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Learn Everything You Want to Know About Using Drones at Imaging USA

By Chris Homer

Have you been considering drone photography as an addition to your business? Imaging USA is tackling this hot topic with a host of brand new classes. For the first time ever, Imaging USA will have a "Drone Zone"! This is where you can learn anything and everything drone related. There will be speakers who are pioneers in the area, a representative from the FAA to answer all your questions, and rumor has it that you might even get to FLY A DRONE! 

Even better, you can have access to the entire Drone track (classes, presentations, and demos) through an Expo-Only pass for only $35! Take a look at everything being offered in the Drone Zone below and register here for Imaging USA 2017 today! 

Drones and Aerial Photography 101
Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington will start from scratch speaking plain English to explain where, when, how and why. This class is for complete beginners who are a little bit nervous and confused about aerial drone photography. Randy and Stacy will encourage participants to relax and ask questions throughout the class.

Flights - Camera - Action
Designing your commercial imaging flight today requires planning, visualization and safety considerations. Eddie Tapp, M.Photog., MEI,Cr.,API,CPP, will discuss tips, techniques and information that will help your flight strategies from composition flights, camera settings, safety practices and more. Even if your considering drone aerials in your business, come and prepare to take flight for your creative imaging experience.

Elevate Yourself and Your Business Using Small Drones
Camera-drones are the hottest thing in photography industry. Randy Bruan & Stacy Garlington from the DJI Photography Development Team will discuss drone hardware, flying basics, image capture, simple processing, do's and don'ts, and how to earn additional income with your drone.

Getting Started in Aerial Drone Imaging
The composition rules have changed, you can now move your camera in 3D space. Learn how to cast of traditional photography constraints and elevate your photography. In this session Colin Smith will provide tips on the best way to fly to capture the best photographs and video. We will also explore some basic image editing of aerial images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Drones, What You Need to Know
Join FAA specialist for UAS training and curriculum development, Silas Still, as he teaches on:

  • UAS elements
  • FAA Authority
  • Hobby, Recreational operations
  • Commercial Operations
  • UAS Registration
  • Part 107 Regulation (basics, pilot certification, operating rules, test exam)
  • Next Steps for Integration
  • Research and Development

Legal and Safe: Know Before You Fly
Scott Strimple, the director of The Drone Flight School, steps you through the new FAA law and industry best operating practices for flying Camera-drones. Learn how to get your drone pilots license, how to maximize enjoyment of your drone without the worry of a mishap and techniques to normalize excellence assuring continued success in your aerial photography pursuits.

Crafting the Aerial Photo / Video
Stick and rudder flying skills are always important, but once you master flying your camera-drone you will want to exploit it's capabilities. Scott Strimple leverages his Emmy award winning knowledge, training and experience as an aerial cinematographer to help you understand how to use the limitless 3D movement of your camera to compose and capture stunning images and video sequences that are made possible from a drone.  Scott will share his favorite post-production video tips and tricks to enhance production value and viewing experiences.

Taking Your Drone Images Higher
HDR, Panorama, how about HDR Panoramas, from the air! In this session, we will explore the more advanced shots that really get people's attention. You will learn techniques for capturing these multi-photo shots. Discover how to make your masterpieces in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Colin Smith will share his workflow and tips that got one of his photos named as "Top 15 beautiful drone images of 2015" by Time Magazine.

Aerial Drone Photography Tips, Tricks, and Inside Advice
Just when you feel like you have mastered traditional photography skills, Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington will give you a jump-start on entirely new artistic techniques using small drones to create fabulous aerial images.

How to Incorporate Drones Into Your Business
PPA member Jamie Hayes, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP,ABI,API, has been flying and using drones for his business for a long time. Hear directly from Jamie on what not to do, and how to incorporate drones successfully into your business. His experience will definitely help you ramp up fast!

Remember that you can attend all the Drone Zone classes with an Expo Only Pass for only $35! If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events there's still time to purchase an All-Access Pass! Register by December 8 for the early bird rate at

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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