Two-and-a-half years ago, when photographer David Robinson first saw the Octocopter drone (an eight-blade, camera-mounted microcopter), his imagination went into overdrive as he realized how it could help him achieve his mountain bike (MTB) photography goals.

After a lot of planning, David joined slopestyle star Matt Jones for a shoot at Leogang Bike Park, in Austria, to see if drones that can carry flashes really are the next big thing in MTB photography.
Using the Octocopter paired with a studio-style Elinchrom ELB 400 flash system (chosen for its lightweight and compact nature), David was able to place the light wherever he wanted around the rider.
Shooting slopestyle with regular flashes is troublesome, as the distance from flash to rider is often too far – so David was motivated to get light into previously impossible places.