No Budget For A Drone? Put Your GoPro On A Kite Instead

Jul 24, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

No Budget For A Drone? Put Your GoPro On A Kite Instead

Jul 24, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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If you’ve never heard of the method being used before, attaching your camera to a kite may sound kind of sketchy at first, but the aerial photography technique has actually been around since the late 1800’s. In 1912, a french inventor by the name of Pierre Picavet invented the Picavet suspension, which allowed photographers to mount cameras to balloons and kites while providing leveling to the camera as it flew through the air.

Though the art of kite aerial photography has mostly gone to the wayside, there’s still a devoted group of enthusiasts out there that are keeping the hobby alive. Once of them being YouTube user, QueDecree. In the video clip below, the Australian kite aerial photographer shows you how to get your kite and camera up in the air, and also shares some pointers on assembling the rig. 

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The kite and Picavet system probably won’t offer the level of stability you would be looking for if you wanted to capture aerial video–a proper gimbal is probably best for that–but this relatively inexpensive DIY project has a lot of potential for getting some good, sharp aerial stills. (Plus, who doesn’t love flying a kite?)

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If you’re interested in building your own aerial kite rig, there’s a lot of resources available on the internet–I suggest you first head over to the DIYP post, Kite Photography 101. The Picavet PublicLab is also a great starting point that’s chock full of Picavet builds, and there’s also this great this great DIY from Matt Silver over on Instructables.

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9 responses to “No Budget For A Drone? Put Your GoPro On A Kite Instead”

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    Anonymous

    15 years ago.

  2. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg

    Helium balloons…..

  3. Russell Heidler Avatar
    Russell Heidler

    Good idea and tips.

  4. Matthias Meyer Avatar
    Matthias Meyer

    great idea

  5. Richard Dean Mamoyac Avatar
    Richard Dean Mamoyac

    As long as it’s FAA approved ?

    1. Tom Benedict Avatar
      Tom Benedict

      Kites have been on the FAA’s books for as long as the FAA has existed. In the US the rules are pretty straightforward: Keep it more than five miles from an airport. Keep everything under 500′. Keep it under five pounds. You CAN exceed those rules, but only after approval from the FAA and a NOTAM.

  6. Courtney Hoskin Avatar
    Courtney Hoskin

    Raphael Beazley

  7. Graham Dae Wu Avatar
    Graham Dae Wu

    $500 gopro on $5 kite….yeah no thanks.

    1. livinlynn Avatar
      livinlynn

      The kite being used is about $100.00, and is a Ram Air kite. It is far more stable than any $500.00 drone. Also it won’t crash when the batteries run out.