Before we jump into this blog post if you haven’t already read how I do drone light paintings horizontally in the sky be sure to check this out here. If you have done that already (or don’t wanna read something else) get ready to have your socks knocked off because we are flipping them into vertical space and animating our light paintings all with stop motion.
This is how I create my top-down light painted portraits
I was originally inspired to do this because when I had down it with a drone I had a troll complain that the images weren’t clear enough. In my response to this, I surmised a way, with the help of Dan Roberts, to be able to hang my camera from the ceiling and get clear images.
In order to to get surreal like images that look like your camera is hanging in the air without a drone and get a clean image this is how you do it! Now full disclosure I have the blessing of being in a space with 14ft ceilings that allow me to get this much room with a 24mm lens.
Photographer light paints Baby Yoda in the sky with a drone
When I say “The Mandalorian,” what’s your first thought? I bet it’s Baby Yoda, that mysterious and incredibly adorable creature. Shortly after the series was aired, memes about it took the Internet by storm. However, “The Child” hasn’t only inspired meme creators, but artists as well.
One of these artists is photographer Russell Klimas, who created an epic light painting of Baby Yoda in the sky using his drone. Russell kindly shared some photos and details with us, explaining how he did it.
How to lightpaint complicated shapes with your drone
A few months ago I was inspired to try and see what shapes I could create while attaching a Lumecube to my drone. I’d seen people like Phill Fisher do shapes in the sky manually and was extremely impressed but didn’t have the time to learn how to fly shapes manually. So instead I scoured the net on drone apps that could make things like this possible, and this was my discovery.
I used a drone to shoot top-down light-painting photos
So there are a couple of different ways to use drones to light paint. Some people will attach Lumecubes to their drone and paint an environment with them or will fly a drone around the sky or an object and have the drones lights creating images in the sky. However, there is another way to use them that isn’t widely used yet. That is using the drone’s camera to capture light painting from above.
Drones are becoming more and more popular these days and it’s not too expensive to buy one and play with its possibilities.
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