DJI Drone Photography Academy Handbook


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This comprehensive 64-page DJI Drone Photography Handbook is given to each student enrolled in our Premium Masterclass. Now you can acquire this book as a stand-alone learning guide as well. If you are hoping to jump-start your drone photography knowledge and skills, this book will get you there.

Sections include:

  • Where drones came from, and where drones are headed – a historical perspective.
  • Phone apps to assist you with drone photography and safe drone operation.
  • Earning money wIth your drone – streams of income and full-time employment.
  • Why your photos don’t “come out” as well as you hope they will.
  • Setting up and using your DJI aerial camera.
  • Tips and techniques to create amazing drone photographs.
  • Post-processing your drone photos using Adobe Lightroom Classic.


This Dynamic Duo of Drones is the world’s only team to be directly authorized by DJI‘s headquarters to teach aerial drone photography with DJI drones.

Randy Braun & Stacy Garlington

Randy Braun & Stacy Garlington

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 TimesWall Street JournalBBC, & CNN staff reporters.
  • Featured instructor at Adobe MAXSanta Fe Photography Workshops, Photoshop World & Imaging USA annual conferences.
  • Featured profile in DJI Video collection: Journey to the Sky
  • Featured profile story in documentary: Flight Club
  • 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.

Find out why Randy & Stacy are the only instructors authorized and sanctioned by DJI headquarters to teach drone photography using DJIdrones.

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