Aerial Photography
A True 'Bird's Eye View'
  • Nextimage3D, based in Los Angeles, has been providing helicopter aerial photography to the commercial real estate industry for over thirty years. We work with real estate brokers, property owners, REIT's, investment bankers, and institutional investors.
  • We shoot exclusively from helicopters using the latest in digital camera technology. Projects are photographed from high and low altitudes, and in a 360 degree circle around them. We shoot in RAW digital format for optimum quality, and covert the files to TIFF or JPG in postproduction. Photographs are normally available for download from our site within one to two days of the shoot.
  • Our "Aerial Alert" program provides discounted aerial photography pricing, about half of normal assignment pricing, for clients with flexible deadlines and that have projects within range of the locations we are shooting. Ask to be placed on our Aerial Alert email list and we will email you the next time we have an assignment in Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, Ventura, and San Diego.
  • Please check our stock aerial photography library for images in the Southern California area.
  • Aerial drones offer exciting capabilities in photographic and video imaging for marketing and advertising. The commercial real estate industry, in particular, has embraced drone imaging for marketing properties.
    As photographers, drones give us the freedom to position our camera for those perfect shots that were never acheiveable before.
    Close up aerial perspectives of buildings can be obtained without costly equipment like helicopters or cranes, and with an increased degree of safety.
    Construction Progress aerials help keep track of the details, small and large.
    They can save time and money, catching problems before they become major.
    We offer the following services:

    • Still photography
    • Video imaging
    • Construction progress documentation
    • 3D mapping and modeling of construction sites and buildings
    While aerial photography is an essential marketing tool for illustrating the location of a property in its market place, drone photography can add drama to images through the use of virtually unlimited points of view.
    As long time professionals in the commercial real estate industry, we know what makes effective images and have geared our drone services toward producing video and still images with the same level of quality.
    Safety is our biggest concern when conducting drone photography. Our drone Pilot in Command, Greg Lucas, is one of our principal photographers for aerial photography assignments from helicopters and airplanes. He's been a licensed pilot with commercial, multi, and instrument ratings for over twenty years and, has extensive experience in flying radio-controlled aircraft.

    With his extensive flying background, Greg is able to deal with the safety concerns of piloting, while also mastering the challenges of flying in many challenging weather conditions and locations.
    Stock Aerial Libraries
    Los Angeles County
    San Fernando Valley
    Santa Clarita/Valencia
    License
    Email/Electronic & Printed Documents
    Web site and Internet Usage
    Trade Show Usage
    Standard
    $100.00
    Use in email, electronic, and printed documents up to 8.5 x 11 inches and up to 5,000 printed copies.
    No
    No
    Extended
    $200.00
    Use in email, electronic, and printed documents larger than 8.5 x 11 inches and up to 50,000 printed copies.
    Use permitted on one web site for a duration of 2 years
    Yes
    Premium
    $300.00
    Use in email, electronic, in printed documents, books, posters and printed media. No restriction on size or quantity.
    Use permitted on up to 3 web sites with no time restriction.
    Yes
    Terms and Conditions
    Usage licenses are subject to the terms and conditions of the Stock Photo Image Agreement. Please review prior to ordering.
    Los Angeles County
    Beverly Hills
    Burbank
    Century City
    Chinatown
    Culver City
    Downtown Los Angeles - South Park
    Downtown L.A. East
    Downtown L.A./Little Tokyo
    El Segundo
    Fox Hills
    Glendale
    Hollywood
    Koreatown
    Long Beach
    Marina Del Ray
    Mid-City - West L.A.
    Miracle Mile
    Pasadena
    Playa Del Rey
    Santa Monica
    Torrance
    UCLA
    USC
    Venice
    West Hollywood
    West LA
    Westwood
    San Fernando Valley
    Chatsworth Industrial Area
    Woodland Hills/Warner Center
    Santa Clarita/Valencia
    Santa Clarita
    Valencia Industrial Area

    NEXTIMAGE3D
    STOCK PHOTO IMAGE USAGE AGREEMENT

    SINGLE USER LICENSE

    The following is a legal Agreement between you or the employer or other entity on whose behalf you are entering into this agreement ("you") and Nextimge3D. By purchasing usage rights to any Image, you agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. This Agreement grants you a single-user license. Nextimage3D reserves the right to change any of the terms of this agreement at any time, and you agree to be bound by such changes. If and when changes are made notification will be provided to you. If you purchase a particular usage license and wish to upgrade the license at any time, we will credit you for the fee already paid and charge you for the remainder owing toward the upgraded license, as long as the upgrade is done while the originally purchased license is active.

