Tips for Aerial Photography On Your Next Helicopter Tours

Discover the art of aerial photography during a thrilling helicopter tour. Capture stunning landscapes and cityscapes from above with these expert tips.
Aerial Photography Of Lake and Forest

If you’re embarking on a helicopter tour and want to capture stunning images from above, this guide is for you. Aerial photography provides a unique perspective, allowing you to capture breathtaking landscapes, cityscapes, and natural wonders from a bird’s-eye view. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, these tips will help you make the most of your helicopter tour and capture stunning aerial photographs. So fasten your seatbelt, grab your camera, and get ready to soar through the skies on an unforgettable photography adventure!

Choose the right helicopter tour

Look for helicopter tour companies that specifically cater to aerial photography. The Pilot can advise you on the best spots or places to help you find the picture and imagery you are looking to take.

Plan your route

Discuss your photography goals and preferences with the tour company beforehand. Let them know if there are any specific landmarks or areas you’d like to capture from above. They can suggest the best route and timing for optimal lighting conditions.

Plan route and time for best photos

Prepare your gear

Bring a reliable camera with a versatile lens. A wide-angle lens is often preferred for capturing expansive landscapes. Make sure your camera is securely strapped to your body or wrist to prevent accidental drops during the flight. Consider using a neck strap or harness for added safety.

Camera Lens For Wide Angle Photography

Dress appropriately

Wear dark-colored clothing to minimize reflections on the helicopter’s windows, which can affect the image quality. Avoid loose items like scarves or hats that could be blown away by the wind during the flight. Layer your clothing, as temperatures can vary at higher altitudes.

Use a fast shutter speed

The movement of the helicopter can introduce vibrations, so set your camera to a fast shutter speed to avoid motion blur. A shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second is recommended for crisp and sharp images.

Minimize reflections

If shooting through a window, press your lens gently against the glass to minimize reflections and glare if this is allowed by the pilot. Alternatively, if you’re on an open-door flight, there won’t be any glass to worry about, but take precautions to secure your gear and prevent it from falling out.

Keep an eye on the horizon

Maintaining a level horizon is crucial in aerial photography. Pay attention to the position of the horizon in your viewfinder and make adjustments if needed. Many cameras have a grid overlay option that can help you align your shots accurately.

Capture a variety of perspectives

Experiment with different angles and compositions to capture unique and interesting shots. Look for leading lines, patterns, and textures to add depth to your photographs. Don’t be afraid to zoom in on specific details or zoom out to capture vast landscapes.

Be mindful of the light

Light plays a vital role in photography, so take advantage of the best lighting conditions. Golden hours—early morning and late afternoon—are generally ideal for capturing warm, soft light. Avoid shooting directly into the sun to prevent lens flare and overexposure.

Enjoy the experience

While focusing on your photography, remember to take breaks and appreciate the breathtaking views around you. Don’t spend the entire flight behind the camera—also take time to immerse yourself in the moment and enjoy the helicopter tour.

Remember, safety should always be your top priority. Follow any safety instructions provided by the helicopter tour company and listen to the pilot’s guidance throughout the flight. Enjoy your aerial photography experience!

To book your next Blue Mountain Helicopter Tour, see our available tours right here, or contact us for more information.

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