Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Keeping Your Gear Organized

So this is, we're about to go for our first flight. Now, one of you said, now, I was mentioning the different copters, and one of you said, oh, but this one comes with a backpack or whatever, and that's true of some of these. You can get 'em with backpacks, and they're kinda custom made. What happens when you start flying commercially is you just end up having... I just told you to buy $1000 worth of batteries or accessories. And you just end up with so much stuff. So one thing that I found works the best for traveling. Some of you, hopefully, will be going to cool places and filming cool things, and what I find that works the best is some sort of solution that's a backpack that goes into a flight case. So this one for the Inspire. There's a few different makers. This is Go Professional cases. And they make a ton of different cases for, like, all the DGI copters. I think they make 'em for 3DR. Not quite sure, but they have 'em for all the DGI. And this guy right here is a backpack. It'...

s huge. People definitely look at you funny when you're walking around with this. Even that one, they think I'm, like, in the military with that one right there. But, so, I mean, not that they look at me funny. They probably look at me with, yeah, anyways, but, so, wondering why I'm not, you know, more fit or whatever. And so, oh, it's a drone operator. Okay. So this is, this is great because it stores everything, plus it's got tons of places for your batteries, your camera. And then from there, you've got a flight case right over there that it just goes right into. And then nice, big accessory pocket here for stuff. You know, like, I put stuff in here like, sometimes I'll use an external monitor. And so, like, I'll put, this is... I'll just show this off now. I have this shoulder stock thing here that I can put an external monitor. This is when I get weird looks is when I bring this out in, like, a hotel lobby. They're like, what are you doing? But, yeah, this is kinda neat. So you can have, say, your iPad app showing you all your camera settings and whatever, and then you can actually send an HDMI out of that and have just a dedicated screen that is clear of all that mess, and you can just use it for creatively framing up your shots. I love this thing. It's, like, 20 bucks on Amazon. I don't even know what you, I think it's, like, some of the guys here in CreativeLive use 'em, actually, for just holding DSLRs. Works really well. With the Phantom, like, I'll just fly with it. I'll just put it, I'll just check it. Now this is actually probably a little bit bigger than what you'd try to put it in one of those. But I had no problem flying with this. Put it in the overhead. The nice thing, it's got all the places for the batteries. You know, and, you know, one thing I'll say, it just goes with packing up, like, with regular kinda camera gear, is, like, make sure you kinda have a place for everything, everything in its place, because there's so many bits and pieces. So I just know, real quick, if it gets bright, I come out here, and I've got my first person view goggles. These are also a great accessory. But these are Zeiss Cinemizers. And what I thought used to be kind of a luxury item... That's what I was saying kind of double things up for your accessories. These'll run you about six, 700 bucks, but they've got a great screen on 'em, and you look like a super nerd when you're out. So you kinda hold these. And actually, I'm able to see up, and I'm actually able to see down. It kinda looks like I'm flying just full-on first person view, but the nice thing about these, you can get a sun shade for them, but it enables you to look at your iPad and look at the sky. Specifically, that's your sight line. And sometimes, you know, when I come in for a landing, I can still see it, but I can easily just throw these over my shoulder or put 'em in my shirt. But again, these are the kinds of things where you're like, you know, like, you've gotta get the shot, you've got maybe talent, in the case we were filming surfers the other day, and you're up there and you're like, ugh, I can't see. I've got this crazy glare. Reach for it and you got it, you know? And then what you can do is just find, like, a pelican case. If you find a backpack like this that you don't wanna take on the airplane, just find a pelican case that'll fit it, throw it in there, and it's perfect. I really like that one-two punch of the backpack and the flight case. It works. That's what I did when I went to Iceland. I got a backpack and I just put two tiny little, two of the smaller drones that I had in there, flight case, I'm good to go. And then when it comes to battery charging, that's the one thing with these intelligent flight batteries. There's not great... Some of 'em will have a... Like, with the Phantom 4, I actually found a multi-charger. So with the Phantom 4, I actually found a multi-charger where you can charge four at a time. It's made by a company called Skyreat. But it's on Amazon. It has really good reviews. It's S-K-Y-R-E-A-T. And it has good reviews. I, you know, for the first few charges, I was, like, really, like, hovering over it to make sure that it was, because it was just sort of an off-brand sorta thing. But it, I haven't found one of these for the Inspire, and I suspect it's just because of the power needed for the Inspire batteries. But you will see that there are, there's a charging hub for the Inspire, but it charges 'em one at a time. So its only real advantage is that you don't have to, like, have more than one charger, and you don't have to monitor, like, oh, I need, now it's time to charge the other one. But if you're out in the field and you, like, what we did the other day is we went to Santa Cruz, filmed surfers. Then we took a lunch break. We went into this restaurant and just started plugging in all our stuff and charging everything. But within an hour or so, we had everything back up and charging. What I do with the Inspire is, it's an added expense, but it allows you to charge quickly, is I buy one charger per battery. That's a lotta chargers. And so I've just got this dedicated think tank. This is the international traveler bag. I usually use this when I fly international with my regular camera stuff, but I'll change it up just to be a, like, just a charger resource kit. So it gets to be a little bit ridiculous. You can kinda see where, why things are going smaller. 'Cause even this is smaller compared to what we used to carry around. I mean, we... RS1000 has eight motors and we took that to the Philippines, and we had to take it apart, and we had all this charging equipment, and just amazing. I mean, I remember we were going to this really remote location, it was in the southern Philippines, and we, I mean, just trying to get our copter out there, and we had to have it, like, in flight cases. Whereas, like, if you had a Mavic or a Karma, you just flip a thing and you're good to go and you're getting incredible footage. So content is king, and so if you can get away with less then it's always more. So one key piece of gear. I just got this thing, and it's kinda funny in one way, but it's become, like, one of our most used accessories, is a landing pad. And you see guys, like, hand launching these things all the time and hand catching them, which is fine, and the reason why we're doing that mainly is because we don't wanna get dust into the camera sensor, onto the lens, etc., onto the components. But this honestly is so much nicer. It's, you know, like, there are reflector dishes when we're out in the field filming people or whatever, they've basically taken this and taken that same kinda deal where you just fold it up, and it has a weighted ring. So if, we were out in 25 mile an hour winds the other day, as you'll see in some of these videos, and you'll see this thing out there, and we didn't have to stake it down. You know, and it just folds out. Yeah, and, I mean, before we used to take, like, fold-up tables and all this stuff, and now actually this thing fits right inside that case for my Inspire. So when I fly with that, I check everything onto the airplane, obviously except the batteries. But that thing'll fit in there, and then when we're hiking up a trail or whatever, we've got that, got that over our shoulder, we're good to go. It even has a... It's made by Hoodman. They make other things for the photo industry. They make, like, lens wipes and... They'll make hoods for the iPad, as well, you know, to keep the glare off. But also the other day when we were in Santa Cruz, like, we were all confused which way was north, south, east, west. It sounds silly. But because of the way that the bay was or whatever, we were like, there's no way that's east, or there's no way that that's west. But if we were smart about it, we would've been like, nope, here we go, all right. Now, there's no question, right? So it's kind of a... It might seem like a non-needed thing, but after you've had to send your camera in to get the sensor cleaned, you know, you come back and you're like, oh, the footage is gonna be amazing. You come back and it's got spots everywhere. That's when something like that really is helpful, so...

"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.