The founders of Elevated Element, Terry & Belinda Kilby, are dedicated to helping spread the word about this amazing technology, both in their native Baltimore, Maryland as well as around the world. From the very beginning, they have spent a percentage of their time working with both kids and adults to learn the basics of unmanned technology.
In 2013, drone based Aerial Photography was still a pretty new idea to even some of the early adopters. Terry & Belinda had already been collecting images around the Baltimore, Maryland region for a number of years and were approached by the city to assemble an exhibition of aerial photos. The venue to be used was the 27th floor observation deck of the World Trade Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This is one of the more exciting gallery spaces around the city and one perfectly picked for this type of art. The show was booked six months in advance and the team realized that they could also assemble the contents of the show into a photo book to be released at the same time as the opening. At the time they didn’t realize it, but this would prove to be the first photo book created entirely with drone related photos. The book is still available today on Amazon and is titled, Drone Art: Baltimore.
The release of their first book caught the attention of several publishing houses and editorials around the technology world. Terry & Belinda got the opportunity to write articles for several publications including Make Magazine. Make is the original maker movement monthly publication and also has a series of books that take a deeper dive into specific topics, such as drones. In 2014 Terry & Belinda began talks to author the title Make: Getting Started with Drones. The book takes a look at the aircraft they have been building over the years and teaches readers how to build their own from scratch. The final publication was released in 2015. Make: Getting Started with Drones was the #1 New Release on Amazon in its category the month it was released and still continues to sell to this day. It has been translated into a number of different languages and the authors get emails from readers all around the world.
Beyond the writing completed for their own two books, Elevated Element has been invited to contribute pieces to several well-known periodicals. They wrote an article for xyHt Magazine to describe their workflow and processes in aerial mapping for geospatial professionals working in the field. At the time, the use of drones in this space was a game-changer compared to traditional methods used for capturing 2D and 3D aerial data. Most recently, Elevated Element has written for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Leadership Forum's journal on using drones in historic preservation, documentation and visualization. Terry presented the main ideas of this piece at PastForward, the NTHP Conference held in Chicago in November, 2017. The article that describes how Elevated Element uses drone technology to develop visualizations and virtual tours of historic sites will be released in the forum's Spring 2018 journal. Terry and Belinda have also had build photos and instructions published in a couple of Make Magazine's drone issues as well as having one of their aerial photo of Baltimore's iconic Patterson Park Pagoda included in National Geographic Traveler. Finally, a few of their custom built UAVs along with the story of how they developed their aerial imaging service company was featured in Entrepreneur.