How to Launch & Grow a Drone Business
Overwhelmed with commercial considerations, drone pilots often end up making poor decisions. In this business course, Drone U instructors and long time business partners, Rob and Tim show you how can you avoid just that. This exhaustive course is designed to SIMPLIFY the process of setting up and running your drone business. From getting started to introducing efficient systems and process, we dive into all possible nuances of a small business. Don't suffer from costly mistakes that drone pilots often make. Watch now!
Filters for Video & Photography
In our latest Drone U Hack video, Vic shares some Tips and Tricks for using filters the right way. When it comes to filters, there are a multitude of options to choose from. And, in order to get the best possible drone footage, it is imperative that you choose the right filter - and the correct camera settings. In this one course video, Vic shows you how to do just that. Tune in and help us HELP YOU grow your business.
Understanding the Exposure Triangle
Shutter Speed, ISO and Aperture are the three pillars of photography. In this one video course, Vic explains their inter-dependency. Learn how you can AVOID messing up your camera settings. Whether you are into ground photography or aerial photography, Vic has some Tips and Tricks which are guaranteed to give you the competitive advantage.
Common FAA & UAS Terms Defined & Explained
Confused with industry jargon? Vic Moss is here to help you out. In this one video course, Vic defines and explains commonly used FAA and UAS terms. Whether you are an established player or a new to the drone world, you are sure to learn a lot in a short time by watching this.
Night Photography Using a Drone
Wondering how you can get those AWESOME night shots with your drone? In this one video class, we have our resident "fly by night" pro, Vic Moss, showing you the nuances of night photography. Camera settings, weather requirements and editing tricks taught by Vic will be of great help to you. Instead of being daunted by the prospect of shooting at night, we urge you to watch this and learn from the very best in the industry.
Subject Tracking Fast Moving Objects
Subject tracking is definitely one of the COOLEST things you can do with your drone. Shot in beautiful Lake Pleasant, AZ, this course shows you how you can capture smooth cinematic movement while on the move. We share some TIPS and TRICKS which will help you master this skill. Don’t let the difficulty level discourage you. Watch and learn from Paul as he deep dives into subject tracking.
Shooting & Mapping Construction Sites
The construction industry is the largest employer of drone services. From pre-construction to project closeout, drone uses can help save time and cost across the entire construction life cycle. In this exhaustive course, we discuss some BEST practices which can help YOU fly a construction mission safely and accurately. What is the #1 focus on a construction site? You will also learn about hardware and software requirements, GCP's and client deliverables. Watch this to get started in the construction industry.
Cell Tower Mapping
Cell Tower Mapping is a lucrative but complicated field. In this class, we show you how to accurately map a vertical structure without compromising on safety. Learn about photogrammetry basics, hardware and software requirements, industry legalities, data processing and much more from the best in the industry. This class is loaded with Tips and Tricks guaranteed to give you the competitive advantage.
FAA UAS Symposium
Wondering what transpired at the 2018 FAA UAS Symposium? In this two video class, you will learn how REMOTE ID can potentially expand drone operations. Other topics discussed include UTM, BVLOS waivers and Complex waivers. This class will give you a "peek" into the latest developments which are shaping the future of the drone industry.
Editing Drone Video With Final Cut Pro
In this class we go over the nitty gritty of editing using Final Cut Pro. Editing is often the FACTOR that can uplift your footage from ordinary to extraordinary. Camera settings, hardware requirements, retiming, color correction and much more taught by the best in the industry will be of great help to you. Watch this and learn to create that killer client deliverable.
Ready to acquire great data for drone mapping and modeling? Join Doug La Farge and Paul Aitken as they go into all the details you need to know by using an actual project they are working on. This includes acquisition strategies for mapping complex objects, how to get better detail, accuracy, and facade detail, how to map large areas, how to use multiple flight paths to acquire higher quality maps, and how to process it all from start to finish. This class is loaded, so check it out to get your competitive advantage.
This may be one of the more fun and cool things to do with a drone. With Light Painting, you are taking lights and moving them around in a scene during a long exposure to bring out texture and dimension in a subject. Watch as we go through every step you need to shoot and edit light painting photos by having you join us on a project.
We are thankful to have one of the top drone photographers around. He sits down in this series of videos to go through his personal "hacks" as it relates to several key areas of drone photography. Whether it be aerial, editing, lighting, or Histograms, you're sure to learn a lot from a pilot like Vic.
Practice Drills & Exercises
We are often asked about some of the things Paul has done to help him improve his flying skills, especially when he was first getting started. This is a set of videos we've put together to help you improve your flying by doing a set routine of drills and exercises. Whether you're just getting started or have a lot of experience, we hope these help you fly better and with more confidence!
Flying Over Water
Flying your drone over water can generate some really awesome, unique shots for you. But it also comes with some challenges and a rather unforgiving landing zone. We'll go through exactly what we do when we fly over water so you can learn from our (costly) mistakes.
Phantom 4 Pro Don't Crash Course
Buying a new, expensive drone and then crashing it right away...well that just sucks! Let us help you make sure that does NOT happen with our Don't Crash Course made specifically for all you P4 Pro pilots. Watch this before you launch and you'll be off to a much safer start.
