What you gonna need?
- Of course, a drone with some signal lights or you can equip it with some extra lights.
- A camera with the ability to take long exposure shots. For my Pictures, I used a Sony A7s ii in Bulb Mode.
- A remote control is recommended. If you operate direct on the camera, the picture will be shaky. For example, the Panasonic GH4 or the Sony A7s ii does have a smartphone app where you can control the camera remotely.
What is Bulb Mode?
Bulb mode allows you to take a long exposure picture as long as you want. You can use bulb mode by choosing manual mode, then start scrolling all the way to the end of the shutter speeds. After the 30 or 60 seconds mark, it will show “bulb” or simply the letter “b” on some cameras. Now you’re in bulb mode. This means the camera will keep taking a picture until your finger comes off the shutter button.
Now we are ready to take some drone light painting pictures.
1.First try.0">1.First try
At this picture, I simply flow some forms, nothing special. You can try it by yourself and you will be surprised what you get.
2.Spiral, up and down
The result was a picture that looks like a bonfire.
3.DJI logo written in the sky
4. Spiral, the next level
With these equipped sparklers, the Phantom flies differently and you have to be a good pilot, because if you are not a good pilot, you will risk damaging your drone.