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Beginner Drone Photography

Lesson 25 of 26

Simple Color Correction For Footage


Beginner Drone Photography

Lesson 25 of 26

Simple Color Correction For Footage


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Simple Color Correction For Footage

So I have my clip, I'm feeling pretty good about this. What I'm gonna do next is I'm gonna go do a little color correction on it. So, I can come over here and click on this color tab, I was on the effects tab, but now I just wanna focus on the color of this. And I'm gonna shrink this down so you guys can see my screen a little better. It's a little cramped on here, but I think you guys can make things out. And what I'm gonna do is, on this color tab, it brings out the elementary color, and I have color correction, I have creative, I have curves, I have color wheels, the HSL; hue, saturation, luminance, and I have vignette. I'm just gonna focus just like on light room and go step by step, so I'm just gonna go to the basic color correction, and I personally think that this, I'm happy with it, I could take my eye dropper and find something white or neutral, like a neutral gray, and see how that adjusted, looks like my image got a little cooler, so, I might roll with that, but you guys kno...

w me already, I'm gonna warm it up, it's my style. So I'm gonna warm it up, and I'm actually gonna make it so that that sand's a little orange-y. Why, why? I want contrast, I want color variety. I don't want everything to be the same color temperature. So, that's too much, just a hint, a hint of yellow, so maybe somewhere in there. I could then change my exposure, so, can blow it out, so I can maybe go right here and it's like, this is so Cal, like, bright sunny day, alright but like this is Seattle. (audience laughs) I'm just kidding, I'm just kidding. Um, but, I might punch it just a little bit, so those whites are a little bit punchier. Maybe add some contrast, maybe pull down my highlights since I brought up the whites a little bit. I'm bringing back some more detail in my highlights. So, you guys, this is very similar to light room, right. You're like, oh this is similar. Very similar. I could play with my shadows, and I'm looking over there on the left hand side to see how it's affecting it. I think, I'm pretty happy with that. So, I'm gonna twirl this back so it collapses, by just clicking on it, and the next thing I'm gonna do, is I'm going to hit my creative. And, this is where I think you can have some fun. So, if you're not familiar with LUTs, look-up tables, it's basically like a filter that you can add to your video. And, Premiere has them built in, but you can also download them, you can buy them online, so you could do a google search and buy LUTs in a style that you like for maybe a content creator, who's work you really like, they may give you their LUTs, so you can kina mimic their style. But, basically what I'm gonna do, is under the creative, so, I do the basic color correction, and then I move to the next step, which is the creative step. And this is where I like, tend to have some fun, and explore, and play around, and see what happens. So, under look, I can either browse and upload a LUT that I either found, or paid for, and I can put it in here, I can load it that way, by just navigating to it, or you can check out some of your presets, that maybe you already have in there, or if you've been like me, you've downloaded things over time. So, I can go to one, and I could go exactly to the name, or what I could do, is I can just kind of go through the different options by hitting the arrow. So, I get a little preview there, and you guys can see like, that's, pretty heavy, right? So I can skip past then, like oh, that's kinda nice, the blue is a little darker, a little more washed out. Oh, my water's now got a little more emerald. That's kinda interesting. A little softer, that's interesting. Oh, really blue, right? Feels kinda like, somewhere tropical, right? So I'll just click through, got black and white, just clickin through, til something catches my eye. That's interesting, catches my eye in a bad way. Um, that's interesting. So, I just click, depending on how many you have, it could take a while. (laughs) Um, lemme show you, maybe one of the earlier ones, to show you what you could do if, like let's say you liked, let's say you like this one. What you could do, is you're like, Derek, that's kind of intense, well, you can adjust this intensity slider right here, so I can crank it all the way up, to something ridiculous, or I could crank it all the way down to something lower. So, how do I commit to this? I double click on it, and it adds it to my footage there. And you can adjust the intensity here, you guys see how it's changing in intensity? So sometimes what I might do is, I might do something that is like, really heavy, and you're like, why would you do that? But I pull it back, so I change the intensity. So, maybe what I might do like, just to show you guys this one, it's like, that's pretty heavy, but if you maybe just added a little bit, you know, it's maybe not too bad. Whoops. Right in there, and it's a little more subtle. So it just depends. I think there was one up here that I really liked though in the beginning. Kinda like this one. Okay, next what you can do, is you can add that faded look. So, all I'm doing is moving this slider, and I'm getting the faded look, that's, you know, kinda popular right now, starts to mute the overall image. Depending on what I'm shooting I might just add a little bit of a faded look to it. It just depends. And, next I can add some sharpen, gonna go back on this. That faded look was way too intense. I can add some sharpen here. If I double click it it goes back. You can add some vibrance. Double click it goes back. You can add some saturation. Double click it goes back. And, I'm going to, maybe go to, lemme get this emerald look. And, I'm gonna take my exposure down. Whoops, did I click off my thing? Dangit. And, let's say, this is looking pretty good. What you could do, is you can add some color to your shadows, you can add some color to your highlights. What you might tend to do is, like Hollywood loves to, get that blue-orange going on. So you could play with that look. If you feel comfortable with curves, maybe from, you're expert at Photoshop, you can do some coloring effects, this is all pretty advanced stuff. Again, hue saturation, this is pretty advanced. But maybe you wanna add a little vignette. You can add a vignette, you can make it a little brighter. So, maybe you wanna draw people's eye in a little bit more. I'm gonna go back to my color correction, and just maybe pull it back just a little bit.

