Aviation photography: tips for taking first-class pictures of airplanes

    | Photography Tips | 09/08/2013 00:01am
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    How to compose pictures of airplanes

    How to compose pictures of airplanes

    Give your subjects space
    You have to be on your toes when you’re shooting aircraft in flight, and you won’t always have time to think about your composition.

    As tempting as it may be, don’t fill the frame with a plane: give subjects breathing space, so you have some margin for error – you can always crop in to create a tighter composition at the editing stage (we’ll get to this later).

    Think about a plane’s direction of travel too: you want it to be flying ‘into’ the frame.

    Aviation photography: tips for taking amazing pictures of airplanes

    On the ground
    Static aircraft can make just as interesting subjects as fast-moving ones. Get down low with a wide-angle lens for an unusual perspective – use ground markings as leading lines, and to add depth.

     

    How to compose pictures of airplanes: in the air

    In the air
    Use airport buildings and structures to your advantage to help frame airborne subjects. Here, because the sky contained lots of detail we underexposed the aircraft to capture a silhouette effect.

     

    How to compose pictures of airplanes: taking off

    Taking off
    We added context to this shot of a plane taking off by including plenty of foreground detail, such as the runway lights. The heat haze created by the exhaust from the engines enhances the feel of the image.

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings for aviation photography
    PAGE 2: How to compose pictures of airplanes
    PAGE 3: How to take pictures of airplanes at air shows
    PAGE 4: How to edit your aviation photography for best results: steps 1-5
    PAGE 5: How to edit your aviation photography for best results: steps 6-10

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