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When and Where to use drones in Real Estate Photography


Using drones to capture photos and videos can add a unique and captivating perspective to your real estate photoshoot. However, the timing for incorporating drone footage into your real estate photoshoot depends on several factors, including the property, weather, location and legal regulations. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Assess the Property: Before deciding to use a drone, assess the property to determine if it would benefit from aerial views. Large properties with extensive land, unique architecture, or scenic surroundings often benefit the most from drone photography.

  2. Weather Conditions: Check the weather forecast for the day of the photoshoot. Drones are typically not safe or effective to use in adverse weather conditions like heavy rain, strong winds, or fog. Choose a day with clear skies and mild winds for optimal results. Besides, who wants to see rain in your photos or videos?

  3. Legal Regulations: Ensure you are familiar with and comply with local regulations and laws regarding drone usage. This includes obtaining any necessary permits or permissions if required. Regulations can vary by location, so it's essential to check with the relevant authorities. Red Hog Media photographers are all licensed and insured drone pilots with the FAA.

  4. Coordination with the Rest of the Shoot: Plan the drone shots to complement the rest of your real estate photoshoot. Coordinate with the photographer and ensure that the drone shots integrate seamlessly with the ground-level photos and videos.

  5. Consider the Purpose: Think about why you want to use drone footage. Are you trying to highlight the property's proximity to a nearby park or lake? Do you want to showcase the size of the land or the property's unique architectural features from an aerial perspective? Tailor your drone shots to fulfill these specific goals.

  6. Safety Precautions: Safety should always be a top priority. Make sure the area is clear of people, pets, and obstacles that could pose a danger to the drone. Keep a safe distance from the drone pilot so that they can focus on capturing your listing in the best light. Also, if you aren't using Red Hog Media, make sure that you check with your photographer that they are licensed with the FAA and insured.

In summary, the timing to incorporate drone photos and videos into a real estate photoshoot should be carefully planned based on property features, weather conditions, legal regulations, and the desired purpose of the footage. By considering these factors and taking appropriate precautions, you can capture stunning aerial visuals that enhance your real estate marketing materials.

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