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manutter51

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Build your experience flying your drone on your own time. You may think your doing yourself a favor working for these bottom feeders, but you aren't. What you are doing is screwing the entire industry. You said it yourself, couldn't live on what you would make taking these type of jobs. So why do it?
Well, now you've got me thinking. I hadn't looked at it from that angle before. I'll grant you that if I'm the guy who goes around charging $80 for a complete roof daylight + thermography mission, yeah, that's bottom feeding and bad for the industry. On the other hand, just because DB pays me low rates doesn't mean they're charging the customer low rates. I have no idea what DB gets paid per mission, though it wouldn't surprise me if they're on the lower end just by virtue of the fact that their pilots are drawn from a pool of probably newer drone pilots like me who aren't necessarily that good at what they do (yet). So lower on both the prices and the quality. I don't think that's necessarily screwing the entire industry, especially since they can't price themselves too low, because they've got all the overhead of running a large scale operation, maintaining their cloud services, manning a support desk for the pilots, etc.

Meanwhile, I'm benefiting from the customers they find, and the experience I get working to someone else's spec, which is hard to simulate when flying self-assigned missions. I do, of course, practice flying my drone on my own time (heck, it's fun!), so that's neither a plus nor a minus since I'll keep on flying whether I'm taking DB missions or not. Also, as a part-time pilot with a full time day job, it's nice to be able to turn jobs down without worrying about getting a reputation for being unreliable. So for me there are what seem to be tangible benefits to taking DB missions for the time being, and it doesn't seem to me that it's terrible for the industry.

But then again, I don't know what I don't know, so I'll be glad to get your feedback on all this. I'll be happy to reconsider if there's something I don't know about, like if DB is charging really bottom-feeder prices to the end customers or something. And thanks for making me think about this--this is an important consideration I hadn't given much thought to before.
 

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I used my first drone to do roof inspections because I was doing home and commercial property inspection. I decided to try real estate because of the contacts I already had with multiple realtors. That's when I learned the difference between guys like me and professional photographers, and there is a major difference. Realtors want the whole package, interior, exterior, day, evening shoots and they expects the photos to be professional grade.
One of the ranches close by went up for sale a couple of years ago. The photographer hired me to map forty acres of the property, that guy edited everyone of the mapping photos before I sent them off to Drone Deploy.
He also charged the client $3500.00 for his work. The results were breathtaking.
If you want to just shoot exteriors for the banks, lenders, insurance companies start knocking on doors. Talk to your local banks, and insurance companies and I bet you'll find some decent paying work.
Unless you are a seasoned professional photographer you aren't going to make any money dealing with realtors, they are the cheapest people in the world.

I know my previous comment probably sounded a little harsh, and it was. So I will apologize to anyone I offended. I know there are people out there trying to make a living doing aerial photography and I would just like to see a level playing field for them. I'm on the down hill side of life so my gigs are to keep out of my wife's hair time. I don't need the money, but I won't work cheap.
 

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I used my first drone to do roof inspections because I was doing home and commercial property inspection. I decided to try real estate because of the contacts I already had with multiple realtors. That's when I learned the difference between guys like me and professional photographers, and there is a major difference. Realtors want the whole package, interior, exterior, day, evening shoots and they expects the photos to be professional grade.
One of the ranches close by went up for sale a couple of years ago. The photographer hired me to map forty acres of the property, that guy edited everyone of the mapping photos before I sent them off to Drone Deploy.
He also charged the client $3500.00 for his work. The results were breathtaking.
If you want to just shoot exteriors for the banks, lenders, insurance companies start knocking on doors. Talk to your local banks, and insurance companies and I bet you'll find some decent paying work.
Unless you are a seasoned professional photographer you aren't going to make any money dealing with realtors, they are the cheapest people in the world.

I know my previous comment probably sounded a little harsh, and it was. So I will apologize to anyone I offended. I know there are people out there trying to make a living doing aerial photography and I would just like to see a level playing field for them. I'm on the down hill side of life so my gigs are to keep out of my wife's hair time. I don't need the money, but I won't work cheap.
Hi , I am interested in finding work, (as you mentioned in your response above), with banks, lenders and Insurance Companies. I am pretty new to the industry and have been focused on Real Estate Photography. I do need to secure more work in order to do this full time. Any suggestions on how I should go about finding companies that would hire a drone operator to do the types of shots you are referencing above? Thanks in advance!
 

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Many times the property management companis, banks, and insurance companies want photos of properites they are handling and the drone is the perfect tool for the job. Most are only looking for exterior photos and as you know the drone will give you that advantage of shooting the rear of the property without tresspassing. I have only done one of job like that, I photographed two properties in the same location for $300.00. What I didn't realize was they were is really bad neighborhoods so if you are going to look into that aspect of work, be careful of where your jobs may send you, and don't be afraid to decline if you don't feel good about the job.

Also Contruction documentation is very profitable, and it seems the bigger companies are the ones most interested in having that kind of documentation.

Also if your in a farming area, get aquainted with some of the farmers and learn a bit about doing crop health reports.

One of the things I'm seeing is a lot of companies are going in house and having their own people trained.

Best of luck to you.
 
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