5 EPIC Shots for Real Estate Drone Videos

(upbeat electronic music) – Hey, guys, what’s going on? This is Seth from the REtipster blog. In this video, I want to talk to you about 5 EPIC drone
shots that can do a great job of making just
about any property look amazing. When you’re shooting a video
or pictures of a property with a drone, it doesn’t take a genius to just take the drone,
fly back a little ways, point it at the property and shoot. I mean, anybody can do that, there’s nothing special about that, but I have discovered
as I’ve been playing with my drone for the past several months, that there are a few shots that look good on pretty much ANY property,
and it has a lot to do with being able to fly the
drone in a certain pattern, and usually moving it very slowly, and tilting the camera
in certain directions. If you shoot these shots just right, they can do an amazing job at making you look like you’re some kind of Hollywood movie producer, because they look so smooth and really show the property
in its best possible light. So in this video, I’m going to
show you five of the shots that I’ve kind of nailed
down as being standard requirements for every property. As I think you’re going to
see, they look pretty great, and it doesn’t take a professional drone pilot to do this. With just a little bit of practice, you can most likely achieve
these same kinds of results too, so stick around and I’ll show you what I’ve come up with. So this first shot, I call “The Descent” because the idea is to just
start above the property and slightly in front of it (or behind it), and then slowly lower the drone down while you’re tilting the camera up, so you can track with the property and get a nice, well-rounded view of the top and the side. Anybody can fly over a property without changing the
direction of the camera, but once you start developing
and using your skills as a cinematographer, it can
have a major and lasting effect on the final presentation of the property. A nice variation of this shot
is to do the exact same thing, but start from the
ground and then move up, tilting the camera down. Kind of gives a nice alternative view of the property that way. Both of these shots will give your footage a really nice cinematic
and professional look because it actually requires
some coordination to do. Not much, but a little bit. This next one is probably
the easiest shot in the list because all you have to do is
point the camera directly down and fly over the property, and whenever you use the
overhead shot, you can start by hovering low over the focal
point of the property, and then move the drone higher in altitude while doing a very slow rotation, and it’s very important to do this slowly if you want it to have
that nice, cinematic look. I like this shot because it
introduces new surroundings and it’s an exciting and interesting visual experience for the viewer. Another way to shoot the overhead shot is to simply start at
one end of the property and fly to the other side, as if you’re sort of traveling over it. This shot isn’t necessarily
the most informative because it only shows the
property’s roof and footprint, kind of like a survey, but it’s a nice way to add a perspective of the property that isn’t typically seen with other shots in this type of video. Probably one of my
favorite shots on this list is what I call the spotlight
or the horizontal spotlight. The objective behind this shot is to fly horizontally
around the house or the lot or the building, while
keeping the camera locked on the focal point of the property. And this kind of camera movement, it actually requires a bit of skill because you’ll have to
coordinate the timing of how fast you move around the property with how quickly you pan the camera to stay locked on the property itself. And I will say that some drones out there actually have a spotlight
tracking feature, which allows you to lock
onto any moving object like a car or a person,
and the camera will stay locked on that point
regardless of where you fly. In my experience, these
systems have a harder time locking onto objects like buildings because they don’t move, but nevertheless, if you’re able to get your drone camera to recognize a house or a building as your focal point of your shot, this could potentially make the
process much easier for you. This next shot I refer to as the reveal, and this is a great way to open or close any real estate video. In this shot, the idea is to
simply approach the property from a distance and eventually fly over it while keeping the camera on the property. And again, this is one that will take a reasonable amount of coordination, though with a little bit of practice, you’ll find it’s not terribly difficult, especially if you have the
responsiveness of your camera adjusted to be slower, which will make the camera movement much less jerky. I use this one all the time,
and every time I see it, it always makes me sit
back and just say, wow, that looks awesome. The great thing about this
shot is that in many cases, you can also reverse the clip, and it’s more of a backwards flyover, which keeps the spotlight on the property. Whenever I get this shot
right, it doesn’t really matter whether I play it forwards or backwards, it looks awesome all the time. So this is definitely a good
one to include in your videos. And the last important shot
is what I call the slider, and the idea behind this
shot is to put the camera at a level anywhere from six
to 20 feet up in the air, and just very slowly pan
the camera back and forth around the property, and the
effect that we’re going for is to give the viewer a
perspective as if they’re walking or driving around the property themselves, so it kind of gives them that on-site feel like they’re standing right there, looking at the property
with their own eyes. It’s a really nice shot, has
a really cool perspective, and I just think it’s a great one to include in your
videos whenever possible. (upbeat electronic music) All right, guys, that’s it. Those are five of my favorite drone shots. I’d say probably the
biggest challenge with this is the sensitivity of the
controls on your drone. Some drones act a little
bit differently than others, and ultimately I think what
I struggle the most with was just going slow enough so
that it really gave the camera a good opportunity to capture
every angle of the property that I was getting as I flew by. I think that’s probably
the biggest challenge, that’s probably the biggest
thing I still struggle with when I’m doing this, but
if you can pull it off, it does a pretty amazing job,
so hopefully that was helpful, thanks so much for watching,
and I wish you all the best with your next real estate drone video. See you.

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