Aerial photography in California? Absolutely! The golden state is arguably the most beautiful state in the country. Boasting the largest trees in the world, snow-capped mountain peaks and fertile valleys, California has an extremely diverse landscape for drone imagery and video. Long stretches of beaches can look incredible from the sky. Many California beaches quickly climb into mountains adding to the potential for stunning aerial photography.
Real Estate Aerial Photography & Video
California is a large state with many MLSes. Drone photographers will need to be well versed on the requirements for the specific MLS a property is located in. The largest MLS in California is the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS). You can view a list of MLSes here. We are able to deliver MLS compliant video and photos to real estate agents across the nation.
Due to the size of California there are many airspace issues to be aware of. Drones are banned in all national parks so Yosemite, Death Valley and Mojave are out of the question. California also regularly has wild fires. When wild fires happen the FAA nearly always puts a "Temporary Flight Restriction" or TFR into effect restricting flights in those areas.
There are many airports in California that will require a drone pilot to have authorization to fly near. In particular there is a stretch of very busy airports from San Francisco to San Jose. Further south, Las Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego all have very crowded airspace that will have to be investigated before flight. A well planned drone pilot will check with multiple planningtools before flying.
We have many talented drone pilots across California. We verify FAA certification and guide them during the entire process. We also provide photoshop and video editing services to ensure you are receiving the highest quality product. Photos will be delivered within 24 hours after the shoot. Below are aerial photos drone pilots have uploaded from California.
Photos with a SoldByAir watermark are available for purchase as stock photography here.
Aerial Photos by City
Drone pilots travel far and wide to capture the perfect photo.
You can click the California cities below to view photos uploaded from some of these locations.
We serve cities all across California, far beyond what is listed below.
A skilled drone pilot can use video to tell a story about the property you are selling.
Video quality is constantly improving with many drones now capable of 4k resolution.
Social media posts with video are ranked higher and get more views than those without.
It's no surprise that 85% of homebuyers prefer to work with an agent using video.
We are able to host video that is supported by MLS's accross the nation.
Below are videos pilots have added from California.
Nationally the FAA requires that all commercial drone pilots are FAA certified. If you are looking to become certified you can start here. California is well known for being a very litigious state. There is a state law on the books that could be used to charge a pilot with invasion of privacy if they fly over a property without permission. There are also local ordinances to be aware of. For example in Las Angeles you can not fly a drone within 25 feet of any bystanders.
There is no official centralized database of local drone laws. This makes knowing every local rule near impossible. We created a crowd sourced database to assist with this task. We can't promise 100% accuracy but it should help. Go here if you you would like to help contribute to this project.
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