From the Ground Up…or Down
I shot the above image from the ground. The client wanted to sell this helicopter and, rather than pay for a full air-to-air shoot, they asked for — and I was able to provide — a ground-to-air solution that satisfied the requirement for high-quality marketing images and that fit their budget. If your budget is extremely limited, how we worked this out could work for you.
Which is how I was able to provide the client with a broad range of images showing off this beautiful aircraft from what was, essentially, an air-to-air photo shoot — it's just that the chase ship was a skinny ridge fixed high in the air and the target had to do all the dancing.
Air-to-air photography would yield a greater range of terrain, lighting, and compositions, but creative and skillful planning and execution can bring home plenty of good stuff. Perhaps enough to do what needs to be done.
P.S. The mirror of this article would be about photographing the ground when you're up in the air — read about that by clicking here.
Keywords: aviation, budget, composition, ground-to-air, helicopter, photography, planning, technique
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