Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Flight Mode: Follow Me Mode

One other flight mode that's, used to be one of the few flight modes that we had for, sort of, automated tracking was a follow me mode. And it's still included, I mean, rightly so, it's still included, DJI still includes it in this machine, the Phantom and some of their other copters as well. What it does is it simply follows the person holding the controls. I know I've done this in the past, I think I was doing a shoot in Iceland and we were just out in the middle of nowhere and I just put the controller in the car and we drove and it tracked along nicely. This one, I believe, doesn't have as many tracking features as it pertains to the camera. So it'll track you but it's maybe not as figured out or as refined, we'll say, as the active track. So the active track is more like one of the, to the left of the menu, it's one that you're probably gonna reach for more often than the follow me because the great thing is you can simply, like we saw before, you can draw a box over the subject ...

and it'll actively track somebody without having the controller in hand. So we'll do a quick demonstration of that and just show how follow me will follow whoever has the controls in an automated way. We'll go into this menu where you click on the copter and we'll see how it does. Now like any of the intelligent flight modes the one advantage of course, is that it's gonna work to keep you in the frame. So it's gonna kind of both fly the copter and it's also gonna try to do a little bit of camera work for you too by yawing the craft around to keep you in the frame so let's see how it does. We still have these head winds and I'm gonna tilt down and just get me in frame (buzzing) and get Matt in frame there and alright, so now we're goin' to the copter menu, we're gonna go follow me, it says our GPS signal is strong so we're good to go, the altitude is 18 feet, let's call that good, we'll hit apply. Oh, it wants us to be 10 meters up, alright, so let's go up a little bit. So we should be good now. Let's try it. Apply, follow me mode is enabled, and I'm walkin'. It's kinda creepy havin' your own personal drone to follow you around. So let's play around with it. So what we could do is let's see what happens when we go left stick. So if I go left, yeah, so what it's gonna, it's not lettin' me go left or right. Let's see what happens if I overtake, nope. It's simply following me. So let's try this, let's come on back this way. So I'm gonna see what it does if I run. So it's perhaps maybe less intelligent in some ways than active track, and if it seems like I haven't used this mode very much it's because it's been a very long time since I've used this mode. But with modes like active track and all the other flight modes that DJI provides, this mode, while still useful in some situations, is perhaps not the best choice for a lot of 'em. 'Kay, yeah and I was thinkin' about that after we filmed that and it's, even DJI's own promo on this was actually shown to me in a car. So that's the thing, is you're gonna only use it in the situation where you're not gonna be able to see it which is typically in a vehicle which if you're flying commercially is generally not allowed unless you're in sparsely populated areas, is the language the FAA gives for flying, yeah, from a moving vehicle. So, yeah, I mean, I think the follow me mode, the thing is is it used to be used quite a lot and we found ways to use it but now that you have active track there'd be less of a reason.

"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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