Drones: Learn Aerial Photography and Videography Basics

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46 Lessons (2h)

  • Safety and Common Sense
    FAA Regulations
    Three Main Rules to Follow
    Flight Log
  • Flight Training
    The best quadcopters for learning to fly under $50.003:11
    Basic Controls
    Maintaining and Regaining Orientation
    Maneuvers to Practice
  • Choosing an Aerial Platform
    Build or Buy?
    Multirotor Configurations6:42
    The DJI Phantom Sweet-Spot2:30
    DJI Phantom Versions Comparison4:03
  • First Person View (FPV)
    Video Downlink Demonstration and Setup Guide
    Longer Range Options (Dragon Link, LightBridge)
  • Phantom Firmware and Settings
    Updating Firmware
    Gimbal Limits2:18
    Advanced IMU Calibration2:16
    Advanced Modes3:38
  • Recommended GoPro Settings
    Video Settings
    Photo Settings
  • Preflight Checklist, Takeoff and Landing
    Preflight Checklist PDF
    Equipment Check and Packing
    Compass Calibration
    Takeoff and Hover Check
    Ground and Catch Landing Demonstration
    Fail-safe Demonstration
    Situations Fail-Safe will Fail
  • Aerial Video & Photo Processing and Editing
    Lightroom Workflow3:57
    Photoshop Workflow1:51
    Final Cut Pro X Workflow3:21
  • Using Aerial Imaging to Tell a Story
    Aerial Video Shot List1:02
    Best Still Photo Tips2:21
    Supplementing a Project with the Aerial Perspective
  • Traveling with your Quadcopter
    Best Cases for Travel1:01
    Multirotors and Airline Travel2:06
    Dealing with Customs
  • Final Thoughts, Resources and Inspiration
    Troubleshooting & Tips – Avoiding Prop Shadow and Jello
    How to Fix X1 Tilt Lever on Phantom 2 Transmitter
    5 Inspirational Aerial Films
    My Recommended Setup: Complete Parts and Price List
    DJI Ground Station
    DJI Phantom 2 FPV over Frozen Ririe Reservoir
    DJI Inspire 1 Review + Download 4k Sample Footage and RAW DNG Stills
    DJI Inspire 1 Quick Tip #10:40
  • Updates
    Inspire 1 Crashed in Cold Weather + Repair Process

Capture Stunning Aerial Footage Using a Quadcopter

Mark Richardson


Mark Richardson is a full time photographer and videographer who has built custom multirotors and has been capturing aerial imagery for over two years. He's traveled worldwide with his current quadcopter, (an Inspire 1) and has mastered the techniques for getting stunning aerial shots while maintaining safety. Mark has hundreds of hours of multirotor flight time under his belt, with a zero crash record on the Inspire 1.


The secret to filming stunning aerial videography? Drones. Capture dynamic footage formerly only possible via helicopter or plane, and more efficiently and inexpensively than you thought possible. You'll master the essentials of drone-powered videography--ranging from drone flying safety measures to footage editing techniques--and will be ready to turn out polished videos guaranteed to impress viewers by course's end.

  • Use drones to capture aerial footage w/ over 2 hours of content
  • Understand important FAA regulations & safety tips
  • Learn how to maneuver a drone like an expert
  • Choose the right drone
  • Utilize first person view (FPV) to craft dynamic footage
  • Understand important safety measures for flying drones
  • Edit your footage in post-processing
  • Effectively use your aerial imaging to craft a story
  • Travel w/ your drone without any fuss


Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels


  • Unredeemed licenses can be returned for store credit within 30 days of purchase. Once your license is redeemed, all sales are final.
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