Tips on Aerial Photography

November 25th, 2011

A new aerial image to share with you from the Great Barrier Reef and some very informative tips on aerial photography. This compilation of images was captured over the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns in North Queensland and includes Green Island National Park. For me looking at these images evokes a feeling of calm and peace and just proves how a photograph can exert a positive affect on us.
Keep the following tips handy with you next time you’re fortunate enough to capture some images from the air and if you’d like to learn more refer to my Landscape Photography Tips & Tricks. And for those of you keen to learn even more why not take one of my Private One-on-One Landscape Photography Courses which will teach you everything you need to know to start getting great results fast!

Aerial Landscape Photograph of Great Barrier Reef

Handy Tips of Aerial Photography:
1. Shoot using the following base settings: aperture – f/5.6; shutter speed – 1/800 (set to this using TV priority mode) and set the ISO to whatever is required to achieve the specified aperture keeping in mind to not set it up too high as to not introduce any visible noise

2. Manually focus a millimetre or two back from infinity and use a bit of sticky tape to stick the lens to this point so that it doesn’t move during the aerial shoot whatsoever. This is very important!

3. If you’re trying to water, shoot at midday to achieve turquoise blue water

4. Use a zoom lens – i.e. 70-200mm to try to emphasis patterns (i.e. reef patterns, river and creek systems)

5. Don’t rest any part of your body against the helicopter or plane; your backside should be the only point of contact!

6. Finally, use your largest possible memory card that you have!
Shooting from the air is a lot of fun so most importantly of all have fun!
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One Response to “Tips on Aerial Photography”

  1. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to take aerial photos and how to make them look really nice! I think that I enjoyed when you talked about how you should shoot around midday if you are trying to get a good water shot the most. It has always been my dream to go up in a helicopter over Hawaii and take some really cool photos of the mountains, the beaches, and even the ocean. Thanks for the post, and I will make sure to have fun in the process since that is the most important step of all!

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