14 Facts About Aerial photography


Aerial photography is the taking of photographs from an aircraft or other airborne platforms.

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Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, pigeons, kites, or using action cameras while skydiving or wingsuiting.

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Aerial photography typically refers specifically to bird's-eye view images that focus on landscapes and surface objects, and should not be confused with air-to-air photography, where one or more aircraft are used as chase planes that "chase" and photograph other aircraft in flight.

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Aerial photography was first practiced by the French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, known as "Nadar", in 1858 over Paris, France.

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Kite aerial photography was pioneered by British meteorologist E D Archibald in 1882.

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Aerial photography used an explosive charge on a timer to take photographs from the air.

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Use of aerial photography rapidly matured during the war, as reconnaissance aircraft were equipped with cameras to record enemy movements and defenses.

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At the start of the conflict, the usefulness of aerial photography was not fully appreciated, with reconnaissance being accomplished with map sketching from the air.

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Aerial photography soon expanded into a business with major contracts in Africa and Asia as well as in the UK.

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Together with other members of the 1 PRU, he pioneered the techniques of high-altitude, high-speed stereoscopic Aerial photography that were instrumental in revealing the locations of many crucial military and intelligence targets.

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Vertical aerial photography is used in cartography, land-use planning, aerial archaeology.

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Oblique aerial photography is used for movie production, environmental studies, power line inspection, surveillance, construction progress, commercial advertising, conveyancing, and artistic projects.

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The ban has been lifted and commercial aerial photography using drones of UAS is regulated under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

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Aerial photography videos are emerging Spatial Multimedia which can be used for scene understanding and object tracking.

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