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Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby karlafripp » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:10 pm

When Gareth first said he was going to build a quad copter I was intrigued. I have learnt alot from his building and investigating and from all the things that have gone wrong. You don't learn unless you crash I guess.
It has been over six months since we started the whole aerial thing. I have certainly learnt alot.
I never really like taking pictures mostly because I don't look good in pictures but when Gareth started looking into the Camera's I started to listen.
We got the Nikon D5100 and I was like Wow. It's a very nice camera. I was terrified in the beginning. There are so many settings.
After the first few ground based pictures I started to get hooked.
I do enjoy it, which helps and my natural curiosity is inspiring.
When Gareth then said he was going to put the Nikon on the Octo copter I started to get scared for the camera.
We were both shaking the first time we put the camera on. I remember we had issues with the props and the Octo fell a meter or so, I coudn't watch, but the camera was ok.
We then rebuilt twice. We now have the F550 upgrade.
The nikon gets a neck brace ( :o ) but at least he's safe.
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Learning to take Aerial Pics. Part 2

Postby karlafripp » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:16 pm

We use the Fat Shark goggles and Gareth has rigged up a radio so I can control the shutter and the Pitch from the radio via a few cables. I know how it works but I couldn't explain.
Anyway I have learnt that you can't use Energiser batteries. You must use Duracell or a Lipo Battery which we have tapped to the bottom of the receiver.
If you use the wrong batteries you will obviously lose signal and your camera will do whatever he or she wants, (not good!!).
I have also learnt that moving your head up and down whilst having the Goggles on does not move the camera :lol:
In order to get a good signal you have to plug all the necessary cables in!! :roll:
The aerial on your cables must be in front of you if it's attached like mine is. We have all the wires in a moon bag which i wear.
When taking the pictures it works best if you hold the receiver away from you a bit, otherwise you have lines coming through on the goggles.
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Learning to take Aerial Pics. Communication

Postby karlafripp » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:23 pm

Unfortunately we aren't advanced enough for one person to fly and take pictures.
When you are working with another Human, you need to communicate. If you don't you will run into problems.
Gareth and I are lucky that our communication skills are quite good.
I did find my self telling Gareth to scroll down. I did realise after feeling like an idiot that I wasn't working with my computer.
I have now learnt after been told firmly once or twice to tell Gareth to Pan left or right.
I am getting the hang of it. Although i find myself telling Gareth to do something and he's concentrating on fighting the wind and he doesn't hear me.
It all takes practice and the wind does not help.
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Re: Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby GarethRens » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:29 pm

The wonders of radio interference.

Should have the 5.8ghz aerial stuck on a peak cap...
http://www.stuffinc.co.za
We sell all kinds of stuff, including multi-rotor UAV/Drones :ugeek:
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Re: Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby hennisdk » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:52 pm

What setup are you guys running?
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Re: Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby karlafripp » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:16 am

On the camera there is a transmitter. That gives a live video feed to a receiver which sends a signal to the Fat Shark Goggles.
From the reciever in my moon bag a cable goes to the Fat Shark Goggles.

In order to take pictures, Gareth built and infrared remote shutter trigger using and arduino promini microcontroller that plugs directly into a seperate radio receiver.

I flick one of the switches on the radio once i'm happy the camera is in the right place and it takes a picture.
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Re: Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby bobfroef » Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:11 pm

LL&P :ugeek:
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Re: Learning to take Aerial Pics.

Postby GarethRens » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:52 pm

LL&P 2U2 :ugeek:
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