Earlier this week we looked at the basics of building a PAP (pole aerial photography) rig and the benefits of having PAP photos. To see just how dramatic of a difference PAP can make I took two pictures of my newest listing below.
Both photos were taken from the exact same spot on the ground so the position of the camera in relation to the house doesn’t change much but the perspective shift is like looking at a different house altogether.
The above PAP photo was shot at 16 feet in the air which works well under most circumstances. Because this home sits on a hillside I wasn’t able to capture the entire house with room to spare above the third floor at 16 ft which means this home is a good candidate for 24-30 foot photography.
Though not perfect, the 16 ft perspective provides some key differences compared to the ground level photo including:
- Better view of the home’s depth. – It looks a lot larger than the home in the ground photo because you can see more of the home.
- The broken up road isn’t as visible in the 16 ft photo. - Shortly after these photos were taken the road was improved by one of the other homeowners. In the first photo you can clearly see a neglected road which some buyers may use as a strike against the home whereas in the 16 ft photo you get more house, less road.
- More of the neighborhood can be seen from 16 ft up. - In the first photo it looks like the home is secluded but when you look at it from a higher perspective you can see there are homes around the property. You can also see that the backyard is fenced in which isn’t obvious in the first picture.
Have you tried PAP out yet? Post your pictures in the comments below and be sure to check out the Flickr Pole Aerial Photography group for more ideas on how to use this innovative photography method.