The advent of aerial drone photography has opened new horizons for new home photography (yes, pun intended). However, as drones, formally named unmanned aircraft systems (UAS’s), become more abundant, so do the photographers using them improperly. To ensure you’re getting a safe, quality shoot, make sure to ask your drone photographer these questions before hiring him or her for your new home project.
1. Do You Have Insurance?
As of this posting, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not require the owner or operator of a UAS to hold any insurance. If something goes wrong, this means you could be fiscally liable – and in some cases subject to legal action! In 2015, 32 domestic drone accidents were reported, causing a variety of damage – hitting buildings, cars, and people. Although here at RealReach we have never had a drone accident, we carry $1 million in personal injury and property damage insurance.
2. How Much Training and/or Experience Do You Have?
There is currently no specific training program or certifications that drone operators are required to have, meaning you will be hard-pressed to distinguish between an experienced aerial photographer and an amateur – until you receive your photos. Our drone photographer has over 2 years of experience, with over 400 hours of recorded flight time.
3. What Kind(s) of Equipment Do You Use?
Not all cameras are created equal, and neither are all drones. RealReach Marketing uses a top of the line DJI Inspire 1 with a built-in 12 megapixel camera on an advanced gimbal that allows for 360° pictures and videos. Ensure your aerial photographer or videographer has equipment that will give you crisp, seamless images to showcase your homes.
4. What Do You Include In Your Pre-Flight and Post-Flight Equipment Checks?
There are many things that can cause problems with your aerial photoshoot: weather, damaged equipment, insufficient battery or storage space, and more. We perform a highly detailed, comprehensive 50-point check before our drone leaves the ground – making sure we keep our Zero Crash standing.
5. Are You Aware of All Safety and Privacy Regulations, as Well as No-Fly Zones?
Although drone safety hasn’t been stringently regulated, there are quite a few pieces of legislation meant to protect citizens and their privacy. For example, it is illegal to fly near an airport or shopping mall. Not only do we keep track of any new or changing regulations, we employ software that automatically prevents our drone for going into a No-Fly Zone. Protect yourself by making sure your photographer knows and follows all laws and regulations.
6. Do You Offer Re-Shoots or Post-Production Editing?
Drone photography is expensive, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Depending on your photographer and the weather, your shots may come out blurry or unclear, overexposed due to too much sunlight, or too dark due to cloud cover or time-of-day. While a quality photographer can adjust for conditions during the shoot, or will reschedule for a better-weather day, not everyone will. Similarly, some photographers will edit photos to ensure quality images, but others will simply send you raw images. At RealReach Marketing, we guarantee your satisfaction and take pre- and post-shoot edits and preparations very seriously.
We hope these guidelines help you pick a quality drone photographer or videographer for your aerial photoshoot, and we’d love to be a part of your project. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Want monthly tips? Sign up below!