Last week I had the opportunity to feed my obsession with aerial photography and participate in Russell Brown’s Top Gun Flight Training workshop at Photoshop World, and it was an awesome experience! Many thanks to Russell for putting together this incredible workshop. There’s nothing like a giant room full of RC photography enthusiasts, with multiple copters flying around all over the place, coupled with a wealth of Photoshop and video processing knowledge (links below for all of this content)!
The day started with an intro from DJI, who sponsored the event and donated copters for workshop participants to use. If you haven’t seen their copters/footage yet, you should check out the short video below to see what’s possible with today’s radio controlled aircraft.
Next, we broke off into teams to cover basic flight training principles… everything from safety (the most important thing of all), basic takeoff and landing procedures, flight modes and capabilities, to techniques for panoramas and dramatic shots.
Once everyone had a chance to fly the copters and get acclimated, we regrouped to learn how to work with your aerial footage. Do not miss the videos from Russell Brown and Colin Smith in the links below. These are must-watch content for any aerial photographer, cinematographer, or GoPro enthusiast and contain a wealth of information!
Videos from Russell Brown:
- Lens Profile Correction with GoPro Hero 3 Cameras
- Color Correcting GoPro Images
- Creating a Panorama from a Video File
- Panorama Horizon Correction with Adobe Photoshop
- Noise Removal from GoPro Hero 3 Images
- Creating Aerial Panoramas from GoPro Hero 3 Images
- Adding a Tilt Shift Lens Blur to Aerial Photos for Special Effect
- Creating Vertical Panoramas with Adobe Photoshop
- Color Correction Video with Adobe Photoshop CC
Videos from Colin Smith:
- Stabilizing Camera Shake in After Effects CC
- Getting Rid of Lens Distortion in Photoshop CC
- The Basics of Editing Video in Photoshop (and adding cinematic color effects)
Finally, the day ended with a flying competition… The person who could fly through 4 hula hoops without knocking anything over, without crashing, and land in a controlled fashion walked home with a brand new DJI Phantom, and the winner did it in 26 seconds! … This was not an easy task.
Some additional photos from the event…
To finish things off, an amazing video from the Grimes brothers, filmed entirely with a DJI Phantom and GoPro: