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Drone Cinematic Masterclass


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Attend our one day Cinematic Drone Masterclass and learn from a seasoned professional who will be able to teach you how to enhance the footage you are offering to your client base.

David Lund has a history of exciting and prestigious projects to his name but more importantly has a passion for teaching in a way that is engaging and absorbing to students. His shows and live demonstrations at the National Photography Show at the NEC are packed and always receive amazing feedback. The Drone Pilot Academy are overjoyed at securing such an accomplished professional as their photographic partner.

David Lund is the most exciting new photographer in the country.


David’s work especially with Liquids is quite extraordinary, he has pushed the boundaries to a new level. 


Hasselblad is well known for capturing unsurpassed detail but the manor in which David works especially with liquids delivers imagery that is quit simply beautiful.


David’s works spans many industries but he first began as a creative branding specialist before moving into his renowned reputation for liquid photography. His client base is extremely impressive with projects for British Steel, Baileys, Shell, Fosters, Grants Whiskey and the promotional video for the auction of the World’s most expensive earings which sold at £15m! He holds a Permission for Commercial Operations and now routinely uses his drone for exciting projects. See how he used the DJI Phantom 4 to create this masterpiece for British Steel.

The one day course held throughout the UK will cover the following areas:

What is the objective of the film, or still?

Is it to inspire or to inform? The two objectives require very different approaches which will be explained with a focus on how to not just understand the product but the prospective customer as well understanding their needs and requirements.

Understanding the camera settings.

  • Why manual?
  • Why are polarising filters are essential?
  • Understanding depth of field and when to use it.

How to fly your drone to create a cinematic feel.

  • Sweeping pans – smooth left to right
  • Importance of being close to an object, ground etc as you pull away – creating a visual dynamic
  • Looking and understanding the shapes of spaces created between objects.
  • Understanding composition

Hollywood JIBS

  • What are they and why are they used – And how to replicate the exact same effect.

Understanding Lighting

  • Adding lighting into your scene
  • Why does the time of day you shoot matter?
  • The golden hour – Sunset. Why is the time of day important?
  • How the sensors in these drones differ from DSLR camera sensors.

Colour Grading

  • Examples of before and after
  • Why is it important – benefit to the client
  • Understanding how to add perceived value to your clients’ stills or movies
  • Using the software, Devinci Resolve, final cut pro, Photoshop, lightroom

Enhancing Stills

  • How to bring out the best quality from a still image. How you turn an ordinary everyday drone still into an image that has spectacular visual impact.
  • If you are shooting buildings then how plugins and tricks can create a strong hard structured look. Making the image look very dynamic and almost 3D.
  • Demonstrate how even a simple cover of a solid colour set to ‘Photoshop’s ‘Soft Light’ effect can have the most incredible difference by adding warmth or coolness as appropriate.


  • How to structure your edit, unfold and tell a story.
  • Importance of change of pace and perspective, to create visual engagement, and unfold reveal footage.

Understanding your client

  • Every client is different.
  • Never assume the brief is accurate. Clients use language in different ways, what they think reflects one thing and can mean something very different in filming creative terms. Learn how to probe the brief, get inside the core requirement.

Common Mistakes.

  • How to avoid the usual drone photography practices that undervalue your creativity

Drone Training

Learn how to fly from the best: all of our trainers are ex-military aviators with a wealth of experience in training and instruction.

  • CAA GVC Courses
  • A2 Certificate of Competence Courses
  • PfCO to GVC Conversion Courses
  • See all our courses

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, very professional, the instructor’s knowledge in this industry is second to none. Highly recommend”

“I found this course disappointing. Despite being in a group with six others from a different company, I received less flight time compared to them. The course structure felt disorganised, and the instructor appeared frustrated as I struggled to grasp the material.”

“From taking on their courses and their additional advice and support given in regards to setting up afterwards has all been very thorough and helpful. Such a great and professional team to know as they never fail in steering you in the right direction with whatever it may be you seek within the drone industry!”

“Totally recommend! Thanks Chris. Very patient and takes time to explain ! ( yes Totally recommend for that matter, I have already sent a friend of mine your way. He will contact you soon.)”

“From Mike Ghent. A joy to be trained by professionals. With a real passion for the subject matter and the skills to impart knowledge and confidence. A great training experience with continuous assistance and support through the course, assessment, and beyond. Many thanks”

“I need a GVC qualification to work on the UK's Polar research vessel in the Antarctic and Arctic. I was a little nervous about the subject matter of the course and my capacity to learn all of the info in just 3 days but Chris at DPA was simply excellent with his course plan and delivery/time management. It was a thoroughly enjoyable course and I would recommend, 10/10 training provider. Additionally if you are staying at the hotel the food/lunch is excellent.”

“Great instructors making a lot of hard info go in. Excellent company.”

“I deliberately chose a face-to-face training course for my GVC; for me there is massive value in having the ability to ask the tutor questions as they arise, and DPA organise things so that you can continue in the bar after the teaching has closed for the day. Hard work for an old man who has forgotten how to concentrate in a classroom, but ultimately successful. Chris Wright is very knowledgeable and experienced, a good teacher most generous with his time . Highly recommended.”

“I wanted to expand my understanding of Drone operations, so I booked a GVC with the Drone Pilot Academy. An excellent three day course, delivered with great instruction (patient and very knowledgeable) at a great venue. Course material was very good and post course support was excellent. If you are considering doing some Drone training then this is place I would recommend.”

“Excellent training and still giving me support and advice over a year after my course, including reviewing Op Manuals . I strongly recommend them!”

“I am really happy with the course and the instructors on the course, learned a lot, and have helped me achieve what I need to go further. Greatly appreciated.”

“Wanted to try a bit of a taster session flying drones and seeing the art of the possible. Jim was excellent, and provided lots of knowledge and guidance, completely made me feel comfortable with my first drone flight. Would highly recommend!”

“It has been a pleasure working with Drone Pilot Academy from the very first day. HVAC Communications was looking to introduce drones into the business and Jim from DPA spent time with us explaining what we would need to operate, demonstrated different drones and set everything up for us. The GVC course was delivered very professionally by Chris over three days with him going above an beyond to answer any questions put forward. The guys are very knowledgeable and their experience and previous RAF careers show through. The post course support has been great. We will definitely continue to use DPA in the future.”

“Completing a PFcO to GVC course in November 2023, with The Drone Pilot Academy, who I had also got my original PFcO drone licence with previously. 1 day course with James Ixer, who has a professional and friendly approach to his courses. I would recommend this company, for those considering getting into the Drone sector, for qualifications and training etc.”

“I attended the PfCO to GVC conversion course with Drone Pilot Academy last week and have to say how professionally it was put together. Jim is extremely knowledgeable and passionate, he gets the lesson across expertly and immediately putting you at ease. This is the second time I have gone to DPA for training and wouldn't consider going anywhere else. I can highly recommend them to anyone who has an interest in Drones. Thanks Jim and all at DPA”

“I was looking for a course to obtain my drone qualification to help with roof surveying and I was recommended to attended the 3 day course for the GVC and A2 CofC. On attendance the course was very educational by providing a full understanding of the requirements for drone flying. The material was easy to follow and any questions we had were promptly answered. There was a test on the third day which the whole class had passed. After the test we attended a field near by to practice flying a drone. After the class, the service was still present with help organising the flight test and the paperwork required to submit to the CAA. I would highly recommend attending a course via the Drone Pilot Academy if you require a qualification or are a beginner to drone flying. I will definitely be attending the infrared foundation course in the near future.”

“I have recently completed Drone Pilot Academy's A2 CofC and GVC courses along with several colleagues. A special shout out to Richie for sharing his experience, knowledge and skills, ensuring you're well-prepared for your journey into the skies. From understanding airspace regulations to mastering flight maneuvers, it's a fantastic experience. They've incorporated all the right elements for success. Highly recommend for all aspiring drone pilots!”

“I recently attended the GVC drone pilot course with Drone Pilot Academy. Thoroughly enjoyed the three day course. My instructor was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, would defiantly recommend to anyone who has interests in drones, whether commercially or just for fun.”

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