Aerial Photography

Aerial photography includes several techniques and has many purposes for journalism. The radio-controlled, airborne drone with photographic capability is one of journalism’s latest newsgathering tools. Aerial photography uses an assortment of aircraft and camera technology to achieve the extreme, top-down perspective seen in dramatic news segments of car chases, natural disasters, weather forecasts, and events in which large crowds gather. In addition to drones, aerial images from helicopters and satellites are historically significant in the field of photojournalism.

Definition and History of Aerial Photography

The terminology of aerial photography is varied and includes such monikers as aerial perspective, aerovision, aerial shot, bird’s-eye-view, god’s-eye view, vertical shot, atmospheric shot, Olympian perspective, and panoramic view. Aerial photography includes images that are classified as high-angle camera shots. But the ...

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