The Photographer's Guide to Drones

  • 2h 49m
  • Colin Smith
  • Rocky Nook
  • 2016

Consumer drones and quadcopters have become the hottest new gear in photography, whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur shooter. These “flying tripods” have given photographers the ability to place their cameras virtually anywhere they want, creating still images and video footage that were previously impossible to capture. Many photographers have a drone or quadcopter right at the top of their “I want” list. And many others have already purchased a drone a bit ahead of the curve.

No matter what model one may own―DJI, 3DR, Yuneec, GoPro―all of these photographers need to learn how to put this new gear to good use in their aerial photography. They need to learn how to safely operate and fly a drone, how to create compelling photos and video, and how to make their work stand out from the crowd in this exciting new field.

The Photographer’s Guide to Drones explains everything photographers need to know about drones and quadcopters in order to take their photography to new levels...literally.

Photographer and author Colin Smith guides the reader along, as he teaches:

  • How to fly a drone, including practice flight patterns and controller tips that will help readers master the basics
  • New rules of composition for aerial photography as they apply to drone and quadcopter imagery
  • How to create the best files for both still photos and video
  • Post-processing techniques unique to aerial photography that readers need to know, such as how to make videos look both dynamic and smooth

The book also features award-winning and beautiful aerial photography. Plus, at the beginning of each of the book's eight chapters, beautiful three-page fold-out images inspire readers on their journey to creating images that truly stand above the crowd.

About the Author

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning digital artist and photographer. His newest obsession is with drones, quadcopters, and aerial photography. Colin is an Adobe Community Professional (ACP) who has authored or co-authored nearly 20 books on Photoshop, including the best-selling How to Do Everything with Photoshop. He is also the founder of one the world’s most popular Photoshop resource websites,, which boasts over 30 million visitors. He is a regular columnist for Photoshop User magazine, and has been featured in most major imaging magazines including Computer Arts, Photoshop Creative, Digital Photographer, and many more.

In this Book

  • Safety and Regulations
  • Drones and Gear
  • Flight School
  • Shooting Photographs with a Drone
  • Shooting Video with Drones
  • Basic Photo Workflow in Lightroom or ACR
  • Advanced Photo Editing
  • Editing Aerial Video


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