Aerial Photography

This is an open source community effort to develop **simple, low-cost aerial photography** methods for a range of conditions. All accessible hardware and software efforts are welcome here! There are several sub-categories: * [Balloon mapping](/wiki/balloon-mapping) * [Kite mapping](/wiki/kite-mapping) * [Pole Mapping](/wiki/pole-mapping) Also: * [Kite making](/wiki/kite-making) - make your own! * [Balloon Mapping Materials](/wiki/balloon-mapping-materials) - where to get them! * [Camera selection](/wiki/camera-selection) * [Camera triggering](/wiki/camera-trigger) - snap a picture every second * [Photo rigs](/wiki/photo-rig) - connect your camera to your balloon/kite/etc! * [MapKnitter](/wiki/mapknitter) - Stitching images into maps! * [Mapping curriculum](/wiki/mapping-curriculum) - a range of useful resources **You can join in by:** * Reading about goals and [asking great questions](#Questions) * Trying (and adding to) our [community-made how-to guides](#Activities) * Building on others’ work; **adapt, hack and remix** the kits to refine and expand them **** ## Activities [activities:aerial-photography] **** ## Starter Kits Public Lab’s Kits initiative offers starter kits for kite and balloon photography. The point of the kits is to provide a shared reference design for building experimental setups onto. You can also use our guides as a resource for building or purchasing materials of your own. **[Public Lab Store's Aerial Photography and Mapping Kits](** **** ## Questions Ask a question about aerial photography [notes:question:aerial-photography] **** ### Design philosophy These tools are being developed to provide a low cost, easy to use, and safe methods for making maps and aerial images. Over the last few years, we’ve built a global community of mappers who are engaged in discussion around the development and use of this tool and others. Normally aerial maps are made from satellites and airplanes. The balloon and kite ground-based approach introduces an on-demand capability where events or environmental conditions are mapped at a specific moment in time. Our community is particularly interested in applying this to civic and environmental issues. Maps are often used by those in power to exert influence over territory, or control territorial narratives. "Grassroots mapping" attempts to invert this dynamic by using maps as a mode of communication and as evidence for an alternative, community-owned definition of a territory. To date, our tools have been used to contest official maps or rhetoric by enabling communities to map sites that are not included in official maps. In Lima Peru, members of an informal settlement developed maps of their community as evidence of their habitation, while on the Gulf Coast of the US, locally produced maps of oil are being used to document damage that is underreported by the state. ...

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jeremykwan18 "very nice information and good research. join me at " | Read more » about 2 months ago
newsone1992 "Thanks for publish this great information..... net banking for boi " | Read more » almost 4 years ago
tahnok "I did this! A friend and I spent 4 hours working through this to make a 6ft wingspan delta. In the end the kite flew! But a minute after launch the..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
warren "How about these, @sadler? " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "The photos were processed with the Photo Monitoring plugin for FIJI which has a complete users guide. If you have any questions you can describe an..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
saangpe "You could give more details about how to process the images with Fiji and tried to replicate this but I can not make the results conform to the sca..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @mjain26 and @bsugar!!! We featured this story in today's blog post and Kickstarter update - thanks for your great work!! https://publiclab.or..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
mathew "done! " | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "Hi, Mathew, mind if I retitle this "Use a rubber band and knotted string to trigger a camera"? " | Read more » about 6 years ago
mathew "I often get tripped up on the firmware upload stage; The c..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "Hmm, i have an older one, so the firmware may have changed. Maybe best to ask about this on the main Grassroots Mapping list, as I think I remember..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
jbreen "You had me at "squid-shaped kite." I've been using the DIY Mini Kite Kit but for the life of me cannot seem to get the Mobius camera to go into ti..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "Thanks for the link! So many colors :-) -- " | Read more » over 6 years ago
shanlter "The squid looks so nice in the sky! Here is the link:" | Read more » over 6 years ago
liz "The delivery was convenient too -- we bought a dozen, and they were shipped in a tape-wrapped tarp to a local mini-mart in Guangzhou where we picke..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "omg you're kidding me that is so cheap this kite is so awesome " | Read more » over 6 years ago
liz "The 5.5M kite was ~USD$4 on taobao in mainland China -- @shanlter can you post the link to the taobao store that you helped me buy from? " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "This note per @liz's request " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "The wire might not be visible, but I had the wire through the PVC, and wrapped the line around that. It worked great. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
tonyc "For oblique shots, there's a simple way to hang a miniball tripod head off the bottom of a pendulum. Did you use the wire to connect the PVC to t..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "The flexible PVC tubing is exactly the right size to slip inside the third smallest carp pole section. To stiffen the connection I insert a length ..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
ggallant "I'm impressed but I would have been AWED if it had been done with levitation. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
tonyc "You do have a rye sense of humor, Chris. A groan is my highest compliment. Some people prefer laughs, but I'm a groan man. Did you just tape the P..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "Thanks, George. Come on Tony, you know the title is the best thing about this note. I'm sure Jeff gave me a barnstar because of the title. Yes the ..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago