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Reviews

Great Course

From Patrick McConnell

Always fresh content presented in a friendly manner by a pro. A must have tool for the serious remote pilot.

DPA helped me change my future

From Adam Orchard

I just wanted to make a quick post about how much DPA has helped me in changing my stars. I don't come from a film or photography background. In fact, before I got a drone I didn't know anything ab...

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Phenominal Content that is ever expanding

From Teyler Hurst

Chris and his team are straight up bad-asses. Do I need to say more? Well I am anyway... a little less than a year ago maybe about 9-10 months, I decided to pursue this drone photography thing, w...

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DPA & Chris Newman Will Take You Where You Want To Go

From Noel Talavera

I am so happy that I took his course. With all the gimmicks and scams online, it was scary to give away my credit card information. But I have NO regrets. I instantly felt like an insider as he too...

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Module 1 - Drone

From Joe Gurkovich

Every Section provided details of Drone technology and business that would take years of trial and error experiences to learn !

Amazing information that is delivered with exact amount of emphasis in the course as well as the forums

From David Cooper

Whether new to the sUAS industry or seasoned photographer or aviation enthusiast, this course will increase your knowledge of photography, use of Drones/sUAS in videography as well as help you navi...

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What an amazing course DPA is!

From Don Curo

I was a bit hesitant at first when I watched the free webinar pitch that hyped us up on signing up for DPA. I thought that it's quite a bit of money for such an online course. I must say my doubts ...

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Amazing Course!

From Michael Finn

If you are thinking about starting out in the sUAS industry or even if you are already running...you have got to sign up for this course. It covers everything you could possibly imagine and then s...

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Drone Pro Academy gave me the needed info to start my Aerial Photography Career

From Phillip Prest

Chris has created not just a Classroom experience but rather a Place for all DPAmembers to learn from each other. What makes this organization so great, beyond Chris's knowledge and experience, is...

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Course

From christopher generette

Awesome course and well worth the money, the community interaction and abundance of knowledge is priceless. Good job Drone Pro Academy!

Great information to get you started

From vance cassaro

I thought the program was really good, great info, straight to the point, useful techniques! Thx Chris for all the info! Vance

Superb!

From Jay Hovanec

I can't say enough good things about this course! It explains in detail just about everything you need to know about flying a UAV for filming. Chris is very personable, has a vast knowledge of the ...

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Drone Pro Academy review

From Todd Ruffin

This is the best money I have spent as a business Owner. I was skeptical at first. I had a lot of previous experience with video and cameras, so naturally I wondered if it would be worth it. I...

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Just Epic

From Jovany Jimenez

This tutorial goes over everything I can possibly think of with regards to aerial drone footage. Chris has taken an extraordinary amount of time and effort to bring simple tips to save you the hust...

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Curriculum

Introduction

  • FYI : New Name! Drone Pro Academy
  • 1.1 Welcome! 6 Steps to success. My Story
  • 1.2 Drone Pro Academy Manual / Workbook (Download)
  • 1.3 Join DPA Community on Facebook!
  • 1.4 Where are you from? DPA Members Location Map
  • 1.5 Join your local Drone Club

Module 1 | The Drone

68:10

  • 1.1 Intro / Safety
  • 1.2 Anatomy of a Drone
  • 1.3 What Drone Should I Buy?
  • 1.3.5 Beginner Drone options, Setup and Operation
  • 1.4 Camera Drone Unboxing / Setup
  • 1.5 DJI Flight Simulator
  • 1.5.2 How to Fly - Flight Training and Drills
  • 1.6 Intelligent Flight Modes
  • 1.7 Best Camera Settings
  • 1.7.5 Exposure Tutorial - Daylight and Lowlight
  • 1.8 "Secret Sauce" Smooth Camera Settings
  • 1.9 Advanced Photo Modes
  • 1.10- Best Apps to use with Your Drone
  • 1.11 How to Travel with your Drone/Create a Media Pass
  • 1.12 Flight Log - Download - Update coming soon!
  • 1.13 DJI App Auto Update Tip!
  • 1.14 Maintenance - How to Deep Cycle DJI Smart Batteries (Important!)
  • 1.15 Getting Started Quiz

