DJI Aerial Photography Academy is an intensive one-day class series designed to teach valuable secrets to attendees wanting to create top quality, compelling, marketable aerial photographs. This is a drone class that is not as much about how to fly, but rather why we fly – to gain a new perspective of the world around us, to integrate this technology into our workplace, and to share amazing drone photographs with the world.
Whether you are an enthusiast or are pursuing aerial imaging as a career, this class will teach you in a single day what normally would take years of practice to figure out. The curriculum is generally advanced-beginner to intermediate-level. Expert aerial photography instructors Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington will share this knowledge in an upbeat classroom presentation in your city soon!
This 48-city tour is officially authorized by DJI, the world’s leader in consumer and commercial drones.
Global Experts & Instructors in Aerial Photography
Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington are pioneers in aerial photography. Both worked with DJI during the formative years of the company, leading up the “Aerial Still-Photography Development Team.” With extensive backgrounds in both the drone and photography industries, they have harnessed and packaged the skills of successful drone photography. Together, they will bring this valuable information to you at an affordable price in your own city.
During the past twelve months, Randy and Stacy have taught aerial photography classes at the world’s preeminent photo industry conferences and delivered keynote presentations, webinars, and lectures worldwide. These events include:
- Drone World Expo, Los Angeles, CA
- Adobe MAX Conference
- Photoshop World Conference
- Imaging USA Conference
- WPPI Conference
- Photokina Tradeshow
- PhotoPlus Expo
- Web Summit – Dublin, Ireland
- TedxYouth, Austin, TX
- EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, WI
- Professional Photographers of America
- Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
- Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, NM
- DJI Corporate Headquarters Marketing Office, Shenzhen, China
- DJI Flagship Store – Shenzhen, China
- SXSW, Austin, TX
- American Society of Home inspectors Annual Conference
- National Association of Realtors Annual Conference
- National Basketball Association Marketing Office
- University of Kathmandu Engineering, Nepal
- National Association of Broadcasting (NAB)
- Adobe Education Summit
Overview and Upcoming Dates
We will talk a bit about flight techniques and how DJI drone systems work, but this is not a how-to-fly class. The discussion will surround proven photography techniques, with an edge toward earning a few dollars with your drone..
This seminar is for you because you already have a DJI drone or are planning to purchase one soon – yet aerial photography is challenging to you. You feel lost by the process and your images do not have the visual impact or “wow” effect of photos that you have seen by other aerial photographers. We will fix that. For the best learning experience, it is suggested that you explore Adobe Lightroom prior to this class (free 30-day trial is available). Workshop fees range from $189 for early registration, to $249.
In this class you will:
- Understand the basics of the drone industry.
- Take command of your flying camera.
- Process your aerials in Adobe Lightroom for that “SHAZAAM! ZAP! POW!” effect.
- Hook the viewers by tugging on their emotions.
- Monetize your passion – earn money as an addicted drone flyer.
☑ 01/10/2017 Tuesday – San Antonio, TX
☑ 02/09/2017 Thursday – Las Vegas, NV
☑ 04/21/2017 Friday – Orlando, FL
☐ 07/17/2017 Monday – Madison, WI – Purchase Tickets
☐ 07/19/2017 Wednesday – Minneapolis, MN – Purchase Tickets
☐ 07/21/2017 Friday – Des Moines, IA – Purchase Tickets
☐ 08/21/2017 Monday – Columbus, OH – Purchase Tickets
☐ 08/23/2017 Wednesday – Indianapolis, IN – Purchase Tickets
☐ 08/25/2017 Friday – St. Louis, MO – Purchase Tickets
☐ 08/28/2017 Monday – Chicago, IL – Purchase Tickets
☐ 09/18/2017 Monday – Houston, TX
☐ 09/20/2017 Wednesday – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
☐ 09/22/2017 Friday – Austin/San Antonio, TX
☐ 09/25-28/2017 Mon-Thurs – Columbia, SC (Special-Edition 3.5 Day Course Includes Intro to Hands-on Flying)
Stay tuned! We will be in your area soon!
Class Schedule & Syllabus
9:00-9:30 – Doors open. Sign-in. Meet-n-greet
9:30-11:00 – Brief Introduction to Drones Who Are Randy & Stacy? •Birth of an Industry •Why Now? •What Makes a Drone Fly? • Mind-Blowing Features • Imagine! •Placing a Camera in 3D Space •Drones in the USA •Where will Drones be in Two More Years? • How do Drones stack up in the Grand Scheme of Things? •Public Perception & Etiquette
11:00-12:30 – Flying Cameras Are in Your Future: Are You Ready? •Drones in Surrounding Industries •Flying Commercially and the FAA •Size-up Your Competition •Drone Equipment Recommendations for Your Business •Integrate Drones into Your Work •Pricing Strategies & How to Charge for Drone Services •What will You Shoot? •What to Shoot When there is “Nothing to Shoot”. •About Stock Photography •Mapping, Modeling, Measuring •Best Apps •From Above & Below
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch Break – on your own
1:30-2:30 – Setting-up and Using Your Aerial Camera •DJIGo & DJIGo4 App •Photography Basic Concepts •Exposure Triangle & Histogram •General Menu Set-up & Preparing to Shoot •Advanced Camera Menus •Shooting Strategy & Making Your Aerial Photographs •When to Shoot •How High? •Drone Camera Views •Sizzling Hot Tips for Aerial Photography •Don’t Forget Your Photography Skills Just Because You Are Flying!
2:30-4:30 – Processing and Finishing Techniques for Aerial Images •Before & After Samples •Goals for Your Processing •Emotional Involvement and Hooking Your Viewer • Transform your Raw Image into Art •Adobe Lightroom Live Processing Workflow •Straighten and Square Buildings •De-Haze & Clarify •Make Amazing Water •Sharpen and Soften •Squish & Un-squash •Light Beams •Painting With Light• Custom Vignette •Perpendicular Objects •Simple Panoramas •Simple Adobe Photoshop Fixes •Avoiding Chunky Water •Warping for Magical Landscapes•Tilt-Shift Effect •Tiny Planet Effect •High Dynamic Range Processing
4:30-5:00 – Open Discussion •Questions •Industry Insights •One-on-one chat •Wrap