Lift Off: Flying and Photographing with Drones

18jul6:00 pmLift Off: Flying and Photographing with Drones

Event Details

Lift Off: Flying and Photographing with Drones
July 18 & 20, 2024 | Thursday 6-9pm & Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm
Faculty: Sky Safari Drone Photography Senior Pilots Chuck Porter and Mark Erskine

Are you interested in drone photography? Maybe you have a drone, and want to shoot photos or videos, and need more guidance. Maybe you’ve just unboxed your brand-new drone and it gleams with the promise of capturing breathtaking videos and stills. Are you anxious about the transition from conventional to drone photography? Perfectly natural. This workshop is for you. Maybe you’ve been flying awhile and want to improve your techniques – both flying and cinematic. This workshop is also for you.

First meeting in the classroom: You will explore the exciting world of consumer and “pro-sumer” drones. We’ll explore drones’ photographic characteristics and capabilities. We’ll make sure you understand what’s required to fly drones legally. We’ll refresh your knowledge of your drone’s controller and its settings, especially camera and flight safety settings. We’ll discuss flight hazards and how to safely avoid them. Then we’ll build on your knowledge of photography and videography, generally, and demonstrate the excitement you and your audience will feel – when your camera flies and can function in three dimensions, not just two. To demonstrate cinematic flight moves, our instructors will show some of the material they’ve shot and published. You’ll love the inspiration.

Half-day in the air: The best learning will occur when you fly your own drone during this workshop and practice what you’ve learned. It’s time for you to fly! Under the supervision of your instructors, you will review flight maneuvers by flying them. Zero, one, two, three and four-axis flight. We’ll cover camera settings you need to set once you’re in the air. And remind you to always roll video. We’ll cover cinematic moves you’ll want to use with your drone. And we’ll show you how to get that buttery-smooth video you’ll cherish. You’ll have plenty of time to fly and shoot on your own, too.

Half-day back in the classroom: The best learning also occurs upon reflection – what went right, wrong and what can be improved. It also occurs when students and instructors critique each other’s work. This is a chance to show what you shot in the field and to reflect on improvements and key learnings. 

Topics Include:

  • Drones, cameras, and settings – Flight/Photography/Videography/Cinematography
  • Staying legal – TRUST & Part 107 Certificates & Apps
  • Stills, videos and hyperlapses
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Managing Motion Blur
  • Image Resolution
  • Frame Rate
  • Screen Recording
  • Instructor show-n-tell
  • Battery considerations
  • Transferring files to your computer
  • Editing software & options
  • Automated flight modes and waypoint missions
  • Student show’n’tell

What to Bring:
Students will use their own drone/controller for this workshop. Bring multiple drone batteries if you have them. Load your drone with a high-capacity SD card, 128 or 256 GB recommended. Your drone should be something like a DJI Mini, Air, or Mavic series drone, or similar from another manufacturer.It is recommended that you get your TRUST certificate online before the workshop at the following website:; it’s free.

Mark Erskine is a private (single engine land) pilot and an FAA 14 CFR Part 107 commercial drone pilot.He is an Emmy-award-winning writer, producer, and videographer. His career spans broadcast TV, corporate media, and communications among the Fortune 100. At Boeing, he oversaw a large team of Photographers, Videographers, and Editors located nationally and internationally. His TV broadcast production career went from being a videographer/editor/producer to Executive Management at major market television stations, as well as founder and owner of his own broadcast production company. There he produced complete series for HGTV, Discovery Communications, Food Network, and more.

Chuck Porter is a private (single engine land) pilot and an FAA 14 CFR Part 107 commercial drone pilot. He is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer and adventure traveler. He’s traveled to nearly 80 countries during his consulting career, and as a photographer, diver, motorcyclist, and commercial drone pilot. He has taught and continues to lecture at Seattle University, has held numerous advisory and search roles at the University, served as their Chief Information Officer, and currently sits on the Seattle University Board of Trustees. He is a commercial photographer specializing in travel, landscape, adventure, architecture, and astro-photography. He’s been published in BMW Owners News magazine, Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, numerous books, and numerous client commercial websites.

Images © Sky Safari Drone Photography


July 18, 2024 6:00 pm(GMT+00:00)