Note: Having a drone is not necessary for this workshop. Perfect for those who want to learn more about drone photography before making the investment!

Grand Calumet Panorama, ©Peter Essick

The recent availability of prosumer drones with integrated high resolution digital cameras has opened up new creative opportunities for photographers. Learning to fly is relatively straightforward, but an increase in your knowledge base and experience is necessary to safely produce successful drone images.

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Fernbank Snow ©Peter Essick

This two-day workshop is tailored to photographers who have an interest in low-level aerial photography but have yet to purchase a drone, as well as drone photographers who would like to expand their abilities and knowledge.

The first day will cover all the background information needed for drone photography – remote controller setting, air space identification, the AirMap app, simple takeoff and landing techniques. We will fly drones and also I will show a selection of work. We will be based at the SxSE Gallery in Molena, GA.

Tennis ©Peter Essick

The second day we will go to a few locations nearby to work on more advanced techniques such as panoramic stiches, video, and multiple image photographs. We will then have time to go back to the gallery and evaluate our work from the day.

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Park Place ©Peter Essick

I have been using a drone for my photography for over three years. I first learned to fly when I was working on a story about the Fernbank Forest in Atlanta. The low altitude aerial perspective works well for nature and environmental photography, but has many other uses as well. -Peter Essick

Winter Drone ©Peter Essick

Peter Essick is a photographer, author, speaker, instructor, and drone pilot who specializes in nature and environmental themes. Named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine, Essick has been influenced by many noted American landscape photographers from Carleton Watkins to Robert Adams. His goal is to make photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land.

Essick is the author of two books of his photographs, The Ansel Adams Wilderness,and Our Beautiful, Fragile World. He has had solo exhibitions of his work at the Booth Western Art Museum, Yoho National Park: A Canadian Gem, and at Lumière Gallery, Compositions in Nature.Essick has photographed stories for National Geographicon many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater. Other work has been published in international magazines. Essick’s photographs are in public and private collections. He is represented by Spalding Nix Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and Cavan Images, New York, New York.

Currently, Essick is working on a book of his photographs about Fernbank Forest, an urban old-growth forest in Atlanta, and will be published by Fall Line Press. An exhibit of his drone and multiple image photographs is at the Spalding Nix Gallery from Sept. 13 – Nov. 1, 2019.

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Saturday, October 5th

We start the day early, 9 am, with coffee and pastries. Peter will give a classroom presentation on drones including rules and regulations, proper usage, etc.

At noon we’ll break for lunch at the gallery.

At 1 pm the class will venture out to the McCrary Cabin and Lake for hands-on drone practice.

At 5pm the class will return to SxSE Gallery where you are invited to join us for the Opening Reception of Portraits from 5-7. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 6th

The class will meet at the gallery at 9am for coffee and pastries before venturing out for more extensive hands-on practice.

At noon a brunch will be served at the gallery before last minute Q&A and final notes from Peter.

Included in the workshop:

2 days of classroom Instruction and hands-on teaching of drone photography with Peter Essick

Saturday lunch and morning/evening refreshments

Sunday brunch and morning refreshments


Fee: $325 (maximum of 8 students for this workshop)

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