Aircatcher focusses on low budget aerial photography systems which can be used in scientific research, commercial photography or as an art. How to get those nice aerial shots without paying for a plane?

Of course aerial photography is nothing more than photography from a certain height above the ground and ways of lifting cameras are plenty. The most basic form of aerial photography is probably the "camera throwing" photography. But here a little more sophisticated techniques are presented to get a camera aloft.

Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

KAP is probably one of the oldest and most used systems of low budget aerial photography (AP). In KAP a kite is used to lift the camera in the air. The camera is often suspended from the kite line. The camera is normally controlled by remote control (radio).

The single most well known example of KAP is the image of San Francisco just after the 1906 earthquake:

 KAP is a very useful technique and plenty information can be found on the basic priciples. On this website some techniques are presented which are usefull for the scientific use of KAP:

  • Microcontroller controlled camera rigs (automated image collection)
  • Camera calibration of consumer grade digital cameras
  • Photogrammetry using KAP (the creation of digital terrain (elevation) models)