be said for sharing your past client successes, for gathering video testimonials, for putting together an unbelievable demo reel that highlights your best work, etc. Your training / certifications / licenses. If you have a Section 333 Exemption (or some other country-specific license) and are complying legally in the national airspace, you should command a higher price than a competitor who isn't flying legally. If you've gone through a training program or have some other certificate you can share, that also helps. Whether or not you have insurance. Clients don't want to be held liable of something goes wrong. If you can assume that risk with your own liability policy, you're bringing more value to your client. What equipment you're using. While you want to match the equipment to the client and shouldn't simply charge more for using a better system when all else is equal, if the shoot demands a more advanced sUAS, you should factor that into your pricing. Flying a DJI s1000 for a cinematographic shoot is a lot different than using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional to take photographs of a golf course or resort property. Travel / shoot logistics. Do you need to drive more than a few miles to get to a shoot location? Are you flying somewhere and bringing all your equipment with you in travel-proof cases? You've got to factor in travel / your time. There are many ways to think about doing this. Check out MileIQ as an example of a tool you could use if doing a lot of driving for local client work. One-time project vs. on-going work. You might want to offer a discount if there's guaranteed recurring work that'll be sent your way. There are many more ways to think about this, but hopefully that list gets your brain juices flowing. At the end of the day, pricing is closely related to how much trust and authenticity you can build with your prospective clients. That's the most important thing to remember. Get into the pricing mindset The sooner you begin to embrace that you're not just a person with a drone who takes pictures, but a licensed and insured commercial sUAS business who: operates incredibly expensive equipment; takes on the liability if anything goes wrong; handles not just the photo/video/data capture but also the post-processing (using expensive editing or mapping software); has a proven track record with other happy clients; is well versed in all local and governmental regulations and has the proper documentation; and so on... The sooner you can embrace all of that, the more confident you'll be when standing behind your pricing, either on your website / in your marketing materials or directly speaking to clients over the phone or in person. How should I package / sell my services? This is where it gets fun (and creative). The sUAS industry is still new, so your prospects will really be looking to you when it comes to what kind of deliverable it is that you're offering. When I started my first service-based business (growth-marketing agency), I didn't have any standardized pricing. I wanted to move fast and say YES to every project, regardless of its scope. You may see where this is going. That worked out for a while (I was able to generate $100,000+ in revenue my first 12 months), but I soon burned out, and ultimately I wasn't able to scale my company. I didn't have enough processes in place. Everything was customized. Because I didn't "productize" the kind of service I was offering, my sales process was a lot longer. Every new client relationship was different than the last. Every new prospect I'd hop with on the phone in a very consultative way and try to match my services to their particular needs. If you're hungry for cash like I was back then, this can be a GREAT approach. Just...keep talking to the client and take whatever cash you can get for as many projects as possible. But long-term? Without a clear pricing / packaging model, it can be hard to really understand how your business is performing, to build more efficient processes and a stronger marketing / sales funnel, and to ultimately scale your business. Your pricing and packaging model may always be changing...but the sooner you can commit to something standardized, the easier it'll be to communicate that to prospective clients. Experiment with "tiered" pricing. A tiered model lays out multiple options at different price points and empowers your prospective clients to make better, more informed decisions that feel less arbitrary. So, you're presenting option A, option B, or option C to your prospects. It's human psychology. We're just not wired to make absolute price and value evaluations in a vacuum. We need points of reference. A tiered model helps you to anchor your pricing and to appeal to folks that are looking for more value vs. those who want the highest-possible level of service you offer, where cost isn't as much of a concern. Laying out options gives clients a clear way to compare, contrast and ultimately be more intentional about who they decide to award their business to and why. Each option should have a purpose and represent a viable option for the client. You can state exactly what problems you're going to solve and what trade-offs these solutions will entail. For example, let's say you're trying to work with a real estate broker. Your pricing could look something like this: Option A - 10 high-quality aerial photographs Option B - 10 