The mystique of flying along with the beauty of the machines naturally attracts photographers.

Both professionals and amateurs alike are drawn to photographing all types of amazing flying machines.

Aviation photography has a community of its own and it is fast growing. On the Heli Addiction community forum, we have a dedication to the very topic.

Tripod or no tripod

For all types of photography, there is often a need for tripod usage. With aviation photography, however, there is very little need for a tripod.

With aviation photography, you need to be able to hold your camera and lens firm and supported with your body as the tripod. If you are panning to take an image (because you have a moving subject) you move your body at the waist keeping your feet firm and your camera firm in your hands. Remember that practice will make perfect.

Lighting is the friend or foe of photographers

As you may know, early mornings and late afternoons provide amazing light for capturing images in general. For capturing aircraft you will find that there are mostly flying during the day. This is where you will need to make angles and clouds and even the sun work in your favour.

The lens choice

Are you a Canon or Nikon fan?

A bit like the Holden and Ford fans of old there are many photographers who a very strict with their choice of equipment.

The 1st choice of lens should be a 100-400 as if you can only afford to buy one this will do everything you need it to.


If I can offer one tip – PRACTICE

Get familiar with your camera and the settings you have. Shutter speed changes both up and down can make your images dynamic.

Remember to be thankful for digital cameras as we can take thousands of photos to get the perfect single shot. There is no waiting for the film to be developed to see if we have anything to show for our efforts.

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