Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Working with Talent

The shot right here, this was in Tainan. We met this really interesting eccentric guy who's a school teacher. And after he would teach at school, he would go to the beach, kinda be a beach bum. And he would just hang out and he made this like the shed, but then he made this structure of like wood that washed ashore. And he would just hang out and watch the sunset after he go work. And, so we met him and he was super excited that we had our S1000, our big octocopter with us. We just finished filming a little documentary in the Philippines. And we're like, oh we should got so we can catch today. And this guy was so excited, he was like, oh you guys fly drones. I made this huge thing. You should film me at the top. And so, normally what he had done, is he had made like this chair that he could sit and watch the sunsets you know with. And he's like, do you want me sitting up in the chair or whatever? And I was like, well I'm not gonna really be able to see you and so just before we kind of...

like talked about what the shot would be. And said, no don't look at the drone, because that's often times the thing that people are gonna wanna do. They're like, and it kinda just ruins the shot, you know. And so, like no, just trust us. We're not gonna hit ya. Just, ya know, and I think you guys saw that in my reel when we played it in the introductory part of the course. So, what we did is, we just set up in the back, on the beach and then just flew right to the right of 'em. We just had him look straight ahead and it just made for an awesome shot. The funny thing about that shoot is that, I mean, we weren't doing it for anything other then just for fun. But we hadn't thought about like charging our batteries and whatever. And as we, we're getting the copter set up, that was filmed with a GH4. And as we're getting the copter set up, I turn it on and like the battery was flashing red. I was like, oh this is so awesome. I don't want to miss this and so I was like let's not turn anything on until he's ready. So we turned it on, hit the camera on, hit record, and flew, we had one chance, we flew the shot. And as soon as we got past him, after like about a five-second pause, camera shuts off. And I'm like, I hope it saved it. 'Cause some cameras I think, you know, if you don't like stop it, they don't do it, like you can get a corrupt file. But, it saved it and we ended up with a shot. So, that's one of my favorite shots that we've done together and it was just happen to be like on a whim, like let's just go to the beach, you know, and see what's out there. And I mean, that just goes to show sometimes you just need to get out. I mean, you can get on Google Earth and you look around. But sometimes you just need to get out there and explore. So, there's a lot of fun things to film out there. So, working with talent, yeah, in the case when we're working with our runner Patricia, there was a lot of like, back and forth. Hey, wait, ya know, stop. You find yourself in the role of director sometimes. Often times, you find yourself in the role of director. So, clearly communicating to the talent, like what it is your trying to accomplish. Maybe they're running to fast, because of the wind we had. And maybe they're running to fast and you need them to jog. Yeah, maybe you need to have them wait. Maybe you're noticing that they're cold. Ya know, because it's windy and you don't wanna be so wrapped up in your thing that you forget kinda like the needs of the talent you're working with. So, just being mindful of that, just like you would anytime you're working with talent.

"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.