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Turning Yuck into Yeah!

June 18, 2018 - 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...
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Blurring For Focus

August 21, 2017 - One of the opportunities I often take advantage of when photographing helicopters is to compose them against a backgroun...
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Cover Photo? No, Maybe, Done.

July 31, 2017 - In the world of aerospace marketing, air-to-air images are often the default for magazine covers. But what if the import...
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Going Wide

July 18, 2017 - Photographers have a plethora of tools they can bring to bear in creating images to support their clients. A photographe...
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On The Line

June 29, 2017 - Some of my favorite photography is when I get to capture people working on the flight line. They are alternately serious...
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Inside Out

June 20, 2017 - When you're photographing from a helicopter, the standard approach is to exclude any element of the aircraft, to capture...
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Linking for Value

June 04, 2017 - I sent invitations to complete a survey, about LinkedIn usage and value, using both direct emails and in postings to Lin...
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Diangularity

May 15, 2017 - Composing a photograph for commercial purposes is balancing the needs of multiple audiences across a range of media. Eve...
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Making Aerospace Art

May 02, 2017 - Back in 2015 I wrote about balancing art and commerce in photography and, in that article, focused on the commerce side...
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Looking Like Linking

April 16, 2017 - LinkedIn (/ˌliŋkt.ˈɪn/) n. A business -oriented social networking service. (Italics mine.) I visit LinkedIn occasiona...
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Send In The Clouds

April 01, 2017 - I wrote a few months ago about shooting in less-than-clement weather and how broken clouds can contribute to more-than-u...
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Shooting the Show

March 15, 2017 - Heli-Expo 2017 was marked by a sense of enthusiasm and optimism that has been building for a couple of years. There was...
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All Spun Up and No Place to Go

March 03, 2017 - In this follow-up to my most recent article — about getting good images of a flying aircraft when you and your camera ar...
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From the Ground Up…or Down

February 24, 2017 - I shot the above image from the ground. The client wanted to sell this helicopter and, rather than pay for a full air-to...
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Is It Coverworthy? Part 2

February 06, 2017 - In this follow-up I share additional guidance from the people who decide what shows and what blows on a magazine's cover...
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Looking Inside HDR

January 15, 2017 - In 2015 I showed an example of what is called high dynamic range, or HDR, photography. My example was the Boeing 747 tha...
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So, Why Does JPEG Suck?

December 16, 2016 - In a recent article I briefly mentioned (well, it was also alluded to in the title of that article) that JPEG sucks. I s...
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Focus, Focus, Where's the Focus?

December 09, 2016 - When photographing for a story in a major magazine, I use many approaches in my compositions and camera settings. Here I...
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Adding Up the Pixels (plus, JPEG sucks!)

November 19, 2016 - We'll start with a simple bit of mathematics (hang in there — the key word is simple): 20 x 12 x 100 = 24,000. That's...
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What to do About the Weather

November 03, 2016 - Thunderstorms rolled through the area last night and it got me to thinking. For pilots concerned about safety and comple...
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The Hands Have It

October 11, 2016 - People are, as I've written before, one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Especially when they are at their work, t...
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Photons In, iPhone Out

October 11, 2016 - I observed, once, that "the ideal helicopter air-to-air photo platform includes a large flat space in the cabin with the...
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Double Ugly? Not.

October 11, 2016 - I was at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, the week of September 12 through 16, 2016, photographing some of the US Ai...
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Making Heat Look Hot

October 11, 2016 - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is situated 22 miles east-southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as the crow...
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Looking Down When You're Up

October 11, 2016 - I've been doing quite a bit of air-to-air work recently, and those images will show up when the time is right, but my mo...
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Blurring One for the Team

October 11, 2016 - I was looking at an earlier posting, which featured examples of busy backgrounds and not-from-the-front lighting, both o...
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Shooting for Scale

October 10, 2016 - With the coming of spring to south-central Arizona the hot weather moves in, the winter visitors move out, and the annua...
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Beautiful Busy Background

October 10, 2016 - Even if you're not a fan of alliteration, these images show the beauty and value of an appropriately busy background, wh...
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Near and Far

October 05, 2016 - I'm working on a project photographing the Arizona Department of Public Safety aviation units — it's a diverse set of mi...
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Planning for Variety

October 05, 2016 - Here are three images from a 2016 air-to-air photo shoot to illustrate something you should be doing, or expecting of yo...
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Here's a Tip: Tilt!

October 05, 2016 - If you've tried it, you'll understand the challenges of photographing flying aircraft from the ground: being on the grou...
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What's Wrong With This Picture (Think Fast!)

October 05, 2016 - This first image was posted to Wikipedia (not my photograph, I'll point out) and shows, very clearly, a Eurocopter (now...
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A Bright Future?

October 04, 2016 - I keep waiting for the day this DC-7 flies again. I understand it made an attempt that was aborted, resulting in some bl...
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Back and For(e)th

October 04, 2016 - Looking beyond the target or, sometimes, in front of it. When photographing aircraft, especially air-to-air, it is impor...
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The Eyes ARE the Focus

October 04, 2016 - I was photographing equipment and soldiers on Fort Hood, Texas, when I came upon a crew working on the rotor blades of a...
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The Quality of Light

September 05, 2016 - Where it comes from, and what it's like, make big differences My recent time spent on NAF El Centro yielded a bevy of...
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A Wider View of Things

September 05, 2016 - Have you ever seen a photo of an airplane being refueled, air-to-air, from the tanker aircraft? Me too. I've taken such...
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A Very Bold Trojan

September 05, 2016 - The Commemorative Air Force has reorganized their various member organizations and what had been the Arizona Wing is now...
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The End of the GE J-79?

September 04, 2016 - Not to worry, the venerable GE J-79 soldiers on around the world, a brute force in aerospace propulsion. This one, howev...
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Mementos of a Meeting

March 22, 2016 - Assignment: Photograph Sergei Sikorsky Igor Sikorsky cast a very long shadow in the world of aviation, yet his son wa...
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Grabbing the Light

March 22, 2016 - My first air-to-air photo shoot was nearly 20 years ago, and I learned something important: make things happen or they m...
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Speaking Up for Bespoke Photography

December 15, 2015 - Or, Why Pay For a Custom Photo Shoot? You might consider the following nothing but self-serving blather from a professi...
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Art versus Commerce

October 22, 2015 - It's a balancing act. Art with a capital "A" is created for the pleasure of the artist. Marketing is created to further...
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Making it Cover-Worthy Part 1

October 02, 2015 - Part One In my article " What's a Photo Worth " I equated the value of a magazine's cover photo to the cost of a full-p...
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Selling Your Air Unit and Keeping it Sold

August 29, 2015 - If your law enforcement agency has the good fortune to include an aviation unit, you understand that it is really the co...
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Taming Dynamic Range — 7 Becomes 1

July 06, 2015 - I was finishing up a day of photography at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, on Davis-Monthan AFB,...
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Making it Blurry While Keeping it Sharp

July 03, 2015 - Among aerospace photography subjects, helicopters are more of a challenge than many. Except for images made with intenti...
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What's a Photo Worth?

June 30, 2015 - Photography can be sold as either art or commerce, and each avenue is affected by its own market forces. The value of a...
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It's Not That I'm Starting Over…

June 21, 2015 - Hi. I'm Mark Bennett, founder of AeroMark Images. I started this company in 2015 with a goal that is important to me and...
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