While you probably won’t need to learn about the various aspects of aerial photography to benefit from its use, understanding about them could help you choose which option you want. It is always helpful to know a little information about what you want from others, to ensure that you sound knowledgeable and can help them determine the best needs for you. Technical terminology isn’t usually hard to learn, and can help make sure there aren’t any misconceptions.
Oblique (High and Low)
Any of the oblique aspects is common. The oblique version is shown while at an angle to the ground, so it is not directly overhead. If you ask for oblique, you’ll be requested to elaborate, because there are high, low, wide or close-up versions. High Oblique options include some of the horizon (skyline) while low oblique options do not.
Near vertical photography means that the camera is positioned almost vertically though it’s not considered a perfect measurement. They can be used to see the general area of the land for redesigning and planning purposes. Special cameras aren’t needed, but aircraft must be adapted to get a clear shot.
True vertical options are exactly 90 degrees down from the centre point and usually require specialty cameras and many measurements and planning. This option gives a map-like perspective that can be scaled as a regular map.
The wide-shot is part of the oblique version and can be used to show the subject with its surroundings. This can work well if you want to get all the roadways in and around your business, to help make it easier to find you. While most wide-shots are oliques, they can also be near-verticals.
The close-up option is taken close so that what you want to be pictured fills the frame or fills it as much as possible. They can be used to capture more details or to create impact. If you are going to use a close-up, it works best to know ahead of time. While you can enlarge other options, the results won’t be as precise.
A panorama typically means a very big wide shot, which includes the horizon and a larger area. They are usually created by taking up to eight single shots and then using computer software to stitch them together seamlessly. You can have a regular panorama and a 360-degree panorama view.
Understanding the different asspect of aerial photography can help you determine which one you may need.
Source: VisionAir Alternative Imaging Solutions