Exploring photographs of the magnificent places on Earth usually builds up a mystery in your dream while staring at them. What challenges must have the photographer taken to capture these breathtaking shots? Some countries surrounded by the most stunning scenic views such as glaciers penned in-between mountains, breathtaking landscapes, exotic scenery of black deserts, colorful rhyolite hills, snow-capped peaks, moss-covered summits, abyss lakes, and plunging waterfalls attract photographers and tourists for exploration of the untapped natural beauty.
These scenic views are rightly seized through aerial photography, called airborne imagery, which is very popular amongst travelers and has a prominent field if opted along with ample scope for adventurous youngsters. However, it is a job that requires expertise and skills as the pictures are from an aircraft or various flying objects; nevertheless, it is not a piece of cake for anyone and requires multiple experiences and senses. It can be challenging and exciting at the same time while shooting from an always moving body high up in the atmosphere, which even demands fast shutter speeds. Besides, if planes flutter and fly around in the air, keeping the shot steady is a skill to keep your hands on as an aerial photographer. Thus some techniques can influence your traveling experience and journey as an aerial photographer! It would not only make it easier for you but a lot safer too.
At first, practicing aerial photography can be a bit intimidating as there is a short time given in the sky; however, once you start enjoying it, there is no way back. We thought of having an aerial photography shoot; thus, we have compiled some do’s and don’ts that a photographer should be mindful about while captivating picturesque sceneries. The first thing to do while going for an aerial shoot is to ask the pilot several questions about the destination as he is the best companion you need for your journey as he is rather more aware of the luminous intensity and the best time to capture the beauty and panoramic views of the destination. However, doing former research about the place can uplift your snap-shooting game to a greater extent. Reading the article further can help you earn more tips concerning airborne imagery, so let’s start our voyage without further ado.
WHAT SHOULD WE CHOOSE…..?
AIRPLANES ARE THE BEST!
It is better to work in chronological order, so let’s start from the foot by choosing the right transportation mode for you. First and foremost, airliners significantly impact airborne imagery; therefore, specialists recommend high-winged, single-engine planes like a Cessna. The psychology behind it is that high wings do not get in the way of your photography, and there is relatively less turbulence by the window or open doorway than a low-winged aircraft, which also has limited visibility; thus, it does not benefit you to capture a grander canvas.
SAVE ME, MISTER PILOT!!!
While flying, the pilot has command over your life and photography career. Ensuring that the pilot is fully-qualified and somewhat experienced in aerial photography can become an asset for your airborne images. A pilot should have a commercial flying license and be certified as a flying instructor in an ideal situation.
Furthermore, the familiarity of the destination’s pilot is a strong point to have on your side for your photography as he may assist you in planning a flight route that takes benefit of location, the position of the sun for dramatic lighting, minimize travel time, and decide the best loftiness for each site. It encourages you to capture an elegant contrast and color-filled spectacular view, entirely like others out there.
BUY A GOOD CAMERA!!!
Panoramic cameras that use 120 films are virtually distortion-free and can observe more than 90 degrees from different angles. Moreover, they are the right choice as they produce excellent large negatives or transparencies that can enlarge with an incredible detail visible. PORTRAYING A CLEAR, DETAILED, AND STRIKING IMAGE OF THE VIEW AND THUS, GLORIFYING ITS BEAUTY TO A GREATER EXTENT.
IS LENSE AN ISSUE?
Invest today for a better tomorrow. It is not hidden from us that lenses require large dollar bills; however, magnificent aerial photography demands an extraordinary zoom lens that falls in the range of 20 mm to 200 mm for a 35 mm camera. Having zoom skills in your camera saves crucial time as you don’t have to switch lenses to view closer for a more detailed and distinct look.
For medium-format cameras, lens focal lengths should probably not exceed three to three-and-a-half times the camera’s standard lens’s focal length to avoid excessive blurring from vibration.
A wide-angled lens covers a broad area from aircraft flying at high altitudes, and it helps to lessen haze while shooting through it at a low elevation.
