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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. ...

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cfastie "Mathew, Your model is not loading. It says there is a "temporary" problem. I will try again later. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "I made a 3D file from those images: I wasn't able to process the whol..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
taramei "excited to try this " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "While we were hacking away on this, I tried two landscape mounts for the camera. Adding a small ball head to the top was pretty successful: T..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "One precaution to prevent crushing the pole is to attach only to the double-thick area at the top of the tube. Right where the pole sections stack,..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
ranon "@Ecta64 that's interesting, and it makes sense that the panorama would turn out that way since the bend at the top of the pole is rotating along wi..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
ranon "That's good thinking Chris, I'll be adding a note in the instructions about the lanyard. I'll have to experiment with some plugs that might work, t..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "This looks like nicely elegant and simple solution. I might add two things: 1) a lanyard that connects the camera to the second smallest pole secti..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "posted: " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "I'd love to see your assembly notes. I just updated the assembly guide and parts list ( I can easily incorporate yo..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "I can't wait to get mine flying. I assembled it a few weeks ago and really love the design too. Chris, I have some notes on the assembly instruct..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "Thanks Ecta64. It's also really easy and fun. A great way to get photos for aerial panoramas. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
ecta64 "This is a fantastic design! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "is there any spin control, like wings? I'd expect it to rotate around the single attachement point. " | Read more » about 7 years ago
cfastie "Hi Rayishido, They are beautiful mosaics. I didn't have any problem using these images in Fiji. But the Photo Monitoring plugin does not do a very..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
Rayishido "VIS " | Read more » about 7 years ago
Rayishido "Hi, Iam back with some update on the project. I didn't tweak the program but I brought the written 87 filter. and put everything on my phantom 2. ..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
cfastie "That's a good description of what the Rosco blue filter does. Both the blue and the red channels will have a mixture of visible and NIR light. The ..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
Rayishido "Hi! I was in the filed without internet. I wrote a program that trigger the photo on the second pi when a picture is taken with the first so it is..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
cfastie "Do you know how well synchronized the photo pairs are? Do you have to start them both taking photos at the same time, or synchronize their clocks? ..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
Rayishido "I am using 2 raspberry Pis (one camera on each) and I synchronize the shutters using interrupts. I had some strange behavior (one Pi taking more pi..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
cfastie "The NDVI image in my last comment was made by stretching only the NIR channel. The default is to stretch both NIR and VIS and that usually works we..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
Rayishido "Hi Chris, to obtain this picture you stretched the histogram of the visible or visible and IR. As far as I understand to make NDVI picture a visib..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
cfastie "Both NDVI images look good. Both seem to have some biological meaning and both have reasonable NDVI values in areas that are shady which is very go..." | Read more » over 7 years ago