|Born||May 10, 1981|
Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
|🏡 Residence||Seattle, WA, U.S.|
Chad Copeland (born May 10, 1981 in Pocatello, Idaho) is an American self-taught photographer and a globally recognized "drone" cinematographer, based in Seattle, Washington Pacific North West region of the United States. Copeland's work is layered by landscape, Adventure, Aerial, Land and Underwater subjects. Copeland takes a photojournalistic approach to conceptualize large-scale projects that extend across multiple media, formulated for digital and print content platforms. The use of natural lighting techniques is prevalent throughout Copeland's work as well as capturing humanizing moments in both cultural and natural landscapes. He has been listed as one of National Geographic most influential photographers. Copeland's images are widely used in stories (Digital and Print) for National Geographic Adventure. In 2014, he collaborated with Seattle startup "Moment Lens" using Apple iPhones to travel the world to create photos and video from a non DSLR camera. In 2016 Copeland filmed TOPGOLF's first viral video reaching over 2.3 million views in under 10 days. Behind the Scenes 
Copeland gravitates towards and leads assignments to frozen places and specializes in accessing sensitive locations around the world. Copeland has shot, both personally and commercially, on five of the seven continents. His travels have included numerous trips to Iceland, as well as assignments to Rio De Janeiro with NBC Sports, the Kingdom of Tonga, Stone Forest, Moon Hill, Great Barrier Reef, Scotland, Yellowstone NP, South Korea, and Alaska.
Copeland is a graduate of Centennial High School, Pocatello, ID. After completing high school in 2000 at the age of 19, he joined the United States Air Force and applied to the United States Air Force Academy with a congressional nomination from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. After serving a decade in the military and surviving numerous deployments including operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle where he earned campaign medals with devices, he honorably discharged from Active Duty. In 2009, Copeland entered federal service as an Air Traffic Controller at Seattle's ARTCC. Three years later he left the FAA and like many new startups, used his garage to build one of the worlds first UAS "Drone" aircraft for use in cinematography. In 2013, National Geographic Magazine called and requested his expertise on a six-week assignment across China with World Press award winner Carsten Peter for the story "Empire of Rock".
In the early years of his career, Copeland worked as a freelance photographer on both editorial and commercial projects, amassing a client list that includes Outside Magazine, Disney, Arc'teryx, Apple Inc, Black Diamond[disambiguation needed], TESLA, Land Rover, G-Technology, The North Face, Microsoft, among others, as well as having work published in over 23 national and international magazines including National Geographic (both print and digital). Popular Photography  and Men's Journal to name a few. In 2017, Copeland joined National Geographic Fine Art Galleries and now sells his prints around the world.
In 2013 Copeland accompanied Tim Emmett and the late Sean Leary into Canada's "Cirque of the Unclimbables" in Canada's North West Territories with the late "Scott Adamson" as his assistant for Mountain Hardware. Their goal was to B.A.S.E. wingsuit jump from the top of the "Lotus Flower Tower" to the valley below. After two weeks in the field and multiple attempts, the team gave up and left. On March 13, 2014 Sean "Stanley" Leary died in a B.A.S.E jumping accident in Zion national park.
Copeland is the photographer behind Microsoft Windows 10 and Spotlight desktop and device images. In 2014, he was a guest on the annual GeekWire "Summit" in Seattle, Washington with Wired Chris Anderson 
- Empire of Rock" Aerial 2014 
- "The Boys of '36" The Boys in the Boat 2016 1936 Olympics 
- "Chasing 43 2016 Richard Petty 
- National Geographic Image Collection 
- 2015 Microsoft Windows 10 computer "desktop" adventure photographer.
- "Outside Magazine" 
- "GeekWire" with Chris Anderson 
- "Moa's Journey Gallery" 
- "National Geographic Photographer Archive".
- "Notable National Geographic Photographers".
- "Top 30 most inspiring Travel Photographers".
- "Inspiring National Geographic Photographers on Social Media".
- "Why Are So Many BASE Jumpers Dying".
- "Moment on Geekwire".
- "Mission Impossible? Take Professional Photos with an iPhone".
- "Moment Photographers you should follow".
- "Moa's Journey".
- "TOPGOLF: Viral Video of Las Vegas".
- "TOPGOLF: Behind the Scenes".
- "Rio Olympics: 360 Tour of RIO".
- "Gallery from Kingdom of Tonga".
- "China by Drone".
- "Arc'Teryx: Desert Ice".
- "TESLA Videos".
- "Land Rover Video".
- "G-Technology Video".
- "The North Face: Karsts of China".
- "Empire Of Rock".
- "How-To: Using a Drone for Dramatic Nature Photos".
- "Mens Journal: State of BASE Jumping".
- [hhttp://natgeofineart.com/ "National Geographic Fine Art"].
- "Lotus Flower Tower".
- "Leary Dies in BASE Accident".
- "National Geographic Fine Art Social".
- "Windows 10 Photographer".
- "The dark side of drones".
- "Boys of 36".
- "Chasing 43".
- "National Geographic Photographer Archives".
- "Microsoft Windows 10 Photographer".
- "Outside Magazine Online".
- "Geekwire Summit 2014".
- "Fine Art Print Gallery".
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