Module 2 | Chapter 1 | Cinematic Drone Film School

83:44

  • 1.1 Drone Composition / Framing
  • 1.2 Drone Focal Length
  • 1.3 The Effects of Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO
  • 1.4 CAMERA SETTINGS EXPLAINED
  • 1.5 Drone Shot Coverage
  • 1.6 How to Film Real Estate
  • 1.6.5 Panoramic photography Tutorial with DJI Phantom & Inspire
  • 1.7 Tips for flying in Wind
  • 1.8 Tips for Flying On a Boat
  • 1.9 Choosing your Camera Operator for Dual Operator Setup (Inspire)
  • 1.10 Top 5 Camera Operator Transmitter Settings
  • 1.12 DRONE VR Camera Control Tutorial
  • Questions?

Module 2 | Chapter 2 | Cinematic Drone Shots

99:59

  • 2.1 Top 11 Cinematic Shots (PDF)
  • 2.2 How to Achieve Cinematic Camera Movements
  • 2.3 Static Moving
  • 2.4 180 Wrap Around
  • 2.5 360 Wrap Around
  • 2.6 Birds Eye View
  • 2.7 Chicken Shot
  • 2.8 Closeup & Pull Away
  • 2.9 Drone Jib
  • 2.10 Followed Shot
  • 2.11 Forward Tilt down
  • 2.12 Shooting the Gap
  • 2.13 Tilt up Reveal
  • 2.14 Twist 'n Shout

Module 2 | Chapter 3 | Post Production (Editing)

163:31

  • 3.1 Editing Software -Adobe Premiere VS Final Cut X
  • 3.2 Final Cut X Overview w/ Taco Hornbaker
  • 3.3 Adobe Premiere student discount!
  • 3.4 - Editing - Premiere Pro - Getting Started
  • 3.5 CineChopper Iceland Reel Practice Footage Download
  • 3.6 Editing - Premiere Pro- How to Shorten Music
  • 3.7 Editing - Premiere Pro - Editing to Music like a PRO
  • 3.8 Editing - Premiere Pro - How to Export Videos in High Quality
  • 3.9 Editing - How to Make an Amazing Demo Reel! (Most important!)
  • 3.10 Editing - Premiere Pro- How to Color Correct and Make Looks
  • 3.11 Nick Sales Drone Color Correction Look Tutorial ​
  • 3.12 Editing - Premiere How to use a LUT in Premiere PRO CC
  • 3.13 Editing Premiere Pro -How to perform a Time Remap
  • 3.14 - Editing -Premiere - How to post stabilize using Warp Stabilizer
  • 3.15 How to Conform a high frame frame rate on a clip for Slow Motion.
  • 3.16 How to Post Zoom in Premiere Pro
  • 3.17 Premiere Pro Smooth Zoom Transitions (Full time Film Maker Tutorial)
  • 3.18- Before and After Fix, Rolling Shutter (Jello) with Mercalli V4! :)
  • 3.19 Drone Music Resources
  • 3.20- Build a Custom PC Computer to Meet Your 4K Editing Needs
  • 3.21- Setting up a HDD RAID
  • 3.22 After Effects 3D Title Tracking
  • 3.23 After Effects Tutorial - Advanced Tracking - With Jonathan Harris
  • 3.24 Lower Thirds/Info Boxes
  • CDU EDITING TEMPLATES FREE (Premiere Pro)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Discount (Fulltime Filmaker)
  • 3.25 How to create a Drone Timelapse

Module 3 | The Drone Business

04:13

  • 0.1- Working on a Film Set Explained
  • 0.2- Client Pre-Visualization

Module 3 | Chapter 1| Working with the FAA

28:28

  • 1.1- How to Register your Drone to operate commercially
  • 1.2- What to do before your shoot, and how to ask permission to fly!
  • 1.3- How to apply for a FAA Night Waiver
  • 1.3.5 How to apply for an Airspace Waiver
  • 1.4- AIRSPACE 3D MAP!

Module 3 | Chapter 2 | Drone Insurance

  • 2.1- Verifly The "UBER" of Drone Insurance
  • 2.2- CDU Member Liability and Hull Insurance!

