I used to think the sky was the limit… I was wrong.
Patricia Filomeno, Ink Graphics Media Drone Pilot
Drone photography is the capture of still images and video by a remotely operated or autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or more commonly as a drone.
USGS aerial photography crew gathers data following the landfall of a hurricane. Digital video and recording system used aboard aircraft during coastal oblique video and photography missions. Aerial video is an emerging form of data acquisition for scene understanding and object tracking. The video is captured by low flying aerial platforms that integrate Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and automated image processing to improve the accuracy and cost-effectiveness of data collection and reduction. Recorders can incorporate in-flight voice records from the cockpit intercom system. The addition of audio narration is an extremely valuable tool for documentation and communication. GPS data is incorporated with a text-captioning device on each video frame. Helicopter platforms enable “low and slow” flights, acquiring a continuous visual record without motion blur.