Posts Tagged as Drone Photography

Stay Safe when You Use Drone Photography and Honor Other’s Privacy

As drones become ever more popular in the business and home entertainment sectors, privacy concerns abound – and incensed Americans are taking offensive action. With some states allowing private citizens to shoot at drones, safety and the protection of privacy and property are becoming an increasingly important facet with drone video usage in real estate marketing.

How Can You Protect Yourself?
New drone legislation proposals are turned in to states and cities daily. In 2015 alone, 45 states considered 168 pieces of drone legislation. Complicating matters, the FAA is maintaining its right to control where drones are allowed to fly, splitting authority between federal and state governments – with additional pending lawsuits/legislation to come.

Avoid Privacy Issues When Flying Drones
Since no one currently holds the authority to broadly protect privacy surrounding drone usage over people’s homes, common sense politeness is encouraged, especially surrounding drone video usage in real estate marketing, to protect your brand image.

Ask for permission, not forgiveness.
Don’t fly over private property, such as around neighbors’ homes for an aerial view, without asking first. 20 states have drone laws, with many on the books surrounding photography/videography. (Oklahoma recently enacted legislation protecting homeowners who shoot down drones not in public airspace over private property.)

Don’t disturb the peace.
Fly at a reasonable hour, trying to disrupt the daily lives of others as little as possible.

Never fly over people.
Or clueless creatures ranging from playful dogs to toddlers, who could become injured – or injure your drone.

Be friendly.
If a public spectator inquires what you are doing, reply in a friendly, accommodating tone. Your actions will have a huge impact on public opinion of drones – and your business.

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What Experts Want You to Know About Drone Use in the Real Estate Industry

What Experts Want You to Know About Drone Usage in the Real Estate Industry

At a recent REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, industry experts joined forces, sharing knowledge about safely aligning drone technology with video use in real estate marketing.

Who’s Got the Bird’s Eye View?
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Office; Doug Trudeau, associate broker at Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson and the first realtor to apply for and receive a waiver for drone use (before drone flight certification was redesigned to omit manned flight licensing requirements); and associate counsel for the NAR, Lesley Walker.

What Guidance Did These Industry Experts Have To Offer on Drone Tech?

  • Don’t Be Careless
    Following rules without paying attention is the drone operating equivalent of texting while driving. Crashes are not uncommon, and overlooking potential dangers could be catastrophic. Batteries can be highly explosive on impact, resulting in serious injury – or even catastrophic wildfire. Don’t be so eager to use drones that you overlook risks.
  • Look Before You Leap
    Adding a drone to your business isn’t cheap. Equipment exceeds $1,000 and there are continuing costs, including liability insurance, adding another $600-800 per year.
  • Avoid Done ‘Spam’
    Avoid overusing this latest tech toy. Be mindful to keep videos short (under 2-minutes), with only 10-20 seconds of high-flying footage. And don’t fly so high/far that you lose the home to the surrounding environment. All footage should offer value.
  • Know Who’s in Charge
    If you notice a realtor operating unsafely, report it to the FAA. The NAR enforces the realtor code of ethics, not flying (or traffic) infractions. Also be aware – governance of drone use goes beyond the FAA to encompass federal, state, and local laws and enforcement. If you mess up – it’s not just the FAA you need to worry about.

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Real Estate Agents Love Drones Even As Their Regulation is Evolving

Video usage in real estate marketing in rising to the top of every agent’s must-have list. And flying next to it: Drones, which are providing interesting new opportunities for area realtors to rise-above the competition with cutting-edge videography and aerial photography services. The best news? New legislation is making it increasingly easier for you to put drones to work for your business.

Clear Skies Ahead
In June 2016, an FAA ruling cleared the way for a much easier path to commercial drone operation. No longer requiring a manned pilot’s license, the drone flight certification process has become much more straight-forward, requiring a knowledge test every 24 months and adherence to flight restrictions, such as flying over people, at night, and beyond visual-line-of-sight.

As Drone Usage Grows, Rules May Evolve
Though the path to drone flight certification and regulations is easier, the National Association of Realtors is continuing to push for additional changes, such as participating in Federal Aviation Administration rule-making committees in hopes of opening more opportunities for realtors.

Among them? Flights beyond visual line of sight, crucial for shots of large buildings and tracts of land which cannot be traversed by foot. Also, permitting drone flights over people, where many opportunities exist such as the creation of neighborhood and area amenity marketing materials.

More Affordable Technology and Trimmings
As drone technology continues to improve and come down in price, realtors are jumping on board. Even insurers are offering specific coverage for drone pilots who utilize drones at a lower frequency. Such policies allow these pilots to save a buck on insurance with a bit of additional safety training and corresponding certificate. This is making drones ever more affordable for the everyday agent.

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Commercial Real Estate is Using Drone Photography and Video in New Ways

You already know drones are great for capturing expansive property views and neighborhood amenities in the residential real estate sector. However, drone video usage in real estate marketing is also an integral facet of commercial real estate. In fact, the commercial sector is becoming increasingly dependent on these midair marvels, with the construction and infrastructure sectors contributing $45B of their $127B market value.

What Commercial Shots are Drones Cashing-In On?
Drone technology is constantly used for determining property maintenance needs, as well as to assist with tasks on construction sites – but their real value to the commercial sector encompasses far more than aerial photography. They are also used to collect intelligence, surveillance, and analytics data. And the drone industry is capitalizing on this.

Mini-Miners
Adding miniaturized versions of sensors to collect a variety of data, drone manufacturers are creating commercial products capable of collecting a massive amount of data in just hours, rather than weeks, storing terabytes of video in a single flight. They are particularly adept at completing those tasks that are dull, dangerous, or dirty – dubbed the “three D’s” of robotics.

Going Where No Man Has Gone (Or Wants To)
Today’s drones are designed with sensors for use surveying massive expanses of land, including cracks and crevices not typically accessible by man, collecting historical data alongside industry clues toward future challenges. But all this data collection comes at a price…

Barriers to Entry
The massive amounts of data collected by drones creates processing, storage, and transfer challenges, most recently solved with cloud-based solutions. And cumbersome Federal Aviation Administration certification and regulations leads to many firms renting equipment or drone services to circumnavigate such headaches. Luckily, however, skilled third-party providers are affordable and abundant in services.

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Drones: The Future

Drone Photography Can Take Your Real Estate Business to New Heights

Look at video usage in real estate marketing from a different view, with the help of drone photography technology. No longer a tool for cutting-edge, tech-savvy agents, drones are rapidly becoming a must-have for today’s successful realtor, particularly those specializing in the luxury market. Recent changes to federal rules governing their operation are making it easier for agents (and photographers) to climb aboard.

Business Grounded?
Clients of agents in luxury and specialty markets, including properties with extensive acreage, landscaping, scenic views or farmland, are now turning to agents with drone capabilities to capture those ‘glamour shots’ and expansive property views. Before drone technology buzzed onto the scene, these shots were hard to get without airplane or helicopter assistance.

Today, amazing high-definition shots are possible – and affordable – thanks to advances in the technology of unmanned aircraft.

Interested in Taking Flight?
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as buying a drone and taking shots – aerial photographs, that is. The Federal Aviation Administration governs the strict rules regarding commercial drone photography and requires professional remote pilot certification. One cannot simply do a quick review of the manufacturer’s instructions included with your shiny, new drone.

Not Ready to Partake of Pilot Certification?
If the pilot certification process and aerial drone photography learning curve are too much for you, then you can still get fantastic video with the help of a licensed, insured drone photographer in your area, or via the International Drone Expo.

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