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Behind the Scenes – Photo Editing

Believe it or not, one of the most time-consuming parts of my job is to edit the listing photos. You may think that after I download the photos, all I need to do is select the best, making a few tweaks here and there. Oh, if it were only so simple!

Photo editing can be quite time-consuming. In general, I find  the time I spend editing is at least equal to the time I spend in the field. You may be curious about what’s involved in the editing, and I’m happy to share.

Distortion Correction – I use a wide-angle lens, and when I take an image that’s fairly wide, I’m going to get some distortion. Have you ever seen photos of kitchen cabinets where they look like they are bowing backwards? Or a skewed door or window frame? That’s distortion. Almost all interior shots need distortion correction.
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Using Drones

I once had a request for an aerial shot of a lakefront home. I don’t have a drone (or access to a private plane) but that did get me looking into drones and their use commercially.

You can walk into any Best Buy and buy a drone, and have recreational fun with all its features, pretty much without any care (OK, watch out for power lines). The emphasis is on “recreational.” Once you start to use the drone as part of a business venture, it’s no longer considered recreational; it’s commercial, and that’s when the FAA steps in. If you are going to be paid for providing drone services, or using one as part of your own business, you need to get an FAA exemption to their rules for unmanned aircraft. You get the certification by stipulating certain things, such as not flying it above a certain height.

If you are  thinking about contracting out for drone services, it may be a good idea to make sure your provider has the proper credentials. Agents, you may want to talk to your broker about how they feel about this, and what their expectations are. It’s all about liability. Again, think about accidentally clipping power lines. And we’ve all heard on the news about drone operators getting too close to aircraft.

For more information on the FAA regulations, click here.