Aerial Photography is often referred to as Air Photography. Air Photography is taking photography from the air. Air photography was first utilized from Aircraft for aerial surveying of enemy territory and reconnaissance and later used by Hollywood for shooting air to air photography in the early motion pictures as portrayed in the movie “The Great Waldo Pepper” that showed early Hollywood film makers with heavy reel to reel cameras positioned in the rear seat of biplanes. Early cameras have evolved from heavy 30-40 lbs awkward land cameras installed in open cockpits to hidden internal fuselage mounted cameras such as the Fairchild K-17 mapping camera which took both oblique and vertical photography for military aircraft in both World War 11 and Korean wars, and was still being used by NASA as late as 1989 at Patrick Air Force Base , Satellite Beach, FL in fast flying aircraft to high altitude spy planes like the U-2. The cameras have come a long way since then and many professional photographers nowadays prefer to use light compact handheld DSLR cameras like the Nikon and Canon cameras that have high megapixel sensors. The miniaturization of electronics has made it possible to take clear hi- resolution images packed into small packages such as the DJI Phantom drones and others that weigh less than 5 lbs. Today such technology is used in miniaturized UAV’s as small as a insect.
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