Radha C Singh has a passion for aerial photography, in part from a commercial perspective. Indeed, this type of photography has increased the income potential of professional photographers the world over, in a variety of different industries. Those include disaster management, real estate, construction, law enforcement, the paparazzi, environmental work, and more.
How Radha C Singh Started with Aerial Photography
Singh was pleased to see how easy it was to get started in this field. While it may seem as if access to an aircraft such as a helicopter is required, the advent of drone technology has changed this significantly. No longer do people have to fork out hundreds of dollars for an hour in a helicopter, they can now simply use a drone instead, for a fraction of the price. This is precisely what Singh did.
Important Details about Aerial Photography
The best time of day to short photographs from the air are late afternoon and early morning, which is true for all types of photography. This is because the shadows are long and the colors are warm. This adds depth and definition to photographs. However, there are some variations depending on why these shots are taken. For instance, for construction and real estate, midday is better because the light is flat and there are fewer shadows.
The most important thing is to have good equipment. There are two key choices to make:
- For those who take aerial photographs from a helicopter or aircraft, a high quality DSLR with lens is required, using the largest possible file size.
- For those who prefer drone photography, investing more in a drone with a higher quality lens and better software is preferred.
Exposure for a good aerial photograph should be 1/500 to 1/1000 for shutter speed. This ensures that vibration and motion is kept to a minimum and won’t show up on the picture. However, the higher you go, the slower you can set your shutter speed. While it may be tempting to set it at 1/2000 for that quick shot, it does take out a lot of the depth of the field, because the lens has to be opened more in compensation.
Aperture should be in the range of f/5.6 to f/11. That said, thanks to hyperfocal distances, which means that the closest object in a photograph is likely to be at least 1,000 feet away, the depth field is not something you should significantly concern yourself with. Each lens produces the sharpest image at the aperture range that is in their particular middle. Hence, you may need to make some changes if you swap lenses.
For Singh, aerial photography is all about capturing images of the world that others will rarely be able to see. It is a fantastic form of photography, for professionals and amateurs alike, and one that is surprisingly affordable. They say that the sky is the limit, and this is clearly true for aerial photography.