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Aerial Photography and 3D Mapping

In broad terms, aerial photography is the action of capturing images with cameras from the air. This action can be performed using different airborne platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicle or kite.

The aim of aerial photography is to visualize and illustrate measurements that have been extracted but are not exactly accurate due to distortions.

Aerial Photography: How it Works

Aerial photography is more than simply using air cameras.

There are many elements that must be considered in an air survey to ensure the data is useful enough to determine the investigation.

Seeing certain landscape elements on the ground can be difficult as features can be missed, and assessing some landscape types on foot can be especially daunting, so aerial photographs are ideal to study these landscapes and map them.

Aerial photography has been used for landscape studies, especially in archaeology, for over a century, exposing researchers to the world around us and its elements.

The combination of its broad applications and today’s evolving technology of geographic information systems means that aerial photography still has a lot of potential.

Aerial mapping as a concept can be traced back to military applications introduced between the First and Second World Wars.

Since then, photogrammetric mapping from aerial cameras have become a common feature in civilian life, with government and even the private sector adopting it for topographic mapping.

3D Mapping: Creating Captivating Experiences from Static Objects

Also known as video mapping or projection mapping, 3D mapping is the art of using objects and physical spaces as a projection surface for the creation of amazing visual displays.

This technology employs the use of modern computer programs to provide life-like views of a place or thing on a map.

By playing video, graphics or animation via different textures and shapes, 3D mapping creates a magical experience of light and movement on previously static objects.

Though mapping has a long history, there has been an increase in its accessibility and popularity in recent years. From car designs to projecting color, it now has a wide range of applications. It is also commonly used to transform public spaces or building facades into art on a massive scale.

What’s more, 3D mapping is also used to study human anatomy, enabling doctors view complex organs that were previously only available through autopsies. This tech improvement has helped improve medical science as it has given health professionals a more thorough view of different parts of the body.

Mapping is used in a variety of applications today. It not only makes it possible for people to understand complex ideas, but delivers much more memorable impressions than conventional forms of media. Its potential is huge, and it will only keep growing.

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