ES 555 Small-Format
Aerial Photography

James S. Aber
Emporia State University

Techniques of small-format aerial photography. Acquisition of airphotos with conventional cameras as well as compact digital cameras. Low-altitude, large-scale photography from airplanes, kites and balloons. Handling, scanning, processing, interpretation, enhancement, and display of analog and digital aerial images. Practical field and laboratory exercises. Course is designed for students in the geospatial analysis program.

This course is intended to build upon content from ES 351, in which basic concepts of aerial photography are covered. These concepts will be elaborated with an emphasis on practical exercises based on actual field acquisition of aerial photographs. The course will combine state-of-the-art photographic techniques with computer hardware and software for processing small-format airphotos. ES 555 is required for the graduate certificate in geospatial analysis—see flyer.

An integration of physical, biological, and cultural (human) processes will be stressed for applications and interpretation of aerial photography. For fall 2016, our theme for field practice will be water resources in the Great Plains region.

Course Availability

This course will be taught during the fall semester 2016, August through December. Regular (on-campus) students should enroll through normal procedures for ES 555. The course is also available for distance learning from Emporia State University. Off-campus students should enroll through Distance Education. ES 555 ZA is for undergraduate students; ES 555 XA is graduate credit. In order to receive university credit, students must be officially enrolled and must be in contact with the instructor for course materials and directions.

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Course requirements Course schedule
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Aerial eye blog Learning outcomes

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but the course will not be updated after May 2017.

This course is offered by the Earth Science department for the use and benefit of students enrolled at Emporia State Univeristy. All course curriculum © by the author. Please send your comments to the course instructor, J.S. Aber, e-mail:

Last update: May 2017.