Stunning Aerial Videography and Photography Using Drones

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Stunning Aerial Videography and Photography Using Drones

Course Description
The leading drone / aerial videography course on Udemy. Check it out to see why…..

WHAT? – This course’s focus is on how to make stunning aerial productions both from filming with a drone initially and then from impactful editing afterwards.

WHO IS IT FOR? – For videographers, photographers, hobbyists and professionals alike that want to learn how to make amazing aerial videos and photos.

“Packed with Detailed Instruction

Bruce is an exceptional aerial filmmaker and an exceptional teacher. The level of detail in this course is outstanding. If you are serious about using drones to tell better stories in your productions, this course is for you! Bruce will teach about how to use the tool of a multirotor to move the camera in ways that may not be obvious but can have a big impact on your productions. This is a premium quality filmmaking course for the age aerial photography and videography.” ★★★★★ Mark Richardson


Have you seen stunning aerial videos and photos and wondered how is that done? Perhaps you have a drone already and want to take your aerial productions to the next level for your hobby or business? This extensive course will take you on a journey all the way through from discussing; the merits of different drone types for aerial production; some basic flying skills for aerial imagery, to THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE CONTENT; a unique, structured way of thinking about, planning for, filming and then editing your standout aerial production. It will become a resource for you as well as a course.

Stunning Aerial Productions Using Both a Drone and Editing Techniques

Basics – Legal, Safety, Planning & Some Core Flying Skills For Producing Aerial Imagery
A Unique, Structured Method To Guide Your Filming and Flying For Getting Impactful Footage
25 Design Principles For Creating Captivating Productions
8 Step Editing Workflow for Developing Your Final Product
The Time To Make Stunning Aerial Imagery Is Now

The ability to video and photograph the world from a unique, breathtaking, aerial perspective, using a drone is now available to all. The opportunities this presents for videographers, photographers, hobbyists and professionals alike is extraordinary.

There is a need to learn how to make standout aerial productions, to make imagery that will go beyond what will become the ordinary. Mastering these new tools now, to produce highly impactful results, will get you ahead of the game professionally and give you endless hours of enjoyment personally.

Content and Overview

This course covers basics from selecting your drone, editing software and aerial camera. It has some guidance on initial flying skills and exercises for producing good aerial productions.

The course then goes beyond the basics and introduces, with extensive aerial footage to illustrate the points, a unique framework to guide all your flying and filming missions. This focusses on the extraordinary outcomes you should be aiming for in your aerial imagery and the flying you should be doing to get those outcomes.

You are then taught how to plan your flying and filming missions using this framework. You are taken through a range of unique in-course and online tools & resources to aid you in this planning. You will learn through a real example to show you how to apply the framework and tools to plan a successful flight.

You will then learn how to take the aerial footage and turn it into a stunning video production. You will be introduced to 25 design principles to follow and a software-generic 8 step editing workflow. This will be demonstrated by using Final Cut Pro X, but much of the demonstration will concentrate on how to apply the design principles and framework to guide the creation of the aerial video.

What is this course NOT for? Though the course touches on some things to look into from a legal and safety perspective the course is not designed to be a guide on your local drone laws or how to fly & film safely. These are areas that you must know already or that you must go and master before considering implementing any of the techniques in the course. Also – the course is not hardware specific and is not designed to teach you about how to set up any of your own drone hardware or specific handling skills for that hardware.

Music Credit: to Promo Video – Peace by Redman, licensed under the CC BY licence – see tinyurl.c om/RedmanPeace

What are the requirements?
If you would like to try the editing techniques that are demonstrated using the provided raw footage then get access to some video editing software such as FCPX or Adobe Premiere
The course highlights some typical areas of legal regulation for flying and filming with a drone though it is not the primary focus of the course. It is expected that the students will, through their own research, become thoroughly familiar with the regulations in their own country – they will need to do this anyway in an ongoing basis as the laws are changing regularly.
Though safety points are discussed throughout the course it is also not the primary focus. It is expected that students will do additional research (or come already with the knowledge) in order to fly and film safely.
What am I going to get from this course?
Over 41 of those lectures have breathtaking flight footage to illustrate the points
6 tools for you to take away to help you with your planning, flying, filming and editing
Raw footage for you to practice the edit techniques with yourself
Understand some of the typical legal and safety considerations when planning your production
Choose the right aerial hardware and editing software for successful videos and photos
Identify the key flying skills, shot options, flight patterns and gimbal skills needed to produce amazing aerial productions
Successfully plan your flying trips to maximise your chance of getting beautiful shots
Set up your GoPro with its optimum settings for successful editing across a range of circumstances
Make creative ground based footage to enrich your aerial productions
Complete pre-flight checks before you start flying and filming both at the flying site and before
Learn 25 design principles to follow when creating your production
Complete the 8 editing steps, common to most editing software, in order to make stunning aerial productions
What is the target audience?
You are considering using a drone to make fantastic videos and photos and want to know what you need to do both in the air and on the computer to make standout productions
You may already have a quadcopter or other multirotor and want to take your video and photo production to the next level
You need an extensive resource of aerial video and photo production techniques (in the air and on the ground) to access as you grow your skills


