Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos



Lesson Info

Flight Mode: Point Of Interest

Point of Interest, though, it used to be something that was kinda cumbersome to use back in the day when, say, we were flying, still do have an S1000, DJI's larger drone. I know for saying that I'm not a DJI fanboy and having all DJI drones, it probably doesn't really state my case very well. But yeah, their autopilot, the WooKong system, I remember you'd have to go over the object and then you'd have to toggle your transmitter switch a few times, and then you'd set your Point of Interest and then you'd do this and that and the other. I mean, it worked, but the way that it's implemented in the DJI GO app is now so easy to do that, whereas before I'd be tempted, "Oh, I'm just gonna fly this myself." And that's actually one of the trickier moves to do manually, 'cause when you're going around, what Point of Interest does, and I'll explain it there, say this coffee cup is my Point of Interest, which it usually is my point of interest, and I just wanna fly around like that. That's pretty t...

ricky, right? 'Cause you're yawing and you're also rolling. And then you're trying to keep a steady radius around, and a steady speed. So that's actually a really good thing to practice. Tomorrow I'm hoping to show some clips, well, we'll show some clips that we did in Santa Cruz, but I've also got some clips in Iceland I'm hoping to sprinkle into the presentation, where I did this quite a lot with some folks hiking on a glacier. So that move is pretty tricky, and Point of Interest, they've made it really quick and easy to do, that I would actually use this, and do use this out in the field 'cause I don't feel like it's adding a ton of time. And what it does, it's very accurate. So the time that you might set up to set up your Point of Interest, you're gonna save in not having to do it over and over again. So, let's take a look at that. I'm gonna take a Point of Interest over the W of the Windance Farm, and then I'll demonstrate Point of Interest. I've located the Windance gate. Now I've got my camera all the way pointed down so I know I'm right where I need to be. I'm gonna put it in Point of Interest, there we go. And I'm going to record the Point of Interest. And then, what I'm gonna do, it's saying, "Radius zero feet," okay. So what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna set my radius. Right now I'm setting my radius, I see the Windance. Horizon's level, I just checked the horizon. Right now it's saying that the radius is 38 feet, the altitude's 44 feet. That 44 feet, we should clear that tree, no problem. And what I'm gonna do right now, and this is kinda crazy, right now I'm just gonna hit apply. And right now, it is going at 2.2 miles an hour around the Point of Interest. All this time, I'm keeping line of sight and making sure that it's not gonna hit that tree over there. It's at ISO 400. She's gonna come up to that sign. We're recording, good exposure, and look at that. Windance, it's like we could do a little ad for Windance. And so now I can kinda maybe tilt up with the camera. It takes the pilot load off. So I can just focus on being a camera operator and also keeping line of sight. Let's take one as soon as she heads back. We'll call it good. We're at 24%, at 20% it's gonna ask us, "Hey, do you want us to return to home automatically?" And you know what, we'll probably let it do it just so you can see what that's like. So that's kinda cool. I think it's worth showing an automated return to home. So let's just keep rolling. It's doing its thing, maybe I'm getting caught up in the heat of the moment, filming. I've forgotten about my battery power. And pretty soon we're at 21%. And at 20, it's gonna ask us, "Hey, do you wanna come home?" Normally, I would be ready to say cancel, because normally from 20 to 10%, you really should be coming home. Honestly, in the beginning, as you're getting to know your copter and how long it can fly and what's safe, come back at about 30%. But pretty soon here you're gonna see this go. So it's going to the home point in three, two, one. All right, hands off. And if we did this right, it's just gonna come right back to where we took off from. Now, what it does first, is it actually climbs up to a certain altitude. There's a setting that you can set to say, "Hey, when you return home, "go up 100 feet first, and then come back." What's really important about that, is if you have trees and that sort of thing, that makes sure that it clears that before it goes. So I toggled flight modes from P to S, and now it's ready for me to land. So here we go, oh, what's going on now? Oh, (laughs) I didn't even notice it was actually nose-in. It's all right, it came home nose-in, so I turned it around, I'm gonna back it up to us and land. And I'm landing nose-out. Here we go. Woo! (laughs) Awesome, I think it's worth noting that when it's doing the auto return to home, a quick way to get out of that, on the screen I believe you can hit a cancel or whatever, but a quick way to do that is just to toggle it out of the GPS-enabled mode, to say, the attitude mode. 'Cause that's a GPS function, it's coming home because it knows where home is, and it's a GPS sort of coordinate. So, yeah, question. Point of Interest, does it log that same flight? Can you go up again and redo that, say you wanna do a sunrise, that same flight, and then later on you wanna do a sunset of that? I don't think so, I know there's a feature called Waypoints, that it will remember your flight, but I don't know if it remembers it after you've turned it off and back on. Waypoints used to be, and we can talk about this later, but Waypoints used to be that you could actually set your Waypoints before you even took off. But DJI changed that in some of their latest apps, and you can't set your Waypoints until you get up and you set them. So you'll see why Waypoints, for me, I could see where you guys, tell us what you guys do again, or what you're looking to do. Architectural photography. But I was just saying, doing like a late afternoon, and then maybe like a early morning, same shot, just to see the contrast of it. You have to do it from the same vantage point. I think you would want to play around with the Waypoints feature. There is a way, after you've set the Waypoints, to set it, I just can't remember if it saves it after the fact. 'Cause I don't use it that way. I know you have to recalibrate it and do all that, and I just wondered if it would log that same calibration and then go up again and do the same flight. It used to be done where you could do that before you even, there was even a laptop interface where you could actually do all that from the laptop. With our larger ones, like the S1000. That, I'm not sure. I know that you can save those for a later flight in the same flight session. But yeah, I don't know. But again, I'll look that up. And again, if you remind me later, too, and send me a message over Twitter. So, another thing about the Point of Interest is, you didn't see it in the interface there, but it will default to flying it automated, and then you can set the speed. And you can set the clockwise or anticlockwise rotation. So you can do it really fast, which usually is pretty rough to watch. Or a really super crawl, kinda slow. And just know you can do that, it doesn't have to be an automated thing. The nice thing about setting that, is once you get it, then you can just focus. Like if there was a certain move you wanted to do. Also, I think typically, from a creative's perspective, if I was to redo that shot, I would have loved to maybe gone a little lower, maybe a little closer. You can set your height, you can simply just even as it's automatically spinning around, you can set your height with the left stick, and it'll still keep the speed. And so it just takes the pilot load off, and then you can just really focus on getting a ton of usable footage. Which, I mean, that's one of my favorite features, for sure.

Class Description

"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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