Of all the poles that you can use to get your camera in the air, painter's poles are great! They have a lot of advantages:
• Availability! You probably already have a painter's pole or broom handle! That's the lowest cost possible. You can get started with pole photography at almost no cost!
• Functional! They're stiff and don't bend much because they are designed to hold a couple of pounds of roller and paint. Plus, most are well designed! They're strong, durable, and weather proof and can take years of hard use.
• Inexpensive! Because they are mass-manufactured in huge quantities and sold everywhere, they are really inexpensive. Just a few dollars for a broom handle and only $50 for a top of the line pole.
• Standardized! All of the standard painter's poles have the same threaded end, which means that you can buy the pole that meets your needs and the Pole Pixie will fit it!
•Lots of Features! There are short ones and tall ones. There are ones with quick locking extension mechanisms and others that are hand-tightened and very secure. You can find
poles that are made of fiberglass, plastic, or aluminum. In other words, by shopping the off-the-shelf inventories, you can probably find the exact size and materials for your
perfect pole photography pole!
• Easy to understand! What does that mean? It means that if you walk into the pool area of a country club to take some pro photos, no one will ask what you are doing.
People know what a painter's pole looks like and know that it's just a worker's tool. You probably won't get any questions and you can just do your work.
When might a painter's pole not be the right choice?
A need for a really tall pole. (Note: We know of some sellers of fiberglass poles that go pretty
high - just send us an email for our recommendations. If you have need for pole greater than 25 feet (to take a photo from 30 feet or higher), then finding a suitable painter's pole may pose a problem. The
three-section, 24 foot Mr. Long Arm pole can be bought fairly easily, but finding a pole longer than that can be a challenge or may cost a considerable amount.
If you make your own extension, then controlling it can
be a real concern (see safety notes). Fortunately, almost 100% of the pole photos that we take in our real estate business are taken at a height less than 20 feet.
A heavy camera. We have a brand new pole from Canada. It has 5 sections and goes to
18 feet. It's very strong. Most pocket cameras weigh only six or eight ounces.
As experienced pole photographers, we regularly put a high-end digital camera/lens that weighs about 4 pounds on at pole that is 16-20 feet long. However, we do not put our expensive
DSLR on our fully extended 24 foot pole unless we have a number of other safety measures installed (products not yet manufactured for sale). At that length, the weight on the end makes safe operation sort of tricky. Consequently, if we need to go to the full 24 feet, then we use our lightweight, 8 megapixel pocket camera, and it is so easy to handle that we can even lift the pole off the ground and get the camera to about 28-29 feet.
If you have need for a really strong pole, then you should consider one of our Pixie Poles. They are very strong. Other systems often involve
special stands/tripods/wires for stabilizing the poles, or car/truck mounted poles. Setup times get much longer and flexibility of locations may be less, but you won't be taking unsafe risks
that put property and people in peril.