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    However many are needed to tell the property's story. Most MLS systems limit the count to 30 images for the realtor, but many of the properties I shoot are high end luxury, so the realtor often creates a dedicated website just for the home. In the MLS listing they add a link to the website, as opposed to an external video link, because all the media is on the one page. So, a 4,000sqft home might produce 60-70 images, but some of those are macro details, some are wide spaces. It's up to the realtor to put it to use and figure which they like, I don't have the time or energy to play photo god for them. Plus, it's agonizing when they come back with 'I don't like this photo, do you have any others?'
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    Thank You so much for your insight. I look forward to getting my cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and firing up your newsletter. I got a bonus video this morning. My son and I are Part 107 certified. I have a aviation background as an airline captain. My son is probably the youngest drone pilot in the state of Kansas. Thanks Again Theresa
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    Hi, I have had some interest in UAV's and their applications, and have spoken to a few manufacturers as part of my job. It appears that the high quality drones are often times stuck with using cheap inferior connectors to connect batteries, cameras, audio, LIDAR or other components. They are often not weatherproof, unshielded, not secure in shock and vibration, or otherwise unreliable. Many military UAV's solve the issues by using very high priced, very high quality military grade circular connectors. What are the thoughts of standardizing on some high quality connectors for the commercial UAV market, perhaps creating some commonality in these interfaces? This could be an industry consortia effort, creating specifications or standards. I am interested in feedback.
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    DJI Matrice 210 RTK drone in like new condition for sale. The drone is mint but used, everything is aligned and it works flawlessly. It is free from scratches and has never had any issue/crashed. I've had this for over a year and used it about 12 times for a few projects. Price is $6700 (plus shipping), Included are Matrice 210 RTK V1 drone with dual gimbals installed Cendence remote controller Crystal sky screen 2 TB 50 batteries 2 Crystal sky batteries 8 propellers 2 battery chargers, cables and hard case.
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    Sure as long as you don’t turn it into the DoD. What you say about connectors is mostly true, however, is that a problem? We’ve engineered out most of the Chinese and hobby grade components but we have not gone to the canon style plugs the military uses. Too expensive and too heavy, but the plugs we are using seem more than adequate. I say that squeamishly... You bring up another great point about standardization. Every drone manufactured in the US is different, however I’d also point out that so is every Chinese drone. Because of DJI’s market share they are the de facto standard in the consumer market but even there you can’t use a P3 battery in a P4 - very few of their accessories are interchangeable between product lines and that’s within the same company. Standardization is the key to scaling this industry just try to raise money to manufacture hardware in the US!
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    Yes have already registered for the part 107. Yes you did help. Thank you very much.
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    Took a cruise to Alaska. Not a lot of aerial, but lots of planes and ships...
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    This week the FAA granted the broadest approvals for drone delivery they have ever issued to Flight Forward, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service (UPS). The approvals come in the form of a Part 135 certification, which gives Flight Forward the permission to operate a “drone airline.” Part 135 certification is the same certification smaller airlines, such as charter airlines, receive from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to operate. Alphabet Inc.’s Wing (originally Project Wing) was the first drone company ever to receive a Part 135 certification back in April of this year. However, Wing’s certification is limited in scope. Read today's article to learn about the difference between Wing's and Flight Forward's Part 135 certifications, as well as requirements for any drone company that wants to get into the delivery business.
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    The new miniature high-end Autopilot designed for any type of unmanned vehicle. A high-performance autopilot, specially designed for advanced/professional users who require the best of the best with minimal space. The mRo Control Zero is a clean sheet design with triple IMU sensors. It is featuring the ICM-20948 9DOF (3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer) which is based on the legendary, field-proven and fully supported MPU-9250 and the ICM20602 6DOF (3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope), both with several thousand hours of flying. Also, we squeezed in the new German-made Bosch BMI088 6DOF that features a proprietary internal vibration dampening system specially designed for aerial robotics. Together with the ICMs, this combination will ensure the best performance in all situations. The new included DPS310 barometer is more sensitive than the venerable MS5611 without the noise and light sensitivity. Built for Builders! Control Zero, in its core, is a universal development board! The mRo Control Zero comes fully supported by PX4[Coming soon] and Ardupilot. If you require further customization, the Control Zero will come with all the libraries and examples that will allow you to initialize and access all the board sensors and functions directly via our reference code. Yes, you will be able to create your custom software for this board in no time, no need to worry about initializing everything (We did it for you). The software is written in C and utilizes a free, easy to install Eclipse-based IDE and supplied by ST. All is included for free with the sole purpose of giving you access to learn, edit, and improve. Be sure to read and understand ST Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) license. But… Be aware of the “limitations” of C, any careless handling of a single byte can potentially provoke a buffer overflow (don’t worry, it won’t damage the board). But hey, This how we all learned at some point, right? The recommended IDE also supports C++ so that you can jump to objects anytime you wish to. Learn more about what is the mRo Control Zero Autopilot To Buy click here
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    Beagle Drones is a drone company that sells a modular plug and play drone kit that educators have been using in different STEM education scenarios. The drone is so easy to make that the company boasts you can go “from building to flying in less than 30 minutes.” But Beagle Drones started out making their kit primarily for FPV racing. Read today's article to learn about how their drone kit was adopted for education, and to get the story of how its being used in STEM by students as far-ranging as those in an elementary school robotics club to those in a college sUAS class. Love the idea of drones in STEM? Chime in here to share your thoughts.
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    @Spitfire76 the Cube is a good flight controller but it’s not as advertised. That “H” logo on every Cube is a Chinese manufacturer. They can claim that the Blue Cube is made in the USA but in the long run it will probably not pass muster with the DoD. Doesn’t make it a bad controller, but depending on the application, provenance might make a difference so people should be aware. Thats generally a good video that explains the differences between Cube’s but it’s a bit of revisionist history. 3DR is not out of business. Phillip Rowse was one of the developers at 3DR but like I mentioned earlier by the time the SOLO was released the Pixhawk2 was already old news. Again, doesn’t make it a bad controller, it’s just that if your going to make development decisions you should be aware that there are already controllers out there that have been using the 32-bit STM32F777 Cortex M4 core with FPU rev. 3 which is much faster with better components than the yellow Cube has been flying for some time. One of those controllers is available here: https://store.mrobotics.io/mRo-Control-Zero-F7-p/mro-ctrl-zero-f7.htm. I don’t care if people purchase this flight controller, but if we’re going to have a discussion about the best non-Chinese manufactured controllers then it should at least be a consideration. Also, although Phillip Rowse gets a lot of well deserved credit for the Cube, it was developed at 3DR, the link I provided is to mRobotics, Jordy Munoz the founder of 3DR. He’s not exactly chopped liver. Phillip has gone on to fix many of the short comings of the original SOLO controller, which is great, but there are more capable controllers available that would make a better choice for developing commercial UAVs.
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    Hi Chase, Yes! Most recently I took aerial video and photos of LED lighting on a fleet of ships to show the different beam patterns of our lights on the deck and how effective they are for the crew. I attached a picture as an example.
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    Hello @bhhagai and welcome to this forum. I assume that you are using the RPi as a companion computer connected via a serial connection to the flight controller. http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/raspberry-pi-via-mavlink.html I imagine that the cellular modem would be connected to the RPi to provide command, telemetry and possibly a video stream from a camera connected to the PI. I don't have one of these but you may want to check into this CubePilot (Pixhawk 2.1) carrier board https://dronee.aero/pages/lychee I like the idea of being able to replace not only the Cube Flight Controller but also the Raspberry Pi module while keeping the carrier board. This is of course important when it comes to upgrading either of these modules. There is already a number of Cube flight controller available including the Blue one which is made in the USA https://docs.cubepilot.org/user-guides/autopilot/the-cube-module-overview
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    Kind of depends on the application and where your located. Pixhawk was 3DR's version of the open source implementation of the hardware for the open source software Ardupilot. Some companies like Hex66 began manufacturing the Pixhawk2, which is now known as the Cube. Many commercial UAV companies choose to manufacture there own closed source hardware in support of PX4/Ardupilot. There are several reason for this: The Pixhawk2 on which the Cube is developed was old before it ever went into production - research the history of 3DR. You don't fly a $100K LiDAR on a UAV made with cheap hobby grade or Chinese components. If you want to sell or service US enterprise customers or the US Federal government then your prohibited from using Chinese components. You may want to check out the flight controllers on this website, none of them are manufactured in China and Jordy was one of the founders of 3DR. https://store.mrobotics.io/category-s/107.htm There are already several flight controllers available using RaspberryPI's, something people started developing a couple of years ago.
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    Thanks, Chase. I just printed this very information about two days earlier. I wanted it as proof, just in the very rare event I got questioned by authorities as to what guidelines I was following. I think this is very helpful information for at least us newbs and I appreciate the time you took to place it here. Thanks so much.
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    That's what I needed to hear! The real estate market is not as lucrative here so I am looking for options to appeal to small real estate agents as well while not underpricing my efforts. Providing a webpage for them could be a way to up-sell as well. I do like that you don't play photo god that's not something that I want to do either. If I limit photos delivered that is definitely something I would run accross.
