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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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tonyc "Very cool, Chris! Thanks for the ideas on this. I still think my method is a bit fussy for public consumption, as it requires some dexterity to ge..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
cfastie "This looks excellent. John Wells in Scotland has been working on pendulums for keychain cameras and settled on a coat hanger. A nice feature is th..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
smathermather "Ah, checksums are a brilliant way to handle that. If memory serves, matches in ODM are image pairs, plus matches for pixel and line. Rotations and..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "We don't currently use matches in MK, but the very initial thing I was going to suggest is to simply visually link the currently selected (or dragg..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
smathermather "Hi @warren, Yes, ODM would need just images, ideally with geo info as well. I suppose the most useful thing for ODM to return would be transformat..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Super! Lots to think about here but one that floats to the top of my mind is: What would ODM need in terms of inputs to generate feature extraction..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
natalie "Ecta64 How sturdy is the mount? Does it stay in place after moving the pole around? I'm just wondering if we need to consider any reinforcement for..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Hi, Stephen - just checking in again because (now-named) Leaflet.DistortableImage has matured a great deal, and is about to be used in coming days ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
smathermather "Excellent, @gpenzo! I look forward to seeing that. " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
smathermather "Perfect summary, @warren. Now that OpenDroneMap can handle ortho generation for images with GPS ephemeris, the next step is to look at Leaflet.Dist..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
warren "@justinmanley - openDroneMap solves image stitching in a different way -- using structure from motion. But MapKnitter also provides georectificatio..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
gpenzo "Sweet. Will try it out on my ndvi images. " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
justinmanley "Cool! This is an interesting project! What do you see as the overlap of OpenDroneMap with MapKnitter? In terms of features, audience, capabiliti..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
muyueh "Thanks for all your comment. Some firefighters actually died because they were not sure of the cause of the explosions, I would like to think that ..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
stevie "This is incredible. I'm so sorry about what happened. You did an excellent job capturing the visual data and brining it to the public's eye. " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
eustatic "wow. thanks for all of your work. " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
liz "Hi Muyueh, i am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. Your map is incredibly well-made. Now that you have exported it, you can add annotations to th..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
smathermather "Awesome. Thanks @liz. Thanks @ajawitz. I hadn't given any thought to tying flight planning into the workflow. That's a great idea, and really woul..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
liz "hey @smathermather , here's the link to the images in bittorrentsync-- three flights of the s100 camera. Attribution to GLAM and @publiclab :D http..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
ajawitz "Welcome Aboard @smathermather!!! I was just recommending OpenDroneMap to the @uaviators people, so I'm happy to see you set up a research note. ..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
smathermather "BTW, @liz -- what's the attribution / background info for the image series? " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
smathermather "Thanks, @liz, @amysoyka. @amysoyka, this was not my flight, but seems to be a single camera. The input was a few hundred images. I'm looking forw..." | Read more » almost 9 years ago
amysoyka "Looks super cool. To generate your images, did you use the image from a single camera of two cameras side by side? " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
liz "Very cool @smathermather ! " | Read more » almost 9 years ago