Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Video Downlinks And Monitoring Options

In this section, we're gonna really focus in on camera, camera skills. We wanna get, knock this out of the way, this is actually one of my favorite parts as a cinematographer, you know I work with cameras not just up in the air, but also on the ground, as well. And so this is something that sometimes could get overlooked is getting your camera skills dialed in. Not just your camera skills, but also knowing your camera equipment. Because you're not just buying a flying thing, oftentimes you're buying into the camera, you know? In the case of the Phantom, the Mavic, the Karma, well, the Karma you can use different GoPros, but they're essentially the same type of camera. So you want to know your cameras well to get the most out of them. So, without further ado, Camera Skills. Yeah, this right here is the camera setup on the Inspire. What's nice about it is that it has a little bit larger sensor than your typical sensor on say, maybe the GoPro or the Phantom, that does come with a little b...

it of an expense. This is the X5 Pro, there's a Raw version as well, that'll shoot raw video. So it's got a nice big sensor. This 'copter has taken the place of a lot of the work that, we have an S1000 that's an octocopter that we fly like a GH4 from. And while the GH4 produces a great image, this is so easy to get going and travel with and fly that we fly the Inspire a ton. So first off, video downlinks and monitoring. And I was thinking about this when it comes to if you're trying to decide what 'copter to buy. Because the one thing that, you'll be out there, like oftentimes with us in Colorado, we're out filming out in the snow. And it's just crazy bright and so sometimes, you just can't look, you can't see on these iPads very well. And so what we will turn to sometimes are external monitors with sunshades. And you know, so sometimes we'll, I'll just setup this additional kind of holder for my small HD monitor. Where is that guy? So, oh yeah. So the small HD monitor can sit right here. You know, I'll just mount it on here. This small HD also has a sunshade you can put up. So this ends up just being like right here. It's sunshaded, it works out pretty well. The other thing that well end up using that I've just started using is the cinemizer glasses, the Zeiss Cinemizer glasses. And that's these guys. And what they do, and again this is something that you wanna, on the 'copter that you're choosing and the system that you're choosing, you want, if you wanna use something like this, you wanna make sure you have an HDMI out. So in the case of the Phantom, that's an option. You actually buy an HDMI module that you replace the standard module here and it adds the HDMI out. So this cinemizer plugs into the back of that and then what you're able to do is, you can have, I think I might have mentioned this before, you can just have all your telemetry information, drone information, you know, camera information on there. And then you can send out a clean signal just to either your shoulder monitor or this monitor. And these are great, 'cause it's just like you're in the cockpit. And it was surreal when I was filming surfers the other day, and I was like there, and I'm just like, wait. It was kinda funny cause it's like, I'm waiting for the waves and they're waiting for the waves. And we were both surfing, it was cool. I was air surfin'. (clears throat) So the Zeiss Cinemizers are a real popular option. The image is very good. This is kind of a, something I've been playing around with. Have you guys heard of the Avegant Glyph? I think it was on Kickstarter. I was late to the party, I finally found out about it. And these are headphones that, have you seen these before? Yeah, these are headphones and then they've got the goggles here. I mean, the vision right here in the headset. And I will say that these use some sort of like retinal projection-like madness. It's above my pay grade. But, anyways, the image is really crisp and bright. The only downside of this is just it's a bit bigger to deal with. So they actually add this accessory so that you can kinda, (laughs) I look like I'm from Tron, you know, or something. So you've got this. Even though it's kind of bulkier, it actually does give you more field of view. Like this is pretty narrow, so you're able to see a lot above you and below you. I really like the image on this. But again, it's a little bit heavier to deal with, that's why oftentimes I just reach for these. But we're starting to have more and more options when it comes to monitoring options. And it's kind of a big deal. Like for a long time, we just deal with like glare and all that kinda stuff. But then you go back and you're like oh my exposure, like I really crushed the blacks. Like I don't have as much detail in the blacks as I thought. Or I really, you know, I just didn't have the exposure that I was hoping for. And no matter how hard you try, you're using, you know, exposure tools like histograms and you know, zebras, which help monitor whether or not you're blowing your high lights. It's just, sometimes there's, just, it's just great to really have a solid image that you can see.

"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.