Some MTI geeks have come up with something I never expected to see – a drone rim light. This light does not require a light stand; it flies! The light is held by a quadcopter and moves automatically to provide the percentage of edge or rim light the photographer specifies. If the subject moves, so does the light. Likewise if the photographer moves, so does the light. The photographer chooses the width of the light by choosing a percentage. The drone does it all automatically. This could have easily been a fill light, back light or another. In fact the inventors envision a whole fleet of drone lights.
The airborne demonstration is set to debut next month at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging. We’ll post a video as soon as possible. But before gaffers and lighting directors start worrying about their jobs, I see a few minor problems.
Danger. Do you really want 4 spinning blades so close to a person’s eyes? Most rim lights I’ve set up are ten or twelve feet from the person’s face. Your video production insurance is bound to rise.
Expense. Would you really rather spend a couple thousand dollars on this as opposed to $50 for a Lowel light stand? I’d rather hire an assistant and say “move the light back a foot.”
Noise. Would you want the noise of 4 spinning fan blades in your studio during a shoot? This would make it harder to communicate, ruin the audio track if you’re recording sound, and spoil the intimacy the photographer tries to establish with an actor, client or model.
Light Control. How do you scrim or flag this light? I guess you’d need another drone with a combination scrim, flag and colored gel arm. That’s gonna add a couple more thousand!
Sorry, but the Jetsons had better ideas.
Drone Case Settles This is a still from the video for which Pirker was fined. The full video is available in the link below. This case has finally been settled. In 2011 Raphael Pirker had been fined $10,000 by the FAA for using a Zephyr drone to capture aerial shots of the University of Virginia […]Read More
New Super 8 Film Camera with XLR audio and digital technology. First new Super 8 in 30 years.Read More
The Lytro Cinema camera captures all the rays of light within a scene. This may not sound unusual, but no other camera can do this. This provides enormous power to the creative process. Every pixel is captured with color properties, directional properties, and its exact placement in space. This creates video in a 3-D space […]Read More