Category Archives Drones

Happy #TravelTuesday one and all! I’m Dave Williams, coming at you from Tallinn, Estonia where I’m exploring this old city in search of coffee, burgers, and awesome views! This week, I have a secret tip for your drone photography.



Everyone wants to know what they’re doing wrong, right? Well, here’s what you’re doing wrong! The top rookie drone pilot mistake, aside from flying in the wrong places (I won’t go there, though), is…

When people get a drone they go through actions not dissimilar to when they get a window seat on a plane. What us humans tend to do is take a photo of that place down below us, familiar to us, from a new perspective. We get on the plane and, as it takes off over our local city, we see things we recognise out of the window and shoot them for the sake of shooting them. It’s not a bad thing; I’m not saying that at all. If anything, it’s pretty cool to get that new perspective of such a familiar place and to see how things look relative to one another from up there. It’s tantamount to what we all did when we first discovered Google Street View—we suddenly had the technological ability to literally go anywhere we wanted in the entire world and despite that, we all did the exact same thing. We opened up the map, we took hold of that little man, and we all dragged him and dropped him into the exact same position: our front door! We like to see things from a new perspective; it’s clearly in our nature. This little trait we all seem to have rubs off in our drone photography and we need simply to be aware of it in order to avoid it.



When flying a drone, as I’ve explained in my KelbyOne class, we need to fly like a movie director. This means not simply lifting off and turning the camera to view the place we took off from. It means applying all that we know about photography, such as light, composition, and subject matter, and applying it to the new camera up in the air. It’s simply another camera, which is now removed from us—the same rules and principles apply.

Don’t be the passenger in the window seat. Make your drone photography stand out among the crowd.

Much love



How To Get The Cinematic Look From Your Drone Photography with Dave Williams
Learn how to translate techniques from movies into your drone footage for a cinematic look with Dave Williams! Dave travels the world shooting with all types of cameras, and especially his drones. In this class Dave teaches you how to stand out from the crowd by using your drone with complete creative control to fly like a movie director and create something truly cinematic. You’ll learn how to overcome limitations, do your research ahead of time, configure your drone’s settings for optimal capture, and practice the types of movements used in movies to capture the viewer’s attention and tell your story.

In Case You Missed It
Learn how to get your Mavic Air off the ground and configured for the best photos and videos it can capture! Join Terry White and Scott Kelby as they teach you everything you need to know before you fly – the apps to use, the hardware, phone setup, safety tips, and all the advanced features. Each lesson builds on the previous one, starting in the studio and then heading outdoors to see the drone in action. Terry and Scott wrap up the class with tips on transferring the photos from the Mavic Air and how to power it down. This class is perfect for anyone interested in drones or other gadgets.

Happy Friday, everybody, but here on the blog it’s also “Drone Love Day.”

I have the dji Mavic Air drone already on order, but sadly mine has not come in yet, but ya know whose drone not only came in, but he already made an awesome Unboxing and First Flight video? That’s right — the Duke of Drones, Mr. Terry White. Check it out below (and get all droney with T.):

At the end, he controls his dji Mavic Air using only his mind and some simple Vulcan hand gestures he saw on TV a few years back.

More Drone Love!
My buddy Dave Gales is an FAA-licensed Drone Dude (and ace photographer), and he wants to help other folks who are getting into using Drones, and so he created a new Drone info site called Drone FAQ, and he’s got comparison charts and reviews, and other helpful stuff. He’s just getting started, and he could use your support, so if you’d be awesome and stop by, say howdy, look around, we’d both be very grateful.

Here’s one of Dave’s shots he took to give you an idea of how small the dji Mavic Air is with it’s props folded:

Above: That’s some small drone, considering it can shoot 4K video, and make 32-megapixel panos, and pour 12 oz. of refreshment!

Above: By the expression on Dave’s face it appears that the underside of the dji Mavic reveals something naughty, so I wouldn’t look under there if I were you. 

Here’s the link to Dave’s new Drone FAQ site. 

When I do get my Mavic Air…
Unfortunately, I won’t be doing an unboxing videos (it’s been done) or looking at its naughty place (ditto), or putting it beside a can of Diet Coke (probably a bottle of Jack). Just wanted to see if you were paying attention with that last one.

Dave and Terry were on The Grid talking drones
Folks had lots of questions about Dave’s FAA license, and Terry fielded lots of questions, too and I was there strictly as eye candy, as usual. Check it out below:

Hey, do you guys at KelbyOne have classes on Drones?
You know it! We have classes on the dji Mavik Pro, the Phantom series and even the dji Inspire, but we’re already working on one for the Air, and a new cinematic drone course, which focuses more on creativity and techniques for creating beautiful stills and video (and not so much on how to fly). So, lots more to come. In the meantime, Terry and I did a course on shooting photos and video (and how to fly) the dji Mavik Pro. Check out the trailer below:

Here’s a link to the course.

Have a great “flying around in an unmanned aerial vehicle” type of weekend!