UHH…WINDOW NOT MY CHOICE
It is desirable to take photos from an open space without any obstacle as it produces its effects on sharpness and increases the risk of flare.
SAY NO TO WINDOWS!
HAZE IS EQUAL TO A MENACE
Photographers can undoubtedly declare haze as their foe as it dramatically determines the limit of visibility as the elevation rises high above in the atmosphere. Some well-known determinants significantly affect visibility, such as humidity, dust, and smoke particles in the air. Therefore, it is ideal for traveling on days with the least haze, so that visibility remains clear for several miles.
The haze effect can be minimized by using UV filters that help reduce atmospheric reflections or a polarizing filter; however, it has some other adverse effects on the photograph, such as darkening blue skies and whitens clouds. Besides, flying at low altitudes also tends to reduce the haze effect.
FOG AN ALARM OF DANGER
Sometimes, fog does produce grand aerial views that can be fascinating somehow and add an emulsified look to your photography, such as when you are on an island, mountain summit, or clicking a huge building jabbing through it. Yet, at this point, an experienced pilot is necessary so that he can help you out from getting stuck due to fog. Here comes the professional advice: If there is a warning given about zero visibility due to moisture, no matter how important the picture is to you, it’s better to reach safely to your house as there is no climate reliability. Photos can be taken later on if life remains.
High winds and the ascending currents of warm air can affect an aircraft’s maneuverability and prepare for an uncomfortable, jolting ride.
Although you may still have a chance to take pictures in all, it is better to try the other day again to avoid obstacles due to severe weather conditions. Moreover, it is challenging to load film while jostled due to frequent bumping into your camera. Thus be calm and slump back for a day instead of savoring a dangerous bumpy ride on an aircraft resembling a camel ride. However, even a lack of wind is a dilemma as it may incite a build-up of haze. Thus, evaluating weather conditions is an essential key point to note while traveling for an aerial shoot to avoid short notices.
OSCILLATING TEMPERATURE CHANGES
Temperature-wise, winter is said to be the most suitable time to shoot aerial as cold winds prevent the build-up of haze, which in return provides clear visibility; however, holding a camera for so long in a cold airflow may stiffen up your fingers. Nevertheless, precautions can be taken, such as warm articles of clothing, etc. Summer’s are also favorable sometimes, but here comes the heat shimmer for our passionate photographers.
A bright sunny day is what all photographers love; however, the rising heat waves may cause a shimmering effect or reflect light, in return distorting the view. Thus it is advisable to double-check weather forecast before reaching the destination to avoid dilemmas caused due to oscillating temperatures and atmospheric conditions so that you can achieve the craved shoot the next day.
TO ELEVATE OR NOT IS THE QUESTION
Lowering your altitude and getting closer to the subject can significantly impact your photo’s visibility to make it appear more sharply defined and bright. Length is responsible for contrast and brightness as the more the atmosphere between you and the subject, the more significant decline in its clarity and vice versa; moreover, getting closer also enhances the photo’s details, thus giving it rather more defined dimensions. Contrast and color are much improved when there is a minimal haze as haze increases with an increase in altitude; however, attaining an above high picture incorporates an extensive area.
LORD GIVE ME SOME LIGHT!
A morning sunkissed picture is everyone’s favorite as it adds dimension and gives it an alive feel, whereas mostly at noontime, aerial images look even and featureless. In aerial photography light, is considered an essential element as bright sunshine provides contrast for the scenery and adds a dramatic tone to create a warmer look. Thus, morning light helps to lighten the scene. According to professional photographers, aerial pictures are early to mid-morning and early evening games.
Haze never stops interrupting in our photographers’ career as it tends to increase as the day warms up, causing a reduced contrast; thus, too much fog reduces your aerial photography skills.
Most importantly, if you can seek aerial subjects, it can be beneficial for your view as it offers high contrast in the picture.
When tones and color differences between objects on the ground are similar and blended, aerial photographs can look dull. Thus, adding variation to your photos can provide you with satisfaction.
We bet try practicing these tips, and you”ll see your photography skills uplifted after some experiences. Mistakes make you better.
Good luck, and try hard!