Class Description


  • Confidently fly a drone
  • Understand basic legal requirements
  • Execute simple to intermediate drone maneuvers
  • Adjust settings for aerial photography
  • Simultaneously adjust the drone and the camera
  • Use drones to capture a variety of still and video perspectives
  • Edit aerial photography and aerial videography


Sure, drone photography looks just like playing a video game, but controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle while simultaneously working a camera takes essential know-how and practiced skills. Take off with confidence and capture aerial photography and videography at angles you never thought possible. In this beginner's class, learn essentials like safe drone flight, essential photography settings, and basic post-processing.

Work with award-winning aerial photographer Dirk Dallas as you learn to control your drone. Whether your drone is collecting dust or you've just opened the box, this class provides the essentials to fall in love with drone photography and videography. From legal restrictions to selecting and operating a drone and accessories, this class covers all the basics of aerial photography with a drone.

Explore a drone's controls, then learn exercises to help hone your flight skills. Flag potential legal restrictions in the United States. Learn settings and tips for capturing great aerial photography, then incorporate motion with video. Finally, work in image processing and video editing to fine-tune your captures. Whether you want to capture aerial images for real estate, environmental studies, commercial advertising, independent movie production, land-use planning or simply creative photography, start flying with confidence.


  • Any user new to drone flight
  • Photographers looking to expand to aerial photography
  • Videographers eager to add a new angle with drones
  • Drone newbies that want to learn new moves and tricks


FAA licensed drone pilot Dirk Dallas uses drones to capture new angles in his commercial photography and filmmaking. Also a speaker and professor, Dirk is the founder of and the host of the AdoramaTV series From Where I Drone With Dirk Dallas. Along with his creative work, he enjoys teaching and inspiring new drone pilots.


  1. Class Introduction

    Meet your instructor and find inspiration from amazing sample aerial imagery with an eagle's eye view.

  2. How Dirk Got Started With Drones

    Learn how a hobby flying RC helicopters and a newfound passion for photographer merged into a love for drone photography. Dig into the brief history of aerial photography with drone technology and see how UAVs have changed from simple tools to essentials for aerial photographers.

  3. What is a Drone?

    Before diving into aerial photography with a drone, what exactly is a drone? Learn drone basics, as well as other terms frequently used for drones like UAS, UAV, and quadcopters. Explore the different types of camera drones available, many with the best camera built right in. Walk through the different drone options from the biggest drone manufacturer, DJI.

  4. Registering Your Drone

    Aerial photography with a drone has several legal restrictions. The first step is making sure to register your drone with the FAA. Walk through the simple, inexpensive act of registering and learn to avoid scams. This lesson covers registry in the United States.

  5. Drone Terminology

    Like learning photography, aerial drone photography comes with a long list of new terminology. Dig into aerial photography jargon and learn the tools of the trade. Pick up terms like gimbal, GPS and propellers.

  6. DJI Go App

    Controlling your drone starts with an app, a controller, or both. Learn the basics of DJI's Go App and decipher what all those symbols on the screen mean. Navigate the app and get started controlling a DJI drone using the DJI Go App.

  7. FAA Drone Rules

    Aerial photography requires responsible flying. In this lesson, learn the essential FAA rules to understand before you fly. Determine No Fly Zones and avoid collisions with other drones with air traffic rules.

  8. Apps for Flying Drones

    Find all the data you need to fly a drone daunting? Apps can help simplify drone flight. Learn about apps that tell you where you can fly, the flying weather predictions, visibility conditions, drone news, and more.

  9. Pre-flight: Drone Flight Checklist

    Prep for the flight to ensure a safe, successful aerial photography shoot. Go through a checklist to make sure the area is safe and your drone is ready to fly. Make a plan for the flight -- and a backup plan.

  10. How to Fly Overview: Take off, Hover & Land

    Begin learning to fly with this overview. Cover the different drone controller controls. Practice with exercises designed to help you make drone flight feel like second nature. Learn automatic and manual methods for taking off and landing with in-field demonstrations.

