Talon Six Aerial

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  1. Fair rate is always difficult to quantify on a message board such as this since it's affected by so many elements like location, usage, complexity of the flight, time of flight, size of the project, image licensing, et cetera. For example what I can realistically charge for a project like you describe where I live (S. Wyoming) goes up significantly if I drive an hour to the south into the Denver metro area. It goes up even higher if the location is remote and in the middle of nowhere. So while I've done jobs like you describe, my rate has been anywhere from $200 to $2500 depending on a variety of project considerations. Ultimately only you can determine what is fair, but these are some of the things you should think about when coming up with a price quote; of course this list is not all inclusive: How large is the project site? Your level of experience and training How many photos will you be expected to deliver? Will the photos need editing after you've shot them? What is the level of risk in flying the mission? (high risk = more pay) What are your costs? (Drone, insurance, training, etc) Travel associated with the project What is the deliverable method? Dropbox? USB stick? What is the expected project turnaround time? What are the licensing requirements of your client? How long will it take you to get the required shot list? Can this shoot be a package deal? All sites for the clients should equate to a lower cost. What is the client going to do with the photos once you've delivered? Is the work taxable in your state? (in WY construction monitoring is not) These are just a few price-affecting factors off the top of my head and I'm certain I'm missing things. Sorry I'm not giving you a specific dollar figure which I realize is all you want, but these elements I've listed above create the defensibility you're looking for if your client challenges you on price. Finally, as always with this type of relatively simple drone operation, you may be undercut by your 18-year old neighbor with his new Mavic Mini or some lowballer on Thumbtack. Don't get suckered into that game and don't feel bad about walking away if the pay isn't worth the effort.
  2. Thanks Chuck. There was a religious organization that held sports camps there, but the property was abandoned two years ago. The client is an investor who recently bought it from a holding company.
  3. Here's a retreat property I got to shoot last weekend. Not everything was 'camera ready' so my client only wanted me to hit the good areas. The client was also pretty heavy handed in the editing and lower thirds, which is okay since that's our job right? I don't get too wrapped up with very direct feedback like this client gave anymore, since at the end of the day I can always make a Director's Cut if the changes mean that much to me. Anyways, here is it:
  4. Nice and welcome to the boards! I've used (and frequently use) all three shots from your video. Also my hat's off to you for starting a YT channel. Putting yourself out there is not easy, so way to go with being a contributor and not just a consumer like me! You're clearly comfortable with yourself on camera and you come across that way. My critiques are with your drone shots. This is just my opinion, so take it for what it's worth. 1:05 - this clip judders like it was shot in 30p and imported into a 24p timeline without any optical flow or retiming. I'd recommend slowing the clip to 80% and applying some sort of frame interpolation like optical flow (I'm an FCPX guy, so I'm not sure what it's called in Premiere or Resolve). This clip also has barrel distortion - are you using a M2P? If so Film Poets has a free plugin that fixes M2P distortion when the camera is set to full FOV. 1:17 - same judder issue, but not as pronounced. Barrel distortion is definitely present. Unfortunately barrel distortion can be very obvious in tilt-up reveals. 2:13 - GREAT shot! I love this one. Something happens at the end of the clip and it starts to get stuttery like it's being slowed down without any frame interpolation. 3:03 - the next three clips stutter like they've been slowed to less than the project frame rate without any frame interpolation. Finally, all your drone shots seem under saturated. Punch the color and spice those babies up! Again, this is just one dude's thoughts and I'm by no means a virtuoso. Regardless I'd be interested to know what drone and editing software you're using. Great work!
  5. 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.
  6. This one was interesting because normally I don't get hired for $200K houses. In this case, the property is located in Albin, Wyoming which is a very small town on the Nebraska border. It's about 45 minutes from Cheyenne so the agent figures that this would be the best way to get prospective buyers to see the beauty of the place without doing a lot of showings for the "just looking" crowd. I think his reasoning is spot on.
  7. LOVE the night shots! Any special techniques with the drone settings and/or editing those?
  8. Here's some unique drone shots from recent jobs. I've come to the point where I actually prefer using the drone instead of a tripod if the shot calls for something higher than 6'.
  9. This was a little challenging with the proximity to other houses and trees, but the Mavic 2 Pro came through again. There's a drone shot at the end where I had the drone on POI mode going clockwise around the house while I was manually climbing, making for a nice corkscrew shot. The M2P kept the camera pointed at the POI (the window above the garage) allowing me to very smoothly speed ramp the clip in post. On the non-drone side, I also whipped out the slider and 35mm lens for the first time to get three closeup shots during the video.
  10. Morning all! It's been a minute so here's a recent project. I'm still super happy with the Mavic 2 Pro's video quality, stability, reliability, and all the -ilities. Nothing too special about this video in terms of how I used the drone.
  11. I just donated it to the local fire department yesterday. Sorry!
  12. Typically it's a three-shot blend. The general procedure goes like this: 1. Ambient light, no flash shot ETTR (exposed to the right) 2. Flash shot ETTR - monolight for large rooms and speed light for everything else 3. Flash shot ETTR with gray card if I haven't shot that color room yet 4. Expose for view outdoors and blow out interior with flash for darken mode blending in PhotoShop If I need to get more flash elsewhere for weird shaped rooms, I have two speed lights that I can position wherever needed. Nathan Cool does a much better job explaining how these shots are done on YouTube. He's a Jedi at this type of photography.