Aerial Image Types

Aerial Photography Options - Aerial shot types

With the advent of UAV's for aerial photography, it is now possible to take several different types of shot from different angles, giving different results each time.

High Oblique:

Looking across and down, usually includes the Horizon. Giving a perspective view of the scene plus background, the High Oblique is the most common type of shot. It is not a close up shot, so wouldn't be used to isolate a building or property, it shows the situation in which the property sits in. High Oblique images are taken at around 30 Deg, covering a large area.

Low Oblique:

The Low Oblique images do not show the horizon, and are usually taken to isolate a property, estate etc, you get more detail but less information on where the property sits in relation to the surrounding countryside.

Near Vertical:

Whilst a true vertical image will be straight down, showing the layout of everything within the frame in relation to other buildings or objects, you wont see the front/side etc of buildings, only the roofs. The Near Vertical image gives a bit of perspective, so is nice for large wall canvases, especially when hundreds of images are stitched together to create a large detailed Near Vertical image. Some clients request near verticals and some vertical, this is down to choice.


Looking straight down, the vertical image is great for building sites and planning. Again like Near Vertical, a series of overlapping vertical images can be taken to create massive image dimensions.

Close up:

Close ups are great to frame a building that is being marketed or for brochure/website use to illustrate a premises.


A panorama can either be flat or wrap right around 360 Degrees. Panoramas can be created, the output can be a flat large panoramic image or SWF file for the client to embed easily in their website.

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