In generic terms, an aerial photograph is a photograph taken from the air. Normally, aerial photographs are taken vertically on board an aircraft using a highly accurate camera.
The close-up best Aerial Photography is carried out using a drone, a helicopter, an airplane or a radio-controlled balloon. These tools evolve in an aerial corridor located between 0 and 150 meters. This is a very wide field, both in terms of the variety of documents and the techniques used.
Of course, although practically anyone who can afford the equipment can take photos from the air with a drone, getting some images similar to the winners of that contest requires a little more technique and experience. On the internet there are multiple websites that offer tips for getting started (or improving) in photography with drone, and some of them are:
Uses short focal lengths, such as wide-angle lenses (the fisheye are the most extreme). The drone's flight will be affected by the wind, and those focal points are less "sensitive" to it.
In the same sense, it is best to use fast shutter speeds. The longer the shutter is open, the more drone instability will affect the photo.
At higher altitude, more fields will cover the photo and more things will appear on it. Location is important. It is necessary to avoid that the drone can be encountered with unforeseen obstacles, reason why it is better that it flies over wide and clear zones.
The drone has to be stable so the camera is also stable. This can be achieved through the pilot's skill, through the GPS mode. When you raise the drone, aim the camera down.
The profession of Aerial Photographer: a "Multitasking" ProfessionTo become a professional aerial photographer, many skills are required:
- Photographic technique: location, technical adjustments, shooting achievements
- Computer skills: post-processing of images, photomontages
- Marketing: marketing, relations Clienteles and administrative tasks
- Logistics management: organization of trips, schedules and appointments
Without contact and without real personal investment, the aerial photographer's job (whether by balloon, plane or helicopter) is not economically viable which explains the high failure rate in the first two years.
Our conclusionThe profession of photographer balloon is therefore a difficult activity but it is also a tried and proven economic model that works! At Singapore Aerial Photography, we are CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) approved operators. Only when you have Operator Permit from CAAS can you conduct aerial photography business in Singapore, and the footage can be used safely without problems from authority.