Whether you are a first-time safari-goer or a seasoned veteran, a helicopter flight should definitely be an excursion on your journey. Take a flight over the Okavango Delta and heed our helicopter photography tips to get the best images from above.
Helicopter Photography Tips for Adventurous Shutterbugs
1. Employ a pilot with all the necessary certifications, licensing, and vision requirements to operate rotorcraft.
2. Consider the doors – are they necessary? Ask them to be removed for maximum light capture potential.
3. Communication between pilot and photographer is fundamental to any successful skyward session. Prior to the flight, share your checklist of images that are most important. Do not be afraid to be whimsical and forthright.
4. As on land, so in the sky. Acknowledge the sun and the proprietary role it plays in the art of image capture. Consult your chronometer and determine the most advantageous time to capture the shots you aim to create (i.e. sunset).
5. Wear your seat belt.
6. Remember to seek in your experience, not just images to share and inspire, but also the meaning of the Infinite Truth. Understand that there is more than capturing light, but also absorbing it, and also listening. Secure the camera in your lap, and enjoy the drubbing of the rotors and the land passing below with the perception of your own biological light sensors – and not through the aperture of glass.
7. Do have faith that taking on a task is a beautiful thing, but to multitask is divine. So bring your GoPro or action camcorder, identify a place to secure it in the cockpit, and let it run during your aerial tryst.
8. Banish the thought of expense; these moments above the earth will remain with you throughout your life with no effort.
9. Sit in the front. You can see better up there.
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