Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Flight Mode: Tap Fly

This next one's TapFly. This is an interesting mode because literally, DJI made it possible so that you could go to Best Buy, get yourself a drone, and not even know how to use the sticks to fly the thing. You know, have it automatically take off for you, tap on the screen where you want it to fly. Personally, to me, that's terrifying. (laughs) It's cool but it's terrifying. Because honestly, while it's a cool feature and while I may find ways to use it for filmmaking, you know, it's... It's better if you know how to manually control the drone. So what we're gonna do is, we're gonna play around with it, see what we can do with it. So one other thing to note about TapFly is that it's, DJI, in some of their, their videos on TapFly, they show it like, you know, say you're looking at a set of stairs and somebody's walking up the set of stairs, you could tap the direction that you want the drone to go, and if you have the object sensing or the object avoidance system on, it will know to not...

go close to that object. While that's amazing and great, like, again, while it may be very accurate, you always want to be ready at the sticks, to make sure that, in case, for some reason, it doesn't happen to see the object, that you're able to pull the drone back. Because oftentimes we're tracking people, and we just need to be safe, so. So okay, we're gonna go ahead and take off here. (drone whirrs) So I will go ahead for the purposes of this demonstration, it's worth looking at anyways, not something I normally recommend, is putting it in auto-exposure mode. But we're gonna do it right now. So right now, it's in video mode, we're gonna put it in auto. So to get into your intelligent flight mode, I call this sort of semi-autonomous, in this case. It's autonomous in the sense that it's gonna fly to where you point it to. I mean you have to put the input, but it has the sort of programming to then know where to go. Okay so there's some trees to the right now. I'm gonna go into that 'copter menu, go over to TapFly, and let's just head over to those trees. Now I just tapped over there and it's bookin' it, way over to those trees. And it's making me nervous. (laughs) So I'm gonna tap to the right, because I don't want to go over to those trees, because it makes me nervous. I'm actually gonna tilt, I'm gonna actually tap up in the sky, see if it'll climb over those trees. I'm gonna tap to the right. And now it's just ascending. Okay now it's descending. Now I'm gonna keep tapping to the right and having it turn around, basically. Again, you tap on the screen where you want it to go, it'll ascend, descend, and it'll use the obstacle avoidance system to make sure that you don't run into anything. Also, avoidance works really well on solid objects. Trees, I've heard, it has some trouble with. So again, use at your own discretion. Your mileage may vary. Yeah, your mileage may vary, right? Yeah, so the TapFly thing, I think it seems like it's a solid option when you're not trying to do a complicated move, like I think, just a simple ascension. I actually saw, like if you look at their product demo, they did it in like a forest, which, I mean, again, like if you have a lot of trust in the semi, the intelligent flight modes, like sure. But yeah, I dunno. It's kinda cool. This next mode though is probably one of my favorites, and that's, oh, you have a question, yes? So the speed of rotation is kind of dependent on where you tap? Yeah. Okay. Yeah and I've found that it doesn't really, it's not as well-suited for turns, because I'd keep tapping off to the right, hard right, hard right, and it would sort of like, at this point, we're not talking about cinematic moves anymore, you know? So yeah, I would say any time you want to rotate like that, that TapFly is probably not your best option.

"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.