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61 Amazing Kite Aerial Photography Images

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ZERO wind AutoKAP in Auyuituiq Park, Bafin Island

Aerial Photography is something that many people would love to be able to do but find is out of their budget. One more affordable way to go about it is to try some Kite Aerial Photography (KAP).

Hey batta batta!

The 61 images in this post are all arial shots taken by strapping a camera to a kite to elevate it. It’s not something for the faint of heart as you are putting your camera at risk but the results can be pretty amazing in the right setting.

Red Sea 1995

KAP Trial Bikes @ Portinfer

Getting up high with your camera attached to a kite gives a fresh perspective on a scene and can highlight patterns, textures and shadows that might not be evident to anyone at ground level.

Aliens go to Braccagni I - R7573

Don’t just duct tape your camera to your kite though – most serious kite aerial photographers use purpose built rigging to get their shots like these:

KAP Rig - July 2009

KAP Rig as of 5 March, 2012

There’s a heap of information on KAP online – Google it and you’ll be sure to find some great advice. Now back to some great Kite Aerial Photography images – Enjoy!

Statue of Liberty 2009

Untitled

KAP of a hotel pool in Beberibe, CE, Brazil - 05

Porto de Galinhas - Verde e Amarelo.

Many Hondas!

Stone fishing in Maupiti 15 of 16

Le Mont Saint Michel (Manche-FR)

Tom

Autokap at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Aug 03, 2008

Coney Island Polar Bears usher in 2009

wood national cemetery

Spinner-Dolphins-5680

Phranang beach à Railay

kites on ice

Falcon Attacks (KAP Rig) @ The China Great Wall

Reloj de arena 2 :)

the chat

KAP of a hotel pool in Beberibe, CE, Brazil - 03

Lone Swimmer at Lido Beach, Florida

Rice terraces, Sideman, Bali

Mini golf overhead

The Secret Life of Aliens

Aliens go to Braccagni IV- R7929

Children at Baltic Beach

AutoKAP from the SV/Star Flyer

MORNING_WALK

Le Mont Saint Michel (Manche-FR)

Champ de blé à Fontenailles (Calvados-FR)

Durrat al Bahrain

Ready to ride

4th of July, Jobos (img_6854+)

Playa 2

Umbrella Convention - Kite Over Avalon, NJ USA

Choice seats

strand puerto del carmen (6)

Orthogonal - R4263

Vazon Rakeart

Campus panorama

Phra Pha Daeng

KAP Trial Bikes @ Portinfer

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

Piscine de Tipaerui

Marken, buurtschap Rozewerf

Full Crop Circle and String

Mont Saint Michel (Manche-FR)

Waves III - R5839

360° x 120° Panorama View of West Coast, Singapore

Pineda de Mar 2

The young woman and the beach

boys on the barn

combat

Moisson à Maizières (Calvados-FR)

Falaises d'Etretat (Seine Maritime-FR)

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Scottc

    Those are great photographs, I especially like the ones of Le Mont St Michele.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/

  • Mei Teng

    Absolutely stunning and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jeff

    These are great shots. I would have appreciated/enjoyed/welcomed knowing where the various pictures were taken. I know it is extra work, but knowing which landmarks and areas are included is very instructive.

  • Just awesome. I want to go out now and make one of those remote controlled contraptions for my old 350D that I don’t mind destroying. Some of the coolest photos I’ve seen in a while.

  • The are pretty cool, actually thats not doing these images justice. These images are great !

  • Awesome bird’s eye view shots presented here.

    I have a couple of bird’s eye view shots that I would like to share:

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/vista/ea5de85b
    Taking a stroll in a maze of tea crops in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/streetshots/e2f63f335
    At the wet market

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/streetshots/e3c2f552f
    Shopping frenzy

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/boatseries/e38cddcac
    Boat in Putrajaya

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/people-uprising-rally112/e52129184
    People’s Uprising Rally in Kuala Lumpur on 12 January 2013

  • Amazing photos!

  • raghavendra
  • Over the Alps

  • AMAZING!!!!!

  • wow, really cool shots! really impressive.

  • Jeff – if you click the link you’ll be taken to the photographers page on Flickr where they sometimes give that information.

  • For a great tutorial on KAP Photography used for archaeological research in Peru, check out this page on our website: http://svcs.net/tutorials/kite-aerial-photography.

  • I’ve been doing KAP since 2009 and one of the things I frequently hear from photographers is a fear of dangling their camera from a kite string. The truth, however, is that in all my time flying KAP I have never once crashed a camera. I have, however, crashed kites prior to mounting the camera. Those events told me it was too windy. I’ve also had days in which the kite will barely get off the ground, which clearly indicates that it won’t lift a camera either. Once my, 9 foot wing span, kite is airborne in a gentle breeze I often find it to be hard work to bring the kite down. Therefore I’ve never had any worries about crashing a camera.

