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  1. On 6/6/2017 at 4:29 PM, ScottF said:

    Aloha Jonathon,

    This video is great.  Good use of movement and transitions.  The colors are great.  I'm ready to move into this house.

    I'm going to be in Maui in a few days and I'm looking forward to finding some places to fly (without encroaching on the peace and tranquility that Maui offers).  We have some friends that live on Maui and we have visited quite a few times over the years.  Looking forward to getting some snorkeling time.

    Keep up the good work.  Mahalo.


    Aloha Scott, thank you for the encouraging review! When you get to Maui, I recommend taking some time to fly around LaPerrouse, and of course anywhere around Olowalu.


    Enjoy your time, and say hello to the honu (turtles) for me while you're snorkeling! 

    1 hour ago, R Martin said:


    Outstanding! If that doesn't sell property I do not know what will..

    Mahalo my friend! So far, these realtors keep me around, so I'm either doing it right or  I'm just too affordable :)

  2. Aloha UAV'ers!  This is a video I shot for a realtor on the island, and of course, afterward I wanted to buy this place.  It happens pretty much every time, so mentally, I've purchased a few million dollars worth of homes.  But in real life, I still rent :)

    Anyhow, this particular shoot was a bit of a challenge, as they wanted to showcase the waterfall, the walking path, AND the property.  It becomes a challenge, as most of my clients prefer a video to be 3min or less.  In fact, the closer we get to the 2min mark, the better, but some properties just don't allow it.

    Click it, watch it, dream about this place being your own, and I'd love to hear your feedback!

    Cameras:  DJI Phantom 4, Canon 7D mk II, GoPro, iPhone 7+, Matterport 3D



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  3. For video, we use FCPX (there are 3 of us editing), which handles all color grading and everything else we need.  Occasionally, we'll use a plug-in for certain effects, but rarely.

    For photo editing, we have an Adobe CC account, using mostly Lightroom, and occasionally Photoshop for more complicated edits.

  4. Aloha,

    I pay for a Vimeo PRO account, which gives ample upload space for large video files.  I send the link to the client, and they can download from there as needed, in multiple resolution options (you can unlock downloads in the settings menu of the video).

    Because realtors often are NOT tech savvy, they tend to use my Vimeo hosting as their direct link to their listings.  It's clean, it's easy, no pop-up ads, beautiful streaming and ease of use for the client.

    Hope this helps,


  5. It really depends upon what you can offer, in terms of service, ease of use, professionalism, turn around time on products, and so on.

    So, do you plan to offer aerial service only?  And what does that include?  Will you be providing video?  Photo?  Both?  

    If you're offering photos, will they be edited?  Will you make sure to straighten lines, balance color, and remove unsightly objects, such as trash cans, not-so-nice vehicles, yard tools?  Figure out what you can offer that's different AND better than whatever they're using now, and that will guide you through your presentation.

    Whenever I do brokerage presentations, I try to gear it toward 'This is what you should expect from a professional', and less 'Hire me I'm so great.'  This way, they know I'm really just trying to educate them about what's out there, and it just happens that I can also provide these things if they wanna use me.

    Whatever you do, stand by your pricing, be confident, and be ready for a mixed bag of responses.  Some will nod in agreement, some will remain stone cold silent, and some might scoff or show some emotion of disdain or disapproval of your prices.  Don't let that last little bit get in your head -be confident and know why you're worth those dollars.

    I hope this is somewhat helpful.





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  6. 9 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:


    What software do you use to add motion in the 3D model?  The real challenge for me is getting the lighting right.  Exteriors and aerial live action shots are reasonably easy. Interior live action shots are much more difficult and time consuming.   With stills you can bracket and photofuse with strobed images and create a well balanced image, but again this can be very time consuming.

    I understand why a lot of real estate media is so poorly produced.  Its a real compromise between efficiency and quality and realtors seem to favor price over substance.  Getting them to understand that better quality often takes longer is not a conversation that most want to have.  In fact , that's probably my biggest complaint about doing this sort of work is how impatient the broker is, some expect it to be done in two hours or less.

