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Aerial Photography with Drones: Getting High With Your Camera!

Aerial Photography with Drones: Getting High With Your Camera!

Give your feet a rest and learn to fly your camera!  Just think how cool it would be to get a gorgeous aerial photograph of a favorite scenic or vacation spot, or having a nice aerial shot of your company picnic, family events, birthday parties, wedding, anniversary, or just playing around at the local park. You can even take aerial photos of your home and property for maintenance and inventory purposes... The sky’s the limit.

All of this is possible with drone-mounted cameras, but you must be trained in how to set up and operate the drone and its camera, and you must be aware of applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines when it comes to flying a drone outdoors in the National Airspace System.

So Washington Photo Safari is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of a professional FAA-certified pilot to teach beginner sessions on Aerial Photography with Drones for clients who already own, or are thinking of buying a drone for recreational (non-commercial) use. His name is Mark Baxter, he is owner of SkySight VIP, an aerial photography and videography business established in 2016. Mark has a military and law enforcement background and has been working to create a training program for public safety agencies and their use of drones. He particularly enjoys taking his drone to scenic places and getting aerial views that just can’t be achieved from the ground. He also conducts work for residential & commercial real estate clients, performs missions for inspection, insurance, and construction companies, and has shot several events around Maryland.

The course will involve the following components

  1. Introduction to Drones and Drone Systems
  2. Regulations
  3. Applications for Aerial Photography
  4. Basic Photography Theory
  5. Basic Flight Theory
  6. Safety
  7. Preflight, Settings, & Operation
  8. Post Flight
  9. Demonstration
  10. Student Hands-On

We will show you how to be compliant with FAA guidelines and how to fly your drone confidently so you can go out and capture some creative, one-of-a-kind shots with your drone!

Who should attend: Anyone who has an interest in using a drone for amateur photography. Basic knowledge of camera settings and photo editing is helpful, but not required.

Who should not attend: Those who want to learn to fly toy-grade drones or learn advanced drone photography.

This safari will focus primarily on learning how to operate consumer/professional grade drones and what you need to know in order to get the best shots possible. We will briefly discuss camera settings for the drone but will not go into photo editing- that will be covered in a future advanced course. This will be a basic-level class geared toward recreational users and most of the photo processing will be completed within the drone system itself.  

What to bring to the safari:

  • MicroSD card or USB storage drive of at least 8GB
  • Notepad and writing instrument
  • Appropriate attire for the outdoors

Bringing a drone to this safari is not necessary. The students will learn to fly on the DJI drone platform which will be provided during the safari.

However, if you already have a consumer/professional grade drone and would like to bring it to the class, you may. Depending on the drone, the instructor(s) may be able to guide you using your own drone. If you do this, just be sure you have your drone properly registered and marked, your batteries are fully charged, and you have all necessary equipment needed to operate it. It is suggested that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to bring your drone so we can make sure you have everything you need.

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The safari will be offered at Lime Kiln Middle School (parking lot), 11650 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton, MD (see the map below for location specifics.)