All photography by David Robinson. Used with permission.
Sometimes you need to get your lighting into some difficult places, but when was the last time you felt the need to mount your lights onto a drone? Well, that is exactly what photographer David Robinson did for this incredible mountain bike shoot out in Austria, when he paired an Elinchrom ELB400 with a drone.
The results of the shoot are pretty killer if you as me. I can’t say I expect to be mounting a strobe to a drone anytime soon, but the fact that David was able to do this, and get the shots he was after is rather incredible. The lights were not attached in any special way either, just some zip ties and straps. This is just proof that if you have an idea, roll with it and make it work. Just because things come up or get in the way, find a way around them.
This drone was designed to fly large and heavy camera systems like Red’s Epic and Canon’s C100, the ELB 400 is really light by comparison, so the drone had absolutely no issues buzzing around the course throwing light just where David needed it. The concept makes a lot of sense too, with photographers always trying to mimic the sun, this gives a photographer the ability to place their light into a position to better mimic the sun than ever before. It is overkill for most shoots, but the potential is there for some incredible lighting when the situation calls for it.
So what is next for David Robinson and his drone mounted strobes? He plans to take the concept with him to other sports where he feels like the technique could be of an even greater benefit. You can see the whole article about this project over on Elinchrom’s website, here.