DJI Phantom Quadcopter Drones Aerial Photography & Video Handbook

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Drones Aerial Photography & Video Handbook
by Colin Smith

Photography and videography have been revolutionized by the use of UAV Drones.

The DJI Phantom Series is by far the most popular civilian drone and is revolutionizing an exciting new industry. These little quadcopters are affordable and easy to fly.

In this fully comprehensive guide, Colin Smith coaches you through everything you need to know to fly precisely and safely. Learn Quadcopter basics and exercises designed to help you become a better pilot. In studio and on-location lessons will get you there in a clear and easy to understand way with stunning HD video.

Learn how to fly correctly and shoot the best video and photographs. Learn how to edit photos, panoramas, HDR and video for the best results. Learn to work in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and GoPro studio, even if you have never edited video before.

This fast loading DVD ROM contains over 9 hours of crisp video! The easy to use, newly updated interface allows you to instantly jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback.
The Author
Colin Smith is an award winning digital artist, best-selling author, and trainer. Colin is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online
community which has received over 30 million visitors.
Colin has Authored/Co-Authored 19 books including
Video in Photoshop for Photographers and Designers, Complete Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers, New Masters of Photoshop 1&2, How To Do Everything With Photoshop CS2 and Photoshop Most Wanted.
He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice.
Colin has been featured in almost every major digital imaging magazine and is in high demand as a speaker. He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe.

Lessons Include

Flight Control
How to set up your DJI Quadcopter
Covers Phantom, Phantom 2, Vision and Vision+
Care and feeding of Batteries
IOC and advanced Flying modes
Satellites and ATT modes
Firmware updates and Calibration
The Phantom Line of Copters
First Person View
Setting up and using the DJI App
Flying for Video and photography
Skill-building Flight Exercises
Editing photos in Photoshop
HDR and Panoramas
Editing Video in Photoshop
Premiere Pro Crash Course
Stabilizing Video in Premiere Pro
Removing Lens Distortion
Using the GoPro Studio Software
Conversations with the Pros
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All Lessons

Introduction and overview

A glimpse of what is in store for you on this epic video training manuel- Colin welcomes you. 

The DJI Phantom Lineup

A look at the DJI Phantom line of quadcopters. The differences between the different models. Which is best for you?

Quick Start Guide

No fuss, from the box to flight, the bare essentials to get flying ASAP 


The care and feeding of batteries. How to safely use the batteries, very important safety information

Propellers Assembly

How to attach and change props. Self tightening and regular.

Propeller Guard Assembly

How to mount prop guards and why do you need them? 

Camera Mounts

How to attach and detach camera platforms. How to install bushes

GoPro Attachment

How to attach a GoPro to the DJI Phantoms

Micro SD Cards

How to install Micro SD cards and which ones to get

Hard-Shell Case

How Colin likes to transport his Quadcopters

DJI Assistant Software

Update firmware and software calibration

Connecting Vision App

Connecting your mobile device to your Phantom vision camera for FPV (First Person View)

Renaming Phantom Wifi

Learn how to rename your copter.

DJI Vision App overview

The free app for iOS and android, tutorial on the apps features and use

Using DJI Phone App

Flying with the app, telemetry, radar, and shooting controls, Panorama and HDR

FPV Goggles

Using the Epson Moverio see-through goggles

Safety Briefing

Fly safely and responsibly and no one gets hurt

Flight Control

How to control the Phantom Quadcopter, how it flies

Satellites and Calibration

Calibrating your Quadcopter and using satellites for stability and marking your home base 

First Flight Exercise

Your first controlled flight and a very basic exercise to get the feel for your new quadcopter

Square Exercise

Two exercises to help you get the feel for flying in straight lies and for basic copter orientation

Circle Flying Exercise

How to fly in circles and camera orientation, Two exercises for you to practice

Figure 8 Exercise

Two advanced flying exercises, learn to control your copter and to control the camera with precision

Recovering From a Crash

It's not the end of the world if you crash

Return to Home

Using the built in return to home failsafe

Enabling IOC Flying Mode

Use the Intelligent Orientation Controls (The switches on your controller) for different ways to fly

IOC Flying Modes

Attitude, GPS, Course Lock and Home Lock demonstrated

IOC Shooting Tricks

Using Course Lock and Home lock to get different types of shots

Course Lock

Fully Automated Robotic Flight

Flying on Location at Beach

On location at the beach, we go for a fly and see what we can see. Shoot some video and photos

Aerial Panorama at Beach

How to shoot a panorama on location

Car Chase

How to shoot while following a moving object, on location

Aerial Camera Moves

Some different cinematic camera moves. Simulating dollies and cranes. An on location sports car shoot


DNG vs. jpg

What is the best format to shoot photos on your Vision camera?

Enhancing Aerial Photos in Photoshop

Getting started in Photoshop with aerial photographs. What most images need

Photo Lens Correction

How to correct the lens distortion with Photoshop 

Aerial Panorama

How to create stunning aerial panoramas with your Phantom and Photoshop

Tiny Planets

Have some fun with your panoramas and create tiny planets

HDR Photoshop

How to make a true HDR with your aerial photos to bring out a ton of detail and dynamic range

Using MacPhun Plug-ins

Use Intensify Pro and Tonality pro to bring our texture and details in your aerial images

Still Images from Video

Different ways of extracting still images from video

Video Camera Raw

Use Camera Raw as a powerful video adjustment tool

Color Grading in Photoshop

How to use Photoshop to easily create different cinematic color grading on your videos

Photoshop Video Editing Workflow

Part 1 of 5. Getting video into Photoshop and basic cutting

Photoshop Video, Time

Part 2 of 5 of our project. Change time with slow motion and sped-up time

Photoshop Video Color Grading

Part 3 of 5. Using Photoshop to color grade our project using adjustment layers

Photoshop Video Music

Part 4 of 5 adding sound. Specifically music to set the mood. 

Photoshop Video, Tilting and Export

Part 5 of 5. Create titles and overlays. How to export the final video for online and mobile viewing.

Premiere Pro

A 30-minute crash-course for Premiere pro for beginners

Stabilize video in Premiere

How to use Premiere pro to stabilize shaky footage

Video Lens Correction

How to fix fish-eye and lens distortion in Premiere Pro

GoPro Studio

A crash-course on using the free GoPro studio software for enhancing and editing video

Russell Brown: Perspective

Dr. Russell Brown talks about new perspectives quadcopters are offering the photography industry

Russell Brown: Creativity

Creativity is what the game is about now

Russell Brown:Breaking Rules

Learn what this Adobe Professional has to say about Breaking the rules

Russell Brown: The Future

What Russell thinks the future may hold for Aerial Photography

Russell Brown: Processing Images

Some tips on processing images from one of the world's top pros

Mark Johnson: Custom Modifications

Mark Johnson shows you his crazy contraptions and modifications to make a unique and accessorized flying experience

Romeo Durscher: First Person View

Romeo demos the Epson Moverio FPV goggle system

Romeo Durscher: Travel Tips

Romeo shares some valuable travel advice for your DJI quadcopter

Jeff Foster: Video

Jeff Foster discusses shooting video with quadcopters

Colin Smith: Moving and Positioning Your Copter

Colin discusses creative ways to position your copter to get unique shotst

Colin Smith: Portfolio and Travel Tips

Colin opens up his portfolio and discusses some images. Also, traveling advice is discussed

Colin Smith: Video Tips

Colin gives you one last word of advice on shooting stable, high quality video with your Phantom copter

Final Thoughts and Further Resources

Colin gives you some final thoughts and valuable resources.

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