The collection of aerial campus images from the MIT Image Library had become outdated. Originally shot in 2004 by helicopter, the scans of the 35 mm slides scans were low resolution and included campus buildings that no longer existed. We organized a new aerial photo shoot to reflect the current campus.
We contracted a photographer who used drone technology to deploy a high-resolution camera that could also shoot video. Over the course of three days, we were able to capture most of the campus in high-definition video and high-resolution stills. From the raw files, we created a selection of video clips and stills, which were added to the image library. We also created a short video that captures the spirit of the shoot.
The drone captured unique views of the campus. Many of these images have been used in several MIT communications, including one shot of the MIT dome, which has become an iconic image and a favorite in social media. An oversized print of this image was installed at the MIT Museum.