high-quality aerial photographs + a 3-minute YouTube walkthrough video Option C - Package of 5 listings to be used in a 90-day period (selling Option B at a discount if the client buys a block of 5 ahead of time) I'm over-simplifying your service offering of course, but you can see how each of these options commands a unique price. The goal here is to creatively and conscientiously define problems right from the outset, and to empower clients to make purposeful choices about what they really want. What are some sample pricing models? Here's a (work-in-progress) list of aerial service companies who publish their pricing: https://www.dronebase.com (pricing link in top-right part of page) http://aerialview.video/payment http://www.realtyvideotour.net/packages1.html http://www.michigandronepros.com/pricing-options/ http://victoriaairphotos.com/rate_sheet.html http://2surge.com/video-photography/pricing/ http://hypedrones.com/aerial-real-estate-pricing/ http://www.wessexaerialphotography.com/drone-aerial-photography-prices/ http://www.capecodaerials.com/pricing/ http://skyvantage.co.uk/aerial-videography-prices/ http://www.phoenixdroneservice.com/ http://reconaerialmedia.com/drone-services-pricing/ You'll see that it's all over the board. Some of these companies promote that they're certified and insured, while others do not. Some of these companies have incredibly designed websites with show reels, a portfolio of client work, and testimonials. Others do not. Here are a few ways to think about pricing / packaging: Charge an hourly rate. You can sell a max "block" of hours depending on the task. As an example, if your hourly rate is $150, and you're driving out to a shoot site, setting up, shooting 20-30 photos on one 15-minute battery, then going back home to do some editing and finalization for the client...that might ultimately run somewhere between 1-2 hours, so maybe you'd charge $150-$300 for that service. Charge by deliverable. You'll note some of the examples above spell out specific deliverables, like "interior" vs. "exterior" capture, or literally the number of photos you'll end up receiving. I personally like how Phoenix Drone Service prices their Construction Monitoring services on a monthly retainer. You really want to think about the deliverable, and what format of end product the client ends up really needing. If they're a realtor who wants aerial videography, you're not just going to shoot a .mov file and send it to them via Dropbox. You'll want to export to the right codec and load / tag the video onto a service like YouTube, Vimeo, or even the MLS (and sites like Trulia, Zillow, etc.). Charge by half-day / day. Some types of projects, particularly more cinematography-oriented ones, require a lot more on-site time and direction than others. If you do this kind of work, it might make sense to charge by the half-day or day. Can I ask my client to pay for travel costs? If you're charging hourly, I don't see any reason why not to include a 20-30 minute drive to and from the site into your scope of work. If you have a packaged rate, I wouldn't tack on additional travel expenses unless you're having to drive or fly more than one hour. *Make sure to track your car/truck mileage with a tool like MileIQ or Passenger for tax purposes How can I increase my pricing? As the market matures, and as your own experience grows stronger, you're going to want to adapt your pricing model. Here are a few things you'll want to have on your website / in your marketing materials to help better justify a price increase: A killer demo reel. You're only as good as your last video. As your skills improve, so should your demo reel. Client testimonials. Don't just get quotes. Get images you can share, links to their website or LinkedIn profile to show they're real people, and video testimonials if you can. ROI / case studies of how your clients actually saved (or made) money by using your services Social proof. An example would be that you should probably share if you've worked with 50+ clients, or that you've flown 1000+ hours, or that you have 400 local businesses on your email list. Local PR / news clippings. Share links to these stories to establish trust and professionalism. Also, you might want to think about locking in your past clients to your old pricing model. It's 1) good for marketing and helps you re-engage past clients, 2) builds goodwill by offering a discount for being an early adopter of your company's services, and 3) puts cash in your pocket when you get folks to commit to new business at the old rates that you might not have gotten with just a simple price shift.
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    Av8Chuck hit it right on the head. In today's ever saturating real estate drone world, few pilots would have a shoot if airspace was limited and/our standard photography was required. Our company offers standard photography, video production, 3D dollhouse models, geospatial mapping, and floor plans (can be supplied by infrared scanning or by hand measuring and rendering). Fortunately, we get to create media for multi-million dollar homes weekly, and that melee requires more than the standard photo shoot.
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    Probably the thing that holds most back is that they're not photographers. There's a lot more to good architectural photography than buying a Rebel and processing HDR.