He used drones to make lighting out of this world. This photo will go down in photography history

National Geographic has had many covers that have made history in photography, and the image that graces the August issue of the magazine has a chance to join the pantheon of classics. It’s an excellently depicted Stonehenge, but how was this photo actually taken?

The August issue of National Geographic will feature stunning photos of Stonehenge. We will also see the picture in the Polish edition of the magazine, and it is unique because of the lightness of the stone structure.

It is estimated that Stonehege is visited by over a million tourists each year, so it would seem that this object has been immortalized in pictures over the years in every possible way. Fortunately, there are photographers who make it even tougher converted can approach subjects with an open mind.

The cover photo of August’s National Geographic wouldn’t be possible without drones.

The author of the picture is Reuben Wu, who shared the background of the picture. The photo was taken late in the evening, just after sunset. In the background we see the glow of the last rays of the sun, and in the sky their orange reflection from the clouds. Stonehenge itself is extremely clear, contrasting, bright and spatial. It is clear to see that the object was illuminated with artificial light, but the secret is where the lights are placed.

Reuben Wu used a new but increasingly popular technique to illuminate objects from drones. Constant light lamps are placed on the drones, thanks to which the photographer has full freedom to place the light sources in the room. You can choose the beam angles completely inaccessible with traditional photography from tripods or other booms.

The key to success is the long exposure time set in the camera, thanks to which the flying drone will be so blurred that it becomes an almost imperceptible line, while the light it leaves behind will be perfectly visible in the picture. We can see behind the scenes of this amazing session on … TikTok by National Geographic magazine. Oh, a sign of the times.


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Reuben Wu took many photos of the famous stone structure while creating the material. Some of them were used as illustrations in the cover material of Nat Geo magazine. However, an article published online includes an unusual animation showing the sunset with the area of ​​Stonehenge lighting up more and more.

The technique of illuminating images with drones is gaining more and more popularity.

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The cover of National Geographic has gained huge publicity among landscape photographers, but the drone lighting technique has been used since 2016. It was here that very distinctive shots with “circles of light” visible in the sky began to appear.

Taking such a picture is quite simple, at least from a theoretical point of view. It is enough to place a strong light source on the drone and start automatic movement in a circle around the selected object. During this time, you should photograph the subject and the sky above it with a regular camera, from a tripod, using a long exposure.

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Circles have become the most popular motif for such photography, but many creators go further and experiment with other shapes. This shows that there is still room for innovation in photography and using photography doesn’t have to mean what we all think of as the first association.

He used drones to make lighting out of this world. This photo will go down in photography history

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