Aerial photography are photographs taken from airplanes, kites, balloons, rockets or sattelites and any other vehicle that flies. Aerial photography was used for military purposes during World War I.
Aerial photography's prime function is cartology, which is the surveying of land it is also used for environmental work and observation. Aerial photography is also used to sattelites and movie making. Recently real esate developers have startedusing aerial photography as ameaasn with shich to advertise houses for sale and lots of land.
The equipment for some aerial photography is as follows:
Kite aerial photography involves a rig to hold the camera and a canvas kite on which the rig hangs. A radio controller is used to control the camera and snap the shutter. A transmitter is used to send the signals from the remote control to the camera. Rigging is made of carbon plates (very light) and steel rods.
Aerial photography from airplanes uses cartography cameras. These cameras are metric and use a single lens frame. This provides geometric images. Cartography cameras use low distortion lens systems that are held in stable positions equal to the way the camera has to aim and shoot to get the image.
When photographs are taken from a balloon it is called floatography. Balloons are ideal for such work as they can fly slowly and at lower altitudes and provide stable platforms supported by a tripod on which to mount the camera.