In reading a bit and visiting a number of
aerial photo websites, I'd like to find out from
you guys 'where's the money (ie. profit)' ?
I mean, I just dont see it.
Lets assume it costs you around $5000
to get into the game for the gasser, mount,
downlink, camera and all the other goodies.
Seems like the avg rate is around $200 per
job where you are on site for 1 hour. I'm
assuming that in reality, between driving to/from,
setup, teardown, post-shoot processing
(Photoshop, printing, CDROM burning) and
closing the sale initially, you spend a total of
maybe 3 hours wall-time for that $200. Subtract the
cost of man #2 (camera operator), $40-50?
insurance, amortization of the hardware,
the crash fund and anything else, it
would seem like you'd be lucky to clear $25/hour
and realistically, how many jobs a week
are you going to do, counting for weather and
Is that about right? I realize this is not the
path to fame and fortune.