Beginning Drone Photography

a One-Day Workshop

with National Geographic photographer


December 1st, 9am – 6pm

South x Southeast PhotoGallery

Molena, Georgia

Workshop Description:

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.

This one 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 beginning drone photographers.

I have been using a drone for my photography for a little over two 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. Recently, I have been working on multiple image works using images from a drone.

-Peter Essick

Shipping Containers x36 ©Peter Essick


The workshop will cover:

Purchasing the best trainer and starter drone for your needs.
Deciding whether to pursue an F.A.A. Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification.
Best remote controller settings for safe flight
Best practices for successful still images.
Panoramic and multiple imaging techniques.
Knowing where you can and can’t fly using the AirMap app.
Examples of how successful images were produced.
This workshop will not include video and commercial applications such as mapping, inspection and thermal imaging techniques. However, this one day “non-crash” course will save a student time and money in learning the mechanics of being a drone pilot as well as provide inspiration into the creative possibilities of drone photography.
Milwaukee Panorama ©Peter Essick

Itinerary, Saturday, December 1st:

8:45 Arrive, get situated, say hello to everyone

9a-10a Coffee and Pastries while Peter gives slide show, answers questions

10a-1p Shooting with the drone at the farm
1p-2p Catered lunch
2p-4p Shooting with the drone at the farm
4p-6p looking at images, refreshments,Q&A
Fernbank Forest, Atlanta, GA ©Peter Essick

Peter Essick

Named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine, Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades photographing spectacular natural areas from around the world. He is a working photojournalist, but his photographs move beyond mere documentation revealing in careful compositions the spiritual and emotional aspects of nature. The unique and sometimes surprisingly similar forms and color of divergent pristine lands provide the raw material for Essick’s art. As a counter point, Essick has also done photographs to illustrate many environmental issues, portraying both the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land.
Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 30 years. At the Geographic he has produced over 40 feature articles on many different topics. Some of his favorite and most rewarding stories have been on the American wilderness, the carbon cycle, global warming, and global freshwater. Recent stories include a June 2010 cover story on Greenland, a story on the Ansel Adams Wilderness in October 2011,and a story titled “When The Snows Fail” in October 2014. He is the author of two books, “Our Beautiful, Fragile World” and “The Ansel Adams Wilderness.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife, Jackie and son, Jalen.
Construction site, Atlanta ©Peter Essick

South x Southeast Photogallery


 McCrary Minnow Farm

945 McCrary Road, Molena, Georgia
Join us on my 4th generation farm covering 38 acres of woods, pond beds, water features, and wilderness. An hour south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the farm also houses South x Southeast PhotoGallery in the renovated barn my grandfather built in 1930.


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