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    @JBR LIFE Photography my follow up question would be, since you charge by square footage, how many photos does that usually entail? This is all great information that I am excited to use in my business. I am building Keen Drone Imagery to become the go to drone experts for commercial, real estate, and industrial services in the North Rockies (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming). I been flying for almost a year and are expanding my skills in videography, mapping, and other aerial tech. If anyone has any links or resources they think I should know, please share!
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    I'm editing in FCPX, although I keep a copy of Resolve on my computer because 'one day I'm gonna diversify'...yeah...right. lol Definitely looked hard at the GH5 lineup, and went with Sony just because I was hell-bent on having a full frame camera that could also shoot solid video. But that's when I didn't think 8-bt vs. more even mattered. Oh how we continually learn costly lessons... lol. Thanks for the outside perspective. I think I'll take your wisdom and compliments, and decide to just keep rocking the Sony cams for the rest of this year, and take another look at possible upgrades sometime mid to late next year. I need to stop blowing money on gear and save up some cash for a house!
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    Here's one I wrapped for delivery today, and I'm pretty pleased with it so far. All shot on A7Riii in custom S-log2, worked in FCPX, custom LUT, etc. Some of the slow-mo scenes required 1080p since I needed the extra frames. The biggest challenge to this project was the dark style of the interior. This is a Bali-influenced home, with deep orange wood tones, earth colored walls, and dark trim work around the doors & windows. Add to the mix immediate shade from the jungle and a bright sunny ocean view just past that, and you have a crazy contrast situation that requires a LOT of consideration of post-process to set up the scenes properly. Lighting was definitely used here, but in moderation, so as to not blow out natural shadows and such. After a lot of color work, and heaping helpings of Neat Video, I think the overall result is solid. But y'all have more eyes together than I have alone, so feel free to critique it all you like. I've nothing to lose by improving!
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    I’m loving it so far. So much flexibility in post.
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    I’m all for upgrading. You get better equipment and then learn how to get the most out of it. Are you grading with Resolve? The other thing you might want to check out is the GH5(S). I know it’s not a full frame but I believe it’s 16bit linear and much improved lowlight. I use a speed booster lens adapter with L-glass so it reduces the crop and is a stop faster. I think your doing great, I don’t think you need to upgrade for the sake of your property videos. I get why you might upgrade creatively but the next level gets more expensive than your current customers can probably afford.
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    Here's my latest. The Mavic 2 Pro continues to be my workhorse and was responsible for all the exterior shots in the video. For the interiors, I'm still getting used to working with a new camera (A7iii) and shooting/grading in slog2. There weren't any noteworthy views, so I opted to let the windows blow out.
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    Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend and had the opportunity to get out and fly. As fall is quickly approaching, I wanted to share a picture I captured a while back. The image location is Alderman Lake in Highland, Michigan. It is a part of the Highland Recreation Area which was formerly owned by Edsel & Eleanor Ford. The lake is located just down the road from Haven Hill which is where the Fords built their retreat in the rolling hills to get away from the city and stress of building an automotive empire. The lake is one of many owned by Highland Recreation area and even today it still feels like an escape from everyday life. This picture shows the transition from Spring to Summer, I will probably go back to get some pictures of the trees changing colors. I encourage everyone in the forum to share a drone picture, looking forward to seeing the work of others in this community! Best, - Chase
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    @JBR LIFE Photography, thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it! This was a really cool building to take pictures of. I had a giant tree and power lines directly behind the drone which made it a difficult shot to take. Best, - Chase
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    Hello! Thank you, I am happy you liked my images. The images are not super-processed but sure are post-edited, also because are always captured in RAW mode. Frankly, I don't like the images that are super filtered, also because I also sell them on some photographic agencies and they ask to avoid as much as possible the strong post production. I have used aperture for years, but now it i too old and it is no longer maintained as Apple dismissed this program so I have moved to Exposure (it is almost identical to aperture) and Affinity, a very good low price and high quality software that can be saw as a photoshop alternative, but more oriented to digital photography.
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    Coming soon... Here's a frame grab from a home I just recently shot. The video is still being worked on, but I wanted to share a before/after color grade. A7riii 4k S-log2 (-7 contrast), using a pair of Dracast 1000LED bi-color square panels. I didn't want to make weird lighting, so I made sure to not crank the lights to full power, only enough to help lighten the forward wall. This video is being worked in FCPX. Before
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    This is lovely! I especially appreciate the contrast between straight & curved lines. Well done!
