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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.

Your Instructors: Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington

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

Morning Session:

9:00-9:30 – Doors open. Sign-in. Meet-n-greet
9:30-11:00Brief 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

Afternoon Session:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I bring my drone?
As photographers, Randy and Stacy bring a drone wherever they go, because one never knows when that golden opportunity for a great aerial photograph will arise. For this class, however, you will not need to bring your drone. We will have our personal line-up on display.
What drone brands and models will be used as examples?
All samples, examples, and discussion will be based on DJI brand drones, especially the Phantom, Inspire, and Mavic product lines. There may be some brief discussion of the Matrice line, and the newly released Spark, yet limited.
Will we learn how to fly a drone?
As you know, flying has become so simple that a newbie can self-learn in half a day. This class is not intended to teach drone flying skills. We will discuss flying somewhat, as it pertains to photography, but this is a classroom-style setting and we will not fly in the room.
Do I need to bring a computer?
Not necessary. There will be no electrical outlets available. It is fine if you prefer to take notes on a laptop or tablet, but all class notes will be printed in a workbook that you will receive upon arrival. There is space for some hand-written notes on each page in the workbook.
Is parking included?
Each venue is different. We do not include parking fees. Many venues will have a free event parking lot, or validated parking.
Will I need a notepad?
This is up to you, but there is room for note-taking in the class workbook. Please bring a pen or pencil.
Can I record the class?
Take all the photos you like! We ask that you do not record audio or video, or broadcast live to social media without prior permission. Our hashtag is: #DJIPhotoTour post classroom snaps as much as you like!
How do we get directions to the class location?
When you register for this seminar, you will be emailed a bar-coded ticket, along with a receipt and instructions on how to get to the seminar.
Will we have one-on-one time with the instructors?
There will be opportunity to meet and speak with both Randy and Stacy one-on-one during the day. This is important to them and you! Also, thirty minutes at the end of the day will be reserved for a Q & A session.
Will I get a good seat?
This is a fairly intimate setting. Our typical classroom setup will hold about 35 people. Each seat will have a table/desk to place personal items on or under. Seating is first-come/first-serve. Generally speaking, every seat will be good.
Will we learn video skills in addition to photography?
We focus on aerial still photography skills and business. Video is not our expertise, but we can help you with the basics.
If I need to cancel, will I get my money back?
Yes. Please email at least 48 hours prior to the event for a refund.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch is on your own. Because we travel from city-to-city, we are not as familiar with local eating options as you might be. You might consider packing a lunch/snack with a couple of bottles of water.
Can I pay at the door?
Advanced online registration is required. If a friend urgently wants to join you at the last minute, give us a shout at and we will let you know if any seats are remaining.
What should I wear?
Comfortable and casual clothing. Randy prefers barefeet, actually, but he will refrain from such behavior.
What should I bring?
Bring a clear head. There is lots to learn and absorb during this intensive class day. Also bring a couple bottled waters, coffee (with a spill-free lid), snacks, and a pen/pencil.

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