Have been messing around with quadcopters for a while now and while the primary use, so far at least, for these in terms of photography is of course aerial photography. I am yet to put a professional camera on my creation just yet but I had the idea of mounting a flash on it to enable some creative lighting angles and presumably not something that has been done before. I then came across a video by this modelling pioneer who had mounted some heavy duty LEDs on one of his machines.
So I have made my own version of this, fitted it to my quad and tried some experimental shots on some local trees. We’ve got lots of these in the New Forest. Initial thought were that it’s actually very hard to see the drone once it is in the air as there is a lot of glare from the LEDs. The thing is you can see where it is but not it orientation, which is crucial. Possible solutions are putting a ‘shade’ on the LED array or move up a level in flight controller to something that has GPS lock and RTH (Return To Home).
What’s more interesting than that are the possibilities for exploiting this new technique.
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