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  1. 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 u
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  2. It's been a long time coming, but we're happy to announce that we've received our FAA Section 333 exemption. Our team patiently waited 6 months and 2 days for our Section 333 Exemption (and Blanket COA) from the FAA. We received it and are now cleared to operate commercially! Is it a perfect process? No. Is it the only door the FAA has given us to comply here in the US? Yep, sure is. While I’m proud to be one of 4000 companies who have successfully navigate this process, I’ll be even more proud when cleaner sUAS rules are put into place." In case you're interested in the guidelines I
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  3. Couldn't resist grabbing a pano the other day on my way home. I never tire of this scene, and conditions were just right for it. Enjoy!
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  4. 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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  5. 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
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  6. Hi all, just got a written response back from Drone Base, with their permission to publish. See below! -- 1. We completely understand the concerns of the "potential" to get paid on Pano Missions. This is a new business model and we're working with customers up and down the real estate stack (agent/broker, owners, and data services companies). We've had some tremendous success so far in the first month of launch with thousands of Panos being completed with hundreds of distinct pilots getting paid. We're getting very creative in our sales + marketing channels and on the other side
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  7. We want to thank everyone for being apart of our community and for entering our DJI Mavic Mini giveaway! The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 29th here on the forum and in our weekly newsletter that goes out every week on Saturday morning. Looking for a new drone? Well, our friends over at DJI have given us a brand new DJI Mavic Mini to give away to our UAV Coach community! The Mavic Mini is a great starter drone that combines everything we love about some of DJI's best drones into a small, but powerful package. Click here to learn more about the DJI Mavic
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  8. Recently got back from a short trip to Miami Beach with my family. Woke up at sunrise on our last morning there to sneak in some drone flying at South Pointe Park. Feedback, particularly when it comes to the color grading, is welcome!
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  9. All that single shot orthomosaic tells the farmer is where the in-field variablility is on that day, but not what causes it. And unless you are calibrating for reflectance, you won’t be able to confidently compare orthos between two dates. Unless you are a trained agronomist, and/or have scientific training in crop sciences, geography, remote sensing or related - or can partner up as a data collector for an outfit that can do the required analysis - your service (and value to the grower) stops after data collection, since you’re not qualified to provide Rxs (what multitude of soil and other fa
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  10. 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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  11. Hello my name is Paul Glidden. I live in New Hampshire, USA I have been flying quadcopters / drones for little over a year now and love flying them! I have been into r/c hobby for over 25 years racing 1/10 scale cars and trucks since I was a kid and always done most of my own repairs. I started a drone repair business on the side in May, because of the long wait times me and my friends were having to get their drone repaired by the company they bought it from, for the mostly non-warranty repairs. I don't have a website yet, but plan on setting up something in the next few weeks. I d
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  12. Had a winter storm come through overnight and give us just a bit of wet snow and some dramatic morning skies. Still getting the hang of working with raw images from my P4Pro, but it sure is fun!
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  13. We had a mission in downtown Los Angeles and I thought I'd share some stills.
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  14. Uploading these really changes the color.
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  15. We flew two missions last year in Coastal Trident, a law enforcement exercise to test port security for homeland defense. The first is a bomb on a boat and our ability to detect and pursue. The second was integrating one of our drones into first responders command and control and detecting nuclear material on a large ship. Both missions were successful.
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  16. Another untouched resource (and a tax deduction) is to do 2D/3D/short video of churches. You can look up churches in your area and also the state church/conventions/synods/county associations, etc. Send them several samples of your work (screen shots of a 2D/3D, close ups of church roof damage, asphalt parking lots, gutters, etc. and then charge a ridiculous amount ($80-$120) and when you send them the invoice show the going rate of what you normally charge (our case was $485) and then show the cost to them ($120) and take the difference as a donation/benevolence deduction. At 10 churches per
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  17. A smidgen is 10 smirchs, a smirch is 10 tads, A tad is 10 frog hairs. Haven't you ever hear of the hillbilly metric system?
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  18. Loved this post from Flight Evolved: http://flight-evolved.com/search-and-rescue-drones/ Excerpt: There are several things that make a search and rescue job different from the industrial inspection, mapping, and videography jobs we normally do. In our discussions we came up with three UAV types that should be considered for search and rescue drone operations. We ranked each platform on a set of characteristics that we consider the vital considerations for search and rescue drones.
