Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Advanced Flying Techniques

Alright, so here we are with a Karma on top of Creative Live here, and we're gonna take at look at some more advanced moves. Mainly I want to take a look at maybe practicing flying backwards. So we'll take a look at that now. Alright, so here, basically, before, let's take this for a bit of a spin here. Just get used to it. I mean, this is like, I did have a chance yesterday to play around with it, but I just want to get a feel for it. (wind blowing) Cool. So, I mean, there's just your basic circles. Alright, so now let's try a backwards circle. Now, I mean, when would you do that? That's a good question, I mean, sometimes you do it simply to back yourself out of a shot that you did, right? So, now we're doing backwards circles the other way, trying to anyways. And we can try backwards figure eights. (buzzing) It's actually a really good skill to have. Now, another thing that's kinda cool to do is, this really shows whether or not you have real mastery of the controls. The thing about ...

quads or multi rotors like this or drones, as most of us call them now, or helicopters, is that, you know, you can go in any which direction. Like, I grew up flying fixed wing aircraft where you're pretty much only going forward, right? Well, one thing that you'll do, especially, like, helicopter guys will practice, are pirouettes. So it's just simply doing that sort of thing. Now, doing that's fairly easy to do, like, if you're in a GPS mode, so like, right now, I've got my hands off the sticks other than on the rudder or the yaw, and it's just holding in place. Without GPS lock, that would be a challenge to do, right? But what is kind of a challenge as you're improving is to try to move as you're doing a pirouette. So say I wanted to go, I'll bring it down just a little bit, say you wanted to go left and pirouette at the same time, that means you have to give little, tiny corrections as you're going. It's been a while since I've practiced these, but let's give this a try. So we'll start pirouetting, and I will go left. And so I'm having to give right stick input to move. So now we're off to the left, now let's try it to the right, and we'll pirouette the other way. Or I guess the other way, I can't remember what I was doing, so back, right, front, left, back. So as you can imagine, what that does is it just really teaches you quick, instinctual skills for flying, that's the thing is like, I mean, when you're tracking slow-moving subjects, yeah, you may not have to do anything really aggressive, but what it does is it, you know, one thing that I harp on is just flying as smooth as you possibly can, and if you have the right instincts you're able to make those minor changes to get those cinematic shots. So right now, I think I'm just gonna buzz around, see what kind of fun we can have with it. Just 'cause we can, see kinda how fast this thing will go. (buzzing) It's pretty fun. If I worked here, this would be my lunch break every day. (laughing)

"To everyone out there wanting to learn how to fly a Drone and take incredible images and videos; I promise Blayne Chastain is your guy!" -Brooke, CreativeLive Student

Drones can be an expensive purchase, and without the proper knowledge, they can be dangerous and difficult to fly.Capturing the view from above can show perspective, creativity, and just look cool! But getting your camera into the air isn’t as simple as just grabbing a remote control. It takes knowledge, practice and patience to master your camera in the sky. In this class, Blayne Chastain will give you the tools you need to fly any drone and the techniques you’ll need to capture beautiful images and videos every time you go out.  After taking this class, you’ll feel confident in your purchase and in your footage. You’ll learn:

  • The basic components of a drone 
  • The safety tips and regulations everyone must follow when flying 
  • What to consider when flying in different weather conditions 
  • Simple flying techniques and advanced maneuvers to master 
  • How to capture beautiful media that you’re excited to share! 
 Blayne Chastain has over three decades of practice flying RC aircrafts. He is the co-founder of Cloudgate, a film company specializing in cinematic aerials. He's captured aerial footage everywhere, from the seat of a kayak in Iceland to chasing snowboarders down a mountain with his drone. With the teachings in this class, you’ll have the ability to maximize your flight hobby, and turn your images into a part of your business. 

Don’t know which drone to buy? Be sure to download Blayne’s “Drone Buyer’s Guide” to find out which gear is right for you!  



  • First, I wanna start off by saying thank you to Creative Live TEAM for giving me the opportunity to attend this class LIVE in-studio! The experience was everything and MORE I could have hoped for. The TEAM really makes you feel apart of the family and I can't wait to come back! As Far as the class goes: To everyone out there wanting to learn how to fly a Drone and feel confident in flying, take incredible images and videos and everything that comes with it; I promise Blayne Chastain is your guy! He covers all your questions and teaches you how to get started from Learning to actually fly and how to practice, to what would be the best drone for you, FAA regulations and certification, to editing and your finished product. AND MUCH MORE But in order to fully grasp all of this knowledge you must get this class! I promise you won't regret it and will only grow! Thank you Blayne, for opening this door for us and teach us that THE SKIES THE LIMIT!
  • The class was excellent in the information offered. Real info that can help someone starting out to get a feel for what they need to learn and practice. While the info was great, the presenter was not to the level of other professional speakers I've seen on CreativeLive. He didn't seem confident in the information he delivered, stuttered quite a bit and lost his train of thought quite often. The video cuts were poorly produced for the most part. Showing us how to fly a drone that is represented by a tiny speck on the screen was not all that helpful. It kind of felt like there was little planning in the production more of a "seat of the pants" lesson plan. However, with all of these presentation flaws, the content was great info, so I would recommend the class with the warning to be very patient with the presenter and the production quality - not normal for a CreativeLive class.
  • This course was amazing. Made me actually want to go out and buy my first drone. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn the ins-and-outs of operating a drone for aerial photos and video.