How to take Aerial Photography

How to take Aerial Photography

  • Naturally enough, aerial views of the landscape tend to look radically different from pictures taken at ground level, but the difference is really just a matter of degree. Aerial photography simply takes the adoption of a high viewpoint to the logical conclusion.

  • Around take-off and landing you can take satisfactory aerial landscapes from a commercial passenger aircraft, provided that you avoid the vibration of the fuselage and reflections from the window. A rubber lens hood pressed up against the glass helps in both these respects.

  • Exposure meters often give misleading readings in aerial photography, so take a reading on the ground before take-off, and a second in-flight. Split the difference to find the ideal setting. Depth of field is riot a problem, because the whole scene is distant, so set the fastest shutter speed you can.

  • The principal enemy in aerial photography is haze, so a clear day is best. Take pictures as soon after dawn as possible: later in the day heat blurs the view. Photographs taken in the early morning have the additional advantage of long shadows, which pick out indistinct marks on the ground.

  • Take note that hot air balloons rise up rapidly, so don't skimp on film while the gondola is still close to the ground (below). Higher up you may see only roofs.

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