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  19. Hey guys, I thought I might chime in here. I'm a land surveyor in Idaho, USA, and hold a degree in Geomatics. I am in the process of starting a UAS Department for my current employer which is a Land Surveying, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm. My goal is to provide UAS ground data that a licensed land surveyor will feel comfortable signing and stamping. This is the final goal for many of you looking to provide "survey grade" ground data. But, let me tell you, its not as easy as just using centimeter grade GPS or a 1 second Total stations to set GCP's. A huge part of our j
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  20. Im in the same boat. I have a buddy that will be doing all my post processing through Adobe Premier and he said that he has worked with other sUAS pilots and they are getting $500-700 for all the video and photos. Now these are primarily high end real-estate fly's but I would think just regular 1 day events you should be comfortable at or around $249-$349 for an hour fly/shoot. If they want to get super detailed or want extra video maybe then charge $25-$50/hour extra. I've already had a church offer me $200-300 to fly a car show they are doing and they simply want the video footage an
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  21. Hey guys, just finished up my Aerial Reel for last years work. Please give it a look and tell me what you like or didn't like. Thanks! www.mothershipimaging.com
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  22. Passed the online exam!!! Getting my BFR done and I'll be ready to go. Little advice for those drone pilots out there. I don't think this exam is gonna be as easy as some of the authors of the articles I've been reading think. Study your airspace,weather, and aeronautical charts. Can't wait to hear what it's like. Good luck!
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  23. Here's a link to the PXL Media Studios real estate video show reel -
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  24. For all of my professional editing I use Final Cut Pro X. I previously used Final Cut Pro 7 and still do for some massively complex projects but for anything to do with aerial reels FCP X hands down gets me from rough cut to final export the fastest. It is very intuitive with minimal training and easily works with 4K footage. If you haven't heard yet, my friend Brendan and I are designing a course on cinematography for UAV Coach. There will be a post-production element to this course where I will go over the basics of editing and coloring your aerial reels. Keep an eye out for the course
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  25. Jon, Real estate agents, or at least the ones I deal with, often have trouble grasping the advantage of shooting their listings from the air, especially as aerial photography will increase their marketing cost. And as I'm sure you know, that money comes out of their pockets, and it can be 6 months or more until they see a return. It's important to be selective about which properties to shoot from the air. Some are easy to figure, like waterfront properties, but for some it's not so obvious. I put together this portfolio in an effort to demonstrate the advantage of aerial work - https://
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  26. 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 constructiv
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  27. Yeah DHawk, everyone has been friendly and professional to this point. I was very attracted to the business model and the fact I will receive support, marketing, and jobs. I can still work my FT job in the meantime. Update- I just received my login info for the 107. I'm excited and more confident in my investment now. So far so good!
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  28. We're celebrating our company's 5-year anniversary this week. Our team can't thank you all enough for reading, for training with us, and for helping to push this industry forward. It's been a wild ride. Here are a few thoughts on what we've learned. Would love to hear what you've learned as well! Please share.
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  29. I thought this article was interesting on the choice of drones for precision agriculture. http://bestdroneforthejob.com/drones-for-work/agriculture-drone-buyers-guide/ The choice of using a fixed wing drone over a multi-rotor makes sense as they need less power providing longer flight times and typically there is no need to hover but rather to keep moving taking pictures of the ground.
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  30. Aloha all, Just wanted to throw a big Mahalo to Alan for the bang-up job he and the crew are doing with UAV Coach. I crammed for the test using the prep-course for a couple evenings, flew to the Big Island and passed the test today. I'm proud to add that my score was 100% Very helpful course layout, loved the experience, thanks again for the effort!
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  31. Before every single photoshoot, I arrive early and knock on every surrounding neighbors’ door and explain to them why they may see a drone above or near their house. And almost every single time, I get “ohh thank you, I appreciate you letting me know”. in my experience just making people aware of your intentions eases their inhibitions about drones.
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  32. 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.
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  33. 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.
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  34. 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.
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  35. Hi All, I wrote my first piece for DRONELIFE and had to name UAV Coach as one of the best communities. I'm really enjoying the discussions here and I hope more people catch on. Here are some others I recommend, as well. http://dronelife.com/2017/06/05/a-guide-to-the-top-drone-forums-and-facebook-groups/
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  36. Welcome to the Republic of California, where the inmates are running the asylum and they aren't happy unless they're telling everyone else how to live.
