Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Advanced RC Simulator Training

Advanced RC simulator training. Cool, alright, jumping over to the, the simulator. (drone humming) So, advanced maneuvers, (drone humming) that is so wild. In the studio, this is projected on bigger than life's life-sized. One thing that you're gonna wanna learn how to do is to fly backwards. And that's just, simply, flying, turns like that. And that's actually really hard to see. I'm gonna maybe set my, let's see if I can set the... Tryin' to remember how to zoom in. View. See field of view. Yeah, maybe that's better. Okay. Cool. (drone humming) So right now it looks. (laughs) It probably just looks like it's going forward, but I'm actually flying backwards. And, so it's learning how to practice flying backwards circles. Not even enough that you would use that for cinematography moves, but often times you might be tracking into, say, when I was in Iceland recently they asked me if I would film underneath, inside this glacial crevasse, and so it was really, really tight. And so I'd cre...

ep inside and then I had to back my way out. So learning your controls backwards, so. And then backwards circles just kind of helps. You can kind of see the inputs I'm giving. It's gonna be a little bit of trial and error, and crashing, and whatnot. (drone humming) In both directions. The other thing I was mentioning before when I was talking about course lock mode. Is, pirouettes, that's' one thing that us RC helicopter guys would practice, and that's simply doing this sort of thing while keeping it in one place. So if you slowly pirouette like this, and this is not GPS, this is not like in a GPS mode. So, it's just gonna move with the wind or with whatever reason. And so tryin' to keep it in one spot. And so this, just make sure that you've got mastery of the control in all of the directions. So, the guys that are really, there's a kind of RC helicopter flying called 3D, and these guys are not only doing this right side up, but their also doing tricks while they're going pirouettes. And you can try moving pirouettes. Like that. And then off to the right. Let me get back out in front of you again. Okay, so back, I'll do it to the right. (drone humming) As you can imagine, you're having, if you watch my right stick here, yeah, so let's do this again. So if I'm just, you can see my left stick, it gets the rotation started. And then the right stick is making the corrections, but you have to know which way it's oriented. So right now, I think that's nose in. So if I back that, yeah, so that's the back. So if I wanted to go a left turn, I would have to go left, back, right, front, and so on. So it's those sorts of things. And then also just trying high speed flight. It would be just getting more aggressive, so that you can kinda work on your reflexes. And then, so basically, when you're flying backwards, like I was saying before, a lot of it's just opposite stick input, so it's just gonna be something that comes with time. But also, I would say, anything that you fly in a flight simulator has honestly, in my opinion, drones are not as fun to fly in a flight simulator, as say, the helicopters or the airplanes. So I would just pick anything, because I think part of it is just learning that you're instincts for the different orientations that the airplane will have toward you. So if it's facing towards you, just making sure that you've got those instincts to fly in whatever direction. So, yeah, pick something fun. Pick an airplane and something aerobatic. (plane accelerating) Now that I've been flying a helicopter, so I'm kind of confused. (plane zooming) I think it's, I could look at the big screen here too. (plane zooming) And just, one thing to note for those of you who haven't flown airplanes and helicopters, as you bank, as you go in through the turn, if you don't pull back on the elevator on this right stick, you don't pull back, the nose will come down. I'll show you that. So I'll take a left turn here, and watch if I don't pull back, so I need to pull back to pull through the turn. And that's how helicopters work as well. (plane zooming) I'm just practicing rolls, and flying upside down, and tying new stuff. So, yeah. So I would just say, just have fun with it. The drones are fun. But you've got all sorts of kinds of aircrafts, the helicopters as well. I think I showed you before. But backwards flights, some moving pirouettes, flying other kind of aircraft, and then getting out there and just doing a lot of flying. And, yeah, I think that's the way forward.

"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.