09.02.2015

7 Superfly Tips for In-Flight Photography

09.02.2015

7 Superfly Tips for In-Flight Photography

Yes from up in the air. I don’t know how many of you have captured the beauty of earth from a height. But for me this startedsome six years ago when I was flying from Delhi to Chennai. It was an early morning flight. I was lucky to have a window seat and it was then I saw through the glass the first speck of light. Call it my good fortune that I was carrying my camera with me and did not keep it in the overhead compartment, I had the full liberty to use it. It was a spectacular sight, the sun just coming out and its light falling on the clouds. The sight resembled a painting, the one painted by God using all colors from nature. You will find picturesque views everywhere but this one was one of its kind.Without wasting another second, I pulled out my camera andcaptured this beautiful moment through my lens.

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And then it became a ritual to always ask for the window seat on a flight. From my experience one can get the best of views at the time of taking off and at the time of landing. Depending on your location you can get one of the most amazing clicks of city view (buildings, road, etc.), landscapes, water bodies, or may be just abstracts. All you need is an eye and creative imagination. My collection here includes pictures while travelling withinIndia, New Zealand, Australia, and Dubai.

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Another interesting feature can be playing around with sunlight. Be it daytime or night, sunrise or sunset, you can get some incredible variety of colors.

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Here are seven useful tips for taking awesome airplane window shots:

  1. First and foremost try to get a window seat.
  2. Keep your camera with you and not in the overhead compartment. You may not want to waste any moment and lose out on a sight.
  3. It is recommended to use a regular lens say 18-105 which can help you zoom in/out as required.
  4. Some of the issues you might face are sunlight directly falling on your side, scratches on the window pane, or light reflected on the window. Former is a hard luck but in the latter of the cases you can try to look for the best spot on your window to click through.
  5. Sometimes polarizer and a UV filter may actually add unwanted colors in your frame. The best way to avoid this would be to simply remove these options.
  6. Pictures taken during broad day light may require a bit of editing since they may be devoid of contrast.
  7. Some of the new phones offer advanced photo and video features like time lapses which can be used to create some interesting outputs during sunrises and sunsets.

So photographers fasten your seat belt and be ready for the next flight to take off!

 Ankit Gulati

A software professional shuffling between the world of new product features & revenues to the Life of Aperture’s & shutter speeds. Started Photography more than 8 yrs back & since then, a mere hobby has graduated into a passion. Love clicking Landscapes & Abstracts.
www.facebook.com/ankitgulatiphotography

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