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When To Use Drones For Interior Real Estate Photography

When To Use A Drone For Interior Real Estate Photography

Using drones offers perspectives that we as real estate photographers can’t capture with our cameras and tripods. While they’re very commonly used for exterior photos, they can be used inside as well.

In this article I’ll discuss when to use a drone for interior real estate photography and share some best practices as well.

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High Ceilings and Perspectives

One of the most obvious scenarios for when to use a drone for interior real estate photography is when properties have high ceilings and large spaces.

In such settings, the height and spaciousness are significant selling points, but capturing the essence of these expansive interiors can be challenging with ground based photography equipment (camera and tripod). Especially when the MLS doesn’t allow vertical oriented images.

Drones, however, can effortlessly ascend to heights that tripods simply can’t, providing a comprehensive view of the architectural beauty and intricate details often found in luxury properties.

Any of the drones in our Best Drones for Real Estate Photography article will be great for this, but remember that it’s easier to fly smaller drones inside.

For homes with cathedral ceilings or custom-designed lofts, drones can capture the expansiveness and detailed craftsmanship that might be lost in standard photography.

By flying to elevated viewpoints, drones can showcase the scale and artistry of these spaces, offering potential buyers a different view of the property’s best features.

Tripods Aren't Always Tall Enough

Traditional tripods have their limitations, particularly when it comes to capturing images from higher perspectives within an interior space. Drones excel in these situations, offering flexibility and innovation in how shots are composed.

Although there are some tripods that can reach up quite high, it’s not practical to put your camera up 15 feet on top of a tripod. Sometimes it’s just easier to fly a drone.

In rooms with multi-level designs or intricate ceiling work, drones allow photographers to experiment with angles and perspectives that highlight the property’s unique architectural elements.

This capability is invaluable for showcasing properties with bespoke designs or custom features that demand attention.

Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Modern architecture often features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views and flood interiors with natural light. Capturing the essence of these features, along with the vistas they provide, can be a challenge if they’re truly massive windows.

Drones can be maneuvered to align with the top of floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a seamless view of both the interior space and the landscape beyond.

This technique not only highlights the architectural intent behind these windows but also offers potential buyers a glimpse of the property’s connection to its surroundings.

Practical Considerations and Best Practices

While the use of drones for interior real estate photography presents exciting opportunities, it’s important to approach this method with preparation and care.

  • Safety and Skill: Operating drones indoors requires a skilled hand and a clear understanding of the drone’s capabilities. It’s crucial to ensure that the space is suitable for drone photography, with adequate room for maneuvering and minimal risk of damage to the property or the drone.

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations: Always ensure that drone use complies with local regulations and property owner permissions. Privacy concerns and ethical considerations should guide the planning and execution of interior drone photography sessions.

  • Preparation and Planning: Successful interior drone photography is often the result of meticulous planning. Understanding the property’s layout, identifying key features to highlight, and rehearsing flight paths can all contribute to a smooth and productive shoot.

  • Post-Processing Excellence: The unique perspectives captured by drones can sometimes introduce new challenges in post-processing. Skills in editing and enhancing drone-captured images are crucial to ensure that the final photos meet the high standards expected in real estate listings.

Additional Resources

If you’re just getting started in real estate photography, check out our Beginners Guide. It’s full of helpful articles and tips that will guide you in the right direction as you begin your real estate photography journey.

You can check out our Gear section as well to see reviews and recommendations on the latest real estate photography gear.

If you’re more interested in other resources that can help your real estate photography business, check out our Business Resources page.

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Matthew Digati is a professional Real Estate and Architectural Photographer. Matthew has worked as a Real Estate and Architectural Photographer since 2015 and has photographed properties and projects all over the United States.
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