Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Video


Lesson Info

Advanced Aerial Photo w/ Stephen Wheatcraft

Drone photography and videography captures some of the most stunning images out there, but the tools, techniques, and gadgets used to capture the action are often confusing and difficult to master. Join Jeff Foster and special guests for an exciting and highly informative class and get a running start at unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photography.

In this course, you'll learn how to capture stunning aerial shots with an impressive range of aerial gear – including; 3D Robotics multicopters, DJI multirotors, GoPros, DSLRs and more. You'll get an introduction to the best tools for beginners and see demonstrations of the sophisticated gear used by the most in-demand professional photographers and filmmakers. You’ll learn essential skills for controlling a UAV flight; basic flight controls, necessary equipment for successful shooting, planning and lining up the perfect shots, flight prep and safety, waypoint navigation and more. You'll gain an understanding of the production and post-production techniques unique and essential to aerial photography – including how to stabilize video, create stunning panoramic photos, and remove lens distortion in your photos and videos.

If you're ready to explore this wonderful world from a new elevated visual perspective, then this is the course for you!

Guests include:
Colin Guinn - 3drobotics.com
Mark Johnson and Romeo Dursher - www.visual-aerials.com
Stephen Wheatcraft - www.aerovisionpro.com
Peter Sachs - dronelawjournal.com
Russell Brown - russellbrown.com

CreativeLive is proud to announce that Jeff Foster was a Bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for this class.   With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Congratulations Jeff!  

What You Will Learn in This Course

1. Gearing Up: Intro to Aerial

    • Jeff will take us through some of the various quadcopters and multirotors that are commonly used in the hobby/commercial photography markets today. Basic concepts of pre-flight prep, safety, equipment, and terminology will be covered for various disciplines.

2. Basics of Flight

    • Colin Guinn from 3D Robotics joins Jeff in demonstrating the basics of good flight, best practices to improve your skills and get those important shots you want!

3. Practical Application – Commercial Flight

    • Jeff leads off with some examples of fixed-wing drones used for various commercial and environmental uses, such as precision agriculture, search and rescue, firefighting and land surveying. Colin Guinn shows us how 3D Robotics is already addressing these important fields with advanced technology.

4. Advanced Flight for Film Production 

    • Romeo Durscher and Mark Johnson of VisialAerials.com to show us the S1000 octocopter and how to use it to get those high-definition aerial video shots that filmmakers demand. Stephen Wheatcraft then brings his S1000 octocopter in to demonstrate how he gets beautiful landscape panoramas with his setup. 

5. The Future of Drone Flight: Laws 

    • We will be talking in the studio with drone expert and visionary, Colin Guinn from 3D Robotics about his vision of the industry – where it has come; where it is today and where he sees it in the near future. We are then joined via a live video feed from Maine with drone legal expert Peter Sachs, Esq. To discuss the recent mandates and restriction imposed by the FAA in the US and what that means to the industry on a global scale.

6. Processing Aerial Footage in Post w/ Premiere

    • Jeff will show us some footage from the previous day's flights as well as some examples that might need a little “help” with stabilization and color correction, using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

7. Processing Aerial Photos in Post w/ Photoshop

    • We're honored to have THE Russell “Doc” Brown from Adobe join us for a head-spinning session in Adobe Photoshop CC with tips on working with drone-captured images and what projects he currently has brewing!

8. Processing Aerial Video in After Effects

    • Jeff returns to turn up the heat in Adobe After Effects to share with us some of his techniques for footage stabilization, lens correction, tilt-shift lens effects and much more!



  • <p>This is a great course! This workshop was very professionally put together. This was my first experience with CreativeLive and I was impressed at every turn with how well everything turned out. The content was engaging, the guests and instructor gave out many many useful tips on responsible drone operation... </p> <p>I can&#39;t say enough great things about this course. I&#39;ll be watching many of the segments over and over again to pick up all of the quick golden tips that were shared, as well as picking up the proper industry terms for types of shots, or piloting techniques. </p> <p>Very impressive! Thanks to Jeff Foster, his guests and the entire crew of Creative Live for making this happen. Simply Amazing!</p>
  • <p>Jeff is great. I love his adobe courses! However I thought the guest teachers were unneeded and at times gave conflicting information. Additionally I thought everyone, including Jeff presupposed that people watching already had a working knowledge if drones. I&#39;m a drone pilot going on 2 years now. A Emmy nominated TV producer and I speak at NAB and UCLA film school. When I&#39;m discussion any information with students or attendees I assume they know nothing and as I hit a system or term stop and provide a numerical breakdown of that system and definition of that term. That being said the class that I purchased here was great for me as it added knowledge to fortunately a product and system I understood but I feel true beginners are still going to need additional resources to truly learn about this new and emerging technology. If not for the moderator host much would have been discussed as common knowledge to the viewer but in fact the viewer would have been clueless. Is the course worth the money? Absolutely. As for a grade it gets B- Skip Fredricks www.skip-TV.com</p>
  • <p>I thought the first day was somewhat interesting, although the discussions over the DJI phantom were overplayed in my opinion. Once they got past the generalities, and past the simplistic Q/A interruptions, the conversation shifted to a DJI phantom feature chat. I felt the DJI feature chat was too long and the Q/A&#39;s worthless. The time the two DJI demonstrators spent on FPV &amp; viewing options was worthwhile. </p> <p>The commentator (sorry, name forgotten) should have edited out the dumb questions and should not have played the &quot;ringleader&quot; role. Had Jeff displayed a variety of model aircraft ranging from first time trainers (naming examples) to more advanced models, and had based his discussion on the differences in components, terms, purpose, and expertise required, the first day would have been much more instructive. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Wheatcraft&#39;s discussion and demonstration of his multi-prop copter. More time should have been given for him to identify system components and options that one has in multi-prop UMV&#39;s. </p> <p>I found no value in Colin&#39;s interview. There was no real substance in the interchange. The attorney provided value in presenting the legalities to those who hadn&#39;t been exposed to such information before. I felt that he or someone should have addressed the political side of things from the viewpoint of special interest groups, homeowner associations, cities/counties, States, and the FAA. Jeff and others used the phrase: &quot;check on the local regulations...&quot; Really? How does one do this? I also felt that a board member of a local flying club would have been useful. In summary, Jeff was great and I enjoyed the first day far more so than the second.</p> <p>In spite of my criticisms, I have recommended the course to others. Thanks for the opportunity to comment -- Tim </p>