Hobby vs. Commercial Operations
Wondering the main differences between hobby (Part 101) versus commercial (Part 107) operations? This short course by Vic Moss will make it clear to you whether you need to get a Part 107 drone license or not.
Intro to Drone Thermography
If you're ready to take your aerial platform to the next level then it's time to add thermal cameras to your drone portfolio. Jon McBride from Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems will lead you through this course and help you open a whole new world of applications for your drone.
Operating Under Part 107
Getting your Certification was just the first step. Now you need to learn the nuances of operating under the Part 107 license. Tips, tricks, set-up, flight practices, checklists and all kinds of helpful information taught by an expert pilot will help you fly safe... and stay out of trouble!
Mapping with Drones 101
Don't let the '101' fool you. This thorough course will get you well on your way to starting or growing a mapping aspect to your business. The solutions are almost limited as it relates to mapping. So we've asked a mapping expert to create this for you so you'll know all you need to get going.
Mavic Don't Crash Course
This is our new, updated Don't Crash Course specifically tailored to the nuances of the DJI Mavic drone. If you own or are about to buy this great drone then you should be sure and watch this before you fly so you don't crash. It's a costly mistake you'll only make once.
If you want to get into FPV racing then you've come to the right place. We're so excited to have this course for you because a World Champion FPV racer is teaching it. Learn from the best (literally) as Shaun Taylor, aka 'Nytfury' teaches you how to get started in drone racing.
This practical training will show you the power behind this Adobe program so you can organize, edit and share your photos with relative ease. Lightroom is essential to any serious drone photographer.
Don’t Crash Course
If you’re brand new to drones then this is the course for you. Like we say, ‘Trial & error isn’t a strategy…it’s insanity.’ Don’t suffer from costly mistakes made because you don’t know what you don’t know, until it’s too late.
Advanced Aerial Videography
We say all the time, your ability to get smooth, difficult shots with your drone is what will separate great pilots from average ones. Learn how to get those shots in this class as Paul shows you exactly what he does & how he does it.
Vic Moss is one of the top drone photographers out there, and is gracious enough to train for us. Learn from the best how to capture the best photos using your drone.
Build a Drone
Ever wanted to build your own drone? It’s not for the faint of heart. But in this overview class, we sit down with Peter Dis as he goes through how to build your own drone.
This is a high level overview of things to consider & know if you’re interested in mapping. It will at least give you a “taste” of what mapping is like and can do in this fast-evolving niche.
Getting good photos is only half the battle in creating amazing pictures. You can make an average photo look amazing IF you know how to edit like a pro. So we asked the pro, Vic Moss, to show you all he knows.
Final Cut Pro X Basics
Paul gives you a run down of tricks he uses in FCPX to help with his video editing. This training may be fairly quick, but you’ll learn a lot in a short amount of time.
Real Estate Videography
Probably the most common entry in starting a drone business is shooting homes for Realtors. In this short series, Paul walks you through exactly what he does when videoing a residential home.
First Time Flying
If you are brand new to drones, this is a section to watch right away. It’s sort of the “crash course” of the “Don’t Crash Course.” Watch this and you’ll know the important basics of flying a drone for the first time.
Beginner Practice & Tips
Here are some great tips & tricks for the drone newbie. One of the biggest issues with drones is folks flying without knowing anything. Don’t make the same mistake, learn the very basics first.
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DJI’s New Mavic 2 – All You Need to Know About Last Week’s Leak!
Argos, a British retailer and a subsidiary of Sainsbury’s accidentally released details of the eagerly awaited Mavic 2 last week. DJI was to hold a press conference on 18th July to release the new Mavic 2. However, this event was postponed. Argos,...
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Revealed – Reasons Why I Am Getting One SOON!
DJI has sprung another surprise on drone lovers in the form of the compact and versatile, Mavic 2 Enterprise. DJI has added some powerful accessories to the Mavic 2 Zoom to come up with this new powerhouse drone. In this blog post, I will discuss how the...
Drones in the Agriculture Industry (And Why Some Farmers Are Hesitant to Embrace Drones)
SOME TIPS FOR DRONE PILOTS SEEKING WORK IN AGRICULTURE It is no surprise that drones are finding a home in the agriculture industry. Like the construction industry, the agriculture industry is constantly looking for ways to be more productive and...
How to Make Data Driven Decisions in Agricultural Drone Mapping
Understanding NDVI Mapping, False NDVI and Importance of Radiometrically Calibrated Data…. World population is expected to touch a mammoth 9 billion by 2050. This rise in population means that we have to look for newer and more efficient ways to feed...
Amazon Drone Delivery — Reality or Distant Dream?
Drone Pilot Field Kit
This "kit" is an important & helpful "tool" for any serious drone pilot as it contains documents best suited for handling questions & concerns raised by others not familiar with drone legalities. You should keep a copy of this on you at all times...
US Drone Laws by State
If you are in the United States and are unsure of the laws for each State then this is where you need to look. Know the variance in laws from State to State before you assume they are similar. You know what assuming does...don't be that person.