Wild & Wacky Facts About Aerial Photography

Aerial photography is an incredibly unique field. There’s no other industry that gives you an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of everything from stunning natural landscapes to new construction, well sites, natural disasters, and more. At Imagewerx Aerial Photography, we consider ourselves truly fortunate to get to work in such an exciting, thrilling, and unique industry. This week, we are taking the opportunity to share with you some interesting, lesser-known fun facts about aerial photography.


Fun, Interesting Facts About Aerial Photography

1 – In the very beginning, photographers used a variety of different methods to get their cameras into the air. Historical accounts of aerial photography mention using things such as kites, balloons, pigeons, and rockets.

2 – Today, aerial photographs are captured from any number of flying mechanisms. In addition to the original methods we just listed, modern aerial photographers may use airplanes, helicopters, drones, blimps, and parachutes.

3 – The first aerial photographer was a Frenchman named Gaspar Felix Tournachon. He was also a balloonist.

4 – Gaspar Felix Tournachon often published his photographs under the pseudonym “Nadar.”

5 – Nadar captured his first aerial photographs by using the “collodion wet plate process,” which involved a complicated process of coating, sensitizing, exposing, and developing the photographic material in a “portable darkroom” within a span of approximately 15 minutes. He did all of this from his hot air balloon.

6 – Archaeology was one of the very first fields to use aerial photography for scientific advancement.

7 – Aerial photography is used for countless different purposes, including real estate, mapping, landscape studies, advertising, etc. It is also still used by modern archaeologists.

8 – The first photograph taken from an airplane was captured in 1908 by L. P. Bonvillain. Wilbur Wright was the pilot for the aircraft.

9 – In 1909, Wilbur Wright also served as the pilot for the first aerial movie.

10 – In 1935, Captain Albert Stevens was the first photographer to capture an image showing the curvature of the Earth’s surface. In order to take the picture, he flew a hot air balloon named Explorer II to a record-breaking altitude of 72,395 feet.

11 – The science of making measurements and maps from photographs is called “photogrammetry.”

12 – Aerial photography first became a popular method to perform valuable reconnaissance over enemy troupes during World War I.

13 – Aerial photography doesn’t always take place outside. In some cases, drone photography is used indoors to capture interior images.

14 – Aerial photography is different than air-to-air photography. In aerial photography, the photographer captures images of subjects that are on the ground. In air-to-air photography, the pilot captures images of other aircraft while they are flying.


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The art of aerial photography has grown and evolved quite a bit over the past century. At Imagewerx Aerial Photography, we are proud to play a part in the continued evolution of our field. If you should find yourself in need of an aerial photographer in Colorado or the surrounding states, we would be honored to serve you in any way we can. To learn more about our aerial photography services in the Rocky Mountains, visit our website: www.imagewerx.com

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