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The Flying Camera: Drone Photography skills webinar series – week 2

March 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

As soon as the Federal Aviation Administration started issuing drone licenses, The Poynter Institute organized intensive training workshops for journalists who wanted to get their licenses and fly.  Nearly 300 photographers attended our workshops in four states. Now, Poynter is launching a series of four intensive online classes to help drone photographers hone their flying photo skills. The classes are lead by Poynter’s Senior Faculty, Al Tompkins, a licensed drone pilot, and Judd Slivka, the Director of Aerial Journalism at the University of Missouri.

This course is laser-focused on photo skills and the flight skills you must hone to capture the most compelling images and videos.

The teaching will be specific, practical and applicable to journalism and beyond. Filmmakers, real estate photographers, public relations and public information photographers will benefit from the teaching too.

The courses include a mix of live interaction with participants and demonstration of the techniques and skills that produced an image or clip.


  • How to create dynamic shots with the three surface controls
  • How to use the gimble to create better shots
  • Different modes and how to use them
  • How to track subjects
  • Storyboarding
  • Editing and integrating drone shots into a larger piece
  • The gear you need to effectively shoot



March 18, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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