Aerial photography can be defined as the art and science of taking aerial pictures of anything that is above the earth’s surface. With the technology available today, aerial photography has become very competitive and many high quality images can be taken from remote areas with little to no investment in aerial photography equipment. Aerial photography has actually grown in popularity since the inception of the digital camera, especially since it can now be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Many people have actually started their own business in the aerial photography field, using their own planes and other equipment to take to the skies for clients and personal projects.
If you are interested in becoming a commercial aerial photographer then there are several steps you need to take first. The first step in this direction is actually acquiring a plane. There are several different sizes and types of planes which are capable of being used for aerial photography so research thoroughly to find the right one for your purposes. There are small planes which are perfect for taking simple home photographs and even some commercial photographs taken over longer stretches. It is also important to research the laws and regulations pertaining to aerial photography so that you are not putting yourself into a tricky situation if the plane is found to be in violation of any of these laws.
Furthermore, you need to learn all of the different components of aerial photography so you can gain the most from the experience. Many people will purchase an inexpensive piece of software that is designed to capture flights over their home or even their yard but this is often the limit of what can be done with this type of software. You must learn about the focal length, focal points and other important factors regarding the area that you wish to photograph. Learning how to use the entire focal length properly will allow for a photograph to take advantage of all of its potential details and not just a clear and focus shot. Also, you must learn how to use the right size and composition to make sure the photograph comes out as good as possible. Most aerial photographs do not come out as crisp as those taken with a small plane and there are many small things that go into making a great large scale photograph.
In additional, the another factor that needs to be learned before beginning an aerial photography project is avoiding fiducial marks. A fiducial mark is often found on a photograph when two objects are in front of each other and are oriented along different planes. These can be as minor as a change in the angle of a line to very large changes such as a change in the horizontal and vertical lines of a photograph. A photographer can avoid these fiducial marks if they know exactly what plane to photograph their subject on. However, it is almost impossible to predict when these small marks may appear to learn about the best way to avoid them is highly recommended.
The final thing that you should become familiar with before beginning your aerial photography projects is photography techniques. There are many different techniques that can be used when taking aerial photographs but some photographers are better than others at using them. It can be nearly impossible to eliminate all of the human error that can sneak into any photograph taken from a great height above the earth. One way to greatly improve the chances of having your photographs taken without error is to practice more and get better. Get your camera ready to shoot as many shots as possible and then review the images that you have taken. Every time you can spot an error in your technique, use a different camera and take a different set of photos.