    PART 1

    LIMITED LICENSE

    1. All images on the Nextimage3D Aerial Stock Photography website are protected by United States and international copyright laws and treaties. Les Nakashima dba Nextimage3D, owns all rights, including copyrights in and to the Images, and reserves all rights in and to the Images not expressly granted to you by the terms of this license. Your rights to use any Image are subject to this license agreement and are conditioned upon your payment to Nextimage3D for your use of the Images. Using an Image outside of the licensing rights purchased might expose you to liability for copyright infringement.
    2. By this Agreement, Nextimage3D grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, right to use and reproduce Images in the following ways, subject to the limitations set forth herein and in Part II hereof:
      1. As printed media such as pamphlets, brochures, building offering memorandums, posters and other reproductions for your own personal, non-commercial use and display, not for resale, download or distribution, and subject to the size limitations as specified under Standard, Extended and Premium Usage Licenses.
      2. As electronic documents and opt-in email marketing. Images cannot be used in connection with unsolicited email or spam email, or linked from unsolicited email.
      3. For use in, and on pop up and/or panel displays for use in conventions and trade shows.
      4. On websites subject to the conditions specified under the Extended and Premium Usage Licenses.
    3. In the event that you create a derivative work based on or incorporating one or more Images, all rights in and to such Images shall continue to be owned by Nextimage3D, subject to your rights to use such Image(s) pursuant to the terms and limitations set forth herein.
    4. All other rights in the Images are expressly reserved by Nextimage3D.
    5. Permitted usage and limitations on usage are summarized in the table below:

    License
    Email/Electronic & Printed Documents
    Web site and Internet Usage
    Trade Show Usage
    Standard
    Use in email, electronic, and printed documents up to 8.5 x 11 inches and up to 5,000 printed copies.
    No
    No
    Extended
    Use in email, electronic, and printed documents larger than 8.5 x 11 inches and up to 50,000 printed copies.
    Use permitted on one web site for a duration of 2 years
    Yes
    Premium
    Use in email, electronic, in printed documents, books, posters and printed media. No restriction on size or quantity.
    Use permitted on up to 3 web sites with no time restriction.
    Yes

    PART II

    RESTRICTIONS

    YOU MAY NOT:

    1. Use an Image other than as specified in PART 1.
    2. Produce or otherwise create for resale or distribution, printed reproductions of any Image on paper, plastic, vinyl or any other medium unless expressly permitted by this agreement.
    3. Use or display any Image on websites or in connection with any "print on demand" services offering products using or incorporating Image(s) such as postcards, posters, giclee prints, wallpaper, artwork and other items.
    4. Use an Image together with pornographic, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or immoral content or in such a manner that it infringes upon any third party's trademark or intellectual property.
    5. Share an Image by providing access to such Image on shared disk drives, computer networks, intranets of any nature or otherwise.
    6. Use any Images as the basis for any individual or collection of physical or digital objects which you then offer for sale.
    7. Use or display an Image in such a manner that gives the impression that the Image was created by you or a person other than the copyright holder of that Image.

    PART III

    MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Except as specifically provided in this Image Usage Agreement, you may not sell, rent, load, give, sublicense, or otherwise transfer to anyone, the Image or the right to use the Image. You may however, transfer Images to a third party for the sole purpose of causing such third party to produce and/or manufacture your goods incorporating Images subject to the terms and conditions herein. In addition, the work you produce with the Image must be used for yourself, your direct employer, client, or customer, who must be the end user of your work. You agree to take all commercially responsible steps to prevent third parties from duplicating any Image.
    2. Nextimage3D makes no representation as to the accuracy of geographical identifiers in photos, such as street names and compass headings. It is up to the individual purchasing the photo usage license to determine the accuracy of the photo.
    3. You agree to indemnify and hold Nextimage3D harmless against any damages or liability of any kind arising from any use of the Image other than the uses expressly permitted by this Agreement. You further agree to indemnify Nextimage3D for all costs and expenses that Nextimage3D incurs in the event that you breach any of the terms of this or any other agreement with Nextimage3D.
    4. Nextimage3D warrants and represents that:
      1. Unaltered Images are in full compliance with this Image Usage Agreement and applicable law, will not infringe any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right, nor will such unaltered Images violate any third parties' rights of privacy or publicity;
      2. Unaltered Images do not and will not: (i) violate any US law, statute, ordinance, or regulation; (ii) be defamatory or libelous; or (iii) be pornographic or obscene.
    5. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Nextimage3D shall not be liable for any damages, costs or losses arising as a result of modifications made to Images or the context in which the Images are used by you.
    6. Nextimage3D grants no rights and makes no representations or warranties with respect to the use of any names, trademarks, service mark, logotypes, copyrighted designs or works of art or architecture depicted in any Image. It is your responsibility to assure that all necessary rights, consents, or permissions that may be required for your use of any Images are obtained.
    7. This contract is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. You hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within such state. All actions, controversies and disputes arising from or relating to this agreement shall be heard and decided exclusively before the courts located within the State, County and City of Los Angeles and not elsewhere. You agree that service of process in any actions, controversies and disputes arising from or relating to this Image Usage Agreement may be effected by mailing a copy thereof by registered or certified mail (or any substantially similar form of mail), postage prepaid, to the other party however, nothing herein shall affect the right to effect service of process in any other manner permitted by law. This agreement shall be construed neither against nor in favor of any party, but rather in accordance with the fair meaning of the language hereof. The invalidity or unenforceability of any part of this agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the balance hereof.
    Our Aerial Alert program offers special pricing on complete aerial photography packages. We send out emails alerting our clients of upcoming flights in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Respond by our deadline and get a discounted rate starting from $300, depending upon the location of your project. Our zoned pricing offers different rates outside of the primarily photography location. Multiple locations may qualify for a further discount. To be added to the Aerial Alert email list, please send a company email to nextimage3d@gmail.com with “Subscribe” in the subject line. The Aerial Alert package is best suited for those with a limited budget and deadlines that are not urgent. While we make every effort to fly on the posted date, weather conditions may change the timing of photography.
    © 2015 Les Nakashima/Nextimage3D
    Aerial Alert Discounted Package

