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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. ...

Author Comment Last activity Moderation
liz "Barcelona, april 2015, with @pablo " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
savargaz "Research sites in northern Alaska as depicted from kite images " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Redirected from previous wiki page -- and moving @xose's photos here; thanks!! " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Hi, this is in MapKnitter, I see; do you think you could add that to the title? As for the menu, that's odd; I will try to borrow a Mac to test, b..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
Rmeyer "Thank you so much, Chris! Indeed, lots to think about. Will let you know what sort of first steps we come up with, and where it goes from there. " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
cfastie "This is a really intriguing project. The Seek camera makes possible a lot of otherwise very difficult investigations. It should be straightforward ..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Hi ROCKETMAN what are you looking for help on? Are you working on Mapknitter? " | Read more » about 6 years ago
John_Wells "You might find that you have to go through all your phones to find one which works. Try downloading the Flir One app. It may tell you if the phone ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
eustatic "I agree, and you've given me an idea to have plots-gulfcoast list to pitch in $30 each to fund one " | Read more » over 6 years ago
John_Wells "Rather than hire one for a limited period, it would be much better to own one (or more) cooperatively. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
John_Wells "Here are the phone compatibility requirements: Minimum Requirements: 'At least Android V..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "I wonder if Home Depot or other big-box hardware stores rent these as they used to (and maybe still) rent lower-resolution thermal imagers -- it us..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
John_Wells "Outflows would not be a problem, as the imager is sensitive down to a difference in temperature of 0.1°C. It will also pick up developing faults/ov..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "It still seems a little expensive to fly a thermal imager, but the FLIR One is US$250 and needs more or less any old smartphone. So it's not too ba..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
eustatic "very cool, I've been curious about flying with the updated FLIR for smartphones, but haven't had the budget. Local levee authorities have been ask..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Also, see my comment here: This might make it unnecessary to chan..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi Chris - I want to think about how we can help authors get higher visibility and, later, higher replication counts, and I think how posts show up..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
gretchengehrke "Ooh -- I like @cfastie's idea of a subtitle section! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "Yes, I meant to be a little harsh. I think dictating the style of the titles of research notes is a big step. It could be the correct thing to do, ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Ouch, micromanagement is a little harsh! Sounds like a suggestion for encouraging posts for the new activity grid feature. I'm thinking about this ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie " The title is now in compliance. Our Ruby on Rails overlords have been placated. Automated Activity Grids FTW. #slipperyslope#micromanagement #s..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi, Chris - this is great -- i imagine it may be featured as an activity on, say, the #balloon-mapping or #aerial-mapping pages. With that in mind,..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "That works. Nice model. Is that Preview or Ultra mode? " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "Ok, I changed the sharing settings. how about now? here is the project gallery link;" | Read more » over 6 years ago