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Solar + Drones: Managing Lighting, Exposure & Glare in Your Imagery - Self Study

Keith Perry and 2 others • Last updated 02/2021

5.0/5 (view ratings)
53 students
5 modules
1:06 hours
8 assignments

Course description

A Guide for Optimizing Your Drone Imagery for Solar Projects

Creating awesome drone-based 3D models (i.e. photogrammetry) relies on images having similar key points and coloring. This is particularly crucial for accurately designing and analyzing solar projects. A foundational component of this is capturing data with good “exposure”. Join us for a free webinar that will help you master this skill, including a discussion on optimal environmental conditions for flying, what hardware and filters to consider, what camera settings are best for various circumstances, and several examples from projects around the world.

The live webinar happened on Zoom. The recording was then be edited and offered here as a short course you can take (or re-take) at any time.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Introduction & Scanifly Overview

  • Download the Presentation Slides [optional] (.pdf)
  • Video: Introduction & Scanifly Overview (09:25 minutes)
Module 2 - What is Photogrammetry?

  • Video: What is Photogrammetry? (08:27 minutes)
Module 3 - Project Examples

  • Video: Project Examples (05:30 minutes)
Module 4 - Strategies for Managing Exposure in the Future

  • Video: Strategies for Managing Exposure in the Future (12:44 minutes)
Module 5 - Questions & Answers

  • Video: Webinar Q&A (29:57 minutes)


Keith Perry

Managing Member, Hudson Valley Drones

Keith Perry is the owner and lead drone operator at Hudson Valley Drones. While operating in the UAV space for nearly half a decade, he’s built and maintained a successful drone services company in Upstate New York. Prior to his immersion into the UAV market, he pursued and operated successful ventures in the HVAC and insurance industries. In addition to holding a... Learn more

John Novak

CEO & Co-founder, Scanifly

A former solar project designer, John created Scanifly to solve many of the development inefficiencies he experienced on the job. John is Scanifly’s product visionary and driving force for integrating drones, 3D modelling, LiDAR scanning, and software into the solar value chain. Prior to Scanifly, John worked at NRG as a Senior PV designer where he assessed and... Learn more

Jason Steinberg

CEO & Co-founder, Scanifly

Jason oversees Scanifly’s operational and financial aspects of the company, including business development, communications, and partnerships. Prior to Scanifly, Jason was an investment banker at CohnReznick Capital (CRC) where he helped finance and advise on over $3 billion of renewable energy projects and companies. Before CRC, Jason worked for BNEF as the lead... Learn more


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53 students have taken this course

by yamil brull 07/24/2023

really like use of drones for solar

by ed h 04/05/2022

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