We’ve seen a lot of photos and videos captured by drones lately — but did you know they could also help you capture better shots yourself?
Researchers at MIT and Cornell University think the autonomous vehicles could automatically assume the right positions for photographic lighting.
“Lighting is crucial to the art of photography,” MIT says. “But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go.”
They might change that by providing “squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots that automatically assume the positions necessary to produce lighting effects specified through a simple, intuitive, camera-mounted interface.”
The researchers will present a prototype system at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging in August.
That’s how drones might help you take better pictures — but of course, they also take shots “by themselves.” And now they are winning awards for it.
The 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest “rewards the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones,” the organizers say.
The contest was sponsored by National Geographic, Go Pro, and others.