Drones 101

with Mwita Chacha

28 minutes
10 videos

Take your photography and filmmaking to new heights with one of the most versatile tools in filmmaking - drones.

About This Course

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … a drone! With the help of international filmmaker and course instructor, Mwita Chacha, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get a drone in the air and film beautiful cinematic videos. From basic drone handling and calibration to flying techniques, editing tricks and more; this course will empower you to fly drones confidently and expand your creative repertoire. On top of all the fun stuff, you’ll also learn drone etiquette and how to approach local laws and safety regulations.

What You'll Learn

  • How to pick the best drone for you

  • Basics of control functions

  • Safety guidelines and regulations

  • Types of drone shots and how to get them

  • Advanced flying techniques

  • Calibration and camera settings

  • Creative editing tips

Watch Some Samples

We've pulled out a few clips to give you a better idea of what to expect in the course

Course Breakdown

Chapter 1

Overview of Drones

Drones, Explained

Mwita Chacha introduces the course and shares a brief, recent history of recreational drones.


It’s crucial to stick to the local drone laws at your destination. In this lesson, Mwita shares the general rules you should stick to when flying your drone and some useful sites for more location-specific advice.


Mwita shares some etiquette guidelines so that you can enjoy flying your drone without negatively affecting the people and wildlife around you.

Chapter 2

How to Fly Your Drone

Why Get Drone Shots

It's easy to get carried away when capturing drone footage. In this lesson, Mwita shares why drones are a great vehicle for delivering a sense of place and how not to overuse them in travel videos.

Flight Prep

Get your drone out of its case and learn how to set it up, ready to fly and capture cinematic videos.

Types of Shots and How to Get Them

Learn how to achieve a variety of shots, from the fundamentals, like a slow push in or out, to the more complex techniques, like circling a subject.

Advanced Creative Techniques

Once you’ve collected your fundamental shots, Mwita shares several more creative techniques you can use to capture a scene.


Learn vital tips and tricks for how to edit the settings on your drone.


In this lesson, Mwita illustrates how drone footage can be used to enhance your travel videos and shares techniques for manipulating your footage to achieve cool effects, like drone boomerangs.

Chapter 3



Meet Your Instructor

Mwita Chacha

Mwita Chacha

I'm Mwita Chacha (Mwee-ta Cha Cha) and I’m passionate about telling visual stories that inspire action. Virginia is my home, but my roots are in Kenya and Tanzania.

Mwita Chacha

Drones 101

with Mwita Chacha