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    I started my own drone business two years ago while in college. All of the information I learned through organizations like UAV coach helped me get my Part 107 and make a successful business that got me through college (I just graduated in April). I now am working on taking my business to a new level and am customizing a drone platform to fit one of our biggest client's needs. The opportunity to see all the vendors and hear where the industry is moving at the Commercial UAV Expo would be a huge help in learning what is possible and how we can use the technology available. The blessing would be two fold since our budget wouldn't allow us to attend otherwise. Ps. Thanks for the newsletters. They are extremely helpful. Best, Derek Phelps
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    @Dmitry Efremov - pasted the video in for easier viewing. Thanks for sharing!
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    Color looks better in this video. Started to go a little towards red later in the day but that’s normal. The dynamic range is impressive. Higher contrast in log generally looks better but it also pumps up the chroma. You can shoot “flat” which will help keep truer colors but requires more color correction in post. It’s not like your footage doesn’t look great as is, but if you wanted to spend a bit more time color grading you can get much richer and truer colors plus the added benifit is the image will get sharper by adding contrast in post. More a bit like the conversation we had when we started this thread regarding flying a GH4 or Sony, the better tools you use the more you can push the image to make it look the way you want it to look and not the way drone/camera manufacturer intended. Color and contrast can become as creative a tool as shallow depth of field because over distance they falloff in a similar way as DOF. That’s why the aerial footage that might have looked, and to most people who fly DJI’s, looked great to you a year ago looks 2D/flat compared the the rest of the footage. Your shots are becoming more 3D which makes the property look more interesting. That green tint in your footage is the reflection of my envy. Keep up the great work.
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    Here's the most recent one...dark wood, yellow walls...jungle living with an ocean view, off-grid yogi place.
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    The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of our favorite drones on the market. Since its launch last August, the Mavic 2 Pro has become the most popular consumer drone. With hard-to-beat camera specs and long-lasting battery life, it checks most of the boxes on a pilot's wish list. The drone comes with a pretty significant price tag, retailing at $1,499. Check out our review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. We've partnered with DJI to offer an exclusive discount on the Mavic 2 Pro, making it more affordable. We're giving away codes for 20% off the Mavic 2 Pro to five members of our community. To claim them, simply comment on this post what you'd do with a Mavic 2 Pro. The first five members to comment will be emailed the 20% off coupon code and link to purchase. The codes will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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    Hi Felix I have some experience with crop spraying by helicopter, and also crop spraying drones, but not one like yours. I found that most of the crop spraying drones do a pretty crappy job with lots of patchiness, and are often more problematic than they are worth. The best crop spraying drone I have worked with is by for the XAG P series, its quite pricey but definitely the only one that truly delivers a uniform spray pattern, and lives up to its efficiency rates. I think the key is that it has RTK GPS, so it is able to keep its line very accurately, and can even do spot spraying on individual trees. I believe that there are over 30 000 of them in operation in China, where they are the go to platform for spraying. Also has nice and easy pilot controls. no RC skills necessary. check out www.specialisedagriculturalservices.com and www.cropsprayingdrone.com for more info on them The DJI is also okay and a bit cheaper, there are quite a few guys spraying with them in our area with some good and some not so good results. They do seem to have a few more issues for what I hear, and are not quite as durable. Let me know how you get on with yours. where are you based and what are you farming?
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    Hey pilots. recently DJI halted production on the Phantom 4 series. DJI has its "reasons" but this is a blow to the drone industry because the Phantom 4 Pro is widely regarded as the best all-around drone on the market. The industry is leaning too much toward to hobbyists with a steady stream of foldable drones while leaving out more serious commercial pilots (we are their customers too!). I believe the community needs to come together to show our dismay with DJI. I think the best action to do is by contacting DJI (https://www.dji.com/contact) with our thoughts. If enough people reach out to them, it could give them a reason to change course.
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    I did that with the $300 drone just got it out of the backpack all shiny and pretty but I didn't have the GPS on so when I took off it did this loopty-loop thing hit a tree flew down the tree then hit a car LOL all within 10 minutes of having it
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    Hi guys! Thanks for the replies. Thanks for the tip on airmap. Im heading first to BigIsland. I hope to get some shots from the vulcanic moon landscape and also hope to get some coastal images. If you have any tips on locations for flying please let me know. Never been to Hawaii before. Looks amazing. I also thought about visiting Kauai if time is left. I also want to find jungle, coastal cliffs formations, caves so are open for any suggestion if you can recomend something. Again , thanks for the replies earlier. Also what would a outdoor cloathing be like , shorts, t-shirt , hiker boots and raincoat ? cheers J
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    Aloha Johan, My friends and I have been flying drones on the Hawaiian Islands for a few years now. The Islands offer incredible opportunities to capture those moments your looking for. There are many places you can fly UAV's that can be right on the giving tourist paths or you can challenge yourself and take the roads less traveled, either way you'll bag those moments few ever get the chance to behold. The No-Fly zones on many apps here can be somewhat misleading when your not physically located at your desired launch point so give your self some latitude when your planning on a set location. This is the winter months for the Islands and can be at times temperamental as far as extreme winds and drenching rains, so when were figuring a drone shot in our plans we map out different locations around the islands the may not be affected by the same weather conditions. Up and Over!
