How To Reach The Top In Photography….Literally

Exterior photographs are crucial for any virtual tour and real estate marketing campaign. Most photographers will agree that taking elevated shots of a property can make a huge improvement for their final presentations. Allowing viewers to get a feel for the neighborhood and surrounding area is very important and this can be shown with aerial style photography.

With all of the talk of remote controlled aircrafts being used for photography, I thought this would be a suitable topic. Aircrafts being used for professional photography are currently in the spotlight, under close scrutiny, by the government, and very expensive.  With all this being so you should not let it put a halt on aerial photography for your virtual tour business.

The total cost of equipment, time to practice operating, and insurance payments are options that not every photographer can afford. So if you are not going to purchase a remote controlled aircraft, you are left asking yourself “How can I get the best aerial shots for my customers?”. There are quite a few inexpensive ways to snap some great photos from up above. The ability to reach 10 to 15 feet and take amazing shots, is what we are going for. Let’s take a look!

•    Bring a fold up ladder with you. A fold up ladder will get you 10 to 12 feet in the air and can easily fit into the back of most vehicles. If you want to get that extra reach, you can always use the pole method while on the ladder. Make sure you are grounded safely and the ladder is mounted properly.

•    Use your tripod for more height. Folding up your tripod and holding it above your head, can make a huge difference.

•    Painters pole. There are lots of guides online on how to mount a camera to a painters pole and this is a very effective way to snap some great elevated shots.

•    Pixie Pole. has some really great kits that can be purchased directly from their website. These kids can give you up to 18 feet of height and will allow easy rotation.

Of course there are lots of other great DIY project guides you can follow by researching online, but the above methods are the most commonly used and work well within a tight budget. When running a virtual tour business, you want to be able to deliver high quality services while keeping your profits high, so saving money and managing a budget is important. I hope this gives you some new ideas and gets your creative juices flowing!

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