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We lift the lid on Charlton’s training ground innovation
We lift the lid on Charlton’s innovative use of drones, which manager Karl Robinson and coach David Powderly say is transforming the club’s training sessions…
“This has really opened up a new world for us,” Charlton manager Karl Robinson enthusiastically tells Sky Sports.
He’s stood in the ‘classroom’ at the club’s south east London training ground, scrolling through aerial footage of the morning’s tactical work on a giant, interactive touchscreen.
The whole session was filmed using a drone – and the bird’s-eye-view it provides is proving hugely valuable to Robinson, who expects all Premier League clubs to adopt the technology within a year.
Right now, though, it is the League One club feeling the benefits as early adopters of this innovative filming technique.
While his players shower, change and eat lunch after their latest workout, Robinson and his analysis team clip, cut and examine the footage. The squad will soon file into the pitch-side cabin to see how well they executed their manager’s plans.
Having stood on the touchline during the mid-morning tactical run-through, the improved view provided by the drone is staggering. Suddenly formation lines, spaces between players and potential avenues of attack become clear.
The view from the drone has helped Charlton’s coaches analyse their team’s play
For Robinson it’s a fantastic way to educate his players – and far more effective than in-depth dossiers which fail to resonate with his tech-savvy young players, who even review clips of themselves on their mobile phones.
“The world’s changed,” he says. “I’ve got an 11-year-old daughter who is teaching me how to use my tablet, who does homework on an internet site from the school, rather than bringing home a book. It’s not just football – society is learning in different ways and we need to make sure we keep moving with the times.
It was a weird sensation at first, to have this thing buzzing above your head, but you can see how influential this can be.
Charlton manager Karl Robinson
“Some of our players are very visual learners. Jay Dasilva, for instance, captain of England U19s in the summer and a top young player on loan here from Chelsea, he will look at this and learn more from this. He’ll start to understand how much space there is in this zone. He’s not only just done it in training but he’s recapping and going over it again with this. It’s also a great motivational tool.
“I’ve seen Premier League clubs who have fixed cameras on buildings looking down on the pitches – but this allows us to move around and do many more things. It was a weird sensation at first, to have this thing buzzing above your head but you get used to it after a while and you can see how influential this can be.”
Manager Robinson annotates and analyses drone footage shortly after training
Controlling the drone is David Powderly. The Charlton youth team coach was inspired to explore and invest in the technology after seeing a high camera angle view of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich going man-for-man against Barcelona in a 2015 Champions League semi-final on Sky Sports.
“I was thinking ‘how can I use this in my own training sessions’,” said Powderly. “I tried connecting cameras to high fences but it wasn’t ideal. That’s when I looked at drones.”
As well as formation work, the drone is also used to film training drills
The process wasn’t straightforward, with Powderly needing to take a course with the Civil Aviation Authority and pass EFL health and safety checks before using the drone at Charlton’s training ground. But it’s proven worthwhile.
“With a normal camera, you’re only going to see a certain amount of depth,” says Powderly as he steers his drone over the Charlton players with a remote control. “But with this you can look down on the pitch and see the spaces you can take advantage of. The main thing is the coaching on the grass, but this is another tool to aid their development.”
With the drone you can look down on the pitch and see the spaces you can take advantage of.
David Powderly, Charlton coach and drone operator
Powderly’s drone work has already caused a stir among coaches across Europe. His presentation at a coaching conference in Geneva last year led to some of the continent’s elite clubs, including Barcelona and Ajax, inviting him to their training bases to show them how he uses the technology.
Powderly flies a drone over Charlton’s training sessions
But back in south east London, using the drone on a day-to-day basis is providing Charlton with an added edge.
“It enables us a football club to move forward,” says Robinson. “From golf to Formula One, the fine margins they work with are incredible and football is going that way.
