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  1. 6 points
    I'd like to respond to Joe3223 re the challenges of running a UAS Business.... .....It was supposed to be the greatest thing since the light bulb. I was going to get slammed with business, it was....."a website". However, strictly speaking only for myself, in my experience I'm finding that no matter how sophisticated your web site or clever your SEO expert is, at the end of the day it cannot make personal contact of any kind, provide true traditional customer service or prospect for new business. Unless one thoroughly understands html codes, web crawling, SEO, directory listings and etc., one will always be held hostage by an I. T. employee, notwithstanding the fact, that unless the service one hires is completely trustworthy, there seems to be no way to vet the info they are submitting re the site analytics and performance....it's all in cyberspace and if it's not working out....there's always some cyber rhetoric as to why. For the record, my site does locally occupy the number one google listing slot. And the web team that works on it has impeccable credentials. According to Google analytics we got a 1000 hits last month (August). But no calls. Not one. We can discuss cosmetics, content, SEO and the like but its becoming abundantly clear to me, that "Old School" prospecting and personal contact is the most formidable way to capture new business. Every client we have landed thus far I have literally gone out to a construction site (on a Sunday), shot aerial footage, put together a report consisting of both video and stills, researched how to contact the upper level management of the construction company and sent said report (via drop box) to any exec that may be connected to the project with follow ups until I get some kind of a response, to include going back to the site to find the project manager and follow up or gain more insight as to how to land this elephant. Now that approach can be dangerous. When I go out on a prospecting Safari if you can bag the elephant you can eat for quite some time but sometimes it can land on you when it falls. As in the case of the prospect responding positively but needing a service I can't provide like 3D imaging or thermal searches. Nothing feels worse then having to retreat locked and loaded, knowing the elephant is right there for your best shot. Yes, the "Old School" way is labor intensive and the research can be tedious but the results have been undeniable (for us). In my humble opinion, web sites are a great advertising vehicle but the car can't drive itself. I had to personally put the wrench work in and drive it to the finish line myself. Being "Old School", business 101 always dictated that businesses succeed by employing principles that have proven successful over the test of time. I haven't seen a web site that can take the place of personal contact, prospecting or servicing. If Joe3223 or anyone out there can share some insight and help me cast off my ignorance re the above, I sure would like to hear from ya....I'd certainly appreciate a better way to work smarter and not harder....
  2. 4 points
    One of my favorite photos, Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain. No editing required. The algae and salt turns the water a pink hue. Shot with a Phantom 4 Pro and I used a Polar Pro ND8 filter.
  3. 4 points
    Greetings, Folks. Just got a Phantom Pro +, learning to fly it and starting to study for the 107 test. Pretty daunting. Interested in Cinematograpy, I'm an experienced aerials cameraman, flown with people you know, Alan. Paul Barth and Al Guthery in Florida, and the Tamboros in LA.
  4. 4 points
    Looks like they changed the restrictions on the number of pictures you can post in a thread. Thanks Alan, I will certainly try not to abuse it. This is actually the subject of our survey. Can't say much about it, but it came out really well.
  5. 3 points
    Had a nice chat with Mike and Al over at http://uas-fire.com the other week and wanted to share here: Hope it's helpful!
  6. 3 points
    Aloha community, Today, I'm sharing a few images that I'm rather proud of, created by a technique I've been practicing for several months now. Each image you see is comprised of anywhere between 10 to 25 individual photos, merged together like a jigsaw puzzle. In doing this, I'm able to create high resolution images of panoramic scenes that would not fit in a single exposure. These will print clearly up to around 5-8ft on the long edge, depending upon the image. They vary between 20-100mp. All shot on a Phantom 4 Mahalo for viewing, looking forward to feedback and constructive critique! 1 2 3 4
  7. 3 points
    That's really tough to say. It really depends on the realtor, the products or services your offering and whether the realtor values marketing at all. I'm amazed at the number of realtors who's idea of marketing is cell phone pictures on Zillow. But then I'm equally amazed at the number of 107 operators who just want to shoot the roof from a drone... I've found that most of the realtors in my area who have the $2M+ listings are older and just believe in working their Rolodex, they aren't willing to pay much above $250 for anything. I'd suggest finding three or four younger, ambitious realtors in your area that are looking for ways to get the bigger listings and show them how you can help them accomplish that. In order to do that you're going to have to do more than aerial, you'll need to be able to shoot the stills, video, color correct and produce media that can provide them with marketing materials that separate them from every idiot on Zillow. I've done a lot of property video's, but keep in mind that I don't rely on this for my income so maybe the thing to do is offer them some incentive, but it's been my experience that most realtors won't appreciate it. They'll just go with the next person to offer an incentive.
  8. 3 points
    Yes, you would need an airspace waiver or authorization for that portion of the flight that extended into class E airspace. In that case, the portion above 700' AGL. The regs reference class E with regard to airports because that is where class E to the surface generally exists. Since generally flight is restricted to 400' AGL, the regs don't mention class E that starts at 700' AGL. But make no mistake it is still class E and permission is required. Although you can fly higher if within 400' of a tall structure, the FAA always defaults to the more restrictive regulation if there is overlap. Very good question!
  9. 3 points
    I'm very happy to announce that with the help of UAV Coach, I was able to pass the Part 107 drone pilot exam with a 90% score. A couple of suggestions: It's hard to guess, but I had never seen about 20-30% of the questions on the exam. It is very important to learn the basis behind the rules and class material and not depend on memorizing the practice test answers. Learn all you can and repeat and repeat everything you learn. I am quite sure I would not have passed it on the first round without taking this course. Thanks to Alan and Mike for always responding in a timely way to a number of questions I had for them. With gratitude. Stan Nickel
  10. 3 points
    Aloha, I wanted to share the most recent property video from a house that I really loved. This piece was shot almost entirely on a P4. Only the zoomed in view shot was calories with a DSLR. Mahalo for viewing!