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  37. Hi - I have been involved with production and copyright since the mid-70s. Copyright is an old model, it was developed to protect sheet music, films and other things that had recurring value. Very often the copyright holder was also the promoter - ie he didn't make a dime unless he sold tickets or whatever. It evolved with photography - go negotiate with Corbis or Getty and you will see how specific it can get. Print, billboard, 1 month, one year, unlimited, US, worldwide and on. But keep in mind that is a picture that is done and probably been approved internally. In many cases it is che
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  38. I'll add my 2 cents worth: I've done quite a few missions so far for Drone Base. I started with some basic Pano's that didn't have a guaranteed payout for several reasons: I wanted to get a feel for where a drone needs to be to get the shots they wanted. I need to build flight hours for legitimate jobs. I want to get more comfortable flying my Phantom in different locations. I have implemented my own Standard Operating Procedures and want to become efficient in following these so I'm not spending a ton of time planning a 15 minute job. I've flown 8 Pano's and
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  39. Hi folks! After weeks of development challenges and chatting with community members to understand what kind of forum format/design would be most beneficial for everyone, I'm happy to announce that http://community.uavcoach.com is finally live! I'll be using this particular board for company updates--when we make changes to the forum, when I need opinions on new products, special offers, and more. Thanks for participating in the UAV Coach community and look forward to seeing you around. Fly safe!
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  40. Drove over 4 hours to the testing site. Took about 37 minutes to complete and then drove 4 hours home lol. I am not a commercial pilot, but did do the ground school through this site. It was very much helpful and Alan is quick with answering questions one may have. I scored an 83% and lot of my test was using figures 75-82 so they were new to me. A lot of mine was knowing what airspace certain towers were at. Very few questions on METAR, TAF or anything like that for me. With the five practice tests that the ground schooled offered i held off on taking the last two until the night
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  41. Wow......were you forced here at gun point? Are you paying to be here? Alan was nice enough to form this forum for those of us interested in learning. Ungratefulness doesn't serve you well, my friend. There are other forums and we all probably belong to them. I've found UAVCoach to be the least judgmental, friendliest of all. There are no guarantees anyone is going to give you the answer you are looking for since you are not paying anything. If you want guarantees buy a refrigerator, if you are looking for love get a dog. I've learned plenty here and we owe it to Alan and UAVCOACH. Bye.
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  42. I tried it yesterday. Technology is amazing....Works very well, thank you DJI, but now I have a stupid looking clip of me sitting in front of my computer on my FB page, any way of deleting it? I know I can restrict it to just me....
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  43. I'm right there with you. Not a bad first crack at it. Pretty easy to navigate through, took about 2 hours to finish and the exam was 35 questions long. I recently spoke with the Nashville FSDO and was informed that they're not real sure if the license will be separate or just a type rating added to existing certificate. I did a little more investigating and apparently they (FAA) want to make it an entirely separate sUAS rating on a Remote Pilot's Certificate. Also do not try to register on the IACRA site to be able to get the certificate, it's not ready for us quite yet. Peace and happy flyin
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  44. Well this was my experience. Yes flying the low priced drones are different in handling and capabilities than the higher priced drones. However big gotcha is learning on a higher priced drones is very costly. I have started on the $50 to the $200. But the cost of learning is priceless. In one of Alan's courses he mentioned that it is not if but when you will crash. No matter how skilled you are it will happen. The $80-$120 is a good range for learning. One reason you want something strong and heavy enough to fly outside to experience weather conditions. But small enough so yo
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  45. This is what your super duper course certificate (for licensed pilots) looks like PS- if your IQ is higher than your shoe size you'll have no trouble completing the course...
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  46. Hi @IMann Currently I trying to build up copter on ArduCopter for testing purposes on small fields. Also I have 2.1meter selfmade flying-wing and 1,6m glider on APM too. The Wing has long enough flight time and I want to integrate s110 camera for NDVI analysis using APM possibilities to control the camera. You`re right, we have here some large farms and fields. But also we have huge crisis and during last year our currency dropped 3 times to dollar. As UAV components all cost in $, the agro-monitoring service also has to be expensive. So economically better for farmer to hire worker a
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  47. @Air One I personally use Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro for video editing, but if you want a pretty powerful and free video editing tool for Windows, I'd recommend Lightworks. They also have an entire tutorial suite on their website that can help you out and a free beginning seminar that you can schedule: http://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162&Itemid=246&start=v12_5
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  48. George, Shooting & stitching panoramas is a snap with a stable drone. Just shoot a picture rotate about 30 degrees and shoot another until you get back to where you started. Make sure you have lots of overlap in the images. It makes stitching much easier and produces a better result. I'm not familiar with Photoscape, but, of course, photoshop does a great job. I used it for the pano below. You also may want to look for Microsoft ICE (Image composite editor). Ice is very feature rich and believe or not, it's free.
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  49. Hi Franklin, thinking about what you've been able to put together so far re: pictures and videos, what do you see your end product looking like? Have you looked at other aerial service companies in the city / state to see what their service packages look like? I'm not talking about price...I'm talking about quality, and what the deliverables are for the client. There are 101 different ways to offer value to a RE broker with aerial photos / videos, just want to get a sense of what you're thinking and where you think you fit into the local market. Do you also plan to get liability insu
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