Aerial photography is the art of taking photographs from the air with cameras that can be hand held or mounted on various airborne devices. Helicopters, aircraft, balloons, kites and any other vehicle that can be airborne can be used for this form of photography.
Technology has developed to allow drones that are small air borne devices that can be guided from the ground and effectively positioned to get the required images of any desired objects.
There are many uses, both commercial and non-commercial that are suitable for this form of photography. You can develop topographic maps to superseed the need for ground surveying. These photographs can also be of use to planners to decide on land use. They can useful for construction projects to get overviews of any construction and are also widely used by real estate developers to give bird's eye views of projects.
Technology has allowed this field to expand rapidly, as advances in controlling aircraft models and drones allow for low altitude photography that can be constantly monitored from the ground. The photographer is able to simultaneously view the images and can then take decisions on changing altitudes, directions, zoom lengths and other adjustments that enable the photographs taken for surveying or construction to be exactly as required.
Aerial photography is considered as a public domain, as the air above any area is considered as public space. Authorities can however prohibit the movement of air borne devices over certain areas for security reasons. This form of photography is quite commonly used for cartography and the creation of maps. Data can be inserted into the videos or photographs using Global Positioning Systems or GPS that can very accurately define locations. This can be very useful for surveyors, who are saved the trouble of often having to go through hostile domain to get the same details. For construction projects, these photographs can help to demarcate the boundaries of land and identify objects that can help to pinpoint locations on the ground.
Most cameras used for aerial photography have motion stabilisers and present day cameras all use digital means to obtain images. As the images are available immediately, they can easily be edited or changed if results are not as desired. For construction projects these photographs can show all the property around the project being developed, so that there is a clearer idea of the construction and its surroundings. Most of these photographs can be zoomed in for architectural details, and show properties in the best light.
Aerial photographs can be a great help in the marketing of real estate that is being developed through any construction project. They are now widely being used to provide documentation for planning permissions, as they are much more informative than drawings and easily understood by even the common man.
If you are looking for a solution to your aerial photography needs to survey a piece of land or simply want to highlight your construction company, you can contact us for your specialist requirements. We have CAA permission to obtain aerial photos and video throughout the UK. Our drones can also record in full & stunning 4K resolution with permission to fly to as high as 400ft (possibly even higher if special permissions are obtained on top). To top it all off, we have a £5 million insurance that will help us deliver you fantastic quality output without any risks.