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Have you seen a movie scene where the camera rotates over the beautiful vistas, mountains, or a wide-sweeping landscape? Aerial photography lets you capture such landmark footage using just a remote-controlled drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) and camera equipment.

Having said that, what is Aerial photography?

Aerial photography involves capturing images from the air using a drone (also called drone Aerial photography), a helicopter or light aircraft. It is also a method of photographing the features of the Earth’s surface, hydrosphere, atmosphere with cameras places on Earth-orbiting satellites and other spacecraft.

What is a drone?

A drone is a small aircraft navigated on the ground with a remote control or by computers. Drones are used for special applications and in military operations. However, modern advanced technology has made it easy for companies to create commercial versions for personal and commercial use.

Aerial photography is used to map terrestrial features and take Aerial photos, which is taken from an aircraft after an orderly flight sequence at a constant altitude. Each photograph portrays an area that has many control points and the locations are established by ground-surveying methods.

Useful data on geology, meteorology, topography, hydrology, fish resources, vegetation, and ocean currents are reachable with the use of drone aerial photography and scientific interpretation.

Application and uses of Aerial photography

Some type of landscape is difficult to get into on foot so drones aerial photographs are used to examine and map them. There are diverse areas where aerial photography is applied, some of which includes:

In Archaeology

Drone aerial photography is perfect for finding lost monuments and trailing features including

Features that are not seen at ground level.
Features under the soil
Features that are seen only under certain conditions.
In Urban Studies

It is important for town developers to study the effect of development and expansion on the urban landscape and how it affects the environment.

New facilities will require infrastructure and planners or developers need to know the impact it will have on residents living in that particular area – will the facilities such as roads, houses affect the protected areas? Aerial photography done at low levels will help examine the current infrastructure.

Earth Sciences

Drone photography is used to study the how the climate changes including variations in geology and soil over time. It also used to study the changes in the earth that brings about disasters like landslides.

Drone photography and Aerial photography has several advantages over other forms of photographing including

It provides a current and real pictorial view of any location.
It is readily obtained.
Ground soldiers use it to access place that is inaccessible to them
It shows features that you will not find on maps.
It provides a daily comparison of an area, which permits evaluations to be made of enemy activity.
It provides an objective and permanent record of how an area changes.
Finally, Cloud patterns acquired from orbiting satellites and video drones are essential in weather forecasting. Aerial photography also has important intelligence-gathering and military reconnaissance applications.