A still-photograph is never finished until it has been processed. Post-processing is half of the skill required to create a professional-quality photograph. When using a drone camera, post processing becomes even more important than when using a traditional camera. Drone photographs have issues that must be corrected – lens distortion, subject distortion, haze and contrast correction, color adjustments... the list goes on. If you are capturing your images as RAW (.DNG) files, you have no other option but to post-process. Just accept it, learn it, and have fun with it!
At just under two hours, this course is broken down into easy-to-understand lectures. Watch them as many times as you wish, at your leisure. We will walk you through all of the common issues we face with drone photographs. Together we will process a dozen sample photos to achieve professional results.
Randy Braun has worked closely with Adobe as an instructor at events and tradeshows over the past decade. If anyone can teach a drone operator how to aptly process an image, he is the guy.
Adobe Lightroom Classic is the standard post-processing software for the professional photography industry. If you don't already have Lightroom, we will provide you with a 7-day free trial so that you may follow along with our sample photos in class. We will set you up with everything you need. Let's get started.
Randy Jay Braun is likely the most experienced drone photography instructor on the planet. He brings to this drone workshop a lifetime of professional photography experience, with more than 200 drone classes and workshops under his instruction.
The DJI Phantom quadcopter came onto the market in late 2012. Braun was one of the first professional photographers in the world to adapt to this new genre of aerial image capture. He began testing prototype drones and cameras for DJI, the world’s largest drone company. DJI solicited Braun’s help to promote the Phantom consumer drone across social media channels in the Western world.
In 2014, Braun published the first-ever book about the topic, entitled, Aerial Drone Photography: Essential Methods with Your Phantom Quadcopter.
DJI hired Randy Braun full-time in 2014. After several weeks working with the company founders in the Shenzhen, China headquarters, Braun helped open the first official North America office in the basement of a co-worker, in Silicon Valley, California.
Braun served as Director of Product Experience for DJI. He traveled worldwide demonstrating practical and unlikely uses of the new quadcopters. Braun split time between the Shenzhen Headquarters and Silicon Valley for three years as the company began its rapid global expansion. Braun was part of the launch teams for the Inspire 1, Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Mavic Pro drones.
Braun created DJI’s Still Photography Development Team, insisting that small drones would forever change the playing field of photography. During this tenure, he became an international expert; a spokesperson for aerial drone photography, lecturing at every major photography and drone conference worldwide.
In 2017 he left the corporate headquarters and co-founded the DJI Aerial Photo Academy, a traveling workshop series teaching drone photography skills across North America. As an official partner of DJI, Randy Braun and co-founder Stacy Garlington produce and instruct drone photography workshops in fifty cities annually.
Other accolades include:
- Thirty five years as a full-time professional photographer.
- Owner of three Randy Jay Braun fine-art photography galleries - Maui, Hawaii.
- Owner of the Randy Jay Braun Portrait Studio, the most prominent photography studio statewide.
- Created the Randy Jay Braun collection of Hula/Hawaiian vintage cultural images, collected and distributed globally.
- Creator of scores of photography adventure tours leading groups throughout Italy and Hawaii.
Stacy M Garlington discovered the potential of DJI Phantom 1 quadcopter during her personal quest to become a more astute photographer. She attached a GoPro camera to the drone and practiced her flight and aerial photography skills voraciously. At the same time, DJI was expanding into North America.
DJI recognized Garlington's skills. She was hired at the new Silicon Valley office as Product Experience Specialist. She continued to solidify her flying abilities, developing a technical knack for flying in difficult locations and situations.
DJI brought Stacy Garlington to the Shenzhen, China headquarters in 2014 to expand her responsibilities in the drone industry. She quickly became DJI’s lead demo pilot and a spokesperson for the Phantom drone series.
An underlying interest in photography guided her path during her next two years with DJI. After teaching literally thousands of corporate and private students, Garlington earned her reputation as a top aerial photography coach. Her accomplishments include:
- Lead drone operator for NOAA permitted humpback whale research team Keiki Kohola Project 2017- present
- TEDx presenter: Perspective From Above
- Published in: TIME, Forbes & GQ Magazines
- Hands-on drone training for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, & CNN staff reporters.
- Featured instructor at Adobe MAX, Santa Fe Photography Workshops, Photoshop World & Imaging USA annual conferences.
- Featured profile in DJI Video collection: Journey to the Sky
- Featured profile story in Lynda.com documentary: Flight Club
- Skypixel.com Gallery World Tour contributor
- Selected for book publications Masters of Drone Photography and Above the World – Earth Through a Drone’s Eye.
- Phantom 3 launch event keynote presenter before a worldwide online & live press audience.
- Co-developer of DJI’s internal Still Photography Development Team.
- Taught 5000+ individuals how to safely fly and use drones for aerial photography.
StartPost-Processing Part 1: Haze, Clutter, Scary-Looking Buildings (29:06)
StartPost-Processing Part 2: Panoramas in Paradise (12:51)
StartPost-Processing Part 3: Surfer Peeps and the Magic Adjustment Brush (21:38)
StartPost-processing Part 4: Processing this Church Might Get You into Heaven :-) (16:38)
PreviewPost-Processing Part 5: Guided Upright Tool at the Local Brewery (7:56)
StartPost-Processing Part 6: Merging Bracketed Exposures in Nebraska (8:04)
StartThat's a Wrap! Aloha. (1:19)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Seriously, post-processing with our techniques will transform your drone photos from mundane to magnificent. Creating top-quality images is why most of us purchased a drone in the first place, right? We we look forward to seeing you in our class.
~Randy & Stacy, Co-Instructors, DJI Drone Photo Academy
DJI's only authorized drone photography instructors worldwide.