Flat Lay Drone Photography


A drone can be useful in more
circumstances than just nature or overheads or things like that filmandlearning.com hey everybody Mark here from film and learning dot com. I
just had this idea this morning. And so I want to take you along with me while I
go shoot this. I have absolutely believed this for a long time: that a drone can be
useful in more circumstances than just like nature or overheads or things like
that. And that business owners really should have at least a small drone in
their arsenal – so that they can share their story from a different
perspective. But that’s another video for another time. Today, I just want to show
you how I’m going to use my drone with my other business. This idea that I
woke up with: I was just like “Ah THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME.” Let’s do this. Drone Batteries and if
you’re just like a business owner, like me, who just needs to produce some media,
and you’re wondering “What kind of lighting should I be using?”. The best
source of light is THE light -which is the Sun. So in this case, I’m going to
move everything toward the front of the shop I’m going to be moving these large
sheets of plywood around and shooting that. But I want it to be well lit. I
could bring in a whole bunch of my studio lights but that’s a
ridiculous waste of time when I have the Sun and I can just open up my bay door. So this is the product that I want to
show being built. I’ll show you here I have two of them kind of laid out. There’s one and there’s the other one. Really
what I want to show is an organized flat lay style picture or time-lapse of
all the wood being laid out. I’m looking at some really large things.
I want to do a flat light picture it’s one thing to lay out your wallet and
your keys and to a picture from directly above, but it’s a
totally different thing to take a flat lay picture of five foot by ten foot sheets of
plywood. Then I thought this morning “the drone!” I’ve got those two
trailers but then I also have a 20-foot ceiling. So what I’m going to do is take
a test flight just to see if the lens is wide enough. If it is, then
we’re going to go for it. Check this out. That’s exactly what I want. Now how much
battery? I have 11 minutes. I have 11 minutes to do everything I
want to do here. That’s going to be rough. I’ve been playing with the light a
little bit and I actually liked the shop light better. So I’m going to let a little
bit of the daylight bleed through. With the shop light, and cranking up the
settings on the drone, I can get a look that’s kind of like this – which actually
isn’t bad at all. I have the drone positioned right up there, just below the
ceiling, and it’ll hold its position. Now I actually want to get everything
set up and get rolling and actually try to get this shot. The trick is I need to
get all of this stuff to lay down. All of that plywood, these two sides, and all of these pieces. I need to lay out. So I estimate I have about 11
minutes of battery life. But two minutes of that it’s going to be an alarm going
off. Then it’s going to try to auto-land. Since we’re in a steel building, I
don’t know where it’s going go because it can’t get satellite feeds and all of
that stuff. So I’m going to manually land the drone – which means I really need to
get this done in six minutes and then be able to grab the drone and drop
it to the ground before it hits something and explodes and destroys
itself. So the stakes are high! Okay! That’s it. We’re gonna go back to
the studio now and see what we got. Hopefully, there’s something that’s worth
looking at. Now, I’ll be the first one to admit that I gave this little speech on
how you should do sunlight, and then I chose not to use sunlight. The reason
for that is actually fairly straightforward. I had two big reasons.
One was having the bay door open the weather started to turn and I was getting
some wind and the drone started moving around a bit. So that was good reason to
close it but the other reason was that I was the daylight that was coming
into the shop was pretty sharp and it wasn’t soft enough. So I was getting some
really nasty shadows that were kind of distracting from the actual shapes of
the parts that I was laying down. I wasn’t really wanting to put a whole ton
of time into this. That wasn’t the point. So I just closed the door. Okay! So I just
sat down here and looked at the footage and I’m going to throw it up on your screen so you can see it. The time-lapse that I made off this drone got
the mission done. You know, mission accomplished. The job is done. But it
wasn’t as steady as I’d hoped. When I thought about why it wasn’t a steady the
first answer was obvious. Just no GPS signal. If I
have a GPS signal, then my drone tends to stay put a lot better. Without a GPS
signal it’s not going to be able to monitor itself. The other thing is when I
was thinking about flying the drone inside, I got a little concerned about my
props and safety of the drone. So I took my brand-new nice props off the drone
and I put some older ones on that have a little bit of damage to them. So they
probably don’t fly as efficiently and may have some drag on a few of these. Which may have also contributed to the drone drifting. So I learned that! For
just posting a time-lapse flat lay on social media, this works just fine. People liked it. I already posted it. As far as the flat lay photo
that I shot in the last two minutes, before I manually landed the drone, those
photos are bomber. I think they’re great. I’m definitely glad that I did this. Thanks for hanging with me. If you like these videos you may like the last one. I’ll put right up here – which was about how to
recover drone footage that’s been corrupted. In the next set of videos,
I’m going to start making a set of videos for entrepreneurs and small
business owners – like me and my clients. To teach you how to better produce your
video content. And it’s not just drones. Drones are such a small part
of it. I want to give you the expert tips that I give all my clients. Honestly, I’m making this for my clients so I can send them to my videos. If you benefit… Awesome. So, I’ll catch you in the next one!

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