Video Camera with stabilised mounting in light aircraft
DSLR mounted on gyro stabiliser
Dredging and beach reclamation from the air
Dave White has kindly supplied these photographs. Niall Ferguson has penned this appreciation of Dave’s talk. Mark Wycherley has provided the links to some of the sites, equipment and apps mentioned in Dave’s talk.
Adventures in Aerial Photography
David White gave us a comprehensive description of his career in aerial photography from early beginnings in 1994, when he did a variety of other things to maintain an income stream, until now when he has a full-time business (Heliview) with a principal base at Popham Airfield . Using two Cessna aircraft (a 172 and a 177), and others that he charters as needed, including helicopters, David has a portfolio of clients in many industries, including the BBC, Local Government, estate agents, and some of the giants of the construction industry. Apart from its ‘bread and butter’ air to ground photography Heliview also does ‘air to air’ photography for clients such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows.
As well as showing us examples from his impressive portfolio, David explained the technical aspects of his craft – from the camera settings needed to get a moving propeller arc, through the workings of gyroscopic camera mounts and how to use them, to the highly complex flight paths and software needed for 3-D modelling for construction projects.
Overall, a most informative and fascinating description of an extremely technical part of the photography industry from the head of a successful and highly professional company. A talk that left some of us wanting to spend some time getting more practical experience of aerial photography with David’s company.
Additional links added by Mark W:
For those listening in on the technologies mentioned, the gyro David demonstrated was from Kenyon.
The 3D gallery site David mentioned was Sketchfab.