In the past two years, the aerial cinematography industry has really taken off (get it?). What was once only an option for people with sky-high budgets (okay, I'll stop) now has a delightful low-cost for entry-level equipment. With that said, piloting drones and snapping off great shots is far more complicated than owning the right gear. In fact, there's a veritable plethora of information that you should know before your drone ever leaves the ground. Luckily, our friends over at CreativeLive have you covered. In their upcoming course, Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Video, Jeff Foster will teach you everything you need to know in order to get started with aerial cinematography.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with CreativeLive, they're an online education outlet that provides multiple-day seminars covering a variety of creative topics, everything from photography and filmmaking to audio production and finance for creatives. What sets CreativeLive apart from the multitude of sites where you can purchase topical seminars is that the CreativeLive seminars stream live over the internet, and those live broadcasts are completely free to anyone who wants to participate. The online audience can join the chat room for any given live class and interact with the instructor in real-time. Cool stuff.
Now that that's out of the way, here's a quick teaser for Jeff Foster's upcoming course, which starts first thing tomorrow morning.
Here's a quick look at the topics that will be covered in this course.
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.
And here's Jeff Foster talking in-depth about the kinds of things that he will be covering in the course.
Taking Flight is a two-day course that starts tomorrow morning (July 21st) at 9am PST. In order to get yourself signed up for the course and for an in-depth look at what will be covered, you can head on over to the course page, get yourself registered (for free), and download the syllabus. Additionally, for those of you who can't make the time to participate in the live class, it will be re-broadcast for a day or two following the live webcast, so tune in when you get the chance!