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2006-04-19
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aerial photography

hey guys. I really like this concept found on this auction. Would any of you have a cheaper solution?

I live and work in the mountains of NC, and there are many homes on the side of these mountaisn that getting a front photo is impossible. With this setup, I could probably charge $100 - $150 for one front photo, and could proably do it multiple times per week...but I would like to find something like this for cheaper than their asking price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ELEVATED-AERIAL-PHOTOGRAPHY-PHOTO-SYSTEM-PORTABLE-35-FT_W0QQitemZ7611412420QQcategoryZ11762QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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I checked out the ebay page.

Looks like they put together their own custome rig. This is pretty simple to do. The only hard thing is the video down link but that is not to hard either. All this stuff is available for purchase from various manufactures

I found one turn key system that cost 10,000 dollars. WOW. But this one would go to a hundred feet and had an motorized extending rig. It has a platform that you drive your car onto to stabilize it. After looking at the price I decided there had to be a cheaper way.

I am also attempting to build a rig like this. I looked at ballons and that is a little expensive because the helium costs so much and there are issues with wind and stability. Kites are fun but again requires a lot of patience and can't be used is a lot of situations.

There are many manufactures of telescoping poles for all kinds of uses.  A quick google of "pole aerial photography" or "PAP" as it is called will give you a lot of info.

Here are a few links:

This guy build his own and has a custom rig to attatch it to the hitch of a car
http://www.pbase.com/lefturn99/05_pole_pix

These people make fiberglass telescoping poles for all uses.
http://www.wonderpole.com/custom_telescoping_poles.html

And this guy made his own as well and has a material list. All of it bought from Home Depot. There are no design plans but he has pics and some directions. His pole goes to 50 feet.
http://www.bird-shots.com/xaping/pap/pap.htm

The last link is the rig I am building.

General Lee

 


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thanks for the great info general lee..I will look into these links..I had not even thought about looking for the telescoping poles. I guess I just assumed they had designed the pole too.
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Well their's apparantly is more than just a telescoping pole.  it also includes a color monitor and cable controls which adds to the cost.  The 5 mp camera is probably the most expensive part of the gear.

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I sent an email asking if it was their bottom price. They say if I already have the camera they will knock off $350..still $2250 after that.
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I found this site yesterday. I emailed them and they are sending me a info kit. So far this is the best system I have found. Check out the video on the front page. This rig looks like it is very well engineered. Prices start at $7000 which is a lot. But the rig comes is several varations and most importantly you carry it and set it up in any location. Most other pole rigs like this have to be attatched to your car or trailer.

7 grand is alot but I got to thinking about the profit potential. Especially after I saw the video of how versitle the rig is. Being able to carry it anywhere and the ease of set up is what got me seriously thinking about purchasing this one instead of building something less portable.

The video has this girl setting up the whole thing by herself.http://www.elevatedphotos.com/

The ebay rig cost much less but it looks a little fragile to me and only goes to 30 feet.

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$7k could be easily recuperated by some nice projects.

However, if you dont get the projects, youre out of gas

gen lee, ur thinkin of using this for real estate?

im thinking high end/luxury real estate agents "might" pay about $100 per image.

you'll need to do about 70 images to recuperate the cost.

thats my quick observation at least.


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http://clarkmasts.com
http://www.clarkmasts-usa.com

make them I think, then they are repackaged by elevatedphotos.com.

They seem to franchise the business so lots of people sell them and offer the services. Personally I don't like offers that focus mainly on how much money you can earn and try and get you to sell it to other people on the same basis. Maybe its true but I wouldn't count on it.

Also wonder what happens if pnuematic mast spring a leek ever? Plus with equipment up that high you had better be confident about it swaying particularly with power lines or valuable buildings because if it starts to tip...

Smooth used to have a picture of a huge telescopic pole thing on a big tripod perhaps he can offer some thoughts.

Personally I'd see if I could find twenty feet or so of light cheap pole and experiment with that and see if there was any interest and then consider paying a fortune. Better check the panhead can cope with a slr and fisheye too.

Still I'm sure a decent business can be made from anything, I just wouldn't count on it selling itself.

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 "low level" aerial photography is where its at......real estate would pay easily for these images. Bigger clients like resorts and golf course etc. will pay very good rate for this. It's something that you cant capture any other way. Kites and blimps are useful in certain situations but they are logistically difficult to operate and have various limitiations.

I know I could easily re coup the cost and make a ton of money with a good pole rig whether it be a home made one or a turn key rig.

I would really like to build one myself but something proffesionally built and well engineered that allows me to go into production right away is definitly a good cost/benifit ratio.

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zx, it's hard to tell who of those is the manufacturer...at least for me.

Elevatedphoto sure has the upper hand in marketing as far as i can

tell through their website and videos.

i remember agnos having an elevated pole also.i can't find it on his site.


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http://www.raynet-uk.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=5&PN=1&TPN=2

has the elevatedphoto people saying its a modified clark mast. There are allot of similar sites selling them but the elevated photo one looks like the main one spawning all the others as its the only one with actual shop space but I could be wrong.

The runryder forums are always worth a browse if you are interested in this soft of idea. Really aimed a model helicopter people but sometimes discuss masts too like at
http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t142069p1/

Incidentally this was an entertaining thread which just came up
entertaining thread
were someone stuck a tripod screw on an electric screwdriver and then taped it to the top of a pole and turned it on firing continuously. Made a pano in about a second with a canon 5d and nikkor 10.5 fisheye.
picture of screwdriver
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