The Folks Not Flying the Ship

June 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It is common when flying a photography mission in public safety/emergency medical aircraft for the full complement of crew to be present. Sure, we'll try to take care of the photography, but if a call comes in, they will be ready to respond and photography be damned! So when you are flying such a mission, don't forget to capture people besides the...
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Turning Yuck into Yeah!

June 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I came back from an air-to-air photo shoot with plenty of good images, but one image didn't look so hot. What it looked was dark. Deadly dark almost to the point of featurelessness. And I know why (hint: it was on purpose). There it is. The flight started before sunup and as we cruised toward an intended location, we were passing this dramatic...
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Blurring For Focus

August 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
One of the opportunities I often take advantage of when photographing helicopters is to compose them against a background that not only gives context, but adds visual energy. Either by composing the elements in the scene, or by taking advantage of the mixture of low altitude and low shutter speeds, each not unusual when shooting helos, to blur the...
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Cover Photo? No, Maybe, Done.

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
In the world of aerospace marketing, air-to-air images are often the default for magazine covers. But what if the important story has no budget or time for an air-to-air shoot? What if you must shoot from the ground? It helps if the subject of the photograph is inherently dynamic, like a fast jet, but fast jets can be rendered dully and a wood-and...
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Going Wide

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Photographers have a plethora of tools they can bring to bear in creating images to support their clients. A photographer's skill at ideation and problem solving are critical, and sometimes the idea calls for, or the problem is solved with, the right lens. A lens that mimics the human field of view is called a "normal" lens, while one that capture...
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