Aerial photography refers to photos taken from an elevated position. When you first consider aerial types of photography, you may think of airplanes or perhaps helicopters. While many aerial photos are taken from planes and helicopters, there are many other options as well. Aerial photography can be taken from tall buildings, hot air balloons, parachutes, blimps and even using kites.
Aerial photography has numerous purposes, such as cartography, which is the study and making of maps, land development and planning, environmental studies, archaeology and even movies or commercial advertising.
If aerial photography is one of the types of photography you are considering as a career, start out by taking photos as straight down as possible from rooftops or big windows in skyscrapers. You may want to think about learning to fly an airplane or helicopter. If you have a fear of heights, this type of photography is probably not for you.