Realtors: How to Avoid a $11k Drone Fine | FAA Part 107

On May 1st of this year I passed my FAA Part 107 test! The Part 107 certification allows me to fly my drone for commercial uses legally.

There has been some confusion over what the penalty would be for operating a drone commercially without a Part 107 license. An article by my friend Larry at the Photography For Real Estate blog shed some light on what you are liable for as the drone operator and the agent. 

"For a pilot who is unlicensed, the fine is $1,100 per occurrence/flight where imagery is used commercially. More importantly perhaps, the fine for the the real estate agent who hires an unlicensed pilot is $11,000. Of course, if you’re an agent who bought a drone and took the photos or video yourself, you will be liable for both fines."

So save yourself a headache, some money and make sure you hire a Part 107 certified pilot.

From Start To Finish.

Today, I'm going to show some behind the scenes of one of my shoots, from shooting onsite to post production. 

In this video, I had a friend of mine take some video clips of me, lighting and composing the images. 

As you can see from the video, I am tethered and controlling the camera using my CamRanger and iPad, and lighting just using a little speed light on a monopod. 

From there, after uploading onto my computer, I start piecing the pictures together in Photoshop. 

That is the process I go through on every shoot to make sure I have the best quality no matter the situation.