Forget cats and dogs, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology is making it rain photos. Visual media student Nicholas Kundrat installed a Fujifilm Instax camera onto a DJI Flame Wheel F450, creating a film and drone hybrid that actually allows unsuspecting subjects to see the images instantly – after they flutter down to the ground, that is.
Kundrat used the Instax Mini 25, a more modern update to the traditional instant film made popular by Polaroid. The camera spits out photos less than three inches wide, but does it all in a compact 11.3-ounce body. That small camera was mounted on the DJI F450, an older drone that was released in 2013.
With the camera being completely digital (unlike the Polaroid Snap digital-film hybrid), there isn’t a way to see what the camera sees before snapping the photo. The $80 camera also doesn’t feature any sort of remote release.
Kundrat said he was inspired to create the drone hybrid to fight the stigma of drones as dangerous.
“Instant photography is invaluable because it provides tangible documentation of an event almost in real time,” he wrote.
The project was part of a new visual media innovation course at Rochester. Kundrat said he finds the tech fascinating, but was also driven to create the experience of photos falling from the sky. An unsuspecting aerial image floating down from seemingly nowhere – how’s that for photo sharing?