Drone Pilot Ground School (DPGS) has partnered with Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to offer students a discount on membership with the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. PPA currently helps 30,000+ professional photographers elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education. Their core guiding principle is to close the gap between what photographers do as artists and entrepreneurs and what consumers want.
Discounted PPA Membership for DPGS Students
Through this partnership, Drone Pilot Ground School students can take $35 off the cost of PPA membership (regularly priced $323) by signing up on the special join page for DPGS students: Drone School Join Application.
Students who join through this link will receive a Professional Active membership, which includes $15,000 worth of free equipment insurance, inclusion in the online-referral database listing Find-A-Photographer, and one full year registration to Imaging USA during your first year. For details on what the equipment insurance covers, visit this page on PPA equipment insurance. Drones and UAS are not included in the basic equipment insurance policy, but coverage for your drone can be added for an additional charge.
Additional Benefits of Joining PPA
No matter where you are in your career, the benefits of PPA membership are meant to give you exactly what you need to satisfy your customers and push yourself artistically. PPA offers:
- Photography-business education via in-person events and online learning
- Protection for your business and your gear
- Mentors and a community of photography peers
- Degrees and certification opportunities
- Government advocacy and help with copyright protection
- Perks and savings thanks to industry partnerships
- Marketing tools designed to target your ideal clients
- Inclusion in Find-a-Photographer online database for consumers
One of the top commercial applications of drone technology is aerial photography, so it makes perfect sense for DPGS to partner with PPA. We hope to help the large portion of our students interested in photography elevate their craft through this partnership with PPA. We also want to help entry level drone photographers learn how to turn their artistic skills into a professional business with the many entrepreneurial resources PPA offers.
If you’d like to connect with other photographers interested in drones, visit our aerial photography forum for drone pilots. It’s a great space to show off your aerial images, discuss best practices, and give and receive feedback.