Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos



Lesson Info

Get To Know Your Drone Remote Control

Knobs and buttons and sliders, oh my. So it's not actually maybe as scary as lions and tigers and bears, but I just wanted to kind of go through this a little bit before we get started. So this is something, I remember when we started getting into it, even with DJI, they weren't making transmitters. And you know, I fly when I'm flying remote controlled sail planes I fly Spectrum brand transmitters. And so we were taking those and kind of assigning certain buttons to do this, that, and the other. And that's great, especially to have that flexibility as you're getting into custom copters that are bigger and maybe have a lot of different features that are not sort of proprietary turn-key solutions. But you have to hand it to DJI and these other companies that are really starting to think about us photographers and videographers. So this right here, like I showed before, you've got right, left, front, back on the right stick. So right, left, front, back. You have on the left stick the yaw ...

control, the twisting control of the drone. And then you have up and down. So that most of us should know by now. And then right here, you know, you've got this nice mount for an iPad, this interface. Now the Karma right there actually has the interface already built in, I can show you that actually. It has it built in, I mean there's obviously an advantage to that, I mean how many times have you reached for your iPad and it's been dead, you know? So I mean, the thing is we use our iPads for a lot of things. That's nice about having something like this that you're not going to use for really anything other than flying. And then on the back, if we can get a close up, see right here we have some wheels. This one right here will either control the tilt, so the tilt of the camera, so yeah. So right here you've got a slider to tilt or the pan of the camera. A record for recording video, your different flight modes. Let's see, P stands for positioning. I always want to say program, and I think I said that in one of our pre-pro shoots. P is for program mode. That is a GPS stabilized mode and it also gives you lots of different flight modes, it opens up lots of different flight modes. And then we have S for sport, that's where with the Phantom 4 it will go like 45 miles per hour in this mode. 45 might not seem like that much but it's rocking pretty good, I mean with the new part 107, the FAA rule for flying commercially, we're allowed to fly copters up to 55 pounds or just under 55 pounds and up to 100 miles an hour. So, I mean that would be cool wouldn't it? And terrifying. And then A is attitude mode, so this is when your drone gives you an attitude. No, this is where it's not in GPS lock anymore and so if the wind's blowing, it's just going to blow. And there's advantages for these different modes. So yeah, this is not something to be scared of. Just like, throw it into a mode and see how it goes. And then if you're scared of attitude mode, it's getting away from you, just hit it into P mode and you're good to go, you're GPS locked again. So here's another configurable scroll wheel right here. It's typically for camera controls. You can toggle through, like in the case of the Inspire you can toggle through your shutter speed, your film speed, your ISO, your aperture. That was just something with our larger drones before, like we'd get down and we'd be looking through the camera I'm like, "Okay, the exposure looks pretty good." And then you get it up in the air and you're like, "Dang it," it's like, stop, it's totally over-exposed. Alright, bring it down. We got to the point where we were just like hovering over our heads and were like, you know, doing this. And like, trying to mind our fingers and stuff like that. So it's just, I can't tell you how cool. I mean, one of the reasons why the Inspire I think has gotten to be so popular is because of that. You just can't, if you're dealing with a production with a lot of moving parts you just can't deal with like, "Okay, no, hold on guys, you gotta bring it down, "on the exposure, blah, blah, blah." I mean, you're just getting a lot more keeper images when you've got this kind of control. Then you've got a play/pause button. You can actually review, it will cache your footage. You can actually look back, "Did I get the shot?" Then you've got a shutter button for shutter bugs in here, it's for us photographers. And then in the back depending upon the copter, you'd have connectivity to say an external monitor. Sometimes we'll use goggles if it's super bright out. We'll talk about how to use those safely so that you're not just flying first person view. So we have an HDMI port, various other ports, USB, things that are sometimes used for updating firmware, that sort of thing. And of course our antennas. I've heard that you want to keep these kind of, they kind of want to radiate outward. So in the case of the DJI antennas you typically want to keep them vertical. And that's really it, I mean, charge port, battery status, that's one super nice thing. You're starting to see with batteries, you see this in higher end film production cameras and batteries, is you hit this button once and it shows you, "Okay, I'm good to go, I'm ready to fly." 'Cause I'll open my field bag and I'll be like, "Are all my batteries charged?" You can just click and you'll see later that the batteries are like, "Alright, I'm good to go." Or, "That one needs to be charged." And then in the case of this one, there's a return to home button. That's the panic button, has other names too. So yeah, the return to home button. On the Inspire it actually has a little lever for raising and lowering your landing gear. So that's really it when it comes to knobs, buttons, sliders, oh my. And that will just give us better context when I'm kind of going maybe potentially quick, you know, not that I'll go quickly, but you might miss some of the finer points of flying instruction if we don't kind of already know how to navigate around those items.

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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