    Includes 20-25 high resolution digital images taken from high and low altitudes and 360º around your project, including close ups. Files are available for downloading within 24-48 hours of photography.

    Ordering Aerial Photography

    To submit your order please email us the exact address of your project, and if possible a Google satellite image outlining the project boundary. Please indicate any specific view or locations desired within the photos, such as freeways, buildings, business districts, etc. Your order must be received prior to the Aerial Alert deadline. We will also need to take your Visa/Mastercard/AmEx information to confirm your job. Your card will only be charged when the photo files are ready. A 3% transaction fee is added to the total.

    High Altitude Aerial Photography Now Available

    Most of our aerial photography is done at altitudes of 2,000 feet and lower. However, there are times when photography from higher altitudes can provide a better perspective because buildings and points of interest in the distance are easier to identify. High altitude photography is especially useful when large areas of land need to be shown. Reaching altitudes above 3,000 feet involves increased air time and clearance from SoCal TRACON, so there is an additional charge of between $75 to $125 depending upon location and desired altitude.

    Timing and Weather Conditions Disclaimer

    Please be aware that the timing of a flight is not guaranteed. We normally try to shoot under the best weather conditions, and good visibility and sunshine can be unpredictable. A scheduled flight may be postponed until better conditions occur. If meeting a deadline is crucial, we recommend going with a custom flight.

    Custom Flights

    We recommend a custom flight when certain conditions must be met:

  • The project has specific timing that must be met, such as a short deadline
  • The project must be shot on a specific day or at a specific time, such as during a weekend or when the front of the building must have sunlight on it,
  • The project is located in a sensitive airport area, such as in the takeoff or landing path of a busy airport

    Email: nextimage3d@gmail.com
    Phone: 323-273-9464
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    Aerial Photography FAQ

    Location is one of the most important aspects of a property when marketing it, and aerial photography can be a useful tool for showing clients what is around that location. With the increasing activity in the commercial real estate market, we have certainly noticed a growing demand for aerial photographs for pitches, OM’s, and websites. If you’ve never bought aerial photography before—or even if you have—here are some useful things to know about aerial photography.
     

    We normally hire small two-person helicopters to shoot from because they give us the best maneuverability in documenting projects.  They allow us to get as low as 500’ above ground, and as high as 3,000 feet or more when necessary. We can also hover and move in ways that are impossible for fixed wing aircraft. We occasionally use larger, four-passenger helicopters for assignments involving multiple locations and high altitude photography. Airplanes are harder to shoot from in that they have to be constantly moving in order to stay in the air. We do use small planes for assignments located far away from airports and where flight expense makes using a helicopter uneconomical. Also, airplanes are much easier to find than helicopters at the smaller airports that we use.

    Some photographers like to shoot in JPEG format and give the images to their clients with a minimal amount of post processing. While this is a faster and easier way to work, the JPEG format basically discards a lot of visual information in order to get smaller compressed files. JPEG files will not capture the wide color spectrum or contrast range that RAW does, and quality is degraded every time processing changes are made and saved. In terms for quality, shooting in JPEG is a compromise of speed over quality. We do use small planes for assignments located far away from airports and where flight expense makes using a helicopter uneconomical. Airplanes are harder to shoot from in that they have to be constantly moving in order to stay in the air. It is our experience that it takes about three times longer to shoot a project from a plane than a helicopter.

