Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Clearance & Time Of Day

"Clearance, Clarence," that's kind of an old Airplane reference, Airplane the movie, but so not just clearance with the location, but also the airspace which we talked in airspace section how you can use airmap or aviation sectionals to make sure that you're not flying in any regulated airspace, no class B, A, well obviously not A, but A, B, C, D, you're able to fly in class G without a waiver which is unregulated airspace and this was totally clear of that as well so this was a perfect location, the Santa Cruz Steamer Lane location for us, and so we did get a permit and they gave us the day to fly there and I think one contingency day, 'cause that's the thing with... doing aerial stuff anytime you're doing outdoor stuff you always need a contingency day and that's what I'd say as you're starting to do more commercial work, make sure you communicate that with your clients, that yeah we're gonna make a plan for this day and the weather looks good, but you never know. In Colorado, that's...

specifically an issue because the weather reports are like, they're just so inconsistent with reality oftentimes. Time of day, the time of day is big, I was showing a friend of mine some of my footage that you saw in some of the introductory lessons there, some of the footage of Iceland, and with my Blade Chroma and he was like "man, I got this Phantom 4, "the footage doesn't look anywhere near as your Chroma" and as far as I understand, they were really using a similar sensor, if not that same sensor, and so a lot of it has to do with like regular photography considerations, it's all about the lighting and so typically what that means is really early mornings, getting there an hour or a 1/2 an hour before the sun comes up so that you're getting that nice contrasty golden hour morning light and to do that, I use an app, I don't know if you all have heard of an app called Magic Hour, but if we go over to the iPad, are we connected, yeah, nice, so when we were doing our pre-production planning for the Steamer Lane shoot, I simply went over and we can use just general San Francisco as a location, but you can see today, it says "Magic hour is coming" and it begins at 5:39 and ends at 6: with sunset being at 6:16, so this is... there's other tools out there, but I find this is really handy, this is actually an iPhone app, I don't know if they have it for Android, but one nice thing about this is if you're planning something out in advance, you can hit that calendar and you can say, okay you're coming up on November 23rd, we got this shoot and then you can look at the Magic Hour and then you can set up your team to know when we're gonna need to get there and when we'll probably head out, so that's what we did in the case of Steamer Lane, we shot a lot in the morning, took a nice big lunch break, charged up, it took us about an hour and 1/2 or so to get batteries back charged again and then we headed to our next location.

"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.