How to do Skydiving & Wingsuit Photography

From the same daredevil company that brought you that ridiculous stratospheric freefall (that’s Red Bull, for those unaware) comes this 45-second behind-the-scenes glimpse at how skydivers snap perfectly composed shots, despite plummeting swiftly from an airplane toward certain death:

Red Bull has teamed up with Wolfgang Lienbacher to create this seemingly simple three-step process to show amateurs how it’s done.

Lienbacher starts by using a Sharpie to draw the camera’s point of view on his goggles—even though it’s strapped to his head, he still wants to know where it’s pointing.

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He also has hooked up a hands-free shutter release mechanism, seemingly voice-activated so he can control his helmet SLR with just his vocals. (Hopefully he’s not screaming the whole way down.) He also has a GoPro latched on, so his head must be carrying some serious weight.

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His settings are what you’d expect—a hyper-quick shutter speed of 1/1600 of a second, with a more modest aperture and low ISO to let in as much light as possible, to balance out the exposure.

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And that’s it—the rest is simple. All you have to do is wear a ludicrous wingsuit and jump out of an airplane like a crazy person. Suddenly, professional photography seems easy.

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