It's hard to imagine how being just 16 feet off the ground can make such a HUGE difference in photograph of a home. So, I decided to show with a real example of why it works so well to show the setting of a home. The photos below show a home with a ridge behind it. The ridge is about 300 ft higher than the house and about 1000 feet behind it. With the ground level shot, the home completely obscures the hillside, and you have absolutely no idea that the lovely setting is there. By getting the camera up off the ground on a pole just 16 feet, the ridge comes into view as well as the trees. That's how it works. The photographs really show it.
So, if the home you are photographing has a lovely setting, you might seriously want to try to get that camera UP just a bit.
Margaret Hokkanen, Encinitas Real Estate
PS: If you need some help creating your pole photography camera, you might take a look at my husband's new site, www.PolePixie.com, where he is selling his cool little camera adapter for your standard painter's pole. ;)