Drone flight fundamentals, operational best practices and creative techniques.

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Learn how to capture the best images and footage from the most effective angles using a small-unmanned aircraft, otherwise affectionately known as a drone. Drone flight is catching on fast, but the rules regarding safety are changing on a daily basis. This hands on workshop will teach flight fundamentals and operational best practices, as well as creative techniques, culminating in a real world video/photo production project each student can use in their reels or simply to showcase their work.

Successful completion of the workshop will include a certificate signifying mastery of the level of proficiency required for safe flight in both commercial and recreational settings.  

This workshop will prepare you to take the required FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge test leading to a Commercial Drone Pilot certification.

Class objectives include:

  • Instilling a level of proficiency with drone flight operations, and assuring a safe foundation for long-term success
  • Teaching advanced operational skills, tuning and techniques for experienced pilots
  • Providing a comprehensive level of understanding of the complex factors that determine legal flight operations for the drone artist
  • Instructing on the optimum methods to obtain footage, both for photographers and cinematographers, including correct camera settings, and creative manipulation using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premier Pro

Each student will receive flight time on various DJI drones, as well as exposure to the larger heavy lift drones. Checklists and other materials fundamental to safety and best flight practices will also be provided.

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Image credits: Scott Strimple

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Instructor: Scott Strimple

Scott is a director and Emmy award winning filmmaker who is most recently known for his diverse expertise and effective style of teaching within the aerial photography and filmmaking arena. He is a captain and FAA check airman for a major airline. He is currently helping define the pilot certification standards and training requirements that will influence the framework for drone use within the US. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at many industry filmmaking and photography gatherings.

Instructor: Nadine Kloss-Gannon

Nadine has been a flight attendant for a major carrier for twenty-one years. During those years, she has continued her art education and pursued an MFA in photography and graphics. As a professional photographer, she maintains a varied client base. Her continued passion and commitment to her airline and love of flight led her to obtain her FAA Part 107. She has done aerial photography for several commercial clients. Her carrier’s annual “recurrent emergency training” heightens her awareness of the importance of safety in flight which carries over to flight safety in her drone flying. Through the years, Nadine has always used her camera’s lens to portray her vision; now she takes that lens to the sky in flight.