The Basics of Drone / Aerial Photography for Real Estate Photography
Let's talk a little bit more about aerial or drone photography. If you want to take your photography up to that next level, literally, first off recommended tools, you're gonna need a drone, an app. And then also you're going to need to practice, practice, practice. It's so important as a drone photographer doing it professionally to get license. This is going to look different in every location around the world. So you're going to need to do a little bit of research into what it takes to become a professional licensed drone flyer. It's gonna make you a safer pilot though and you're going to be doing it um legally, if you have a license, if you don't have a license, then taking photos professionally in some areas depending on the location and selling that service is not legal. So in the United States, this is called the part license. So definitely look that up. You'll also want to register your drone. So in case it gets lost in case anything happens and and also when you're getting pe...
rmission to fly your drone, you have it registered and it's actually not that hard to get permission to fly a drone in different locations. You'll also want to have liability insurance. It's important to have insurance. No matter what. If you're a photographer going into different people's homes, you'll wanna have some sort of business insurance to cover you, but especially if you're flying a drone, you don't wanna get stuck with a lawsuit or a bill with any sort of, hello, kitty, any sort of damage to anyone's property. Then also check your local laws depending on the location you can fly at under certain heights within certain distances from airports and things like that. So you wanna make sure you're following the law now, in terms of which drone I recommend there's so many brands out there that make great quality drones now, but I can only speak to DJ. I drones. Those are the ones that I've, they have the Mavic, the air and the mini. They even have more professional drones too. But these are great for anyone getting started and probably with the budget of a real estate photographer. Now the mini is cool because it's under the typical weight limit that requires licensing or permission to fly. If you're flying a bigger drone, even the air or the mavic, sometimes it's not allowed in locations or to be done professionally. And I want you to make sure that you're looking this up for your specific location, what the, the weight limit is, but that DJ I mini was made so that it's under the limit currently as of the time of recording this video to be able to fly without getting a license, which is something you can do and the quality of the photos is still really good apps that I recommend you check out are the before you fly app by Aloft and the air map app that we both do similar things you can see on a map where there's restrictions if you're close to an airport. And with the before you fly app, you can actually go in there and request permission to fly in areas. And depending on what your flight is, depending on the time of day, you might be able to get permission in locations that are close to those restricted zones in my area. I know for a fact that there are airports in a lot of places and you're not supposed to fly within five miles of airports or, or, or three miles depending on the location. But if you request permission at a specific time, if you say you're going to stay below 50 ft or 100 ft, oftentimes you get permission and a lot of times it's completely automated. It's just an algorithm that says, OK. Well, it's at this time, it's at this location. It's at this height, you're good to go. So check out that one before you fly by a loft. All right. So now in terms terms of composing your images start low, go from there. So don't just jump up to the top of the world start low. Potentially, you're just going to use these photos for your exterior shots rather than ones you take from eye level. Although I would still recommend taking those similarly left, right center from the front of the house, show that side of the house to get that depth. You can also see the depth of the property quite well when you're starting to go back and up higher with those angled shots. And that's what you're gonna do just back up and get those whole property shots as much as possible. A couple tips, hide yourself, go across the street, go and you know, in your, your car that's parked down the street, you don't wanna get your car in the shot. So definitely park your car far enough away, hide under a tree, maybe under the porch or even inside the house so that you can get those shots without you in them. Generally, you wanna keep your house centered in the middle of the frame. There's also a very, very cool shots where the house is centered at the bottom of the frame showing the location. We talked earlier about that shot, showing like the location in the neighborhood of the house. So that's a cool shot. And then also a straight down shot, just sort of like a Google maps perspective of the property is another one to get same for the backyard left right center for the backyard. And then if there's any detail shots that look good from the aerial perspective, get those, the deck patios, gardens, pools, anything like that. It's super important when you're shooting with a drone to plan for weather, high wind, bad weather, rain, that stuff is going to make much more of a difference with the exterior drone shots than the interior shots of your your photos. Also planning to shoot like right the hour after or around sunrise and the hour before and after sunset, those are great times to take exterior shots to give your photos a little bit more style. That being said, sometimes it's better to just get a nice bright daylight shot of the property. And you're not trying to go for that stylistic golden hour. Look for the outside shots, clouds can be great. So if it's a cloudy day, don't shy away from taking photos on a cloudy day because it creates a nice even lighting of the entire property. But as I mentioned that late afternoon moonlight can make it look epic. Then a couple settings to pay attention to shoot in raw, always raw, shoot raw with your drone and then also set on automatic focus. You don't want to be manually focusing your photos on a drone and generally the focus of a drone is pretty solid for being so far away from whatever the subject is. So those are just some quick tips for shooting aerial photos and I'm gonna be putting it into practice coming up in the demonstration next.