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As many others in this thread, I am also just getting in the game. I just wanted to share my choice for liability insurance and would like to know if anyone else uses the same. I use the mobile app "Verifly" and you pay by the hour, usually only $10.00 an hour or sometimes $25.00 depending on where you fly. I just wanted to share with everyone, it works good for someone like me who is just getting started and doesn't want to pay a lot for insurance that I might not need often. Check into it!

      

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On 9/15/2017 at 6:50 PM, Droneography747 said:

Hey you all, Droneography747 here and I'm in Chicago no experience, but I fly every day. I'm a Hvac tech but I'm looking to join the droner community and start doing it part time I want to actually do wind farms any advice I have the mavic pro and willing to update if I have to i have no photography or videography skills but willing to learn.

Hey @Droneography747, welcome to the community.  If you want someone to answer your question, I recommend you post a new topic with a smart heading like "Need advice getting into wind farms".  What you've posted is a reply to a question about pricing real estate photography.  There are specific forum categories such as "Business Advice" that your question would be more suited.  

But, quickly the first thing you will want to do if you want to fly commercially (e.g. get paid for it) is to obtain your FAA Remote Pilot certificate by studying for and passing the written exam at a local FAA exam location.  @Alan Perlman has a ground school that has helped a lot of people like yourself study for and pass the test.

Best of luck.

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On 9/16/2017 at 1:28 PM, ScottF said:

Hey @Droneography747, welcome to the community.  If you want someone to answer your question, I recommend you post a new topic with a smart heading like "Need advice getting into wind farms".  What you've posted is a reply to a question about pricing real estate photography.  There are specific forum categories such as "Business Advice" that your question would be more suited.  

But, quickly the first thing you will want to do if you want to fly commercially (e.g. get paid for it) is to obtain your FAA Remote Pilot certificate by studying for and passing the written exam at a local FAA exam location.  @Alan Perlman has a ground school that has helped a lot of people like yourself study for and pass the test.

Best of luck.

Thanks for the tip, moved the thread over here:

http://community.uavcoach.com/topic/3579-need-advice-getting-into-wind-farms/

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Aloha Franklin, and everyone else in the thread,

I live in one of the most expensive places on the planet, so take the numbers with a grain of salt, but I thought sharing the concept of our pricing structure might help.

First thing:  I charge for photos by 1,000sqft brackets, and video is priced according to time duration.  Add-ons include aerial photos, aerial video content, lifestyle content that cannot be shot from the property, sunset session. 

Second thing:  All media is strictly licensed for use by the realtor only, unless licensed to the brokerage (sometimes the brokerage is very small, and pays for the agents' media).  Media use is restricted to advertisements for the sale of the property, and for the realtor to use as continued ad content to further their biz efforts.  Brokerage can use to advertise for the sale of the property only, and for the duration of the listing only.

Ok, so here are the numbers, which should make a little more sense :)

Photo Options:

MLS Listing Photo Set (Interior/Exterior ground shots)  $400 up to 1,000sqft. + $100 per additional 1,000sqft. (Up to 4,000sqft...if over that size, custom pricing kicks in).

Aerial Photo Set  $350

Video Options:

Full Feature Cinematic Lifestyle (up to 3min max)   $1,800 (includes aerial footage where applicable)

Social Media Cinematic Highlight (1min max)   $1,000 (includes aerial footage where applicable)

Add-On Options:

Sunset through Twilight Session $250

Off-property Lifestyle Content $250

 

Again, I work in a ridiculously inflated market, where the median home mortgage is over $800k, so these numbers might look silly to some of you.  But the basic structure seems to work decently for me.  If you have any questions, hit me up!

 

Mahalo for your time!

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On 9/26/2016 at 10:23 PM, Alan Perlman said:

I'm biased and will recommend our training program over at http://dronepilotgroundschool, but there are many ways to study. Other online courses like ours. Workbooks you can buy. Apps you can buy on your phone. The FAA has free study materials as well:

Alan, I used your program and really have to say it is by far the best out there.

My test taking was averaging 35-40 minutes, scoring from around 82 - 93% on the practice tests you have.

The day came and I scored 95%...Woohoo!!

Thank you!

Peter

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42 minutes ago, pcdesignworks said:

Alan, I used your program and really have to say it is by far the best out there.

My test taking was averaging 35-40 minutes, scoring from around 82 - 93% on the practice tests you have.

The day came and I scored 95%...Woohoo!!

Thank you!

Peter

You chose wisely, Peter, and congrats on your achievement! 👏

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3 hours ago, pcdesignworks said:

Alan, I used your program and really have to say it is by far the best out there.

My test taking was averaging 35-40 minutes, scoring from around 82 - 93% on the practice tests you have.

The day came and I scored 95%...Woohoo!!

Thank you!

Peter

Huzzah! Killer score, congrats :)

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2 hours ago, JBR LIFE Photography said:

You chose wisely, Peter, and congrats on your achievement! 👏

Thank you!

Alan's course is so well layed out and easy to follow. Best out there!! It's like one of those TV series that you can't wait for the next episode!!

I looked at some of your work as well JBR, excellent work!!

Have been working my way into this exciting field over the last couple of years.

Life quote:

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough"  Og. M.

Happy flying!!  (borrowed from Alan's blog :)

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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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3 hours ago, Kdrone_Imagery said:

@JBR LIFE Photography my follow up question would be, since you charge by square footage, how many photos does that usually entail? 

 

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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2 hours ago, JBR LIFE Photography said:

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?'

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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Thank you to all who have added to this thread as I was needing pricing information. I started a company in AZ a few years ago for the sole purpose of Real Estate/Drone video photography, but waited on the FAA to finalize what was needed for the Part 107 license. I have several Realtors that I personally called and talked with about using drones to shoot footage. They were overwhelming in their support and are in much need of licensed commercial drone pilots. That said, I needed a price list to send out to them and this helps tremendously.

 

Thank you again.

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Feel free to review our pricing at https://www.bluelavamedia.com/pricing/   I should have posted that sooner on the thread. We have not increased it in a few years and will likely do so when we add the live chat, live text and live video to our productions here this Fall.  You can see our productions here https://tours.BlueLaVaMedia.com the guys have really come a long way!  Two of our three pilots have been with us since 2016.  

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Hi -  I have similar questions as well.  I'm flying a Mavic Mini (I figured start small, and if I need better toys I'll get it).    I have a 107 license.   I've been a Commercial Real Estate Broker for 15 years and have access to all the clients I need.  But there is a void in my area for drone photography who know what the end user is looking for.  I have no interest in shooting residential footage, in fact I'd like to avoid it.   

 

Do people shoot at flat rate, or $/hr depending upon scope and travel time?  Also, do you charge extra for post production or leave that for others.  

Thanks

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Hello Michael.  The real estate side of this is certainly "Turn and Burn" however if you streamline things enough and dial it in Henry Ford style it can be quite profitable.  Most of the aerial drone pilots that we associate with charge a flat fee for package A, which includes, X, Y, and Z and so on.  Each package may grow incrementally and contain more still photos and more video as you go from package to package. This would be for residential. When it comes to commercial most of the guys and gals out there are charging an hourly or several hundred dollars per minute. See the vast difference between our real estate drone here - https://www.bluelavamedia.com/pricing/  and our commercial pricing here - https://www.bluelavamedia.com/commercial-pricing/ 

Post production is an entirely different beast.  I don't know anyone that farms that out but I would encourage you to follow Grant Johnson.  He really knows his stuff https://grantjohnston.me/ and there's a lot of good free stuff there to get started with.

Give me a shout if you like.  Always available to help.

 

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