Aerial photography does not mean taking images from satellites. Taking the pictures of a ground or part of the earth’s surface from an elevated angle is referred as aerial photography.
The platforms in air to take aerial photos are aircrafts, helicopters, balloons, rockets, kites, parachutes etc…
Aerial photography is widely used in military purposes to locate the enemy units on the ground.
The view you see in aerial photography reveals the other side beauty of the place.
Aerial photography is also a sector in landscape photography, as aerial photography involves the impressive photos of landscapes, mountains and deserts also.
The tourism developments in many countries use aerial photography to attract visitors to their country as they can show off their recreation possessions. If you work in real estate development company, you can use this photography technique to fasten the expansion of the company for showing vast expansions of your lands.
The stadiums use the aerial photography to give publicity for their stadium construction and density of crowd it can withstand.
The first aerial photography was clicked in 1897 from a rocket mounted camera. There onwards, the cameras were mounted on different objects. At one point of time, pigeons were used to carry cameras attached to their legs or back to click aerial photos.
Now-a-days, aerial photography is developed and is widespread and the means of aerial photography is also changed.
Different types in aerial photography:
- Kite Aerial Photography (KAP): In this method, the camera is attached to a kite and released into the air to shoot the aerial view of the place. You can use this method to click photographs in kite’s competition or the sky aviation shots with the help of inclination in camera angles.
- Balloon aerial photography (BAP): It’s a low altitude aerial photography. Balloons mounted with cameras are left into the sky to have an aerial view. Unlike KAP, wind does not disturb the view, but too much wind disables the process.
- Helicopter Aerial Photography (HAP): This process uses a helicopter to take photographs. The benefit of using this aerial photography is the weather does not disturb the process, a bad storm, rainy or cloudy day can only stop your process.
- Remote Control Aerial Photography (RCAP): Single-lens reflex (SLR) camera is attached to the RC helicopter. The process involves a remote control helicopter to click aerial shots. This is also used for low-altitude photography. These are extremely accurate for clicking survey sites, business properties, tourism development, real estates and landscapes. These are much affordable than the manned helicopters. Accuracy rate is also great. RCAP is the versatile form of aerial photography/videography.
The kite can be disturbed with weather conditions and wind. This method may lack accuracy in its photos.
Both KAP and BAP are silent processes and do not require much apparatus also. The cost of photos clicked with these methods is also cheap.
This supports the aerial videography also. The shots taken in HAP are of greater clarity compared with other two, as you have control over the camera and shots. The disadvantage is low-impact shooting. This is not preferred for lower- altitude shooting as this process is too noisy. If you want to cover a vast distance in your photograph, this method is advisable.