Module 3 | Chapter 3 | Building your Brand

10:56

  • 3.1- How to Setup your LLC! (Limited Liability Corporation)
  • 3.2- Building an online Presence
  • 3.3- Building a Website (Squarespace)
  • 3.4 Setup Google Business Account
  • Questions?

Module 3 | Chapter 4 | Advertising / Finding

25:52

  • 4.1- How to Get Started with Your Aerial Business
  • 4.2- Business Call Script for UAV Business
  • 4.2.5 First Call with your Client / Email
  • 4.3- Drone Sales Email Templates
  • 4.3.5 Drone Quote Calculator
  • 4.4- Real Estate Call Script for Drone Business

Module 3 | Chapter 5 | Working with the Client

04:19

  • 5.1- How to Determine Day Rate
  • 5.2- INVOICE SOFTWARE (Update coming)
  • 5.3- Contract Proposal Download
  • 5.4- Invoice Software
  • 5.5- Pre Production - Shot Direction
  • Questions?

Module 3 | Chapter 6 | Drone Jobs

  • 6.1- Drone Job Websites (To help you find work!)
  • 6.2- Part 107 Holder Database

Module 3 | Chapter 7 | Travel and Storage

24:45

  • 7.1- HOW TO GET DISCOUNT BAGGAGE FEE'S
  • 7.3- How to make your own Custom Travel Case
  • 7.4- Choosing a Case for Travel (My custom cases)
  • 7.5- Travel Checklist Download
  • 7.6- Risk Assessment Document for AERIAL FILMING
  • 7.7- How to Make a 3D Model of a structure using Drone Deploy
  • Questions?

Module 3 | Chapter 8 | CDU Member Interviews

33:18

  • Interview #1- Jonathan Harris (Real Estate)

Module 4 | Virtual Job Shadow (BTS)

912:30

  • BOXER COMMERCIAL -TERRY O' QUINN-PUERTO RICO BTS
  • CORRIDOR DIGITAL -SHADOW OF MORDOR BTS
  • THE PIANO GUYS - BATMAN EVOLUTION BTS
  • PARKOUR BTS
  • DEERVALLEY HOUSE BTS
  • SKIING CINECHOPPER BTS
  • SONY HAWAII - BTS
  • MERCEDES DAY 01 BTS
  • MERCEDES BTS DAY 02
  • PERU MIRACLE BTS
  • Olympic Park Panoramic Photos- BTS
  • HOSPITAL AND LIFEFLIGHT BTS
  • PIANO GUYS ONE TAKE BTS
  • MOAB WATERBOTTLE SHOOT - BTS
  • LARRY H MILLER RACEWAY BTS
  • CineChopper featured on Discovery Channel Canada
  • WINDMILL BTS-HD
  • DEVINSUPERTRAMP HOTAIR BALLOON ROPE SWING BTS
  • NATIONAL FOREST MAIZE MAZE- PHIL HARRIS BTS
  • Marriott Basketball Arena w/ Inspire 1 BTS
  • Venturi Salt Flats - Inspire
  • IMAX Dogs- BTS
  • Netflix Bobsledding
  • Lexus Salt Flats Commercial- BTS
  • VALVT Boutique BTS w/ Phantom3 & Inspire1/X5
  • Nuskin Conference and Building BTS
  • Devin Graham- Paintballing @ Ice Castles- BTS
  • New Zealand- Sandboarding
  • New Zealand - Rock Slip and Slide
  • New Zealand - Hobbiton- BTS
  • New Zealand Zorbing- BTS
  • New Zealand Rafting- BTS
  • New Zealand - Hobbit Mtn Biking
  • New Zealand -Gravity Canyon Ziplining, Bungee jump
  • New Zealand - Milford Sound - BTS
  • Ski Do Aerial Photos BTS
  • Fly Fishing Kickstarter- BTS
  • IMAX Haiti- Day 1 and 2
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 3
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 4
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 5
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 6 and 7
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 8
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 9
  • Haiti IMAX- Day 10
  • Iceland BTS- Day 1-5
  • Iceland BTS- Day 7-10
  • Iceland BTS- Day 11-14
  • KTM Motorcycles- Utah- Day 1
  • KTM Motorcycles- Utah- Day 2
  • Titleist Golf-BTS
  • DI (Deseret Indesteries) BTS
  • LDS Conference Center-BTS
  • Drone Bowling BTS
  • Subaru - Slip N' Slide Basejump

