Aerial photography is imagery taken from a drone or other moving objects. The aerial photography platforms include fixed-wing airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”), balloons, blimps and conductors, missiles, pigeons, kites, parachutes, stand-alone telescopes, and vehicle-mounted poles. Mounted cameras may be activated either manually or automatically; a photographer can take hand-held photographs. Aerial photography should not be confused with air-to-air imagery, where one or more aircraft are used in flight as chase planes that “chase” and photograph other aircraft.

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