Drone Land Photography & Video Class | Brian Joseph Wangenheim | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Gear & Licensed

    • 3. Finding Clients

    • 4. Preparation

    • 5. Final Steps

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In this class you will learn the key things to succeed in land parcel photography and videography for real estate agents and brokers. The class is broken down into 5 lessons:

1. Introduction

2. Getting Gear & Licensed

3. Finding Clients

4. Preparation

5. Final Steps

THIS IS NOT A CLASS TO TEACH YOU HOW TO USE YOUR DRONE. IT IS NOT A CLASS TO LEARN HOW TO EDIT VIDEO EITHER. This class is specific for students and individuals wanting to learn how to get into land parcel photography work for real estate clients.

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Brian Joseph Wangenheim

Drones, Photography, and eBay


Hello, I'm Brian Wangenheim. Photographer, Visual Artist and Entrepreneur. See my work at brianwangenheim.info. I hope you enjoy my classes!

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1. Introduction: Hi, welcome to my drone land photography and video class. In this class, you'll learn the important steps to getting started taking photos for land parcel photography and videography. Land parcels are a part of real estate that is very important. It's often overlooked because it doesn't attract as much attention as residential or commercial properties. But depending on the market in your area, it can be very profitable and needed service. This class will not teach you how to use your drone and will not teach you how to edit video. In my opinion, there are a lot of other videos that are great for that. This video lesson series is meant to tell you things specific for land parcel drone work. My name is Brian wing and Heim and I had been doing land parcel productions successfully with repeat clients for about three years. I'm going to share what I learned, how to do it, things to avoid and tips and tricks. I hope you get inspired and learn. 2. Getting Gear & Licensed: First, before we get into the actual work, I want to discuss the very basic gear and tools that you will need to get started doing drone, land photography and video. This way, you can have an idea of how much it will cost to get started and know the time it may take. First. And most importantly, you need a drone. I recommend the DJ maverick mini. It is a 249 gram ultralight drone. It has a 30 minute maximum flight time. Four kilometer HD video transmission, vision sensor, GPS, precise hover, a three axis gimbal. Simplified recording and editing. This is the drone I personally use for land, video and photography. I like it because it's so lightweight, it almost looks like a toy. So won't attract any unwanted attention while you're working. It also won't cause major damages. If you crash it. In the land parcel area. Doesn't mean you shouldn't be safe though. The video and photography quality is also just fine for capturing content, land parcels, and impressing clients. The built-in gimbal also give smooth video. Technically, you could even hold the drone with your hand if you wanted to capture video. You want to get the combo kit, which will include extra batteries, a propeller guard, charging hub, and a carrying bag. Having three batteries, lets me do approximately for land parcels of work. Each land parcel takes me anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes to complete. You want to make sure you have the battery power to accomplish your mission. When you're first starting out, it may take you longer to complete a land parcel project. So you want to keep that in mind. The propeller guard is also extremely necessary as bumping into objects is inevitable. It's a, not a matter of if you will bump into something, but when you will, trust me, it just happens. A propeller guard will protect your drone propellers, which can easily shattered if you bump into a tree or another hard object, or have to do a crash landing. Without propeller guards, you can end up spending a lot more time and money than you need to. I have crashed about to drones and lost one drone in my three year career so far. So I'm averaging one drone loss a year. And I am super careful fly my drone. It just so happens to be that some areas may have things that you cannot control which cause a drone crash. So I also recommend getting a care plan from DJI, which is like insurance, so that the cost of repair and replacement will be minimal. To drones, I crashed into a tree and one drawn was taken to an irrecoverable area due to very high winds. Watch out for those high winds. As of August second, 2021, the maverick mini kit costs approximately $500 on the DJI website. You can also purchase drones that are refurbished for less expensive. But feel free to look into other drone brands and models and see what will work best for your needs. I trust DJI because I know it was one of the first drone brands on the market. And I'm confident in their products using them for about three years. I'm not endorsed by DJI in any way. I just like using their products. You also need some sort of protective carrying case and a micro SD card to store your footage on the drone. For carrying case. I just have a large Tupperware container. I fit a drone package and there along with my drone, all my equipment fits in that container. Second, if you plan on making money with your drone, you need to get a remote pilot certificate with the FAA. Don't let this intimidate you. I was able to obtain my certificate after about two weeks of studying, probably a total of 15 hours. It was a challenging test. But that's only because I studied for 15 hours. The more you study, the less challenging it will be. I pass with about 73%. Looking back. I wish I had studied more because I underestimated how challenging it would be. The study material is provided by the FAA and there are a lot of YouTube videos, sample tests, and other study information out there. To pass the test. To become a pilot, you must be at least 16 years old. Be able to read, speak, and understand English. Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone and pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam, the unmanned aircraft general small UAG. That is the test I'm talking about. I'll include links to becoming a certified drone pilot. Below. It seems like a lot. But just take it step-by-step like I did and put in the necessary studying time and you'll pass. No problem. Remember, everything's on your timeframe. You don't have to do it as fast as everybody else. But if you wanna do it, just take the time you feel is right. To accomplish your goal. The test is approximately a $180. After you pass the cynthia sweet looking ID card in the mail that you can brag to all your friends about. Other items that may be useful would include a reflective safety vest, parking cones to make yourself visible and dangerous areas, hiking shoes, water container, sun hat, sun protective clothing, or anything else that's specifically useful to the area you may be working in. For example, most of the work I do is in the desert. So keeping myself protected from the sun and he is a priority in the city. Having a reflective vest may be a priority to make yourself visible to Sraffa close by. If you're in a very cold climate, heavy jacket. You get my point. 