Capturing the Thrill of Flight with Photography

You may not be a professional photographer but you can capture professional grade photos by applying a few basic techniques. Whether you have a digital camera with lenses or use the camera of your mobile device, understanding how to set it properly will allow you to gain maximum benefit of the features available to you. So before you head off to the air show taking a bit of time to practice your shots will prove beneficial. The closest simulation you will have available may be birds in action. Learning to keep up with their real life movement will heighten your awareness during the air show. If you can keep up with the birds then surely you will be able to keep up with the planes to capture memories for a lifetime.

Play around with the zoom and shutter timing features to see what your camera can handle. Digital cameras definitely have the quick shot feature which will assist with clarity and most mobile devices have managed to keep up with at least the minimum of that technology. Once you fully understand your equipment there are only two things you must respect; positioning and technique.


Positioning is so critical because your distance from the actual show will determine your picture quality. You don’t want your photos to end up blurry because the focus was not able to keep up with the speed of a moving object. So place yourself in a position to capture a sideways or perpendicular flight pattern. It will be more difficult for your camera to keep in focus an object that is either moving directly toward or away from the camera at such high speeds.

Finally, adapting your technique to the planes pattern of flight will be essential. With a smaller camera at a closer range being able to move smoothly following the aircraft flight pattern or even moving ahead of the plane to allow it to fly right into your shot will make a great difference. On the other hand, a bit of distance will give you an opportunity to capture the frame with minimal movement. So go out and practice. Figure out which positioning and techniques work best for you. Then be sure to use photo quality printer paper or print your pictures on canvas to preserve your memories for a lifetime.