What Is Aerial Photography?
Aerial photography is a service provided by professional photographers that involves taking high-quality photographs from an aircraft, drone or other flying device. There are many types of platforms for aerial photography, which include fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), blimps, parachutes, vehicle-mounted poles and more.
Photography can be taken manually or triggered remotely, depending on the platform. Photographs can be oblique (taken at an angle), vertical (taken straight down), or a combination of the two. Vertical photos can be valuable for showing streets or open spaces surrounding a particular area. Oblique photos can be used to show more of the details of a building or landmark, as it’s taken from above, but not from directly above, which offers a more three-dimensional view than vertical photos.
Aerial photography is commonly used to capture magazine-quality photos of properties, events, locations or other large-coverage areas to showcase them from a more holistic view. Businesses that offer a premium location, a large venue, multiple outdoor amenities or other similar features as major selling points often utilize aerial photography to help prospective customers visualize the full value of their services or offerings.