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Aerial Photography: Getting Started with Aerial Photography

Francis Torres and Rich Harrington

About this course

Add a new perspective to your photography by taking to the skies to capture striking aerial images. In this course, Richard Harrington and Francis Torres explain how to use a quadcopter, drone, or UAS to take aerial photographs and panoramas. They cover preflight best practices, location scouting techniques, and shooting strategies for both single-image stills and multi-image panoramas. Plus, they demonstrate post processing techniques for aerial images in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and PTGui. With these techniques in your toolkit, you'll be able to create beautiful artwork for your office, capture a remodel or construction project, or shoot dramatic natural vistas from a bird's eye view.

 
Topics include:

  • Understanding your country's regulations
  • Securing permission from property owners
  • Taking your drone on a commercial airline
  • Understanding weather conditions that affect flight
  • Essential flight techniques for photographers
  • Monitoring remotely
  • Shooting raw photos
  • Establishing a landing zone
  • Shooting panoramic and HDR images from a drone
  • Developing HDR images

Curriculum

  • Exercise Files
  • Introduction
  • What You'll Learn in This Course
  • Who is This Course For?
  • Before You Fly
  • Understanding Your Country's Regulations
  • Preview
    Respecting No Fly Zones
  • Securing Permission from Property Owners
  • Flying with a Two-Person Team
  • Making Sure Your Drone Is Registered
  • Taking Your Drone on a Commercial Airline
  • Understanding Weather Conditions That Affect Flight
  • Preflight Checklist
  • Essential Flight Techniques for Photographers
  • Takeoff & Landing Strategies
  • Hovering in Place
  • Preview
    Positioning the Camera
  • Composition Strategies
  • Monitoring Remotely
  • Shooting Raw Photos
  • File Format & Recording Options
  • Choosing the Right Exposure
  • Shooting with Filters
  • Creating a Custom Lens Profile for Your Camera
  • Safe Landings
  • Establishing a Landing Zone
  • When to Land
  • Developing Raw Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for Photos in Lightroom
  • Removing Lens Distortion
  • Sending the Image to Photoshop
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening
  • Shooting Panoramic Images from a Drone
  • Configuring Your Drone for a Panoramic Images & Essential Apps
  • Shooting Strategies for Panoramic Images
  • Developing Panoramic Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for Panoramic Images in Lightroom
  • Preview
    Removing Lens Distortion
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening for Panoramics
  • Merging Tough Panoramic Images in Photoshop
  • Merging 360˚ Panoramic Images in Photoshop
  • Merging 360˚ Panoramic Images in PTGui
  • Adding 360˚ Sky in Photoshop
  • Shooting HDR Images from a Drone
  • Configuring Your Drone for HDR Images
  • Shooting Strategies for HDR Images
  • Developing HDR Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for HDR Images in Lightroom
  • Removing Ghosting from HDR Images
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening for HDR Images
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Merging Tough HDR Images with Photomatix Pro
  • Merging Tough HDR Images with Aurora
  • Next Steps

About this course

Add a new perspective to your photography by taking to the skies to capture striking aerial images. In this course, Richard Harrington and Francis Torres explain how to use a quadcopter, drone, or UAS to take aerial photographs and panoramas. They cover preflight best practices, location scouting techniques, and shooting strategies for both single-image stills and multi-image panoramas. Plus, they demonstrate post processing techniques for aerial images in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and PTGui. With these techniques in your toolkit, you'll be able to create beautiful artwork for your office, capture a remodel or construction project, or shoot dramatic natural vistas from a bird's eye view.

 
Topics include:

  • Understanding your country's regulations
  • Securing permission from property owners
  • Taking your drone on a commercial airline
  • Understanding weather conditions that affect flight
  • Essential flight techniques for photographers
  • Monitoring remotely
  • Shooting raw photos
  • Establishing a landing zone
  • Shooting panoramic and HDR images from a drone
  • Developing HDR images

Curriculum

  • Exercise Files
  • Introduction
  • What You'll Learn in This Course
  • Who is This Course For?
  • Before You Fly
  • Understanding Your Country's Regulations
  • Preview
    Respecting No Fly Zones
  • Securing Permission from Property Owners
  • Flying with a Two-Person Team
  • Making Sure Your Drone Is Registered
  • Taking Your Drone on a Commercial Airline
  • Understanding Weather Conditions That Affect Flight
  • Preflight Checklist
  • Essential Flight Techniques for Photographers
  • Takeoff & Landing Strategies
  • Hovering in Place
  • Preview
    Positioning the Camera
  • Composition Strategies
  • Monitoring Remotely
  • Shooting Raw Photos
  • File Format & Recording Options
  • Choosing the Right Exposure
  • Shooting with Filters
  • Creating a Custom Lens Profile for Your Camera
  • Safe Landings
  • Establishing a Landing Zone
  • When to Land
  • Developing Raw Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for Photos in Lightroom
  • Removing Lens Distortion
  • Sending the Image to Photoshop
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening
  • Shooting Panoramic Images from a Drone
  • Configuring Your Drone for a Panoramic Images & Essential Apps
  • Shooting Strategies for Panoramic Images
  • Developing Panoramic Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for Panoramic Images in Lightroom
  • Preview
    Removing Lens Distortion
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening for Panoramics
  • Merging Tough Panoramic Images in Photoshop
  • Merging 360˚ Panoramic Images in Photoshop
  • Merging 360˚ Panoramic Images in PTGui
  • Adding 360˚ Sky in Photoshop
  • Shooting HDR Images from a Drone
  • Configuring Your Drone for HDR Images
  • Shooting Strategies for HDR Images
  • Developing HDR Images
  • Essential Developing Strategies for HDR Images in Lightroom
  • Removing Ghosting from HDR Images
  • Noise Reduction & Sharpening for HDR Images
  • Enhancing the Image with Filters
  • Merging Tough HDR Images with Photomatix Pro
  • Merging Tough HDR Images with Aurora
  • Next Steps