     

    There are certain areas that are difficult, if not impossible to photograph, depending upon what is needed.  Locations in the landing and takeoff paths of airports can pose problems both at high and low altitudes.  If a property is located particularly close to a runway, low altitude photos may be difficult if they conflict with the take off or landing of aircraft.  On the other hand, high altitude photos may be permissible if air traffic an fly a safe distance underneath our aircraft.  Conversely, locations moderately far away from an airport’s takeoff or landing corridor may be able to be photographed from lower altitudes, but higher altitudes may be difficult because they will conflict with the altitudes of incoming or outgoing aircraft.   Properties near smaller airports are fairly accessible because of lower air traffic volume.  Busy airports like John Wayne and Bob Hope can be usually be photographed by coordinating with air traffic control.  LAX, however, is continually busy throughout the day, and locations in the approach corridor over Lynwood and South Gate east of the Alameda corridor may only be photographed at lower altitudes because of incoming commercial air traffic. Locations west of the Alameda corridor may not be able to be accessed at all.

    Some locations can have Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR’s) for civilian aircraft during sporting events or performances, such as Dodger Stadium, USC Coliseum, the Rose Bowl,  Hollywood Bowl, etc.  The TFR is normally a no-fly zone that extends three miles in radius around the location, and begins one hour prior to the scheduled event, and ends one hour after the event.  A TFR can be a big factor when trying to photograph in downtown Los Angeles during an afternoon Dodger Game, for example.  Disneyland has been able to convince the FAA that it needs a TFR continually around its property.  While it is possible to photograph within that 3 mile radius, it normally has to be done at altitudes above 3,000 feet.  Photographing at lower altitudes is entirely at the discretion of air traffic control, making photographing buildings at lower altitudes a hit or miss proposition. For this reason we tell our clients that locations within the Disneyland TFR are possible at higher altitudes, but we will not guarantee getting low altitude or closeup shots.  Lastly, there are TFR’s when the President comes to town that can make flying for the entire day or more impossible.

     

    Though crystal clear days in Los Angeles are few and far between, photographs taken on these days can be breathtaking. Getting photographs on a clear, sunny day with no clouds will obviously give better results than when taken on a cloudy, hazy day. The clearest conditions are usually after rain and we try to schedule our flights accordingly if the weather forecast is for sunny conditions. Great visibility can also follow very windy days or Santa Ana winds.

    Southern California doesn't always have ideal weather conditions especially in the LA basin where smog tends to collect. The Inland Empire suffers from haze and smog because it usually lacks winds to blow them away. Orange County, also, gets its share of haze, and the beach areas can be prone to fog. Since weather is one of the most important factors in getting good photos we try to fly on days with the best conditions within the current weather trend. Haze is one of the hardest and most unpredictable factors that we have to deal with. Weather reports do not predict haze conditions and even though it can be a sunny and cloudless day, heavy haze can spoil photography. Airports often report at least 10 miles visibility but there can still be considerable haze present. There are times when we will take off but abort the flight because of haze. In the summer when haze is a constant problem, we usually try to shoot on sunny days and enhance the images in postprocessing. However, there is no substitute for sunny conditions and clear visibility!

    The worst months for aerial photography are in May and June when we have “June gloom” conditions--heavy fog in the morning which lasts till noon or late afternoon, after which it finally burns off. Even after the fog dissipates, lingering haze may limit our ability to get good photographs. Last year we had a period of about six continuous weeks where June gloom did not give us acceptable conditions for photography. In the summer months, beach areas can be severely affected by fog even though inland areas are unaffected. We have encountered 1/4 mile visibility in Newport Beach while John Wayne Airport five miles away was reporting clear conditions. The same can be said for LAX where visibility may be two miles, but downtown Los Angeles may be at ten miles.

     

    We are so used today to setting devices to automatic and getting acceptable results. While many of today’s digital cameras give good results, without digital postprocessing the quality of photos will be inconsistent and sometimes unacceptable. Processing is done in software programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, and can involve correcting images for brightness, contrast, color, sharpness, and even perspective. When it comes to professional photography, capturing images is half the work and the other half is in processing.

    Digital photos will only look as good as the photographer can make them look. Digital processing will determine the difference between an average photo or a very good one. When we photograph we shoot in Camera RAW format because it captures the most visual information possible and enables us to produce images with the highest level of quality. However, RAW images also require special processing and involve a lot more work. We normally do all our shooting and processing in RAW, and then convert the processed images to JPEG. This workflow allows us to quickly transfer files electronically while preserving the quality of the RAW processed images.

    Some photographers like to shoot in JPEG format and give the images to their clients with a minimal amount of post production. While this is a faster and easier way to work, the JPEG format basically discards a lot of visual information in order to get smaller compressed files. JPEG files will not capture the wide color spectrum or contrast range that RAW does, and quality is degraded every time processing changes are made and saved. In terms of quality, shooting in JPEG is a compromise of speed over quality.

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