Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Camera Moves Overview

Camera moves. This next section here, we're gonna look at, not that there's only five, but there are five top camera moves that a lot of us go to. Our go-to camera moves. The first one we're gonna take a look at is tracking. And a lot of the lessons that we're doing right now, we actually went out in the field over in Santa Cruz and filmed surfers. And tracking is one thing that I could do for like, just ad nauseum. All day I could just track surfers, 'cause it's a very dynamic thing to do. It's kinda like when you get your drone out there and you get in position, the surfers are out there waiting to catch a wave, and then you're waiting for the surfer to catch a wave. So you kind of feel like you're almost right there with the surfer, because you can see in the distance, oh, maybe that's a wave. Maybe that's a good one. And the surfer takes it and then you're on the ready. So without further ado, let's take a look at our video on tracking. Great? Yeah. So when you're shooting vi...

deo with drones or small UAS's, as us drone nerds like to call them, there's a few different moves. There's roughly about five moves that would be our go-to moves. And one would be tracking, you know, tracking the subject. In the case this morning, we're filming a surfer. And so we'd be tracking either in front, back, left, right of the surfer. Sometimes there's another that I call orbits. Some people call it different things, but orbits, where you're kind of orbiting around the subject. Kind of shifting the viewer's perspective. There's also spinners. Some of these are my own terminology. People call them different things, but what I think of as a spinner is when you're looking from the top down, and you're slowly-- well, hopefully, slowly kind of moving, kind of shifting the perspective, but it's more of like on a radius. And then you have reveals. Reveals just means basically you're starting at a point A, you're kind of looking at whatever the subject is, framing that, and then you're point B, you reveal something new. So it could be something small. It could be something big, like a big landscape or whatever. And then there's the bird's eye view, which is sort of similar in terms of vantage point as like a spinner would be. But you're just looking top down. You're getting more of like a two-dimensional top down look at whatever your subject or your spot is.

"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.