My Coolest Photography Experience So Far; Aerial Photography

Hey everybody and happy Monday! This week I wanted to share one of the coolest photography experiences I've had; my first go at aerial photography. In this post, I want to talk on why I wanted to try aerial photography, how I actually made it happen, and what I learned from the whole thing! So, with that being said, here it goes :)

This past summer I had an incredible opportunity to live in Atlanta, GA. If you've kept up with me on social media, you know that this summer is when I really began taking photography seriously. I had a lot of free time to myself that I filled with learning as much as I could about photography and videography.

I've wanted to get into videography for a while now and this past summer in Atlanta seemed the perfect time to try it out. Both shooting video and editing video were completely foreign skills to me and I had a lot to learn at first. I experimented with different camera movements trying to figure out what techniques would give me a cohesive format in order to just narrow down what I liked to video in general. So many nights consisted of me just goofing around with individual clips in Adobe Premiere to familiarize myself with the interface. It was definitely challenging at first, and I still have an insane amount to learn. But I do want to say that if you are wanting to try video for the first time... just try it! You can learn anything, and, honestly, everything you need to know is on YouTube. Just grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and get into it!

As I accumulated more and more footage for the video I wanted to create, I felt like I needed something totally different to put in it. So... that is where the idea to try aerial photography came from.

Naturally, the first thing I did was google "top helicopter companies in Atlanta, GA." I came across a company called Prestige Helicopters. I saw on their Instagram that they actually flew Two Chains and his kids...so yeah, that was enough for me to prove that I should use them. From there, I just called and told them what day I wanted to go up. It was so easy.

Listed below are a few things I took away from this whole experience that I think could be helpful for any beginner photographer just wanting to try aerial photography for the fun of it:

  1. When scheduling your flight make sure you tell the person you're talking to that you're a photographer because a lot of companies actually have much better rates and deals for photographers that are not listed on their website!

  2. Make sure the company has a helicopter that allows the option to take a door off. To get the most clear images that capture the most of the cityscape, you can't really be photographing through a small plexiglass window.

  3. Take into account the natural shake of the helicopter

  4. Use a faster shutter speed than normal but don't overcompensate. A shutter speed that is both too slow or too fast will result in grain and noise (recommended 1/1000)

  5. Use any form of stabilization available to you

  6. Plan your first shoot for the right time! If you want to get both daytime and nighttime shots, plan your ride right before the sun sets so you get the best of both worlds.

I had the idea in my head that the whole experience was going to be a lot more hectic than it was. The ride was surprisingly very chill. My pilot was so cool and flew me wherever I wanted to go. Below are two shots I like a lot but haven't shared on any social media yet.

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Overall, I am so glad I went through with this idea.  I would 100% do it again in a heartbeat, and I hope I get the chance to soon! If there is something that you want to try, just go out and do it. If you mess up, its OK!! You tried, you learned, and you have another story to tell. You will most definitely regret "not trying" something more than you will regret "trying" it.

Well, I hope you liked this post and got an idea of what first time aerial photography is like for a TOTAL beginner. As always, feel free to leave a like, a comment, and subscribe to keep seeing more blogs like this one!

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