Kite Photography

Some Typical Images

Kite photography enthusiasts set out to capture interesting or historic scenes from the air. Maybe an unusual landscape with features that can only be seen from the air. Perhaps a famous castle or an interesting modern building complex.

With a light enough camera, you could even use a home-made kite like the Dowel Rokkaku or other kites in those eBooks over there on the right.

Web-surfing for aerial photos one day, one photograph really caught my eye...

It was an air-to-air shot of a big flow-form kite at a kite festival. The flying kite takes up most of the frame, with the beach and ant-like crowd far below. This is a reversal of the usual 'people on the sand, with kites far away in the sky'!

The book Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton on Amazon shows how great photography can be performed from the vantage point of a flying kite. The reviewers loved this book!




Kite Photography - looking down...A KAP 'selfie'

Looking around at some KAP images on the web, I found that many hobbyists have a fascination with photographing themselves from the kite while it is still very low!



An interesting circular building, seen from the air.A favorite KAP subject - buildings

Another quite common class of shot is the architectural view. Nice buildings from unusual angles in other words! Or perhaps spectacular buildings, extremely old buildings, buildings in magnificent settings. And so on. Aerial photography using kites is open to a lot of creativity.


Others are even more creative and try hard to make artistic statements with their best pictures. For example, a collection of brightly colored sailing boat sails on the beach, with the boats themselves largely hidden. Sometimes, fish-eye lenses are used to good effect, and filters can completely alter the tone of the scene. The artistry can be more important than the subject matter, in some cases.

Talking about boats, here's an interesting aerial shot of hulls from an unusual angle...





Digital cameras are widely used in aerial photography using kites. In fact, their use in KAP has pretty much stayed in step with their popularity with the general public. Initially, the cheaper cameras just couldn't take a decent picture compared to a 35mm film camera. As we all know, that is not the case now! A large and growing number of people world-wide are enthusiastically snapping digital pictures.




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This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

Every kite design in the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...

  • Materials are plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
  • Tools are a ruler, scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
  • All cuts are along straight lines.

For the greatest chance of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough, since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small differences from my original.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Parachute kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



What's New!

  1. The Classic Cody Kite

    Aug 23, 17 06:00 AM

    This previously published page gives a quick insight into the structure and materials of the original 'War Kites' by Samuel Cody. Plus some history and photos of course. Intriguing stuff...

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7