Feedback Friday

459:24

  • Submit your Demo Reel to Feedback Friday!
  • Feedback Friday #18
  • Feedback Friday #17
  • Feedback Friday #16
  • Feedback Friday #15
  • Feedback Friday #14
  • Feedback Friday #13
  • Feedback Friday #12
  • Feedback Friday #11
  • Feedback Friday #10
  • Feedback Friday #9
  • Feedback Friday #8
  • Feedback Friday #7
  • Feedback Friday #6
  • Feedback Friday #5
  • Feedback Friday #4
  • Feedback Friday #3
  • Feedback Friday #2
  • Feedback Friday #1

Part 107 Boot Camp

63:44

  • Welcome
  • Part 107 FEEDBACK
  • Part 107 Cheat Sheet
  • Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement (Download)
  • Chapter 1: The Part 107 Rules
  • 1.1 Part 107 Eligibility
  • 1.2 Night Operations
  • 1.3 Maximum Speed and Altitude
  • 1.4 Right of Way Rules
  • 1.5 Pre-flight Checklist
  • 1.6 Certificate of Waiver
  • 1.7 Operations From a Moving Vehicle
  • 1.8 Contingency Planning-Flyaways
  • 1.9 Operations Over Non-Participants
  • 1.10 Drone Maintenance
  • 1.11 Lost Link Procedures
  • 1.12 Accident Reporting
  • 1.13 Battery Fires
  • 1.14 Abnormal and Emergency Situations
  • 1.15 NTIA
  • Practice Quiz #1
  • Chapter 2: Crew Resource Management
  • 2.1 Crew Roles
  • 2.2 Task Management : Hazardous Attitudes
  • 2.3 Hyperventilation and Stress Management
  • 2.4 Drugs and Alcohol
  • Practice Quiz #2
  • Chapter 3: Aircraft Performance
  • 3.1 Load Factor
  • 3.2 How to Calculate Load Factor
  • 3.3 Center of Gravity Performance
  • 3.4 Weight and Balance
  • 3.5 Performance
  • Practice Quiz #3
  • Chapter 4: Weather
  • 4.1 True North vs Magnetic North
  • 4.2 METARS
  • 4.3 TAF's
  • 4.4 Weather Briefing
  • 4.5 Visibility and Cloud Clearance Requirements
  • 4.6 Thunderstorms
  • 4.7 Stable vs Unstable Air
  • 4.8 Fog
  • 4.9 Surface Friction
  • Practice Quiz #4
  • Chapter 5: AIRSPACE / VFR CHARTS
  • 5.1 NOTAMS & TFR’s
  • 5.2 AGL VS MSL / Towers
  • 5.3 Longitude and Latitude
  • 5.4 AIRSPACE
  • 5.6 Sectional Chart Symbols Part 2
  • 5.5 3D AIRSPACE with GOOGLE EARTH
  • 5.6 Sectional Chart Symbols
  • 5.7 Airport Traffic
  • 5.7.5 Astronomical Chart Download
  • 5.8 Airport Legend
  • 5.9 Locating an Obstacle
  • Practice Quiz #5
  • Chapter 6: Time to Take Part 107 Practice Exam
  • Final Remarks
  • IACRA FORM - You must do this after you PASS the Exam!
  • Part 107 Practice Exam

About Your Instructor

Chris  Newman

Chris Newman

Professional Drone Pilot

Chris Newman is a passionate professional remote controlled aerial videographer/photographer. Seven years in film and cinematography helped as a foundation in his aerial career. His passion and drive leads to amazing, dynamic, and cinematic shots. Equipped with technical ability, he designs and maintains his own helicopters that can heft cameras up to the Red Epic. A sampling of his clients include: Subaru, Ford, Mazda, Bear Naked Granola, Devin Super Tramp, Bass Pro Shops, Corridor Digital, Mountain Dew, Monster Energy, Goal Zero, and Contour Camera. He has also recently filmed the aerials for a Robert Duvall Feature Film and for IMAX in Haiti.

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