Crested Butte Drone Photography Workshop: June 27-29, 2019

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Eye of Colorado.jpg
Colorado Iron.jpg
Kebler Pass Switchbacks.jpg
Desert Drain.jpg
Iron Patterns.jpg
Oregon Coast.jpg
Oregon is another World.jpg
Owl Creek Pass Fall Freeze.jpg
Owl Pass Bend.jpg
River Tree.jpg
Rocks and Rifts.jpg
The Path of Least Resistance.jpg
Vegetation Generation.jpg
White Pocket Waves.jpg
Yellow Mind Slide.jpg

Crested Butte Drone Photography Workshop: June 27-29, 2019

from 495.00

Dramatic peaks, lush valleys, and unending forests of aspen and pine make Crested Butte the perfect place to learn aerial drone photography. Surrounded by hundreds of square miles of national forest to legally fly in, we'll spend 3 days in the field learning techniques for capturing stunning images and video from the air. We'll spend as much time in the field as possible as well as a classroom session on editing photos and video. To ensure enough flight time for each student the class size is limited to 3 students and 4x4 transportation is provided to all locations. The workshop will run Thursday morning through Saturday evening. You're welcome to stay in the area and continue exploring on your own after, recommended nearby areas: Crystal Mill, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Maroon Bells, San Juan Mountains, Great Sand Dunes NP

Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

(Images are samples of my diverse drone photography around the American west)

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Dates: June 27-29, 2019

Start - Stop Days: Thursday morning- Saturday evening

Cost: $995

Deposit: $495

Max Class size:  3 to ensure enough flight time for each student

Basecamp: Crested Butte

Nearest Airports: Gunnison, Grand Junction, Aspen, Denver, Colorado Springs

Lodging & Meals: Not Included

Preferred Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus Crested Butte

Transportation: 4x4 transportation provided to all locations, participants are responsible for transport to/from Crested Butte.  If you have a 4x4 vehicle with off-road experience you are welcome to drive yourself to all photo locations.

Special Gear: Drone with a built-in camera.

Fitness: Average - most shooting will occur near the road but at higher elevations, it's easier to get out of breath. Some locations will require walking on uneven terrain.  Elevations from 7000-11000ft.

Locations

  • Kebler Pass
  • Ohio Pass
  • Lost Lake
  • Lake Irwin
  • Crested Butte
  • Gunnison River
  • Paradise Divide
  • Schofield Pass
  • Washington Gulch
  • Slate River
  • Brush Creek

Climate: Comfortable days 60-80˚F, Cool Nights 40-50˚F, A mix of sunny and stormy days,  afternoon storms are common.

Overview of Skills & Topics Covered:

  • Location Scouting: We'll discuss the best locations for drone photography as well as how to find legal public lands to fly over. We'll also cover techniques for planning the time to photograph, and researching/reading the weather.
  • Shooting: Drone camera setup for photos and video, including settings such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, WB, Bitrate, aspect ratio, etc.  Composition and settings for the various types of aerial photography encountered and ideas on how to create unique abstract images and sweeping video reveals.
  • Editing: We'll have 1 classroom session on importing, basic editing, and exporting of aerial videos and stills. We'll cover editing styles and choices as well as more broad ideas for creating a finished film.
  • Safe Flying: Regulations and limitations of aerial photography with drones. We'll cover how to fly safely, respect private landowners, and capture media within your legal rights.

Gear Needed:

  • A DJI Drone is recommended, specifically these models: P4 Pro, Mavic, Air. You can bring any drone you have but my technical familiarity is primarily with DJI.
  • At least 3 batteries and charger to ensure enough flight time.
  • Memory card/s for your drone.
  • ND filters and a polarizer are highly recommended for the best quality of media created, please contact me if you need suggestions on which ones to purchase.
  • To fully participate in the classroom session, please bring a laptop computer with Lightroom and a video editor such as Final Cut, iMovie, Premier or similar. I will be demonstrating video editing in Final Cut but the basic principals apply across all platforms. I will be demonstrating photo editing in Lightroom but you can use other free or similarly available editing tools.
  • Appropriate clothing for mountain weather in the Colorado Rockies. Temps can be as high as the low 80s (˚F) in the day and in the 30s at night with anything from blue skies to heavy rain, fog, or summer snow. Long underwear, down-clothing, rain gear, wool, and waterproof footwear are all suggested.
  • Please bring snacks and drinks for time spent in the field, many of the best times for shooting are around breakfast and dinner so normal eating schedules are often disrupted. I typically have a late breakfast after shooting and an early or late dinner depending on shooting conditions.

Requirements:

  • A basic understanding of your drone and its operation as well as your other gear. A commercial drone license (Part 107) is not needed or required for the class, but you will be unable to sell any media created without it.
  • The ability to hike short trail distances (1 mile and under) in the mountains at elevations above 5000ft. The best way to acclimate is to arrive in Colorado a couple days early. 

Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

To be at the best locations for sunrise and sunset our hours in the field will vary. Some locations require a couple hours travel on rough backcountry roads.

The final itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions. 

This workshop will take place in remote mountain areas. Not all areas have bathrooms and you will need to bury or pack out any waste, I will provide a shovel and any needed toiletries. We will be hiking on this trip and possible locations could include steep trails, rocky terrain, off-trail travel, and high elevation.

Cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel 90+ days prior to the workshop your payment is refunded minus a $125 fee; if you transfer your spot to another participant the fee is waived minus any payment processing fees.
  • 90 days to the start of the workshop a refund is only available if your spot can be filled. You can transfer your spot to another photographer or wait to see if it's filled (I will attempt to fill it from any wait-list). The full remaining balance is due 60 days before the workshop and a $125 processing fee will be applied to any transfers until the start of the workshop. No refunds on the full amount owed after 60 days.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY for any reason, medical, weather, or otherwise. You are encouraged to purchase travel insurance and refundable airfare to cover any potential losses due to illness, family emergency, natural disaster, etc. If you fly with points on Southwest it's easy to get a refund for use on future flights. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail.

I reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met or unavoidable circumstances prevent its start. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be given the option of rescheduling for a later date, transferring to another future workshop, or a full refund. I am not liable for any travel or lodging expenses incurred due to cancellation and as such travel insurance is recommended.

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