Exclusive & Special Tips To Improve Your Aviation Photography

Exclusive & Special Tips To Improve Your Aviation Photography

The love of capturing flying objects (aircraft) is something that not a lot of people may relate to! Those who are interested in aviation photography, on the other hand, will enjoy reading this article. Without any further ado, let’s begin to learn about how you can improve your aviation photography on a charter plane.

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1) It’s Time to Go RAW!

Take into consideration shooting in RAW format after you have established a post-processing routine that you are comfortable with. Far more information is collected with the image, which provides you with better potential when producing images. The RAW format is known by many different names, including NEF, CRW, etc. In contrast to editing JPEG photographs, processing RAW images give you more control over the image’s noise reduction, color, and other aspects.
The images would not look good right after the shoot because the camera only applies minimal processing to the photos. However, if you shoot in JPEG format, your camera performs its post-processing while it compresses the image. Choose 14-bit RAW if you have the option.

Uncompressed files are smaller in size than lossless compressed files, but they take slightly longer to open because of the decompression process. Lossless compressed files are larger than uncompressed files. It makes sense to choose the smaller file size because both are “lossless,” meaning that all of the data is preserved.

2) Roll it into a story!

Humans are naturally drawn to stories and like telling them. Back in the prehistoric era, when we were far off from all of today’s technological breakthroughs and leading a rather plain existence, it was only these stories that gave us the strength to carry on. Consider the country of India, which is known as “the land of stories,” and where a great deal of folklore originated. This is only one of many examples of how stories have an impact on people. There’s a reason why we tend to recall more about movies than we do about school textbooks: they’re entertaining.

In the same way, when it comes to aviation photography, make use of your images to tell a variety of stories. In the beginning, you may not be able to capture or imagine stories through your captured shots, but as you grow on your aerial photography journey, you will begin to come across a variety of options for the same thing as you learn more about the craft.

PS: Try to take a challenge this festive season! Go on the Char Dham yatra by helicopter and try to capture your journey in the form of snaps.

3) Panning

With the aid of a moving object, panning can be used to create the illusion of motion. It is necessary to use very slow shutter speeds to blur the background while keeping the subject sharp. This necessitates the photographer locking on to a subject and moving the lens at the same pace as the topic in question. A lot of practice is required for good work.

Moving at a moderate pace and panning through the planes is also an effective method for demonstrating the best aviation photography. On a public street, put it through its paces with an automobile. You will be astounded by the results. Take shots of your subjects as you follow them to acquire unique images. Having a base that becomes noticeably veiled as a result of panning after the airplane is preferable for this technique.

4) Look For Different Angles!

We understand that it can be difficult to come across different creative angles while flying on an airplane, but when it comes to static aircraft, you can be confident that you will come across some really interesting angles. Look around the plane for something unusual and beautiful in nature, or get down to the ground to shoot some ground photography if you have the opportunity. Do not take this as a source of stress; instead, simply enjoy the process and allow it to flow freely! Because of technological advancements, we now have memory cards with a lot of storage space and the ability to store a large number of photographs.

5) Lightning!

Light is the most important aspect of any photographer’s work. Improve your photography skills by learning to master this technique. Photographs taken during the “golden hour” of sunrise and sunset can be quite stunning, but most of the time, we will not have the golden light available to us. It is possible to make a difference in your photography by learning how to deal with harsh and hard light conditions.

Maintain your backlighting so that you can see what is going on around you. The sun’s angles are most effective in the early morning and late afternoon, but it’s important to know where the sun is at all times. Look for the best places to photograph based on the position of the sun.

Also, keep an eye out for shadows. Due to the fact that shadows produce contrast, it is possible to overexpose the lighter regions if you expose the dark areas adequately. To determine what works best in these settings, familiarize yourself with your DSLR’s metering system. Wide area metering or matrix-type metering may be more effective in determining the optimal exposure point than traditional metering methods.


We hope that you will find these tips helpful in improving your aviation photography. Feel free to rent a charter plane from Megamax Aviation to get on the journey of capturing epic moments through your lens. To save money and have a good time, try to book the Char Dham Yatra 2021 by helicopter and start practicing your aviation photography.

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