3. Finding Clients: Next, finding your first client. This is the exciting part. Finding clients may not be easy, but it is definitely possible. I recommend looking for real estate agents or brokers selling land in your area. Most land parcel listings do not have drone, video or photography. A lot of times they do not even have photos. Just a map or a drawing of the parcel. This puts you in an exceptionally good position to make a value proposition to your client. Put together what you'll say, where the value is, how the land can be sold easier with more attractive photographs and highlight video. By reaching out to these potential clients through email and phone, someone's bound to give you a chance. And it will all get started from there. Just start by googling land parcels for sale. See who is selling in your area and reach out to them. Follow-up for as long as it takes to score a client. Don't be afraid of following up. Makes sure that either tell you yes or no. You need to create your own business plan and think about the details depending on what services you provide in your area. Another place to find work as on Craigslist, I found quite a few land photography jobs on that website. Remember, repeat clients are the best because they provide consistent income. So providing an affordable and professional service will go along way. I'm not an expert marketing agent. So of course, there are many other ways of getting clients through various marketing tactics. For example, ads, just do what you think will work best. 4. Preparation: You've got your gear and now you've got your first client. You've been practicing with your drone and are comfortable editing video and taking photographs and editing photographs. Now it's time to get started. Let's say they're ready for you to go out there and do your work. Your first client, what kind of information do you need from your client to make it a successful project? And what other things may you need? You're going to want to know the GPS coordinates of the center of the land parcel and the corners of the land parcel. A client may give you something called an APN number for identification, but make sure you get the GPS coordinates as well because that will give you the exact location of the parcel. Google Maps already has most land parcels outlined. But if it does not, make sure you get the corner points of the land as well. Google Maps is very useful. Use Google Maps to place flags where the center and corners of the land parcel is. This will be incredibly helpful to have before you actually get to the land parcel. Open up Google Maps and take a look at where the parcel is. Make sure you can access the land you need to capture. Sometimes I've been requested to do a land parcel in an area that is too difficult to access. This can waste your time and money and in the end, leave your client unhappy that you could not complete the project. Google Maps has the size of the parcel built into its features. So you can see how large and what kind of terrain is on the land with a satellite view and other modes of viewing. Use Google Maps to check out the land parcel before you go. Also, ask your client of any specific features that they want to capture why you're out there. Different clients want different things. Make sure that you fully understand what your client expects and be very specific about the things you will deliver. Consider a timeframe, cost, file delivery. Let them know how you will do things. Each person conducts business a little bit differently. Do what makes sense and feels dry. Create some sort of work agreement with your client so that expectations can be met on both sides. So you got the GPS coordinates from your client and you're both on the same page with deliverables. Now you're ready for the actual work before you head out to location, make sure you are prepared. Create a checklist of all the photos and video that you need to capture. Write down a map and figure out your angles. You could do that at location or before you go write down any specific details as well and bring it with you to location. So you can have a shortlist. Bring all your equipment, make sure it's fully charged. Bring your storage cards, which can easily be forgotten. Also bring any other items to help you while you're out in the field, extra water, proper clothes, your drone certification card, safety where, etc. Make sure your phone has an active GPS. I highly recommend downloading an offline map before you go, because cell reception and data may not be available. Extra battery packs to charge your phone or drone batteries will also be helpful. 5. Final Steps: Now you are at the land parcel. You may feel the urge to pull out your drone right away. But before getting all of your equipment out, walk around the land parcel, you plan to Shou, get an idea of how large it is by looking at the GPS as you walk around. This will give you a visual perception of where your drone needs to be. Remember, always keep a line of sight on your drone. This will also give you time to assess any possible dangers in the area. Power lines, people, Animals, property, et cetera. After you feel comfortable about the area and have an idea of how large the land is. You can set up your equipment. Now, each drone is different, so I'm not going to explain how to use your drone. You can practice and play with your drone on your own. And you can watch other videos. So after you capture photos and videos, make sure you put away your equipment properly and insurance protected. I recommend using Adobe Premiere to edit your video footage. And Adobe Lightroom for photography edits. Using a website like we transferred.com also makes delivering files a breeze. My favorite thing about WeTransfer.com is that it lets me know when my clients download the files I send. Oftentimes clients will not tell you or even lie sometimes about downloading files. Why did they do that? I don't know. But WeTransfer.com is free and gives you a complementary e-mail alert to let, you know clients have downloaded the files. This is good because it will allow you to follow up promptly knowing that your files have been downloaded. Now hopefully, you took your time and everything went well. Depending on how you made your work agreement, the client may pay now or possibly already did, save your files in a safe place and back them up. Because you never know if a client may request files later on from a loss or some other reason. If you have any questions that were not answered through the video series, send me a message or leave a comment. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Good luck. Oh, and here's an example of a completed sample project that I've personally done for a client. Why? Hello.