Aerial photography is a popular hobby for those who enjoy capturing the world from above. These photos are taken from any airborne vehicle, but helicopters and planes have been the most common methods of taking aerial photographs. There are many ways to take a great aerial photograph, but there’s no way to correct a bad one if you don’t know these 9 tips.
#1 – Choose the right equipment
Choosing the right equipment can be one of the most crucial aspects in aerial photography. The proper equipment will make it easier to capture high-quality pictures that are sharp and clear, which is what you want for your final product. Here are some tips on how to choose the right camera for you!
1 – Choose the right equipment: First off, it’s important to note not all cameras are created equal when it comes to quality. When starting out with aerial photography, you’ll probably want a digital SLR camera due to its size and weight allowing more flexibility in movement while taking photos from an aerial view. If you’re looking for something different or have experience with this type of photography before, there are many other options available such as a GoPro, a super-zoom camera, or a smaller digital compact.
2 – What is your budget? Before choosing the right equipment for aerial photography, it’s important to consider what you can afford to spend on one. Aerial photography can be an expensive practice if you’re not careful because cameras and drones are not cheap! Whatever type of equipment you choose, make sure to do some research first to ensure that the product fits your budget.
3 – What conditions will you be shooting in? Whenever you choose aerial photography equipment, it’s important to consider what type of weather and lighting scenarios you’ll be photographing in. Choosing a camera with many automatic settings can help simplify the process of taking the perfect shot, but it’s still important to have a general knowledge of what type of lighting or weather conditions might work best for what you’re trying to accomplish. Taking pictures in an area with heavy rainfall will produce different results as opposed to taking pictures out on a sunny day.
4 – Will you be using this equipment for other purposes? Aerial photography can be a great hobby and it’s important to choose aerial equipment for this practice, but you need to consider if you plan on using your camera or drone for other purposes. For example, cameras with superzoom capabilities may not produce the best aerial photos because of their size and weight. However, they can still make for great pictures on the ground, making them a good choice for people who use aerial photography as a hobby or side gig.
5 – How often do you plan to use your equipment? This is another important thing to consider when choosing the right camera for aerial photography. If you’re just getting into this type of photography and you don’t mind spending more money on equipment, investing in a high-quality camera with all the bells and whistles would be great. However, if you’re planning to use your camera or drone for multiple purposes, it may be best to opt for something cheaper.
#2 – Prepare for certain conditions
There are many different types of aerial photographs, but if you plan on taking photos while in a helicopter or airplane then there are certain rules you must follow. First, the pilot is always in charge so do not move your camera without asking. It can shift the aircraft and cause accidents during takeoff and landing. Secondly, get permission from anyone who will be in the photo. It’s not just a matter of being polite, but you don’t want to have any legal disputes with these people after the flight. Finally, always have a clear understanding about safety and what will happen if there is an emergency before taking these photos. You can also make your aerial photographs more interesting by taking pictures of things like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam.
#3 – Find a suitable location
Aerial photography is a great way to take your aerial shots and it’s an excellent alternative to using a drone. If you’re looking for the perfect location, here are some tips:
– Look for wide open spaces with little or no obstructions. This will give you the best shot so that there are few distractions in your photos.
– Try to find places where there is no construction going on as this can be distracting in photographs.
– Avoid shooting at night unless you have access to specialized equipment like lights, tripods, etc., that allow you to shoot without being too visible from the ground.
#4 – See the bigger picture
Aerial photography is a great way of seeing the world from a different perspective.
Whereas we might only see what’s directly in front of us, aerial photographs show us everything that surrounds it. It can be difficult to get all these views into one image, but there are some tricks for getting the most out of your aerial photo. To take an effective aerial photograph you need to:
– See the bigger picture and look beyond what’s in front of you;
– Find elements that give depth and context to your shot;
– Keep your horizon straight so as not to distort your images with unwanted curves;
– Make sure you have good light when taking shots in order to avoid shadows or harsh contrasts which would otherwise ruin a photograph.
#5 – Take different exposures
Photographers use a lot of jargon, but one word you’ll hear often is “exposure.” In photography, exposure refers to the amount of light that reaches your camera’s sensor. The more light there is, the easier it will be for your digital camera to capture an image. But if there’s too much or too little light in a scene, you might not get the photo you’re looking for. Here are five tips about how to adjust your exposures:
1) Shoot at different times of day. Midday sun can cast harsh shadows and look unflattering on people’s faces while evening sun can wash out colors and create moody images with deep blue skies and warm orange tones;
2) Use flash when shooting indoors or for portraits;
3) Change the ISO setting when shooting in low light;
4) Use a tripod or some other stabilizer when taking pictures;
5) For a little creativity, experiment with exposure bracketing.
#6 – Watch out for vibrations
There are many reasons why your photos might not come out blurry even though you weren’t using a tripod. One reason is vibrations. Vibrations can happen for lots of reasons, but often it’s because your camera was resting on top of something that was moving. That could be the ground, the steering wheel in a car, or anything else. It also might be because you were touching your camera while it was taking the picture (which means you’ll want to wear gloves). And don’t take pictures if your camera is near an object that’s making regular vibrations!
#7 – Take photos of people from below
Aerial photography is a great way to get an interesting vantage point. But there’s one thing you need to know: don’t take photos of people from below! It can be embarrassing for the person if their face is not in frame and it makes them look like they’re crawling on the ground or something. If you want an aerial photo of someone, make sure that their head will be visible in the frame.
#8 – Get up high
If you’re shooting aerial photography, getting up high is key. The higher the better. This provides a wider view and allows for more creativity with composition than lower altitudes do. It also helps to get above reflective surfaces like water or snow which can reflect your lens flare back into the camera.
– Getting up high will provide you with a wider view that will allow for more creativity in composing your shots.
– Being above reflective surfaces like water or snow will help prevent lens flare from reflecting back into the camera when photographing at low angles of incidence (angles between 0° and 45°) because light rays are not being reflected directly towards the camera’s sensor but rather hitting it at an angle of reflection instead.
– When photographing below an angle of reflection, light rays are being reflected directly towards the camera’s sensor.
#9 – Watch out for dust and fog
Some people take aerial photography for granted, but it’s not as easy as you might think. The air is full of tiny particles that can ruin your photos if you don’t pay attention to them. One type of particle, dust, is very common and usually harmless (unless you have allergies). Dust doesn’t make a big difference in the color or clarity of your photo. On the other hand, fog can really mess up your shots because it makes details hard to see. Fog also changes colors due to how light refracts through water droplets. It’s best just to avoid taking any aerial photos when there are high levels of either dust or fog in the air.