Introduction: Kite Aerial Photograph - Smartphone

About: I teach Math and Science, and run the robotics club at my school. As Hobby I fly Kites and take Pictures from the kites. You can see the pictures at my Flickr account

So you want to to take Aerial Pictures with your Old Smartphone?

You can do it for a few $'s and I am going to tell you how to do it.

You will also need a Kite, I suggest a Delta Kite and a Smartphone.

I used an old Iphone, and YES the phone is at HIGH RISK of being lost.

Step 1: Parts You Will Need to Take Aerial Pictures

First you need a small crate [ I found mine at staples ] and a few more smaller parts.

You will need two D-clips [ I used the cheap dollar store models, they carry little weight ]

You need 4 screw in eye-screws, a small washer and a flat piece of rubber.

I took a small tripod apart to get the swivel head so I could point the camera where I want it to look at.

Lastly you need some kind of holder for the phone, I used a Kugl holder for the older Iphone.

Step 2: Cutting the Crate to Make the Picavet

We are going to start the pendulum device that stabilize the camera is called a Picavet.

Cut the bottom of the crate down, and screw in the screw-eye's and drill a hole in the middle to attach the Smartphone holder.

Step 3: Put the Camera Rig Together Using the Parts Described

The Phone is held underneath the rectangular plastic crate base.

See picture for the configuration.

The Picavet consists of a pendulum that is attached to the kite rope at two points.

The thread pattern of the Picavet is from, and is pictured for your use.

Step 4: Hanging the Camera [ Smartphone ] on the Kite Lite

Once you have assembled the Rig, you can now use the D-Rings to attach the Rig to the Kite Line

Make sure you add at least one twist to the kite line as you clip the D-Ring onto the Kite Line, or it won't stay where you put it on the line.

You will use an app to fire the smartphone camera, and I will give you that information in the next step.

Step 5: Apps to Use - Time Lapse - Intervalometer

The Apps that fire the camera periodically on a Smartphone are called Intervalometers

Examples are Tine Time Lapse for Android and iMotion for Apple

Now you can go and fly and come home with Aerial Pictures.


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