Introduction to aerial landscape photography with drones

25 August 2018 - 26 August 2018

10:00 - 18:00

Wirral, Merseyside
Wirral Country Park
Station Road
United Kingdom
CH48 0RR


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Group Member£95.00 
RPS Member£125.00 
Non RPS Member£156.00 
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Image (c) Mark Reeves


The increasing affordability of drones offers landscape photographers a new and exciting approach to their craft.  This two-day introduction to aerial photography, delivered by professional, licensed commercial drone pilots, will provide participants with the essential hands-on experience and information you need if you are considering buying, or have recently purchased, a drone for aerial photography purposes.

The setting for day one of this workshop experience will be the coastline of Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, with 60-foot boulder-clay cliffs providing a striking stage that showcase the Dee Estuary, back dropped by the beautiful landscape of North Wales. Attendees will be treated with a rare opportunity to capture images at this Site of Special Scientific Interest, with flight permissions organised specially for the event.  The second day will see the group at a second location, with a range of unique image opportunities in the form of more industrial and urban backgrounds (to be confirmed).

The two workshop leaders will teach the basics needed to operate a drone safely and within the law, along with various positioning techniques, camera setup and other vital know how. They will also explain what settings are best for landscape photography and how to get the most from your drone. When it comes to flying at the same time as taking photographs, preparation and timing are key.

Outline programme:

Day 1

  • Intros and drone photography showcase

  • Hands on basic flying with mini drones

  • Technical session plus Q&A

  • Hands-on flying full sized drones

Day 2

  • Review of day 1

  • Gear checks and flight plans

  • Hands-on flying and photography at second location near Ellesmere Port (TBC)

  • Day 2 will finish at around 15:00

Following the workshop, tutors are happy to provide ongoing support and advice on any aspect of aerial photography.

You do not need to own a drone already to attend this workshop as there will be equipment available to borrow.

What to bring:

  • walking boots recommended as we will be flying from a field which has uneven ground
  • sunglasses and a peaked cap are advisable
  • your drone, if you have one, with spare charged batteries and battery charger
  • MicroSD card(s) if you have them
  • a laptop, with your choice of photo editing software (for image review)
  • snacks, drinks and a packed lunch are suggested, although there is a café on site on day 1
  • optional: your regular photography gear for shooting at the locations after the workshop.  The Thurstaston site is full of wildlife and offers a great opportunity to photograph rare birds and insects.

Also essential: a smartphone with internet access is needed for arranging insurance on the day.

Mandatory specific insurance will be arranged at the start of each day at a cost up to £5 per person per day. Please do not attempt to buy insurance ahead of the event. 


Image (c) Drone Factor



Hearing and access requirements

The indoor workshop venue (day 1) has disabled access and washroom facilities, however the area we will be flying from is a natural field which might be challenging for some wheelchair users to access. Other paths and roaming access around the site are generally wheelchair friendly, however it is an outdoor environment which comes with its own hazards.

Mark Reeves
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Region: North WestGroup(s): Landscape