    What I like best about it is how challenging the actual photography can be.  So although I probably won't pursue property videos as a business, I really enjoy it when someone wants me to take my time and do it to the best of my ability.  

    When I build 3D models, the Matterport platform allows for a guided tour function.  It requires constructing the tour based upon waypoint throughout the home.  Once the tour model is complete, I do a screen capture recording via Quicktime of the tour playing from start to finish.  The resulting video file can be chopped and edited inside of your editing software of choice.  I prefer FCPX.

    For interiors, I try to use a combination of trickery to get the lighting correct.  Early morning & late evening allow for more balanced interior / exterior metering.  If it's midday, but the windows are shielded from direct bright light, I will stop my camera down to -2/3 and recover the shadows in post.  This gets it close.  If the outside conditions are simply too bright, my options are to either use lights, or use an HDR (photofuse) image with movement (Ken Burns).  Remember, it doesn't have to be technically correct, in regard to cinematograpy rules.  It just has to flow well, show the property and sell the home.

    Pro Tip:  Screens on windows and doors make fairly effect light filters.  Leave 'em closed / installed so you can take advantage of that light filtering.  The mesh in the screen is rarely ever enough to obstruct the outside view.

    I don't try to convince anyone of anything anymore when it comes to video work.  I try to price the service according to the time I'm spending and the product they'll receive, and the rest just falls where it does.  I'm happy to give explanation as to why the editing process takes a couple days, but if they persist in rush delivery, I'll gladly decline the work.  This is discussed before I ever show up to a shoot (timelines and whatnot).

    I posted a video of a fairly recent project, if you'd like to see it.  Here's a link to the thread: http://community.uavcoach.com/topic/3040-aloha-from-maui-property-vid-inside/


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  7. Aloha UAV'ers!  

    I'm new to this online community, and thought I'd introduce myself, and share a piece of recent work to get started.  My name is Jonathon, owner of JBR LIFE Photography, located on the beautiful island of Maui.  Primarily, I shoot real estate, although our company also specializes in family beach portrait shoots and the occasional wedding, which we contract out to other photographers.  I keep the real estate and commercial media projects for myself :)

    The video I'm sharing today is a high-end property located on the south shore.  These units sell for around $2-2.5M, which is not really an astronomical figure on this island, but higher than my personal home budget none the less. lol  The camera line-up:  Canon 7D mkII, Phantom 4, iphone 7+ (yep...4k vid) & GoPro Hero 5.

    Anyhow, I appreciate your time and views, and look forward to any feedback y'all have to give.  All constructive critique is welcome too!

    Warmest Mahalo,




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  8. I feel your pain, and took a slightly different approach than most when building our clientele.  The thing to remember is that, after the property sells, in the realtor's mind none of that beautiful media matters anymore.  The home is gone, off the market, and they've moved onto the next.

    However, I choose to point out that their property marketing media is more than just selling the home.  It serves as a sales tool to prospective seller clients, long after the initial home sale.  Try that angle, and target the high volume realtors.  Brokers are a great contact and endorsement tool, but they gotta be onboard with what you offer.  Otherwise, they'll tell the realtors to not bother.

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  9. Aloha community!  I'm new to the forum, but not to UAV Coach, and wanted to jump in on this thread.  Since I primarily shoot real estate, seemed like the perfect first post spot.

    Thanks for sharing these videos, Av8Chuck.  The work is solid, and very pleasing to watch.  I like that you break up the shots between wide and tight, which is vital to create an attractive real estate video that doesn't put the audience to sleep.

    As for the matterport camera talk, I own one and use it on the island (Maui).  I've even folded the 3D tour model footage into video projects, and no one has yet to tell the difference.  In fact, when they see the movement in 3D space, they usually LOVE it!

    Regarding profitability in shooting real estate, I'll be the first to say it's a long row to hoe.  Realtors are notoriously considered to be cheap when it comes to marketing expenses, and they're programmed to try negotiating.  Stick to your pricing, don't take every job that comes along, and keep producing this beautiful work and you'll do well.  It just takes a little bit of time.

    Warmest Mahalo for sharing!

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