Original broadcast dates: March 11-April 1, 2019. Replay on demand.
You know how to fly a drone. Now it’s time to leverage drone technology to capture more compelling images and videos. This series of webinars will help you hone your aerial photography skills, from mastering multi-axis moves and intelligent flight designs to perfecting your mechanics to getting the right insurance.
Each webinar in the four-part series will include demonstrations of the techniques and skills, as well as built-in interaction with the two webinar leaders:
- Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online at the Poynter Institute. He is an FAA licensed drone pilot and led Poynter’s Drone Journalism School in 2017, producing the code of drone journalism ethics.
- Judd Slivka, director of the University of Missouri’s aerial journalism program.
They will be joined remotely by two other experts ready to weigh in on your specific questions about drone photography and the law:
- Eric Seals, photo and video journalist at the Detroit Free Press and NPPA board member.
- Mickey Osterreicher, NPPA legal counsel. He is experienced in contract, media, copyright and First Amendment Law.
The teaching will be specific, practical and applicable to journalism and beyond. Filmmakers, real estate photographers, public relations and public information photographers will also benefit.
Poynter is proud to partner with the National Press Photographers Association for this webinar series. NPPA members will receive a 15 percent discount with code 19POYNTERNPPADRONES.
What I will learn:
How to create dynamic shots with the three surface controls
How to use the gimbal to create dynamic and useful images
Incorporating altitude, speed, yaw and roll
How to use intelligent flight modes
Framing, exposure, movement and composition
Editing and integrating drone shots into your work
The drone gear you “need” versus the gear you “want”
Who should take this course:
Drone hobbyists and commercial drone pilots who want to improve their aerial photography skills.
Mastering the moves
- Single-axis photography: The bread and butter shot for breaking news and limited opportunities
- Dual-axis photography: Reveals photographic surprises and add dimension
- Orbit photography: add context and dimension to the subject
- Rotations: Improve pitch, yaw and roll moves
- ATTI mode: Gain flight and photography control
Mastering the mechanics
- Making a plan to capture great images and video
- Lighting and exposure adjustments for aerial photographers
- What to do when you have to fly toward the sun
- The importance of capturing “RAW” images
- How to effectively use ISO and shutter speeds in flight photography
- How shadows add depth to aerial images
- The power of a vertical image
- Using the gimbal to add dramatic movement to a single-axis shot
- Building aerial sequences for editing
- The value of leading lines in drone photography
- How high should you fly and why?
- The drone as a low-flying steadycam
- The power of still photography using drones
- Drone photography composition
- Following your subject at an angle
- Using drones to create a “big reveal” shot hidden by a foreground
Mastering the final touches
Why constant recalibration is vital
Mastering Intelligent Flight modes
- Point of Interest
- Tripod mode
Bracketing photos post-production to perfect your images
Hyperlapse and timelapse techniques
The tools you want versus the tools you need
- Neutral density filters
- Landing pads
- Screen shade
- Carrying cases/backpacks
- Batteries and power stations
- Which memory card should you use?
- Hazard lights/nightlights