Planning an aerial photography session may require a bit more than just photography expertise. If anything, the whole logistics of setting the flyovers to get the best shots possible is, for itself, mind blowing. Each picture is directly influenced by the pilot you’re working with, so one of the very first things you may want to consider when planning an aerial shooting is communication — deeply and thoroughly plan and explain it, both before and during the photo shoot.
Here, Graham Uden takes us on a short trip to Hong Kong where he performed an aerial shooting for Southside Magazine. Take a look as he roughly describes this photographic adventure:
Key Points to Keep in Mind
- Make sure you don’t shoot through glass, as it may be appropriate to remove the helicopter’s windows. And also don’t use lens hoods, as the wind will certainly catch from the side of the hood, making it impossible to get a steady shot;
- Of course the lens choice is ultimately up to you, but it’s essential to have several DSRLs, one for each lens choice you’ve made – that way, you’ll avoid having to change the lenses, which lessens the risk of dropping them on the helicopter;
- Be sure to establish a clear and concise communication with your pilot. A set of appropriate devices (headphones+mic) should always be used, as it also allows to hear air traffic controls, in case of flight restrictions — you’re only allowed to shoot populated areas above 1000ft.
And look how wonderful it can turn out to be…
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