Section 1: Introduction
Ready to start?
An Overview: Where to spend your time in this course and what to expect
How to find all this course’s materials in Udemy and give feedback and reviews
Section 2: Legal and safety
Legal considerations
EXTRA: For US drone flyers (a link to the FAA site about registering your drone)
Safety considerations
Safety and Legal
5 questions
Section 3: Choosing the right tools for successful aerial productions
Software Options For Aerial Productions
Drone Hardware Options For Aerial Productions
Recommended Camera Choices
Section 4: Key drone handling skills and their impact on your productions
Launching & Landing – different options
Different flying modes and how they effect your aerial productions
Line of Sight Flying skills – maintaining mental orientation
General flying movements to master to help with your aerial productions
First Person View Flying and Poor Reception
Challenges & cautions flying using a stabilised First Person View image
4 Gimbal Skills To Master
Section 5: What makes great footage? – Giving it feeling with Video Dramatics
Getting the shot – an intro to the Flying Framework for Outstanding Productions
Geographical Dramatics: The Beauty Shot – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Geographical Dramatics: The Cover Reveal – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Geographical Dramatics: The Discovery Reveal – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Geographical Dramatics: Movement – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Geographical Dramatics Concepts Quiz
5 questions
Geographical Dramatics: A flight with a view – (EXERCISE and sample video)
Flight Dramatics: Speed – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Flight Dramatics: Distance – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Flight Dramatics: Height – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Flight Dramatics: Spy-High – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Flight Dramatics: The Squeeze – (illustrated LECTURE points)
Flight Dramatics Concepts Quiz
4 questions
Section Summary & Flight Dramatics Quiz – (EXERCISE and sample video)
Section 6: How to fly to get great footage – Flight patterns to master
Introduction to “Flight patterns to master”
The Line – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Line – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The Crab – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Crab – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The Elevator – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Elevator – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The 360 – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The 360 – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The Arc – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Arc – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The Moving Object – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Moving Object – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
The Close Call – (illustrated LECTURE points)
The Close Call – (EXERCISE and example VIDEO)
Section 7: Pre-Flight Planning & Flight Day Management
Introduction to pre-flight planning
Selecting the location – resources to help with this and checks and guidelines
Planning how to film the flying location including a sun positioning tool
Using Google Earth and Maps to help you plan your flight
Ground Based Footage
GoPro Settings – What and Why
Check Lists For: Before You Get There & Preparing Your Launch Location
Check Lists For: Equipment, Initial Launch and Post Flight Management
Section 8: Design Principals to follow to edit your footage into something stunning.
Introduction to Wow Time
Design Principles: Video and Clip Duration – 4 Design Rules
Design Principles: Music
Design Principles: What must go?
Design Principles: Selecting and Positioning Content – Design Principle 1 & 2
Design Principles: Selecting and Positioning Content – Design Principle 3
Design Principles: Selecting and Positioning Content – Design Principle 4
Design Principles: Adding Annotations
Design Principles: Editing – Introduction and Principle 1
Design Principles: Editing Design Principles 2 & 3
Design Principles: Editing Design Principles 4 to 7
Section 9: How to edit your footage into your final production – An example using FCPX
Wow Time: Introduction to Editing Work Flow
STEP 1 & 2: Select useable clips and music
STEP 3: Mark up the music
STEP 4: Colour grade the clips
STEP 5: Rank order the graded clips
STEP 6: Sequence to the beat and clip the footage down to size
STEP 7 – ADD EFFECTS: Re-timing
STEP 7 – ADD EFFECTS: Stabilisation
STEP 7 – ADD EFFECTS: Transitions
Section 10: Conclusion
Congratulations! and a recap on everything we have learnt
My Recommended Flight Videos and Photos
Student’s Flight Videos

Instructor Biography
Dr Bruce Geddes, Aerial Videographer, Photographer and Learning Expert
Bruce is an aerial videographer & photographer with worldwide experience making outstanding aerial productions with a drone. He has made over 1000 flights, videoing and photographing with a quadcopter (including extensive build and maintenance experience). This has included being a guest pilot for Team-Black-Sheep, flying internationally over an ever growing list of countries.

Bruce has many popular YouTube videos and channel with 1000’s of hits. His videos have been picked up by numerous sites including BuzzFeed. He has extensive editing and video compilation experience using a wide range of tools including FCPX, Adobe Product suites, Davinci Resolve.

His main focus with this creative passion has been to develop an approach to both maximise the chances of him and others getting standout footage from every flight and also in how to turn that footage into stunning videos. This has resulted in development of a unique framework and methodology to guide flying, filming and editing.

Aside from producing aerial imagery Bruce’s life long passion has been in educating others. He is a learning and process expert with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology specialising in learning.

He has developed numerous methodologies to guide his teams and students. He was a Director for one of the world’s leading management consultancy firms providing learning services, and was responsible for the development of learning solutions globally. He is an expert in design and delivery of both instructor based learning solutions and eLearning solutions.

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