The Perfect Shot: Aerial Tutorial
Our in-house photographers are always searching for the perfect shot. Icelandic phenomena and weather conditions can be quite different from your normal photography session so we’ve created a series of super short tutorials for avid photographers traveling to Iceland.
Pilot and photographer Haraldur Diego gives us a few tips to keep in mind when capturing stunning aerial photos.
When shooting at a downward angle, such as trying to capture rivers or landscapes underneath, Haraldur’s optimal aperture setting is F4.5 - F6.3. However, since most of the time you’d be shooting subjects at a great distance, you can set it even higher if you want.
Since you’re trying to capture your perfect shot from a moving airplane, you’ll want to keep your shutter speed high. Haraldur recommends 1/1000 sec, but keep in mind that your needs will differ according to the distance of your subject.
If you’re working with a high shutter speed, bump up your ISO accordingly, somewhere in the range of 400-1600 is optimal.
Continuous High Mode
Flying through the air and keeping an eye out for that perfect shot can be intense work, so using a continuous high mode while shooting ups your chances of striking gold. Just remember that this in turn requires a high-speed SD card.
An adorable flying dog
A trusty servant like Skuggi may not be necessary for that perfect aerial shot, but comes highly recommended. We just can’t get over how adorable this team is.
Haraldur Diego offers flight services for photographers who need to get to a higher ground for some stunning aerial photographs of their own so check out his website for more information. Other aerial services for photographers include HELO, Atlantsflug and Reykjavik Helicopters.
Find a pilot, have fun and prepare to be amazed!
For more Perfect Shots check out our northern lights tutorial.