Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Final Thoughts Before Your Flight

Finishing out, I think we could maybe entertain some questions. I also just had a few notes on kinda how to take things further. I mean, it's always the thing where you're constantly, as you get your footage, evaluate your framing. See how you might do things differently. You know, in the case of the shots we did at the, at Santa Cruz, there was a couple things where I was like, gosh, I wish I was closer, I wish I was down lower. Ya know, always kinda evaluate your footage and go, like, how could I do that better the next time? I mean, be proud of the work that you just did but, and work with it in the edit and, but you'll find the more that you edit, it will help you shoot better, you know? So, it's just a thing. So, we've spoken a lot about the rule of thirds. Ya know, when you're looking at other people work, ya know, recognize how other people play with that. Study the masters, ya know, over time you're gonna start following people whose work you respect. I know in the beginning, b...

efore folks were starting to use drones for cinematography, there were some guys, I think they were out of like Utah, somewhere on the west, called, Copter Kids, that I used to follow. And they had modified these big remote controlled helicopters and they were just getting these awesome shots, putting their 70 on their helicopter. And I used to watch all the stuff they did and I would literally like watch every clip and like study how they were doing things. I think a lot of us did. And so, now there's tons more people doing it, so there's a lot of people you can draw inspiration from. And whenever you see a shot that you like, stop and analyze it. Don't just let it go by. Ya know, 'cause you'll forget about it later but go, wait, what did they just do? Was that an orbit? Was that a spinner? Was that a combination of two moves? How did they reveal into the point B of that shot? All that kinda stuff. Yeah, and practice those moves. If you have the opportunity, like say for example, I mean, I could just go back and just practice filming surfers all day, it's gonna make you better for the next job. So, if you get hired, you know, to go do some sort of tracking moves, like that day that you spent out at the beach tracking surfers is gonna pay off. So, I mean that's what I harp on with my music students, right? Is like, you just, it's repetition you know. But it's not mindless repetition, it's specifically practicing a specific skill set, isolating it. So maybe not try to do it all, but isolate one aspect of the move, ya know. So, in the case of these five different moves we talked about. And then, yeah, we can open up to Q and A. Yeah, you know, I think, you know we're really good here on the internet so, I'm hoping we can sorta get your, sorta big picture, final thoughts call to action. Call to action. Well, if you don't already have a drone, get a drone. (laughter) Black or white? Yeah. Black or white? Yeah, there's white ones here, too, so yeah. I mean, what I would say is you know, like Jim was saying if you're gonna invest in a drone like this you're also gonna wanna invest in you know, good instruction, well hopefully what we're trying to provide here. I think what I would, if there's one take away, it's just that less is more when it comes to the cinematic moves. Less is more. But also, keep in mind that you do have the spinning blades, ya know? I think, you know, potentially around people, people's property, that sorta thing. And so fly safe, but have fun. So, I don't know, to me this is a dream come true to get to marry cinematography and my love of flying. So, I would just say enjoy it. Get into flying, not just the drones but learn how to fly remote controlled helicopter, an airplane. Ya know, get yourself a flight simulator, have fun with it. Get your friends involved. You know, my kids when I go out, sometimes I'll take them with me and have them fly. They've flown the Phantom, ya know, just get them involved. You know, get your community involved and have fun and capture amazing images. And I think if you apply some of these basic principles, you know mastering the flight aspect, the camera aspect. Put those two together and you're sure to just like, have a great time doing it and also, hopefully other people like, with these edits, putting it all together and edit, sharing it with friends. I mean, it's gonna be fun for you and for your friends to get to watch so. Awesome. Blayne, let us know where you know, you were very open throughout the entire two days letting folks know that they do wanna follow with questions, Yeah. they can follow you on Twitter, Yeah. and tweet those questions. Yeah. And tell us where else we can find you. Yeah, so, Twitter, I'm fairly active so just my handle's my name BlayneChastain. Same thing with Instagram and then Facebook of course, Cloudg8. We post stuff that we do on there. We do not just aerial production but also, just regular film production. So you'll see all kinds of work over on Facebook, so. Wonderful. And that's cloud g 8, cloud g 8, yeah. Cool. Well, Blayne, thank you so much, you know, for you're time, your energy, your passion into drone photography for these two days. Like, I know I personally learned a ton. Wanna thank you very much for joining us. We wanna thank Blayne Chastain for his incredible education and we will see you next time, here at CreativeLive. Thanks very much. (clapping)

"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.