“What this does is it allows me to make them better players. It helps my assistant Lee Bowyer with his coaching sessions. It allows our fitness coaches to be better at their job, our analysis team to be better at their job. And if we’re all better at our jobs as a staff, fundamentally that will make our players better, which, collectively, should lead to more success.”
Learn how a drone hyperlapse is done! Aaron Rajamoney, director of aerial imaging from UAVisuals.com takes you through a comprehensive step by step tutorial. It is a LONGGG video so use the links below to skip to the sections!
Also known as drone timelapse, dronelapse, stopmotion etc.. The principles stay the same except you are now in the air and have the wind factor to consider! It takes patience, time & a lot of PRACTICE! –
If youre thinking of getting or giving a drone for Christmas present then FPV UK is an association of hobbyist radio control drone (or unmanned/ model aircraft) pilots.
First Person View (FPV) flying is flying a model aircraft (or “drone”) using a small video camera mounted on the aircraft and video goggles to see the view from the camera. This first person view gives the impression of actually sitting inside the cockpit of the aircraft and adds a whole new exciting and enjoyable branch to an existing hobby. FPV UK was originally formed to champion and protect the hobby/ sport of FPV flying and we successfully got an exemption for FPV flying in 2009 which has been renewed every year since.
This year we have invested in a new drone – its the P4Pro Obsidian, we were torn between an Inspire or a P4Pro and due to the 1″ sensor- 20MP stills camera and the 100mbps – 4k videos and extended flight times, plus you don’t need such deep pockets for the P4P it was a no brainer – we went for the P4P – so roll on 2018!
The Brenizer Method is a term given to a technique that involves taking a large amount of images at a shallow depth of field by using a lens with a long focal length, then taking all of those images and stitching them together. This will create one single image with a beautiful wide-angle view of the scene with a very shallow depth of field and high-megapixel count. The technique was developed by a well-known wedding photographer by the name of Ryan Brenizer. His work is highly recognised for this style of imagery due to its unique look. What I love about the Brenizer Method is that you can get beautiful high-megapixel images that resemble a similar look that could have been created by a medium or large format camera.
Take overlapping images with your camera set like this…
Creating an image using the Brenizer method takes more time than just capturing a single image, but the results are well worth it. When using this method, you will create an image with:
Very high resolution
Very shallow depth of field (it equates to using a lens that has an f-stop less than 1)
Step 1 – Prepare Your Settings
Aperture – Shoot as wide as your aperture will allow. For some lenses that might be f/1.2 for others it may be f/3.5, and for the rest, it will probably be somewhere in between. The wider you can go, the more amazing effect you will achieve.
White Balance – You will want to choose any white balance other than auto. As you position your camera, auto white balance might change the color temperature as you move from shade to a brighter area or vice versa. Manually setting the Kelvin temperature is my preferred method. If you aren’t familiar with manipulating your white balance.
Focal Length – As you take these shots, you want your focal length to stay exactly the same. Shooting with a prime lens makes this easy, otherwise make sure to hold your lens carefully if it tends to zoom in and out easily.
Focus – Once you’ve set your focus on your subject, change it to manual and don’t touch it again until you’re done shooting your series.
Perfect for trying this using your drone to get great ultra-hires images…
Step 2 – Post in Lightroom
Go through all the images and ONE photo apply any adjustment settings – once happy select all and sync the setting to all to alter all images the same. – whilst all are selected right click and Photo-Merge in Panarama.
A great use of a UAV camera skills – The Royal British Legion have installed lines of the renowned poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ in iconic locations across the UK to launch the 2017 Poppy Appeal. By re-creating John McCrae’s, the Legion aims to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present. Find out more at: http://www.rbl.org.uk/remember
These great ND-filters and POL (Polarizer)-filters from PhantomFilters.com is easy. The ND-filters and POL-filters are ultra light weight and do not impede on the operation of the Gimbal. If you need a stronger effect you can even add more than one ND-filter (stacking) and use an ND-filter and the POL-filter at the same time.