PhotographyTips.com - the #1 guide to better conventional and digital photography Become a Member iPhone Posing GuideGuide to Posing the Female Model BookGuide to Posing the Model CD
Search
Login

Member Login

Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Find us on Flickr
Connect with us on LinkedIn

SPONSORS

Sell Photos Online

FEATURED SITES


Aerial photography tips & techniques


Taking pictures from high altitude.


The beauty of a remote region captured from the air.
The beauty of a remote region captured from the air.

“I’ve been living here for twenty years and was amazed at how much more clearly I understood the area after seeing your aerial photographs.”

“I have fished that spot since my father was alive, and had no idea it looked so beautiful from the air.”

These comments and variations of them were frequently heard by a photographer following the publication of a calendar showing his aerial views of a seaside community. They are evidence that aerial photography provides us with a completely different perspective regarding familiar places and buildings (even our own homes) that we think we know well. It also allows us to view locales that are otherwise difficult if not impossible to get to.

There is a feeling of excitement about aerial photographs that seems to affect almost everyone. Just about every photographer is tempted to take to the skies to capture images from above. It's exhilirating, especially your first time. And very rewarding when your pictures turn out as you hope. But, there is much to know before you hop into a plane with your camera. When your turn comes, the tips and hints in this section will help you to be ready for it.

Click on the links at the bottom of this page to get started.

SEND IN YOUR TIPS

You may have your own tips and pointers about aerial photography that our viewers would benefit from knowing about. Send them in, with example pictures when possible, and we will provide you with appropriate photo credits and a vote of thanks. Have a look at what some viewers have already submitted.

Don't forget your camera when viewing this national landmark by helicopter.
Don't forget your camera when viewing this national landmark by helicopter.

Composition and framing are as important to an aerial as to any photograph
Composition and framing are as important to an aerial as to any photograph

If you tell your teen-aged son you will be shooting your home from the air - be prepared for surprises.
If you tell your teen-aged son you will be shooting your home from the air - be prepared for surprises.

 
Further information...
Choosing an aircraft
Choosing a pilot
Camera choice for aerials
Lenses for aerial photography
Film speed for aerials
Exposure settings for aerials
Plan your aerial shoot
Motion
Weather
Altitude
Lighting & the time of day
Buildings from the air
Aerial photography of trees and plants
Water aerials
Potpourri of aerial hints
Safety first
Make money from aerials
Our viewers' aerial pictures
Photographing an air show