    I find that when photographing people it’s best to have the camera only 10 or 20 feet off the ground. When photographing building, I’ve found it best to put the camera at roof top level. And when photographing landscapes, beaches, rivers, etc… it’s best to put the camera as high as it can go, (in my case is approximately 500 feet).

  • Awesome pictures 🙂 – good to give links of information of photographers – thanks for posting !!

  • Those ariel views are awesome..

    One of the very few shots that i took in my city

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/msranjith/8353864802/in/photostream

  • really all your tutorials and photos are very very supportive to me. now gets more confident to take good photographs. still I am waiting more lessons from you sir. this a big chance to study photography with ouy a single penny. my hearty wishes and thanks you sir.

  • if i get my camer up How do you get to set it off to take photos

  • Alain

    To Jeff:
    Leave your mouse pointer on each image… you should get the info you wish for.
    AT

  • harsha

    this is just too awesome! how to control the angle for the camera btw?

  • Justin Donie

    I guess I’d feel a bit more “in control” if there was a motor and wings holding my camera in the air, but the concept of an “aloft” camera is totally awesome. Gotta love that.

  • That’s a great collection of KAP photos!
    I’ve been doing KAP for a little while, and it is very rewarding.
    You can see some of my KAP photos at http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/tags/KAP

  • OMG! I want to try that, bit scary and complicated though…

  • Geoff Naylor

    It seems to be important that you don’t see the string holding the kite. The first image, while being a lovely boat photo, loses some ‘street cred’ -if you know what I mean – because the string’s visible.
    Another no-no is when the subjects look up. The magic disappears somehow.
    But it’s a great method to get an unusual view…

  • I am absolutely speechless! These are so, so amazing!

  • jessesToons

    Those were absolutely the most amazing pictures I’ve ever seen! I have just recently learned about aerial cinematography Utah. I can’t get enough of it, I keep looking up pictures and researching it. I love love love it so much. Maybe I should look into going into it for a career? Thanks again for sharing!

  • waw!!!!! amazing shots!!!!

  • Wow. I would love to get into aerial photography… I just don’t think i could trust a kite with my DSLR.

  • You can use a cheap HD keychain video camera:
    http://www.armadale.org.uk/aerialtechniquesforchildren.htm

  • dowdleoliver

    That’s a great collection, I find some of the best snaps. http://brettprice.photodeck.com/ is an equally good website for the Aerial Photos.

  • Great selection, indeed. Please visit me at http://www.nicopix.com. Doing KAP for almost 20 years now, mostly in India. Cheers!

  • Fervil

    I cant believe in my eyes that i just seen an incredible photos using the KAP method! It’s really amazing how Aerial photography creates an astounding quality of pictures. KAP is surely the cheapest way for aerial photography but my concern is regardless for the stability and the safety on the camera, that’s why some uses RC drones for easy use and as it move according to your controls. But to be honest, the photos are really amazing! Keep posting aerial photos! God speed!

    Fervil – Precision Hawk

    http://precisionhawk.com/

Some Older Comments

  • nicolas chorier June 4, 2013 12:42 pm

    Great selection, indeed. Please visit me at www.nicopix.com. Doing KAP for almost 20 years now, mostly in India. Cheers!

  • dowdleoliver April 18, 2013 09:58 pm

    That's a great collection, I find some of the best snaps. http://brettprice.photodeck.com/ is an equally good website for the Aerial Photos.

  • John Wells February 13, 2013 12:28 am

    You can use a cheap HD keychain video camera:
    http://www.armadale.org.uk/aerialtechniquesforchildren.htm

  • tonedeaff February 11, 2013 01:04 pm

    Wow. I would love to get into aerial photography... I just don't think i could trust a kite with my DSLR.

  • majiemalate February 11, 2013 02:58 am

    waw!!!!! amazing shots!!!!

  • jessesToons January 29, 2013 06:22 am

    Those were absolutely the most amazing pictures I've ever seen! I have just recently learned about aerial cinematography Utah. I can't get enough of it, I keep looking up pictures and researching it. I love love love it so much. Maybe I should look into going into it for a career? Thanks again for sharing!

  • Monica Justesen Photography January 23, 2013 05:25 am

    I am absolutely speechless! These are so, so amazing!

  • Geoff Naylor January 21, 2013 07:54 am

    It seems to be important that you don't see the string holding the kite. The first image, while being a lovely boat photo, loses some 'street cred' -if you know what I mean - because the string's visible.
    Another no-no is when the subjects look up. The magic disappears somehow.
    But it's a great method to get an unusual view...