  11. 3 points
    As long as you are not flying for profit (commercially) and are flying under 336 rules (AMA) you are not required to file a NOTAM. You need to have a COA in order to file to my understanding (which may or may not be correct). I always call the tower to inform them that I am flying 15 minutes prior to takeoff, and while this is not necessary it is in accordance with a deal we struck when I began flying. You might contact the local airport manager and meet with him face to face and see how he wants to handle it. It could be something as simple as a letter of agreement or just a call to the tower (or no contact at all in some cases). At least give him/her the option and you should not have any problems.
  12. 3 points
    How to Price Your Drone Mapping Services might provide some a useful advice.
  13. 3 points
    There are more threads with the topic embedded but this will get you started. ESRI's Drone2Map was based off of the Pix4Dmapper software but they are going native and the next version is supposed to be all their own. simActive's Correlator3D has some unique hardware requirements but it is some slick software if you have a GPU that will run it. The GPU needs to be OpenGL and OpenCL compliant, and not that many high-end GPUs fit that bill.
  14. 3 points
    Here's my most recent effort at producing a property video. I hope you enjoy.
  15. 3 points
    Longer shot of Downtown.
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    Uploading these really changes the color.
  18. 3 points
    Pricing, to a very large extent, will depend on the price of the properties you're shooting. A real estate agent will be a lot more likely to spend marketing money on a multi million dollar estate than a $250 K tract home. If you're just starting out I'd suggest speaking to one or more local agents - preferably agents who specialize in large, high end properties. I find that I get a lot more requests for still images than video because the websites local agents use most, the MLS & realtor.com, do not host video, though that may be different in your area. It's also important for you to understand what advantages aerial photography brings to real estate marketing. Basically there's no reason to do aerials for an unassuming Cape Cod on a a quarter acre lot. I'm attaching conventional and aerial pictures of a nice colonial I shot last fall that, I think, show the advantage of aerial photography. Having said all that I'll tell you that I charge $250 for aerial still photography, $150 if I'm also doing conventional photography as I save travel time.I charge by the day for video work. $400 for a half day, $750 for a full day. Post production is much harder for video, at least for me. I wish I could charge more, but I think I'm pretty close to what the market will bear.
  19. 2 points
    This was posted in here previously, but wanted a dedicated thread I could sticky as I keep coming back here looking for this. http://dronecenter.bard.edu/state-and-local-drone-laws/ If you know of other good collections for local drone laws or ordinances that have been enacted that are NOT in the above link, please add another comment to the thread with as much info as possible.
  20. 2 points
    We had a mission in downtown Los Angeles and I thought I'd share some stills.
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  22. 2 points
    Yeah, the B4uFly app is a bit of a disappointment. There are some pretty good websites that make use of official charts. https://skyvector.com/ Many of us use apps designed for full scale piloting which are fantastic for airspace awareness but they aren't free. Also, remember to check TFRs. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ Good luck with your training!
  23. 2 points
    I was at ground zero Rockport Texas for Hurricane Harvey. The eye came over me at about 10pm that night. The next morning I wanted to fly but it was still raining. It was a real mess there when the sun came up. Later in the day I saw a Coast Guard helicopter but that was it then I drove out. We knew Houston and other areas were going to flood because of the computer forecast models had an astonishing 50 inches of rain for that area. I measured a pressure of 940.9mb in the eye which lasted 45 min. We had one photog photograph the stars in the eye, with the eyewall clouds lit by lightning. Amazing shot. You can fly the aftermath but you have to get there for the storm IMO otherwise it's too crowded with other aircraft surveying the damage. It will still be pretty windy too with the onshore winds. If you stay low I don't see a problem unless they slap a TFR on you.
  24. 2 points
    I really enjoy seeing other countries through the lens of aspiring film makers. When I first started doing aerial I was online sharing videos with a guy from Ethiopia. I had no idea what a beautiful country it is. Drones and photography have given me the opportunity to travel all over the world so I thought maybe its not a bad idea to start a thread to share video's from around the world. These videos don't have to be about aerial, might be nice, the first video I'm sharing has quite a bit of aerial, it was really challenging because it was before brushless gimbals. This was shot in Kenya over 21 days. It was so challenging getting the equipment on location to get the kinds of shots we wanted. The planning for the trip was as important as the actual production. You couldn't buy things that you forgot, there were several days that we didn't have access to power, and what ever the plan for that day, it changed in the first 20 minutes. Its a beautiful planet and (aerial) cinematography is a great way to share it.
  25. 2 points
    Had a small farm property shoot on the Big Island a couple weeks ago, decided to turn it into a mini vacay, staying 3 nights. The weather was alright, but since we were Hilo side, it was pretty rainy, windy and gloomy for much of the trip. The sunny parts we spent mostly in the national park, so no flying there. However, I was able to get some flight time at two locations and wanted to share a few images. Mahalo for viewing, enjoy! #1 - 30 individual images, merged to showcase the massive history of lava flows, centuries old, coming from Kilauea - the most active volcano in the world. In this particular image, on the distant cliff, you can see a plume of steam. This is the current ocean entry point from the active lava flow. Against the mountainside, you can see a few puffs of steam, which come from vent points underground. #2 Same spot, different shot, single image #3 - South Point, Hawai'i is the southernmost place in the U.S., reaching further south than the Florida keys. This pano image consists of 19 individual shots, and I chose to leave the vehicle on the cliff edge for size comparison. #4 - Same place, different angle, single image