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    Chuck, I fear you missed the point of my post. You see the video was only one part of the overall marketing piece. The rest of the marketing included interior and exterior still photos along with full MLS details of the proeprty. The video was meant simply to augment all the parts that you felt were missing. Sorry that I did not explain that the video was only a portion. I was attempting to reply with only point-of-interest and reveal footage to the question originally posed. Regards, Jay https://jayburnham.photodseck.com
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    One thing I learned a long time ago, so it’s a bit “old school,” is that you always need to payoff an establishing shot. If you don’t you just frustrate the audience. I’m not sure what this video is selling, I assume it’s the larger home in the middle. If so, I want to see the inside of the home, what amenities does it offer, what views does it have from inside the house? I’d like to get a sense of what it might be like to live there. This video certianly did a great job of establishing its location but it didn’t pay it off. Realtors will often say that’s ok because they’ll pay it off in person, the video is just to get potential buyers to come to the home. But, there’s not enough “meat” in the video to get someone to travel to the location and anyone interested from within the area already knows how spectacular the area is. There’s no right or wrong answer here, I very much enjoyed the aerial in this video, but I wanted to get more of a sense of the property.
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    Aerial media can do many great things for a property showcase. Aside from seeing the condition of the rooftop and the surrounding area (which can be both great and not great), an aerial shot can give a perspective otherwise unavailable to the average photographer standing on the ground. For example, last night I had a shoot where the bottom of the home is mostly garage, and the second floor is all the goodies. From the ground, the house looks pretty good, but you still cannot see much detail from the outside looking in, especially at dusk (when we do the dreamy lights on, dark blue night sky combo). So, the answer was to park the drone about 12ft high to balance the perspective and give a peek into a beautifully lit up home at dusk. In terms of video, it's also important to use low angle methods with your drone, because you can cover a lot more distance in one take than running through the yard and around the pool with a gimbal cam. Essentially, you can create CGI style panning & orbiting effects, but with real life video footage. Solar panels on the roof are another reason for aerial media capture. Sure, you could climb a ladder or rent a bucket truck, but one is less safe, the other much more costly. Drones fix that problem in short order. I've even flown drones up large elaborate stairwells to move the video sequence from one floor to another. (DISCLAIMER: Make sure you have more than enough general liability insurance, in case your drone goes whack and you take out a $100,000 chandelier). Personally, I don't really consider the drone anything more than another tool in the box to get a job done. Aerial shots help to create a more robust media package overall, and that's what I market, rather than specifically marketing drone services.
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    One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
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    Amazon has lots of good beginner drones. You can also look at hobbypartz. Like @Isabella | UAV Coach said, Buy a cheap drone to practice on. Once you're comfortable with it, upgrade to a better drone. If It's you're first drone, I wouldn't spend more than 100$ on it. I crashed and destroyed three drones while I learned to fly them. Thankfully I only spent 80-120$ on them. The last one I got failed on it own after two months of flying, then I bought a Typhoon H. Just be careful not to rush you're self while learning. Spend a few weeks or months ! flying them until you buy one that cost anymore than 500$ Nothing is more sad than crashing you're brand new expensive drone that you just bought. Hope that helps and good luck !
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    Since I have my own thread going here: Just another day in the office...
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    In short, it would generally be illegal to shoot down someones uav. The FAA considers them aircraft and willfully damaging them is forbidden and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 2 › § 32 That said, if you remember, William Merideth got away with it in Kentucky. Even in states or municipalities that have enacted more stringent uas legislation, taking the law into ones own hands and shooting down a uas that was not threatening your safety would be seen as a crime (in most states). Here is a short article that addresses the subject. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/theres-a-drone-flying-over-my-house-can-i-shoot-125546065994.html
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    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.
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    I'm flying the Phantom 3 Pro. I'm located in North Texas. I have no background in real estate. Just thought that would be a good market to get started with. No website yet. I have been working on a portfolio of pictures and video's. I'm filling my 333 exemption tomorrow. I have formed OneDrone, LLC. I'm planning to start knocking on doors next month. I saw my first drone about 3 years ago, It had me hooked. So this year i finally took the plunge and decided to go all in.