Overview

PDT-LSurvUas-07

Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

The small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), or drone, is emerging as a powerful video and photography platform for both professional and hobbyist videographers, photographers, artists, scientists, and storytellers. With technology comes many regulations, safety knowledge, and understanding of how the drones and government work in relation to drones.

This 3-day course prepares students to understand the basics of what flying a drone really means, how to fly safely, and how to capture and edit aerial photos and video footage using the latest drone technology and video editing software.

  • Day 1 will be spent in the classroom learning to understand the background and what flying a drone really means, the various uses for drones, and how to take great drone photography and videography, safely.
  • Day 2 will put knowledge into action and head outside (weather permitting) fly a drone, capturing video and photos. [BACK UP PLAN IF IT IS RAINING OR WINDY]
  • Day 3 will concentrate on the basics of photo and video editing so that you will leave the class with beautiful footage to share with friends and family.

This class is for anyone from beginner to intermediate students with an interest in drone photography, and videography. Students will receive training in drone safety, utilization, video camera setup, camera maneuvers, shooting practices, pre- and post- production planning and film editing. All students taking the course will be leaving with a hobbyist certificate and the tools and recommended resources to getting their commercial license.

Other Topics Covered in this Course:

  • Camera & Gimbal Settings
  • Camera Movement
  • Working with ND filters (180° shutter rule)
  • Tripod Mode
  • Overview of Adobe Premiere Interface
  • Importing Footage
  • Sequence Settings
  • Project / Panel Window
  • Transitions
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Creating Titles
  • Overview of Color grading
  • Exporting footage

Students MUST bring a laptop, PC or Mac, with them to the editing portion of the class. We ask that students come prepared with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere already downloaded on their devices. You may download the free trial of Adobe Premiere and the free trial of Adobe Photoshop a few days prior to the final class if you do not own either of these Adobe software products. Please keep in mind that each free trial only lasts 7-days, and you will need it for this course.

If you do not have a laptop, contact Kyle Hirshkind (kyle.hirshkind@unh.edu) to reserve a loaner for use during the workshop.

All additional course resources and materials will be provided.

What You Will Learn

PDT-LSurvUas-07

Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

Day 1: Learning (IN CLASS - 9:30-12pm EST)

  • Why do you want to fly a drone?
  • What drones can be used for
  • Difference between hobbyist and part 107
  • Basic regulations and resources to be a part 107
  • TRUST Test
  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) + Physiological Factors
  • Types of airspace (Basic understanding) Aloft + B4UFLY

 

Day 1: Drone Photography/videography 101 (IN CLASS - 1-3pm EST)

  • Photography/videography
    • What makes a photo clean – more specifically, what makes a picture blurry?
    • Auto vs Pro
    • Picture Profiles (LOG, HLG*, Color/Normal) 
    • Resolution
    • White Balance (Kelvin Scale)
    • Frame Rate (24fps vs. 30fps vs 60fps vs 120fps)
    • Exposure
      • ISO (180 degrees rule)
      • Shutter Speed
      • Aperture
      • *Zebra (peaking settings)
    • Favorite drone settings
    • Choosing the subject of your shot
    • Rule of thirds
  • Show samples of work done for landscapes
  • Show samples of work for RE
    • Explain settings and motions/angles

 

Day 2: Pre-flight (IN CLASS - 9:30-11pm EST)

  • How drones fly
    • Lift, weight, thrust, drag, stalls, stability, load factor
    • Axes rotations, pitch, roll, yaw
  • How weather effects drones (basic review
    • Standard day
    • Atmospheric pressure, altitude, wind, frost, fog, storms
  • Pre-flight checklist
    • Review of equipment
      • Check on batteries
      • Check on drone
      • Firmware updates completed
      • Extra wings, batteries, etc.
    • Weather check
    • Approval for airspace
    • NOTAMS
    • Check Air Space
    • LANCC approvals

 

Day 2: Flight (Flight Area - 12-3pm EST)

  • Preflight check in action
  • Setting up controller
  • Cine vs. tripod/normal vs. sport
    • Safety features engaged with all three
  • Switching from photo to video
  • Moving back and forth
  • Moving up and down
  • Multi-axis movement
  • Cinematic shots
  • Important for tomorrow:
    • Have everyone find a subject or spot they want to highlight
    • Get at least 5 angles of shots
    • Get at least 5 photos of your subject

 

Day 3: Editing videos (IN CLASS - 9:30-12pm EST)