  • Esther January 20, 2013 01:54 am

    OMG! I want to try that, bit scary and complicated though...

  • Martin January 19, 2013 08:49 pm

    That's a great collection of KAP photos!
    I've been doing KAP for a little while, and it is very rewarding.
    You can see some of my KAP photos at http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/tags/KAP

  • Justin Donie January 19, 2013 04:48 pm

    I guess I'd feel a bit more "in control" if there was a motor and wings holding my camera in the air, but the concept of an "aloft" camera is totally awesome. Gotta love that.

  • harsha January 19, 2013 02:19 pm

    this is just too awesome! how to control the angle for the camera btw?

  • Alain January 19, 2013 01:01 pm

    To Jeff:
    Leave your mouse pointer on each image... you should get the info you wish for.
    AT

  • philip January 19, 2013 12:48 pm

    if i get my camer up How do you get to set it off to take photos

  • Thomas George January 18, 2013 10:26 pm

    really all your tutorials and photos are very very supportive to me. now gets more confident to take good photographs. still I am waiting more lessons from you sir. this a big chance to study photography with ouy a single penny. my hearty wishes and thanks you sir.

  • Ranjith January 18, 2013 07:27 pm

    Those ariel views are awesome..

    One of the very few shots that i took in my city

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/msranjith/8353864802/in/photostream

  • Abhishek @WildNavigator January 18, 2013 06:24 pm

    Awesome pictures :) - good to give links of information of photographers - thanks for posting !!

  • Gary Howell January 18, 2013 12:24 pm

    I've been doing KAP since 2009 and one of the things I frequently hear from photographers is a fear of dangling their camera from a kite string. The truth, however, is that in all my time flying KAP I have never once crashed a camera. I have, however, crashed kites prior to mounting the camera. Those events told me it was too windy. I've also had days in which the kite will barely get off the ground, which clearly indicates that it won't lift a camera either. Once my, 9 foot wing span, kite is airborne in a gentle breeze I often find it to be hard work to bring the kite down. Therefore I've never had any worries about crashing a camera.

    I find that when photographing people it's best to have the camera only 10 or 20 feet off the ground. When photographing building, I've found it best to put the camera at roof top level. And when photographing landscapes, beaches, rivers, etc... it's best to put the camera as high as it can go, (in my case is approximately 500 feet).

  • Maury January 18, 2013 11:33 am

    For a great tutorial on KAP Photography used for archaeological research in Peru, check out this page on our website: http://svcs.net/tutorials/kite-aerial-photography.

  • Darren Rowse January 18, 2013 10:55 am

    Jeff - if you click the link you'll be taken to the photographers page on Flickr where they sometimes give that information.

  • Robert January 18, 2013 09:43 am

    wow, really cool shots! really impressive.

  • Ben Chapman January 18, 2013 09:41 am

    AMAZING!!!!!

  • Nick January 18, 2013 05:45 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicksk/3241304547/in/set-72157610676909040

  • Nick January 18, 2013 05:43 am

    Over the Alps

  • raghavendra January 18, 2013 01:24 am

    Aerial view of train

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.in/2011/08/train-comes.html

  • John Vinny Marquez January 17, 2013 11:56 pm

    Amazing photos!

  • Zain Abdullah January 17, 2013 07:58 pm

    Awesome bird's eye view shots presented here.

    I have a couple of bird's eye view shots that I would like to share:

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/vista/ea5de85b
    Taking a stroll in a maze of tea crops in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/streetshots/e2f63f335
    At the wet market

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/streetshots/e3c2f552f
    Shopping frenzy

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/boatseries/e38cddcac
    Boat in Putrajaya

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/people-uprising-rally112/e52129184
    People's Uprising Rally in Kuala Lumpur on 12 January 2013

  • Dewan Demmer January 17, 2013 07:43 pm

    The are pretty cool, actually thats not doing these images justice. These images are great !

  • Tony January 17, 2013 06:02 pm

    Just awesome. I want to go out now and make one of those remote controlled contraptions for my old 350D that I don't mind destroying. Some of the coolest photos I've seen in a while.

  • Jeff January 17, 2013 11:27 am

    These are great shots. I would have appreciated/enjoyed/welcomed knowing where the various pictures were taken. I know it is extra work, but knowing which landmarks and areas are included is very instructive.

  • Mei Teng January 17, 2013 11:23 am

    Absolutely stunning and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • Scottc January 17, 2013 10:26 am

    Those are great photographs, I especially like the ones of Le Mont St Michele.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/

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