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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eustatic "Geosetter is FOSS, the best for this windows user " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
ttaylor "You might take a look at jhead too, below, or at some of the other exif editors listed there. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Hi, Josh, thanks! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
jlev "For a Mac GUI, HoudahGeo also provides a pretty good interface for matching GPS logs to photos. Costs $39, last updated in August 2016. https://www..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Great point, Chris, thanks! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "Whatever program you use to geotag your photos, make sure your photos were taken with a camera which had the correct time and timezone set. Most pr..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "ExifTool by Phil Harvey is the industry standard command line tool to extract or modify the information in the EXIF header of image files: ExifToo..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Several techniques by @xose, @stevie, and myself are posted here: Using anything from Google Docs to Arc..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Hi Chris - yeah i would be surprised if it's actually different, these almost all seem like the same hardware in different cases. I have found some..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "Here is a strange development. This action camera has a 1MP sensor. It is a 1/4" sensor which has an area of 10 square mm. The native image size is..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
mikekaliven87 "Try to do that again or open Help " | Read more » about 5 years ago
cfastie "The prices at Aliexpress seemed to be the about the same as at Amazon. Some of the product descriptions at Aliexpress named the sensor. For exampl..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
hank "I suggest you try instead of Amazon -- why pay double or more money for stuff when you can buy it direct from China? They are an um..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
cfastie "A good starting point for evaluating these sub $60 action cameras is the sensor. Many if not all of these cameras use sensors that do not have as m..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "These or similar cameras are as low as $40 now! Via @azaelb at" | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Just noting this post by @SeanKMcGinnis on using #raspberry-pi-cameras --" | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Of course, it'd be great to see an even cheaper #raspberry-pi -based alternative too! " | Read more » about 5 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 » about 5 years ago
stevie "Hi ROCKETMAN what are you looking for help on? Are you working on Mapknitter? " | Read more » over 5 years ago