  11. Straight Line & The Simple Box

    Continue honing your flight skills with exercises and skills for flight paths. Learn how to fly straight and how to fly in a simple box shape using just one stick on the controller.

  12. The 180 & The Box With Yaw

    Add in the second control stick and learn how to turn your drone around completely, called "yawing." Then, fly in a box shape with a yaw turn. Learn tricks to working with the controls like flipping the controls when the drone flips.

  13. Drawing Shapes

    Expand your drone flight exercises with additional advanced tasks to further build your flight skills. Fly in diagonals, then use both controls simultaneously to fly in a perfect circle. When you've mastered those shapes, try the figure eight exercise and orbiting.

  14. Q&A

    Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on drone flight. Students like you pose questions during the live class, while Dirk digs in and explains.

  15. DJI Intelligent Flight Modes

    DJI builds several different intelligent flight modes into their drones that allow for different flying techniques using remote sensing systems. Learn the different main flight mode options, what route they fly, and how to use the different available options. Master tricks like controlling the drone with gestures, "follow me" mode, and preset flight paths.

  16. DJI Go App: Photo Settings

    Now that you're comfortable using a controller and app to fly, what about that aerial camera? Get started on capturing digital imagery with your drone by learning the different settings. Learn how to turn the camera off auto, as well as how to manually adjust aperture, shutter speed, and aperture. Adjust settings like burst mode, bracketing, white balance, and RAW shooting. Master focus options to get a sharp, high-quality image.

  17. Tips for Capturing Drone Photos

    The perspective of aerial photography is unique -- but impressive aerial imagery is about more than just perspective. In this lesson, gain some essential aerial photography tips, like why you may want to use a low altitude instead of a high one. Learn to work with instead of against the sunshine. Consider composition and height and other aspects for the best drone photography.

  18. Creating Panoramas

    Aerial photography isn't limited to a standard aspect ratio. In this lesson, learn how to import images into Lightroom. Then, build a panorama from several overlapping aerial photos using the same software.

  19. Post Processing for Drone Photography

    Like shooting with two feet on the ground, aerial photography can often be improved with a bit of editing. Walk through the process of adjusting images inside Lightroom. Work with exposure, adding style, and color correction.

  20. DJI Go App: Video Settings

    Step from aerial photography into aerial video. Get started with drone video with the DJI Go app settings for video in a live demonstration. Learn essentials like resolution, frame rate, and shutter speed.

  21. Accessories

    Drone accessories can make flights easier and improve the quality of photos and video. Learn the ins and outs of different drone photography accessories, including landing pads, batteries, hoods, and ND filters. Explore what each one does, which ones are essential, and what's just optional.

  22. Tips for Capturing Drone Video

    Build on your aerial video capabilities with video tips for drones. With the added dimension of time, add in effects like fly over moves. Learn ways to create more dynamic video from a drone in this lesson, as well as tips to expand simply by doing more exploring.

  23. Camera Moves

    Add drama to aerial video by recording while doing cool drone moves. Learn the camera movement that's possible with aerial video using a UAV. Integrate tricks like slowly revealing the subject, using a top-down bird's-eye-view, playing with altitude, circling a subject and more to create a more dynamic video.

  24. Post Processing For Videography

    Video editing is quite different from editing still photos. Work With Adobe Premiere Pro for a few basic video edits, including importing video, then working with cropping and motion effects.

  25. Simple Color Correction For Footage

    Like with still photos, drone videos can benefit from color adjustments. Learn how to use the Lumetri Color tools inside Premiere Pro to correct colors or add style or drama through color correction.

  26. Adding Music & SFX

    Finish the class by learning to add music and sound effects to aerial footage -- since the sound of a buzzing drone isn't exactly pleasant to listen to, if your drone records audio at all. Work with basic audio in Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to add and adjust audio. Then, gain some final input on drone photography and videography with a brief Q&A.



Dirk really did a nice job taking new students thru exercises to gain confidence. The work in Lightroom and Photoshop was helpful, but I wish more time could have been focused on flying or tips. Dirk has presets that he offers. It would have been helpful to see the results using those presets. Looking forward to the free which Drone to buy class and the advanced class


I definitely recommend this course if you are thinking about getting into drone photography looking for the fundamentals. I now feel pretty confident I can get started and that my learning curve will be greatly shortened thanks to the technology available today and a great roadmap of getting started. If you are already started... follow up with his advanced topics... I know I will.


Super class. As a beginner I had little idea what to expect and never got started because of all the talk of people crashing drones right and left and losing a fortune. Dallas made it seem simple. So I bought a Tello beginners drone (great starter by the way), got hooked and am now flying a DJI Mavic Pro 2 and studying for a commercial license. Not sure, this is a great class to start with.