Shooting From A Helicopter

13 years 9 months ago #3749 by vip2010
I have been offered the opportunity to take some photos from a helicopter. How do I go about this? Do I need to use polarising filters to shoot through the glass? Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.


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13 years 9 months ago #3778 by JB
I would use a polarized lens, that should be a fun photo shoot. What are you going to be flying over?


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13 years 9 months ago #3817 by Travel Nut
That is going to be fun and a experience. Do you get motion sick? If so prepare for that. Now regarding the polarized filter. Yes you will need it if you are photographing through the window.


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13 years 9 months ago #3952 by vip2010
Thanks for all the advice. We will be flying over the grand canyon, I think it is going to be so much fun.


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13 years 9 months ago #4112 by The Gardener

vip2010 wrote: Thanks for all the advice. We will be flying over the grand canyon, I think it is going to be so much fun.


You need a assistant for the trip? LOL


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13 years 9 months ago #4416 by Lucky One
Sounds like a good time, post up some photos after!


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13 years 9 months ago #4481 by phototex
The "windows" are usually plexiglass, not glass, and they're often scratched. You might ask the pilot if he/she will leave the door off one side for you. The worst answer would be "No," but you'll at least have asked. Make sure you have a good zoom lens, and if you're shooting through the plexiglass, keep your lens as close to it as possible. Have a great trip!


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13 years 9 months ago #4751 by Casey T
That sounds like fun, but I would be scared. I don't like heights. :(

My Passion is being behind my camera and my family.
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13 years 9 months ago #4902 by tedwash
Shutter speed is more important that aperture when shooting from a helicopter. Depending on the winds at the altitude that you will be flying, you may encounter vibrations, especially if you are in a piston powered helicopter like the Robinson R22 or R44. Try and shoot at least 1/500 sec shutter speed. If you are able to fly with the doors off, duct tape the release of your seat belt so it will not release if you get a camera strap caught in it.


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13 years 8 months ago #5884 by Jimmy
Use a high shutter speed and be careful that you do not get the blades or any other part of the aircraft in your photo.


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13 years 8 months ago #7004 by Happy Hour
So how did this turn out? Any photos to share?


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