Paint Your props black and make them "dissapear"

by Radek Rambo | December 7, 2014 | (0) Posted in Tips

Hi everyone.

Im Radek, 37, From Malmoe Sweden. (south Sweden, next to Copenhagen)

My first article, but more will come, really soon.

This article is a good example of applying my skills as Light technician / Videographer with RC. The story is as follows: 

Just before leaving home for a flight in the park nearby I had an epiphany. I quickly grabbed a black marker and made the back of the props, that are waaaay to bright in centre camera view, black! 

The differance is obvoius. It occured to me after I got frustrated over the light shifts in video caught by my camera due to sun. If the propeller is black, it doesnt affect the measured lux input as much as a white prop, illuminated by the sun, which at the propellers brightest (kindof like the sun-earth-moon relationship) is straight behind camera view.


After. (and no, its not just the weather)

And here is a video:



I will be posting an article with lots of closeups of the flames paintjob on the walrus next, both in UV light and natural light, so keep Your eyes open for that.

 55°34'18.52" N  12°58'43.83" E


ashbreeze on December 8, 2014
Nice idea!

Just be careful as painting your props can cause them to become unbalanced. It would be a good idea to check the balance before flying with them or at least make sure there isn't any major vibration when spinning up the motor.

I doubt a black marker will effect it much but if you use actual pain it will definitely ruin your day.
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Radek Rambo on December 10, 2014
I totallty agree.
Although the top picture gives one a sense of a sloppy paintjob, the spinner and propis are actually balanced.
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ohitstarik on December 13, 2014
my props were made black but they still show in my videos... Might be the lighting i guess.
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x3mperformance on December 14, 2014
The visible props and lines you see in the video shot (by GoPro's and equal) are a issue of framerate.... And can be almost removed, by setting up the correct framerate in the camera... Since that determines the ahhh, visibility of the props...
The single pictures that a video are shot with, needs to add up with a stationary blade, in stead of a moving one...
So i would save the paint, thats adding dead weight to a spinning object, and a larger mass to spin, harder work for the motor and bigger load for the battery.
So just paying arround with settings in the camera, will make a better job.
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Paint Your props black and make them "dissapear"