Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a bus driver/retired
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 article Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio (127 comments in total)
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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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(unknown member): 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 article Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio (127 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
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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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Vitruvius: If you have ever been close to one of these (and the model obviosly would be) you would know how incredibly loud they are, not to mention the obvious danger of getteing seriously injury from the blades. And you will be changing batteries every 20 to 30 minutes. Otherwise great idea though.

These guys were connected by a cord, so batteries not needed!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:13 UTC
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Oh, I see it now: Obama surrounded by whirring drones, each carrying a torch, to light up the president, each connected to 'his' own photographer, and then hell breaks loose as the drones crash into each other!

Why not use a regular studio lighting?! Soundless, not very dangerous (drones can go out of control easily, shedding propeller blades in the process!).

LED panels are even better, come to think of it!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:12 UTC as 23rd comment
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Miki Nemeth: Hey Tord,
This is a very interesting photo. I taped the flash-shoe lid exactly like you. What make of WIDE lens did you put on your 10mm lens? How do you like it? You have the 6.7–13mm either? Which one is better?
I am very much interested in your story that led You to buy a D600. As far as I understood, you had the V1 and you liked it so much that, you bought the FT-1 adapter and FX lenses, then a D600 as complementary body for your V1. Right?
All the Best and Thank You,
Miki

And the wide adapter is a Panasonic DMW-GWC1, which is taped directly to the front of the 10 lens (without the quick-change adaters that came with the Panasonic lens), as then the lens ends up to far from the 10. As a washer in-between I used a 49-52mm step ring (not screwed into anything)! Works great!

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 08:25 UTC
On GalleryItem:2563365 (3 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Hey Tord,
This is a very interesting photo. I taped the flash-shoe lid exactly like you. What make of WIDE lens did you put on your 10mm lens? How do you like it? You have the 6.7–13mm either? Which one is better?
I am very much interested in your story that led You to buy a D600. As far as I understood, you had the V1 and you liked it so much that, you bought the FT-1 adapter and FX lenses, then a D600 as complementary body for your V1. Right?
All the Best and Thank You,
Miki

Hi,

Not often I check my gallery, sorry about the tardy response!

First, yes, that's the way it was: I got the V1 (now a V2 as well), and that slowly progressed to a D3200 (didn't really like it) and ended up with a D600! Sold almost all my Pentax stuff to finance the deal, not sorry for a bit!

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 07:59 UTC
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