Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a busdriver/journalist
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, paint, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects', like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!

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On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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tt321: Does the wind/draught/turbulence need additional management?

Wind indoors in a studio is a non-issue, of course, but getting tangled in power cords, et cetera, is a real issue!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: Apparently, drones are great for taking landscape photos at public beaches. Who's getting theirs?

lemming2008: The drones have totally replaced helicopters in major movie making, and TV, flown by professionals. Hardly think using them over public beaches, filled with people, will be popular with law enforcement guys.

In many countries privacy laws only allows law enforcement units to fly over populated areas!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Why not make something simple, when it can be done very costly, and complex?!

A a voice-activated assistant, female, if you are a male, straight, photographer is much better in every way, as she can help carry your stuff, doesn't drone, and is great company!

A drone like these we see here are lousy conversationalists, and make a lot of noise, stressing, and distracting the model/child/dog/young couple in every possible way!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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RGBCMYK: I do see this as an option but think outside the studio, think about rim light on the edge of a cliff, prow of a ship, etc., yes you could get it with a boom poll but this could make for some interesting images as long as there was minimal wind

Where is that minimal wind over the prow of a ship? Ah, Titanic! But then you'd be better off with an underwater drone, I'd say!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 22:04 UTC
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Stephen McDonald: Just wait until one of those blades cuts off the model's nose. Of course, that couldn't really happen. Who ever heard of an electronically-controlled device that didn't perform perfectly?

More like damaging an eye, or two. A drone powerful enough to carry all that electronics (LIDAR, strobe, flashlight, RC gear, onboard computer), will surely have high-revving propellers, and most likely carbon!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
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Lukino: This would be really cool for a wedding photographer! Moving lights around without having to shout to a bored faced assistant must be a dream of some guys I know.

Oh, yeah?! A potentially lethal contraption, noisy as hell, in the middle of a wedding?! I would love to see what the insurer would say about that! a million dollar in damages if the drone goes out of control easily!

Remember that all the stuff the drone carries weighs a lot (LIDAR, strobe, flashlight, control electronics), and that flying a UAV at very low level in a densely populated area need a lot of safety features to be in place (like a safety pilot), and you need permits, and an insurance that covers it all — where can you get that?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 22:00 UTC
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ovatab: drones can also take pictures

Yes if they are big enough to lift a camera, transmitter, and ...

Probably better in this case to have the camera on the drone, and have the photographer run around with the lighting!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:52 UTC
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(unknown member): Uuuuuuuuugh I'm so sick of seeing those drones everywhere!!!
It's just a stupid fad for rich people who don't know what to do with their money!!
It's totally useless and also dangerous!!!

Wlad: Where can you get a $50 drone that can carry a LIDAR, a strobe, and a LED array (or whatever the flashlight was made of)?!

At least a kilo of gear, probably more!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
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vincent__l: Let me know when it's possible to mount a strobe, battery pack, and large soft box on the drone. That would take "voice activated light stand" to a new level.

A big drone, say a remotely controlled Ericson Skycrane!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
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falconeyes: This is what *research* at most-famous US lab MIT looks like? Toy projects which would be classified "product development" in any small engineering company in any developed country?

To remind people what research is about and why it is worth to spend public money on it: It is all about to push the enveloppe of what is understood, known and feasible. A copter-based flash was feasible years ago.

If this is how the best photos are taken by the photographer involved, I feel very sorry for the future of photography!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
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marc petzold: At first, it sounds nice, but after thinking a second about it...i'd say, the use into a studio is limited...the model could be distracted by the flying drone....the noise...then there we have the limited flight time (usually 8 to 15 mins), then there is the limited weight the drone could lift, and depending how powerful the flashlight/strobe is...well, it sounds yet as a toy project, but is research at the world-famous MIT...so perhaps in a couple years it might become reality...

Wonder who thought up the subject to begin with?! The US Army maybe, using IR-floodlights on drones to illuminate the targets for their snipers?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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Dheorl: Once you get to the point it's completely silent, you can say "to the left a bit and two stops down" and it never malfunctions it might be good. Until that point assistants win.

Also what happens when you want to you something other than a speedlight or want to use a modifier. Imagine how big a drone you'd need to carry a studio strobe and a 4 ft soft box off centre so it can clear the blade and not disturb the flight. The thing will be an 8 rotor monster. Interesting as a demonstration, and I'm sure the technology that comes out of it will be useful elsewhere, but I can't see it taking off in a photography studio.

Better hire a Chinook to begin with!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:42 UTC
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Photomonkey: Oh! the joyful buzz of the photo drone...

The screaming drone rotors, you mean ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
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Apewithacamera: Apparently, drones are great for taking landscape photos at public beaches. Who's getting theirs?

Are they legal to be sued like that on a public beach?!

I doubt that is the case anywhere, for numerous reasons, from the dangers involved, to incursion into people's private lives.

I wouldn't be surprised if it is only the authorities that are allowed to do such things, in most countries, anyway.

In the UK a guy flew his camera-equipped drone near a military installation when it went out of control and got fined over $5,000! In most countries you need a permit, to begin with, and then follow the regulations!

And you need to have a good insurance as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

'Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio'

Seems there is a total lack of real news at DPreview just now so they dig up whatever they can find in their wastebasket!

What about the noise, what about the studio's insurance, does it really cover models being sliced, cut, and minced by a drone?! Or models having gotten tinnitus from the infernal racket?!

I love drones, and RC planes in general, but one that is totally controlled by a computer is an insurer's nightmare! Are they even legal to use in a studio?! What does the EPA say?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:28 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Artpt: Cool....the underlying value is how robots can adapt to movement patterns and body position.....for a studio, applying a zero-point scooter and pneumatic lift with these algorithms would likely be more accepted in a closed space...

My point here is that the core technology can have an unprecedented impact when placed on a blank and open application canvas and given the room to grow...

FYI...Kleinrock, J.C.R. Licklider and Lawrence Roberts of MIT presented the first packet the first packet switched network in 1969....in 1971 it was conceived that the packets could be a form of electronic mailing to a growing number of universities......yadda...yadda...

DPR, please continue to push your boundaries and expand interests with other audiences...please also consult with MIT to create an app for your site...to filter out all the distracting negative comments....the humorous ones I would leave intact...those are fun read over...

Why not a little RC car carrying the stuff instead of a noisy drone?! Potentially dangerous as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
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Marty4650: In the future, one drone will take a photo, of another drone acting as the model, while a third drone hovers around with the lights.

You can file this nonsense under "we did it to prove it could be done, and we think it is very cool."

The fourth drone takes the video!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
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Scottelly: I wonder how they're going to mount the softbox.

A white airship with a LED array inside would make a perfect softbox!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
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bgbs: Wow I pitch that idea a year ago, and look its finally coming to fruition.

Where did you pitch it?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
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citizenlouie: This is more useful to me than a drone camera. I like the fact it tracks my position instead of me having to control just one more equipment. Always hate off-the-camera flash, because the need to carry one more tripod. (imagine this and do a 4-hour hiking). This should be interesting, if affordable then I might get one. Great new use of drone. Wish I could have thought of that.

This drone here was connected with a cord to the mains, to power the lamp (I guess), and you need a computer as well, another big weight (a generator would break your back, to begin with).

Not very portable I'd say!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
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