Are you looking for a new hobby to dedicate your spare time to? Have you been searching for the right hobby your whole life, but have yet to find one that sticks with you? Perhaps aviation photography is the right new passion for you! Aircraft photography is a fast growing community. There are many photographers out there who are learning that the thrill and challenge of capturing a good photograph is a lot of fun and is always a good adventure. If you are looking for a new hobby, and you think aviation photography might be the one for you-keep reading to learn a few facts that you may not have known.
It’s all in a name- As the name might suggest to you, aviation photography is “the act of taking images of aircraft, either in flight, or on the ground”.
It’s cool enough that it has it’s own society-Aviation photography is so popular that it warrants having an ‘International Society of Aviation Photography’. The mission statement of the ISAP states, “The International Society for Aviation Photography brings together people who share a love of aviation and look to preserve its history through their images. Through this organization, members seek to enhance artistic quality, advance technical knowledge, and improve safety for all areas of aviation photography while fostering professionalism, high ethical standards, and camaraderie”. The ISAP was founded in 2001.
There are several different types-There are several different types of aircraft photography, which include air-to-air, ground-to-air, ground static and remote photography. There is also the even more specific field of military aviation photography, which includes extremely technical skills are the aircraft is flown at the highest speeds on Earth.
There are plenty of places to check out pictures online-There are several databases on the internet that catalogue aviation photographs. Some of these databases include airliners.net, jetphotos.net, and airplane-pictures.net. These databases allow fans of aircraft photography to search through the galleries of pictures based on specific criteria.
Volunteering is always a good idea- If you are interested in becoming an aviation photographer, there are many places where you can volunteer to practice your skills and possibly catch a free ride up in the sky. Examples of places you can volunteer include air shows, museums, or at a fly-in.
Planes are people too-Relationships are everything when it comes to aviation photography! If you thing there is a hobby in there for you, or even a potential career, then you really have to hone in on your networking skills. People fly planes, people take care of planes, and people own planes. Most pilots really appreciate a good photograph of their plane. If you can find a pilot willing to pay you for your photograph, you have taken a big step toward aviation photography success.
There are plenty of places where you can find tips on how to get better-There are literally dozens and dozens of websites, which offer tips on aviation and aircraft photography. Some of the tips that you will find include specific ways to hold the camera, panning, lighting, finding ways to give motion to stills, the incorporation of clouds in to a photograph, the perfect lens, and where to get started.
BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 18: Air Force One, carrying U.S. President Barack Obama, arrives at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Go to an air show-One of the best places to get started in aircraft photography is at an air show. Air shows are great because they are a fantastic place to learn about the history of aircraft, and as get to know the photography subject much better. The more you can get to know different types of aircrafts and find the ones you are passionate about, the more your photography will improve!
Airplanes and different types of aircraft remain a romantic ideal in our culture because of the mystery and allure of the faraway places they take us as well as the “amazing feat of flying itself”. For this reason, many photographers are drawn to airplanes as an artistic subject and they make a great one at! If you are looking for a hobby, this could be the one for you!