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Drone Flying & Photography

This is a course for those who thought that the first qualification to be drone photographer was that they could fly a drone! Why run before you can walk??! Thomas will take you through some of the building blocks behind great drone photography by starting from the bottom and rising the standards of your aerial imagery. He may even teach you a bit about drone mapping too.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

March 26th to 31st 2023
July 9th to 14th 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

The program of when we fly will be very much weather dependent – we cannot fly in rain or high winds; this may mean the the class program timings may alter. Midge repellent may be required for the outdoors

The week will be loosely themed as follows:

At the evening Meet & Greet session you will have the chance to meet fellow course mates and tutor Thomas Haywood. Discuss your experience, photography ability and showcase any previous work, before deciding what you would like to learn from the week.

Learn the basic requirements of photography and what makes a good photo.
Drone law will be covered to make sure that the students understand the basic aviation requirements.  
Demonstrate your drone flying skills!

Spend the morning taking photographs with the drones and ground-based cameras, before processing them.
The afternoon will be led by student demand and we may possibly go further afield to get some different shots.
Students will also be shown some drone filming techniques too as well as planning their story for the film.

Students will use their drones for filming. Practice angles, rising shots, reveals, the use of light and the things to look for when planning a shoot.
If time permits, Participants may look into editing a short film together too.

Spend the morning learning the basics of drone mapping and the online tools available to process mapped images. Later in the day, participants will undertake a drone mapping exercise (collection of data by drone).
After, you will enjoy a summary of the week. This is your chance to ask questions and showcase your work!

Students are encouraged to have photography and film editing software installed on their laptops.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Thomas Haywood
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Participants are asked to bring the following items:

  • A drone, batteries and charger.
  • Memory card reader
  • Examples of their work on an SD card or via Dropbox
  • A ground based camera
  • A laptop to process images taken on the course

Students MUST be able to show their flyer number and drone registration before any flying begins.
Ideally students should have drone insurance and liability insurance.

Tutor Thomas Haywood

Thomas Haywood is a photographer with over ten years’ experience, a qualified drone pilot and CAA-approved aerial photographer. He is particularly passionate about the new benefits drone photography offers.

Thomas will also produce accurate images of development sites (pre-, post- and during build) for building inspections and land surveys. This includes stunning marketing photos
for property sale or for hotels and guesthouses since drone photography offers the ability to capture images from otherwise unreachable vantage points.

Thomas has had the pleasure of photographing historic sites, commercial buildings and much more, including the recently completed Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh. Most recently, he photographed Josh Quigley’s world record breaking cycle around the North Coast 500.

  • “Thomas was amazing, he kept clicking till he got THE shot that satisfied the client and his professional eye.” – Gail Scott
  • “Thomas is a very talented photographer producing beautiful artistic images. We have a fantastic photo of the Duke of Wellington he took on the wall of the Collabor8te workspace and it is often commented on. If you need photography you should really consider getting Thomas to do it for you!” – Teresa Jackson
  • “Thomas’s creativity and artistic mastery of light enrich his photographic portfolio. His annual calendar capturing the splendor and intricacy of nature is just one example of his talent. Upon its annual arrival, my wife grabs it for display in our home.” – Roger Van Scoy

Please note: The above reviews come from work done by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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