— Chris Burkard



About This Course

In this workshop by Chris Burkard, you will delve into the captivating world of aerial photography. Chris's passion for capturing breathtaking images from the air has led to defining moments in his body of work. This Wildist course is designed to equip you with the essential technical and creative knowledge required to pursue the artistry of aerial photography.

The course covers a wide range of topics, including in-depth research and planning techniques, the approach to aerial photography, effective communication with pilots, gear management, and composition. By mastering these essential elements, you will be able to maximize your flight investment and create images that you can be proud of.

One of the key aspects you will learn is how to compose stand-out photographs from a fixed wing or helicopter. Chris will guide you on how to frame your shots effectively and capture stunning aerial perspectives that captivate viewers.

Extensive research and planning are crucial for successful aerial photography. You will gain insights into researching and planning your route, ensuring that you make the most of your flight time and capture the desired images.

Effective communication with your pilot is essential to translate your creative vision into reality. Chris will teach you how to brief your pilot and effectively communicate your vision for each shot, ensuring a seamless collaboration.

Choosing the right aerial craft is paramount to achieving your end goals. Chris will provide guidance on selecting the most suitable aerial vehicle for your specific photography needs and creative vision.

Managing your gear intuitively in-flight is essential for capturing great shots. You will learn how to select and handle your equipment effectively to overcome the unique challenges of shooting from the air.

Lastly, executing the technical aspects of a plane-to-plane shoot will be covered. This includes understanding the intricacies of coordinating shots between multiple aircraft to capture dynamic and visually engaging images.

By the end of this course, you will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the art of aerial photography. Chris Burkard's expertise and guidance will empower you to compose remarkable photographs, conduct thorough research and planning, effectively communicate with pilots, select the right camera gear, and execute technically challenging aerial shoots. Embark on this workshop and elevate your aerial photography to new heights.

Acquired Knowledge

In this course you will learn about the essentials of photographers, their equipment and good storage/use practices


Chris Burkard
Chris Burkard is an American photographer and artist, based in the California Central Coast region. He photographs landscape, lifestyle, surf, outdoor, and travel subjects. Burkard takes a photojournalistic approach to make editorial projects, using multiple media. He uses natural light to capture humanizing moments.


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