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  1. As a rookie UAV pilot, 'and no I will not go fetch a gallon bucket of prop wash', I find that learning to fly this thing is about as scary-fun as anything I have ever done. Have had two minor, slow motion crashes since unboxing it, and we have learned that a 50' radius is about the minimum for launch area when the morning desert breeze arises. So this craft is supposed to have a max. altitude of 1,600 feet above launch elevation ? I am not even presently comfortable flying at 40 feet above me on my residential street, but have broken 125 feet in altitude out in the desert east of Vegas, and THAT was reason to celebrate. Mind you I have had 37 successful jumps during past military service, and those were similar in adrenal rush to piloting this thing up and down the street avoiding trees and power lines. For some reason, have not reached the comfort point of just being 20 or so feet above the trees and wires overhead, which would probably make life so much easier. Weird huh? Anyone wants to chime in, it would be comforting to know that I am not just getting old...........
  2. @Alan Perlman Probably going to have to be next year....CFO and Big Boss said I had already spent my allowance on Photoshop World, and one world was enough this year......lol. Hey, at least I was not in the dog house (literally as we have a BIG dog) for plunking down a grand on the drone and stuff . I appreciate the heads-up. Thanks.
  3. I have even heard of them doing stills of the interiors with the drone being hand-held or set on a counter. There is no substitute for talent or mucho experience when it comes to getting the most out of a property. It really comes down to planning and preparation and visualizing the shot long before camera or drone comes out of the bag. For me personally, I require a pre-shoot meeting just to nail down the final details, and I need to know what type of lighting I might need to add. For apartments, i can typically get by with what is in my Go Bag. I like the idea of being able to provide stills and say 1=3 minutes of video. An even 3 minutes is wayyyy to long unless there is just a lot of subject material to fly. Am getting ready to try the Litchi software which should really elevate the quality of aerial videos...
  4. New to drones but have been performing Commercial Real Estate photography for over a decade in Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington and Alaska. Recently purchased a Phantom 3 Pro, and have been getting my 'feet wet' so to speak. Never had any type of aviation certification from the Feds, though back in the day, as an enlisted man, I had my Air Crew wings in the Navy. Also, never piloted a craft until now, but sure jumped/rappelled out of more than enough perfectly good craft to know what not to do, and we all spent our time playing the Flight Sims when they first came out. I want to add aerial photography of property to my arsenal. Would love to do bazillon $$$$ homes and make bank, but we know how small those odds are. My goal for the next 6 months, to prepare for the FAA test to get my commercial UAV license. In the interim would like to know as much about these craft as I can, and thought this might be an excellent resource. Who knows, maybe the training aspect will become a more viable, and less worrysome alternative, only time will tell.