Making Your Aerial Photos Fly

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The stretch generally refers to metaphors in which the camera is not supported by a ground-based structure. Cameras may be offer detained or mounted, and photographs may be in use by a photographer, triggered at all or triggered automatically. Platforms for aerial taking photos bring in fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, poles and parachutes.

Uses of Aerial Images

Aerial photography is used in making maps (cartography) especially for photogrammetric surveys, most typically the starting point for topographic maps, and in archaeology, land-use planning, movie creation, surveillance,, environmental studies, artistic projects, commercial advertising, and conveyancing. In the U.S., aerial images are used for a large number of Environmental Site Phase I evaluations for property analysis. These aerial photos are typically processed by some sort of GIS system.

Technological advances in radio operated model airplanes has made model aircraft conducting aerial photography at low altitudes feasible. This is a great advantage real-estate advertising, whene commercial and residential real estate are the subject of the photography. There are prohibitions against manned, full-size, aircraft from low flights over populated areas. Small scale model airplanes provide augmented photographic entrance to these areas that were restricted in the past. These miniature airplanes in no way replace full size planes, as full size planes have the capacity for higher altitudes, longer flight times, and larger equipment payloads. They are, priceless, however in any circumstance where a full-sized plane would be hazardous to operate.

Aerial photo of Goleta, California area from offshore. From the right: Ellwood area, Coal Oil Point and Devereux Slough area, Isla Vista and UCSB to Campus Point, Santa Barbara Airport behind Isla Vista and UCSB with residential Goleta up into the hillside beyond and downtown Goleta at the left edge directly beyond UCSB near Hwy.101 at the base of the hills, and on the shoreline beyond Campus Point is More Mesa. At the bottom left corner offshore is Oil Platform Holly.

Some examples are inspecting transformers on top of power transmission lines plus slow, low-level flights over agricultural crops, both of which may be achieved by using a radio controlled large-scale helicopter. Professional-grade camera platforms that are , gyroscopically stabilized are typically used on these types of models; a large size model helicopter featuring a 26cc gas engine can carry an approximate 15 lb payload. Anything with the capacity to photograph using public space is deem to be outside the sphere of privacy within the U.S., aerial photography is legal to record occurrences and features on private property.

Orthophotos (Corrected Photos)

A very most typical aerial photography application is creating orthophotos (images which have been "adjusted") to be used as a map. Therefore an orthophoto becomes a simulated photograph acquired from an infinite location, looking at a vertical angle. Obviously, perspective must be removed, however variations in terrain also needs to be corrected. Multiple geometric adjustments are then applied to the photo, and dependent upon the terrain and perspective adjustments necessary on any specific portion of the image.

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Orthophotos are typically used for geographic information systems, like those used by mapping services (e.g. Ordnance Survey) for creating maps. After the images are aligned, or 'registered', using documented coordinates from real-world, they can then be widely used. Large orthophoto sets, commonly obtained from numerous sources and arranged into "tiles" (each commonly 256 x 256 pixels), are extensively used for online map systems like Google Maps. OpenStreetMap provides the use of analogous orthophotos for creating new map data. Google Earth additionally lays orthophotos upn a digital elevation replica for simulating 3D landscapes.

Aerial Photography History

Shooting Aerial photographs was first accomplished in 1858 above Paris, France. by Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, a French balloonist and photographer commonly known as "Nadar" A movie camera was first mounted on an aircraft occurred April 24, 1909 above Rome in a 3:28 minute silent short film entitled, Wilbur Wright and seine Flugmaschine.


Colonel Potte V. F a Russian military engineer created the initial semi-automatic aerial camera in 1931. This aerial camera saw active use in World War I.

Arial photography used by the military was expanded upon in World War I by several others aviators like Fred Zinn. One of the notable initial battles that was filmed was the battle of Neuve Chapelle.

updated article Oct 12, 2011

Renowned Aerial Photographers

Roger Agache (* 1926)  Ladislaus Almásy (1895–1951)

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