Quadcopter Shines as a Photo Assistant

  • Apr 9, 2014 2:57pm GMT

Multirotors have huge potential in the photography industry as camera platforms, but they have other capabilities besides just carrying a camera.

Photographer Patrick Hall at fstoppers.com has blazed new trails by using his Phantom quadcopter as a lighting assistant instead of the typical camera platform. By mounting a remote speedlight to the aircraft Hall was able to light a lighthouse in an evening landscape scene in a way that has been nearly impossible to do.

An assistant would fly the quadcopter to the directed location and Hall would trigger the flash to create the desired lighting results. Hundreds of shots were fired with the quadcopter in different locations. Different elements of each image were then combined into one composite image using Adobe Photoshop.

Check out the attached video for a thorough explaination of the rig, the photo shoots, and the post-production needed to get his desired results.

For more information on unmanned aerial vehicles and their positive uses in all industries please visit the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International at www.auvsi.org