Dronography is the branch of photography that deals with using cameras mounted on small, portable drones to capture aerial views of various subjects. This practice differs from conventional aerial photography, which normally makes use of a camera mounted on a manned helicopter or small private plane.
Popular drones for 2015 include the 3DR Solo Drone, DJI Inspire 1, and the Phantom 3 Quadcopter by DJI. These devices have been used to capture breathtaking aerial views of fireworks, volcanoes and undiscovered petroglyphs left by the ancient “Basket Maker” people of Southern Utah. Other models are currently being developed along these lines for civilian use.
Drone cameras are increasingly taking center stage when it comes to the science of capturing bird’s eye views of subjects. Drones can be used for both aerial photography and videography.
Although originally developed by military purposes, such as spying on the movements of enemy combatants in troubled areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan, drone cameras are also being increasingly used in domestic settings. Conservationists in particular are making use of drone cameras to study the movements of wildlife. For example, the migration patterns of whales have recently been studied in depth thanks to video evidence that was captured with the aid of an aerial drone.
Rescue efforts have also been enhanced with the aid of drone cameras. Drone cameras can be used to pinpoint the location of people in dangerous situations, such as survivors of floods, or huge conflagrations.
Other industries, such as real estate, are also making use of drone photography. With the aid of drones, aerial views of properties and the surrounding neighborhood are easier than ever to post on websites. The role of drone photography in many other daily applications is still being developed.
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