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Aerial Photography

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This is an open source community effort to develop low-cost aerial photography platforms for a range of conditions. All open hardware and software efforts are welcome here!

Join in by:

  • Reading about goals and asking great questions
  • Trying (and critiquing) our community-made how-to guides
  • Posting your own how-to guides and mods
  • Building on others’ work; hack and remix the kits to refine and expand them
  • Submit your improvements for inclusion in an upcoming starter kit release or add-on
  • Serving on a Research Review Group for a 3 month period

Activity Grid

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Pole NDVI of deer grazing experiment - @cfastie - - 0 replications: Try it »
DIY Mini Kite Kit first flight field-test - @mathew 1h easy 1 replications: Try it »
Graze anatomy experiment - @cfastie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Youth Balloon Mapping Workshop Complete! - - @mjain26 - - 0 replications: Try it »
Host a balloon mapping workshop - - @liz - - 37 replications: Try it »
Floating camera rig build - @eustatic - - 0 replications: Try it »
Adding GPS logging to a kite or balloon aerial photography rig verify - @cfastie - medium 0 replications: Try it »
Make a simple mylar/trash bag delta kite - - @warren 1h easy 0 replications: Try it »
Coded ground control points - - @Jasja - - 0 replications: Try it »
PET Bottle & Rubber Band Rig build - @mathew 3h easy 1 replications: Try it »
Selecting Kite Flight Launch Sites in Centerville - - @Olivia - - 0 replications: Try it »
Fly a small camera on a very portable (squid-shaped) sled kite - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Analyzing Thacher Insulation: an Aerial Thermal Mapping Project - - @NIKIBOPOLOUS - - 0 replications: Try it »
easy cut delta kite plans build - @mathew 3h easy 0 replications: Try it »
How to decide on a tool for mapping - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Use a rubber band and knotted string to trigger a camera build complete @mathew 15m easy 0 replications: Try it »
Easy Kites for Kite Trains build - @mathew - easy 0 replications: Try it »

Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.

Starter Kits

Public Lab’s Kits initiative offers starter kits for kite and balloon photography. The point of the kits is to provide a shared reference design for building experimental setups onto. You can also use our guides as a resource for building or purchasing materials of your own.

Public Lab Store's Aerial Photography and Mapping Kits

Visit the Balloon Mapping Materials Page

Visit the Kite Mapping Page

Visit the Pole Mapping Page