  • Adobe Premier
  • Importing Footage
  • File management
  • Creating proxies
  • Codecs, bitrates, and containers
  • Sequence Settings
  • Workspace
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Project Panel Window
  • Editing specifically Drone Footage
  • Transitions
  • Creating Titles and Text
  • Light adjustments
  • Color grading
    • S-curves
  • Masking
  • LUT’s
  • Exporting – settings

 

Day 3: Drone Photography 101 (IN CLASS - 1-3pm EST)

  • Lightroom
  • Importing photos
  • Light:
    • Cropping
    • Exposure
    • Contrast
    • Highlights
    • Shadows
    • Whites
    • Blacks
  • Point Curve
    • What each spot means
    • S-curves
  • Color
    • Color mixing
    • Color grading
  • Effects
    • Clarity
    • Dehaze
    • Texture
    • Details

Travel & Site Information

PDT-LSurvUas-07

Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

The Browne Center for Innovative Learning

340 Dame Road, Durham, NH, 03824

From the South - Boston

  • Follow I-95 North into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 4, on the left, to merge onto NH-16N/US-4 W to White Mountains
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

From the North - Maine

  • Follow I-95 South into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 5 onto NH-16N / US-4 W toward Newington/Dover
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

Directions Continued

  • Take the NH-108 Exit toward Durham/Newmarket
  • Turn onto NH-108 South
  • Turn left at the lights to stay on NH-108 South
  • Turn left onto Durham Point Road, follow for 3.3. miles
  • Turn right on Dame Road, turns into dirt road, follow for .4 miles
  • Turn left at the blue Browne Center sign (sign is on right side of road)
  • Follow driveways to the end, past main building into the large parking lot

Tools & Materials

PDT-LSurvUas-07

Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

Required Items - Students Must Bring with them:

  • Laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Trial or Complete Software (see below)
  • Adobe Photoshop Trial or Complete Software (see below)

Optional Recommended Items to bring:

  • Personal drone (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Camping chair
  • SD/Memory card (optional)

Students must bring a laptop, PC or Mac, with them to the editing portion of the class. We ask that students come prepared with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere already downloaded on their devices. You may download the free trial of Adobe Premiere and the free trial of Adobe Photoshop a few days prior to the class if you do not own either of these Adobe software products. Please keep in mind that the free trial only lasts 7-days, and you will need it for this course.

If you do not have a laptop, you can contact Kyle Hirshkind (kyle.hirshkind@unh.edu) to reserve a loaner for use during the workshop.

 

  • Students are welcome to bring their own drone to the class, however, it is not required. Drones for recording both photos and videos will be provided to students (DJI Phantom, DJI Mavic, DJI Spark).

 

  • All additional course resources and materials will be provided.

Instructor Bios

PDT-LSurvUas-07

Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

  • Hayden Spitz

    Hayden Spitz, the founder of Boston Drone Productions, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship in 2018. After relocating to the Boston area, he worked for a public relations and communications firm where he learned to tailor his marketing skills in both B2B and B2C. In 2021, after being certified to fly drones for his marketing firm, he branched off and started his own company, Boston Drone Productions (BDP). BDP offers drones, photography, and videography for marketing, events, and real estate, following the mission to focus on telling YOUR story through a lens.

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haydenspitz/

    Email: Hayden@Bostondronepro.com

     

    About Boston Drone Productions:

    Boston Drone Productions specializes in drone videography and photography utilizing state-of-the-art drone and video equipment to share your story from every elevation. The perspective from 400-feet or 100-feet above, and even ground level, emits a very different concept and viewpoint. In working with corporate partners in real estate, development, construction, architecture, non-profit, communications agencies, etc., or personal celebrations, the vast landscape is experienced. From the ground to the sky, BDP looks forward to making your story take off.

    Boston Drone Productions utilizes licensed FAA certified part 107 drone pilots.

    Boston Drone Productions:

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/BostonDronePro

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/BostonDronePro

    LinkedIn: https://LinkedIn.com/BostonDronePro

    Email: Hayden@Bostondronepro.com

    Phone: (617) 504-4906 

    Website: BostonDronePro.com

     

09:00am - 03:30pm
09:00am - 03:30pm
09:00am - 03:30pm
Browne Center
Hayden Spitz
610.00 Tuition (lunch included)
18
USNH Tuition Benefit Discount
PDT - 10% Alumni Discount
Cooperative Extension Discount
Guild Discount
Military Discount
CBA Student Discount
CBA Business Discount
1.8
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