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Aerial Photography – My Passion

Updated on April 26, 2012
Houses at New Delhi
Houses at New Delhi


Shooting places from mid-air through your camera is a nice experience you cannot express. The name of this game is aerial photography. I have taken few photos from the air. I, an amateur, want to share my experiences.

On the Clouds
On the Clouds


What is the method to take snaps from the sky? We have to fly on a helicopter, an aero plane or a balloon. If helicopter is your vehicle, you can sit at the back, near the door, which is kept open (Be careful!). On plane, you can prefer a window seat, side wings not hiding your object. The speed of the flyer should be between 45 and 65 nautical miles per hour. If there is a lot of vibration, you can increase the shutter speed.  Take-off or land-off time is preferable on planes as it does circles above the city. If luck is at your side, your pilot may do more rounds for buying time for landing your plane.

Marina Beach at Chennai
Marina Beach at Chennai
Train at Chennai
Train at Chennai
Buildings at Chennai
Buildings at Chennai

The average height that is needed to get a good photograph is 500 feet. When you are on a hill station, selecting a view point, you can try aerial photography. The ideal climate to take clear photographs in India is in April and May, before the monsoons and then in September and October. During night, you know visibility is poor(Still you can venture. That’s another story!). Day light in morning or evening is the best option. I think the most difficult place to shoot is where the temperature hovers below minus one degree centigrade as you cannot open the door in the helicopter or the formation of snow on the window panels.

A ship in Bay of Bengal
A ship in Bay of Bengal


The benefits of aerial photography are many. You can write the history of a place through images. Comparing with new pictures, you can identify new flyovers and buildings. You can confirm the disappearance of some islands after a period or striking of tsunami. You can see the sinking of beaches and coastal areas because of global warming.

Hussain Sagar Lake at Hyderabad
Hussain Sagar Lake at Hyderabad
Cricket Stadium at Hyderabad
Cricket Stadium at Hyderabad


I hope these tips are useful to you. Your smooth panning technique and intense concentration will help you to capture a fast moving area nicely.  One day I may choose to shoot the scenes from outer space.  You may comment this hub.

Buildings in New Delhi
Buildings in New Delhi
Cricket Stadium at Chennai
Cricket Stadium at Chennai


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      5 years ago

      I also like to take aerial photographs on long haul flights and will be downloading some pics on a flight back from Mauritius soon.

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      5 years ago

      I love the look of aerial cinematography in Utah (ex. ). I wish I was able to do it myself, but I don't have quite that much talent with a camera. Thanks for explaining more about it.

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      6 years ago


      Visit located in Delhi, India

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      6 years ago

      Hey Jesse! What is the web-site or contact for you or your friend in Thailand? I'm looking to get an R/C Heli-camera in India

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      7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Nice Hub,

      I think you need to get a radio controlled helicopter with a remote camera mount? Then you can really get into aerial photography. I have a friend with a helicopter, and we are doing a series of hubs on Temples and attractions in Thailand, with aerial photos from his RC helicopter. Feel free to check them out.




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