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#1 photojazz

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 12:49 PM

Photog Peeps....any advantages ($$$$) to adding the use and certification of drones to my photo skills? Hit me up.


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:56 PM

Maybe, if you pursue Real Estate photography. I have seen a lot of it done to show off properties for sale.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 05:19 PM

You'll need to acquire not only an FFA registration but you also need certification of you're flying for money.
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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:27 PM

Art - have a friend that does real estate photog and is usng a drone.

 

480sparky - thanks, I have read up on the current rules about certification and use.

 

I have a friend that works for the FAA and he looking at the rules as well.

 

** The reason that I sked the drone question, next June I have a two day bike event photo-shoot and the hosting crew wants some drone coverage as well. I talked to several certified drone guys and they are asking $500-1000 for the shoot.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 01:58 AM

PJ, as this is all new, there is most likely money to be made in the beginning.

 

Over time, drones get cheaper, easier for the amateurs to purchase and get into the game and devalue the service.  Strike while the iron is still hot if you are into this.  I am sure, Canada is much different than the USA in terms of regulations so you cannot compare.

 

The Real Estate drone work I have seen does a nice pass of the property, front and back and high up, mixed in with good photography.  It can really make a listing sing!

 

I am sure it is also popular for events.

 

My local Mustang Club had a guy their with a drone and he took some really fun footage.  All events are excellent opportunities for potential business.  Research the laws first, then see if you can make at the very least, a return on the investment in a good drone.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 03:17 AM

I am thinking parade coverage would be a good use of drone...


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 07:44 AM

The unique perspective of a drone, the limited competition, and the licensing restrictions make drone photography a good opportunity.  Certainly for real estate, events, hospitality, and economic development the perspective of a drone adds a lot of value.  I could also see some value for sports - for the perspective images.

 

Sure there will be future competition, but the licensing requirements will reduce any commercial threat for quite a while.  

 

Right now the big advantage is the new perspective is a bit of a novelty.  It's very much like a fisheye or blimp shot.  The challenge will be developing artistic images that are good images rather than a novelty.  I think that's where the photographer potentially has an advantage over just a person with a drone.

 

I personally don't have much interest in drones.  But for those that are interested, it's certainly a good opportunity.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:27 AM

PJ, as this is all new, there is most likely money to be made in the beginning.

 

Over time, drones get cheaper, easier for the amateurs to purchase and get into the game and devalue the service.  Strike while the iron is still hot if you are into this.  I am sure, Canada is much different than the USA in terms of regulations so you cannot compare.

 

The Real Estate drone work I have seen does a nice pass of the property, front and back and high up, mixed in with good photography.  It can really make a listing sing!

 

I am sure it is also popular for events.

 

My local Mustang Club had a guy their with a drone and he took some really fun footage.  All events are excellent opportunities for potential business.  Research the laws first, then see if you can make at the very least, a return on the investment in a good drone.

 

The problem will be, like any other 'regulated' venture, is there will be those who don't follow the rules.  Lacking the proper training and licensing costs, they will drive the legitimate operators into bankruptcy.  And they're like drug dealers..... you take one out, and there's 20 more ready to take their place.

 

I am thinking parade coverage would be a good use of drone...

 

Over people............... you might want to check the legality of this.  This statement alone demonstrates part of the issue mentioned above.  What appears to be a 'good idea' may well land you a stay at the GrayBar Motel, famous for the striped sunshine coming through it's windows.  Or, loss of licensing and a big hit in the wallet department.

 

I don't want to appear all gloom and doom, but these are the facts.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:35 AM

Good point on flying a drone over people.  I was recently at an event with people on horses.  A drone was flown over the riders at too low an altitude stirring up the horses and causing a rider to be thrown.  There was no injury to the rider or any of the horses, but you could see the potential for a big liability.  Flying over people is heavily regulated.  People have been hit by crashing drones and in the event of serious injury, there is a major liability. 


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 11:46 PM

Photog Peeps....any advantages ($$$$) to adding the use and certification of drones to my photo skills? Hit me up.

You wont be able to fly is on people at a sporting event more than likely. They don't want the liability of a drone crashing and smacking people on the ground. Not to mention the possible distraction to players on a field. I have a buddy that uses one to do work for vacation resorts, spas, retreats.


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