Looking for a reasonably priced "pole" setup

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Real Estate Agent with Troop Real Estate Inc.

Good morning,

My name is Rudy Detgen and I'm a Realtor here in Southern California. I'm a total newbe to pole and aerial photography.

Can anyone in the group recommend a beginner set-up? Are there any reasonably priced cameras that have remote capability?

Thank you, I value your knowledge!

Rudy

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Margaret Hokkanen
SurfTheTurf.com, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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We made our own pole camera rig out of painter's poles and a tripod head - works great and you can be up and running in 2 minutes.  You can walk right into a pool at a country club and no one will look at you twice.  I see that you are up in Simi Valley.  If you want to come down to Encinitas (just south of Oceanside), I'll be happy to show you how I constructed my rig.  I probably invested a little over $100.

John HOkkanen

Dec 08, 2009 10:54 AM #1
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Rudy Detgen
Troop Real Estate Inc. - Moorpark, CA
Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Homes, REO - Moorpark, Simi Valley

Hi Margaret,

I've been reading all of the posts here, lots of good info. Thank you for the invite to see your rig.

I just purchased a window cleaning pole at Lowe's for $29.99. It collapsed to 4 feet so I can get it into my car and it extends to 16 feet. The end takes a paint roller but it also accepts the snap lock style attachments like a window squeegee. My next dilemma it how to mount the camera.

I also purchased a magnetic wide angle lens for my Sony DSC camera. Google "magnetic lenses". These work great, they just stick right on the existing lens of most point and shoot cameras. I'm thinking the wider angle will give me more room for error and I'll just crop the photos later.

I'm excited about getting it up and running.

Thanks for your help!

Rudy

Dec 08, 2009 11:25 AM #2
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Lee Jinks
Greater McAllen Association of REALTORS® - McAllen, TX

Rudy,  I haven't been watching the Aerial Photography Group all that closely.  Sorry about my late response.  It looks like Margaret or really John has taken care of you.  The pole you purchased looks good and I'm hoping by now you have worked out a mounting system for the camera.  Use your time delay shutter release for now.  I'm not a fan of the wide angle adapters, but use it if you have to.  The PAP photos I saw on your other blog look good.

You might be able to help me.  I'm seriously considering writing a book on PAP and would like to know what some one in your situation (new to PAP) would want to know about PAP before getting started.  I've been doing it for so long now I may be overlooking some basic questions.

Dec 21, 2009 10:39 AM #3
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Rudy Detgen
Troop Real Estate Inc. - Moorpark, CA
Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Homes, REO - Moorpark, Simi Valley

Hi Lee,

All of the posts here have helped me a great deal. As a beginner, my biggest questions would be on resources for mounting the camera onto the pole. The pole I purchased is economical but a little slow to deploy within the 10 seconds my Sony DSC gives me. It is light enough though, that I can actually extend it the full 16 feet and lever it up for the shot.

I made my mount after looking at your first set up. I used the paint roller Idea that you came up with. I had a sheet metal shop make me a piece of 11 gauge aluminum to mount to the roller. I made one improvement. I had the shop bend it in half at 90 deg. This enabled me to screw my camera to the plate in both the horizontal and vertical positions. I did run into a problem where the weight of the mount and camera together had a tendency to "droop down" because the only thing that was holding the mount in position was the plastic cable clamps around the roller. My next improvement to solve that drooping problem worked great. I re-mounted the plate to the roller in a fixed position and the hole that I had drilled for the vertical mount just happened to be in the perfect position to accept one of those pocket sized "window mount" tripods. Now I can leave the little tripod attached to the mounting plate and if I want a vertical format, all I need to do is rotate the tripod and tighten the thumbscrew. I don't even need to take the camera off.

It will probably still be a work in progress, but for now it really works well.

Below are some pictures of my mount so you can see the "swivel" tripod head with the added bonus of being able to remove it and use it as a window mount or a table top tripod.

camera mount

camera mount

 

Dec 21, 2009 11:46 PM #4
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Xposure Real Estate Photography (Western North Carolina)
Xposure Real Estate Photography - Asheville, NC

We custom fabricated ours from a painter's pole. The head we designed mounts directly on the pole and screws into the bottom of the camera. Always make sure your camera is securely fastened! We have yet to have an accident but it pays to have the camera secured by a strap just in case.

Xposure Real Estate Photography -- www.PropertyXposure.com

Jan 24, 2010 02:35 PM #5
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio

I am not 100% sure how you are tilting and focusing the camera without putting the camera up and down constantly and taking lots of test shots and then cropping them.  Are you using any sort of wireless transmitter controls and an external screen to see the photos before you take the shots?  I am very interested in utilizing this technology in the near future to provide enhanced views of our listings and create a real "WOW" effect.  

Feb 11, 2010 04:29 PM #6
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Rudy Detgen
Troop Real Estate Inc. - Moorpark, CA
Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Homes, REO - Moorpark, Simi Valley

Hi Sam,

Right now with my set-up I'm simply hoisting the camera up and letting the self timer capture the image. Focus and exposure are automatic. As far as framing the subject; I select the lens angle (zoom) from the ground level. When the camera is up in the air, I aim the camera at the subject by rotating the pole and tilting it fore and aft. You are right about not being able to see the image to compose. It usually takes about three shots to get what I want. Photo shop for editing after I get the images back to a computer.

Take a look at some of Lee Jinks posts in this group. He runs a monitor down the pole to ground level and has an electronic shutter release.

For me, and what I need to do right now, my rig works perfect. It's low tech and it fits in the car, sets up faster than a tripod, extends to 16 feet and if I hold it up I can get 20 feet, which is plenty.

You can go as low tech or as high tech as you want. You might try low tech first like mine to see if you like it.

Rudy

Feb 11, 2010 07:56 PM #7
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WHAT DO U WANT TO TAKE A FOTO OF WITH THIS THING? INDOORS OR OUT? AND OF WHAT? IS IT USED FOR REAL ESTATE?
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