Introduction to Aerial Photography with Drones

A course by Santiago Arau Pontones
Photographer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 09/28/2018
, Photographer

Learn to document reality from a new perspective

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 79% Positive reviews (68)
  • 1197 students
Introduction to Aerial Photography with Drones

Learn to document reality from a new perspective

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 79% Positive reviews (68)
  • 1197 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (3h 41m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

In addition to recording moments, photography has the capacity to help us express emotions and, this is one of the aspects that captivate Santiago Arau -photographer and filmmaker, with almost two decades portraying the reality of the world-, to continue positioning himself behind the objective and look for new ways and perspectives, to show us their way of living every moment. Along with a myriad of photographs, he has also directed several documentaries, including Parhikutini and September 19 , filmed from the heights with the help of a drone.

The use of drones for photography and video, has completely changed the perspective of Santiago, in a literal and figurative sense, so, in this course, you will share your process to make still photography and video from above.
From your hand, you will learn the theory and practice of aerial photography with drones.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. History of aerial photography
  • U3
    U3. Photography with drone
  • U4
    U4. Drone video
  • FP
    FP Final project
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The first thing you will do is discover more deeply the work of Santiago Arau, who will tell you about the irruption of drones in his career as a photographer, as well as his main sources of inspiration.

Afterwards, you will learn a little more about aerial photography and drones: what they are, how they work, and what you should take into account when piloting one.

You will understand the difference between a drone pilot and a photographer, and you will see how to take advantage of all the functions of the camera so that your photographs are incredible. You will learn to take still photographs with a drone and, Santiago will share your process of editing and printing images.

Next, you will discover some cinematographic techniques and camera movements, which will be very useful to apply them to your video projects with aerial shots. And, finally, Santiago will give you some video editing and post-production tips.

What is this course's project?

You will make a photograph and a small clip taking into account all the framing tips and camera movements learned during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To photographers, amateur or professionals, and anyone interested in learning the narrative language of aerial photography.

What you need

Basic knowledge of photography is necessary.

With regard to the materials you must have a computer with a photo and video editing program. To carry out this course, it is not essential to have a drone, since Santiago will teach you everything you need about composition, framing and camera movements.


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Santiago Arau Pontones


The life of Santiago Arau revolves around photography. With more than 15 years of experience doing still photography and video, one of his last great professional milestones has been to begin in aerial photography with drones, which he has known how to take advantage of with impressive results. Although he has had the opportunity to photograph various parts of the world, and has been able to cover major international sporting events, in recent years, he has dedicated himself to documenting life in Mexico City, photographing from concerts to marches and demonstrations.

His aerial photographs have been published in different media, both national and international, such as the BBC, NY Times, The Guardian, El País, CNN, and various newspapers. In addition, his work has been exhibited in different countries such as Spain, the United States and Mexico.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    History of aerial photography

    • Brief history of aerial photography and the use of drones today
    • Legislation of drones
    • What is a drone and how does it work? I
    • What is a drone and how does it work? II
    • How does a drone fly?
  • U3

    Photography with drone

    • Drone App: DJI GO (Part I)
    • Drone App: DJI GO (Part II)
    • Fixed photography with drones (Part I)
    • Fixed photography with drones (Part II)
    • To fly! (Part I)
    • To fly! (Part II)
    • Retouching and publishing photos
    • Print
  • U4

    Drone video

    • 1, 2, 3 ... Recording
    • Video editing and publication
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to aerial photography with drones

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Introduction to Aerial Photography with Drones. A Photography, and Video course by Santiago Arau Pontones

Introduction to Aerial Photography with Drones

A course by Santiago Arau Pontones
Photographer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 09/28/2018
  • 79% Positive reviews (68)
  • 1197 students