Pole Pixie

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jinks Realty 0352394

I've been doing pole aerial photography (PAP) for years.  In fact I wrote about PAP as one of my first blogs in on ActiveRain back in January 2007.

Pole Aerial Photography (PAP)

And later I chronicled the development of the PAP system I was using.


Evolution of my PAP system

If you read much of what I write about PAP especially when it comes to someone who want to get started, you will see I advocate a more manageable short pole.  What I call a short pole is typically a painter's pole in the range of 10 to 20 feet.  The problem is that there has been no easy solution of how to connect a camera to a painter's pole without doing some engineering.

I've recently discovered something that has solved that problem.  I present to you the Pole Pixie.  John and Margaret Hokkanen have developed and are distributing an adapter which allows one to easily connect a camera to a painter's pole.  Website:  www.PolePixie.com.

I have no connection with the Hokkanens or this product other than I think it's a great product and thought you guys might want to hear about it.

Pole Pixie w/tilt head - BACK

Pole Pixie w/tilt head - SIDE VIEW

Fat boy taking a PAP shot


The short pole is so handy, I take it to places I wouldn't normally take the tall pole to like my son's basketball game and the MLS picnic this weekend.


through the hoop





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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Lee, I'm surprised I haven't seen any of your previous posts.  This is a fantastic tool that isn't too big or cumbersome.  A remote viewing screen would be nice though.  Glad I saw this today, thanks!

Apr 28, 2010 03:44 AM #1
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Kevin, on the tall pole a remote viewing screen is a must.  If you look at the photo of me behind the goal, you will see the monitor just above my left elbow.  Since I use a Nikon D5000, I really only have to tilt the screen down when using the short pole, but I do like the remote monitor when shooting action.  I guess the new handy device would be a plug and play remote monitor.  I think that's do-able.

remote monitor

Apr 28, 2010 07:41 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lee - I have been amazed at your "aerial" shots which you manage with that pole of your's!  I'm just learning to manage my Nikon D90 - I can only imagine there isn't enough VR in my lenses to create a clear picture if I were to attach my camera to a pole and manage everything else required to get a clear shot. . .but it would likely be a comedy for others to watch at my expense. . .LOL

Apr 28, 2010 02:45 PM #3
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Myrl, the pole doesn't really induce camera shake.  In some ways it may stabilized things a bit.  Just hold the pole up in the air and get the camera pointed in the right general direction and shoot wide.  You can always crop what you need.

I just got myself really tickled.  I was going to say something along the lines of I wish I could let you borrow my rig, but the verbiage I originally thought of could easily have been taken very wrong.  I'll let the rest of you guys imagine what that would have been and then I will deny ever thinking that.

Anyway, take a trip down do your local home improvement store.  Find a painter's pole you like and extend it to see if you think you could handle it with your camera on the end.  You don't really need any other special hardware.  The remote shutter and monitor are nice, but setting the delayed shutter and taking a few shots should work in most cases.

Apr 28, 2010 03:38 PM #4
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Lee,  I was loving Myrl Comment. Thanks for sharing this, I love it and hope to able to do these aerial shots.

Apr 28, 2010 04:59 PM #5
Robert Foster
United Country-Michigan Outdoor Properties - Northern Office - Wolverine, MI

I will have to investigate this further.    A company I work for has a 40' elevated shot.

May 14, 2010 01:29 PM #6
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

Lee, thanks for the pics. Now I can see how I would use it. I'll have to get one.

May 24, 2010 01:45 AM #7
Mark Gridley
eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office! - Fountain Hills, AZ
TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ

Lee, I just got my pole pixy and off to buy a pole. I'm curious about video. Every thing I've read here has been about stills. The application would seem to favor video since you could select the frame you wanted and wouldn't have to use a trigger or timer. It also would allow you to get some interesting video perspective. For instance a person diving into a pool or your son shooting a swish. Any experience with this or advice?tt

Jul 12, 2010 06:06 AM #8
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

I don't think I've done any video from the pole.  It would be an interesting idea.  I think all the same principles would apply, except that I think you would have to have live view at the bottom of the pole where with stills it's only a nice thing to have.

Jul 12, 2010 07:31 AM #9
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Lee Jinks, Thanks for sharing the evolution of your PAP setup.  I like where you have taken this project and you have been able some really great shots with it!  Nicely done.

Nov 15, 2014 03:28 AM #10
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