Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Creating Aerial Panoramas

CreativeLive, as many of you know, have a ton of great classes in Lightroom and all that kind of stuff, so we're not gonna go super deep into Lightroom, but I just wanted to show you how you would process that image that we took up on the roof. (engine roaring) Alright, I'm gonna try to frame this up and get a little further out. I'm just gonna try to get this peninsula right here. I'm moving in a bit, just to kinda get a little bit closer. And then I think that's gonna be my frame. When I do peninsulas, I just like to get a good bit of overlap between the shots, just so that later on, when we're stitching them together, it's kinda easy for the software to figure out the details of how to stitch it together here. I might try another one that's a little closer to the lighthouse. See how, like, you know obviously it's gonna look a little bit more distorted the closer we get, but I'm gonna see kinda what that looks like when we stitch it together later. Maybe I'm too close here, let's see...

. Right now it's saying plus point third of a stop hard. So I'm gonna dial it down a bit. Yeah, take up the shutter to 200. I'm shooting raw, so we should be able to recover the shutters. So you simply just gonna select these guys and then go to Photo and Photo Merge and then cross-feed it with some bracketed shots, you could do it merged HDR shot, but in this case we did a panorama. And I mean it's kind of a non-event, it's just you select them and 9 times out of ten, it gets it spot-on. And that's why you're gonna want to overlap. So that's the one that, the shots that Jim took there up on the roof of CreativeLive there. So and it's selecting Perspective, you can cycle through all these different options. I've got Auto Crop enabled, so that's what it looks like, the combination of the images, so I always turn on Auto Crop. And then Merge. Yeah, you have a question there? Could you also do that in Photoshop for Edit Auto-Align and do Panorama? Ah, yeah, you know, honestly, I haven't done a whole lot of editing on panoramas up until I started using them with a drone. And so I've always just done it here with Lightroom. Okay. But, I mean honestly, since I do more video, that's... this is a newer thing for me, Right. But it's just the same technique any, you know, photographers have been using for, yeah, using Photoshop for it, yeah, so... The nice thing about this is then you got actually a combined, it's still a raw image that you can process. So, yeah, I mean, like I said, it's kind of a non-event. Develop. If we look at the final image... And it looks pretty well exposed. You know the sharpness is, you can see over here in the inspector here, the sharpness is maybe a little bit soft. I know that we focused on the buildings in the distance, but I didn't notice on this camera, that if you bring it up that sharpening does come back a little bit. You don't want to overdo it, and also you're not gonna have it zoomed in that much, too, so. Yeah, it's a good image, thanks, Jim. Thanks. So let's go, the other shot here... of the morning, I'm kinda curious how that's gonna stitch together. So if we go back to my Surf footage, Media, it's in one, go to the, these guys. (clicking) Let's see. No, no, no, let's not do that again. (clicking) Just bring this in. (Teacher snuffles) Cool, they should be selected, yeah. (Teacher whistles softly) Okay, here we go. Yeah, and then we'll go from there to, say, here. And you Photo Merge. (can clinking) I was never really kinda like into panoramas until I started trying it with drones, cause you find yourself, like, often times doing big landscapes. And you just happen to be out there. And so I just started playing around with panoramas myself. "Merged photos, please try a different projection option." So, I think I'm now actually gonna move on from this one, but as you can see, you know, most times it's a sort of a non-event merging photos. And of course, CreativeLive's got a lot of great classes on Lightrooms, I definitely encourage you to check those out as well, so.

"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. 

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  • 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.