Aerial Photography: The Essential How-To Guide by Greg McNair
The Bird’s Eye View
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from a bird’s perspective? Have you wondered how you might get a small, or maybe not so small, camera airborn to find out? The book Aerial Photography: The Essential How-To Guide by Greg McNair shows you how to get started with remote controlled (unmanned) aircraft capable of carrying cameras. I recently bought a copy, which I ordered from his website www.aerialphotobook.com for $49.95. This post is a brief review of McNair’s book.
My previous post contained information about an electric helicopter and camera harness for remote controlled aerial photography, the AeriCam. Since the cost of the AeriCam helicopter and camera harness starts around $9k (in kit form), I wondered whether there was a significantly less expensive way to get professional quality aerial photographs and video. Since I was an avid radio-controlled (RC) airplane builder as an adolescent, I thought I’d do a little research to see what could be constructed with current technology. Here’s what I discovered.
How to Pick a Helicopter for Photography
After some research, I discovered that there are radio controlled helicopter kits that are capable of carrying professional still and video cameras. Continue reading →