So you have a professional DSLR camera and you want to try doing some aerial photography yourself?
There is much more involved with capturing pristine aerial images than what is discussed in this short blog. Without the proper training and practice, you will certainly spent a ton of money and you probably will not be happy with the results. This is why it is important to consult with a professional aerial photography company who will deliver exactly what you are looking for. However, if you are not looking for professional photos and you just want to have fun doing your own aerials, these tips will be sure to help.
Do your research beforehand and get a good idea about what you want to photograph and how you will accomplish it. What side of the aircraft will you be shooting from? What altitude or different altitudes are required? When will the light be the best? Always have an extra memory card and battery for your camera. The last thing you want to do is get airborne and have your battery run dead or your memory card fill up.
Once you have done your homework, it’s time to find your aircraft. Your budget is likely the biggest decision here, as well as the type of aircraft available. As a general rule of thumb, the rental rate for a four seat Cessna 172 (high wing airplane) is about $145.00 per plus the rate for the pilot of about $45.00 per hour (NJ prices). It’s important to hire a good pilot, preferably one that has experience working with photographers! Pilots do vary and some are better when it comes to understanding the requirements of aerial photography. You would be surprised at how many aerials of local landmarks you can shoot on a one hour flight.
The most important rule is NEVER SHOOT AN IMAGE FROM BEHIND THE GLASS WINDOW OF THE AIRPLANE. There should be no obstruction between your camera lens and the object you are attempting to take a picture of. A good pilot will be able to make that happen for you.
Below are pictures of our booth at the expo as well as the Shore Aerial staff. The NJ Build Expo was a two day trade show held at the Meadowland’s Expo Center earlier this week.
Picture left to right (Jennifer Santomenna-Office Manager, Jim Komsa-Owner/Pilot, Trish Komsa-Owner/Director of Operations)
Shore Aerial now offers high definition aerial video services to our customers. All aerial video is delivered unedited and without sound so that the customer can edit the video to his/her liking. Upon request, we can refer you to a professional video editing service who can design a custom aerial video for you from your unedited raw footage.
The video below was taken by Shore Aerial and given to Deb Cantillo, from Debcan Construction LLC, for editing. Check it out. Special thanks to Deb on a job well done with the editing and production of the final video.
Well, here it is.
By far, one of the most common questions we are asked at Shore Aerial is “Do you fly the plane and take the pictures at the same time?”
No. We never have a single pilot flying the airplane and taking the pictures for safety reasons. This would be like driving your car on the Parkway, taking both hands off the wheel, and taking pictures out of your window. It not smart and most importantly not safe.
All Shore Aerial fixed wing photo flights are flown with a staff of two pilots, one of which is a commercial pilot. This allows for one pilot to concentrate on flying the plane while the other focuses on taking the pictures. When doing aerial flights, the plane is usually flying low and slow in a circle around the site which requires precision flying and total concentration.
We provide aerials of utility towers/poles for inspection purposes. While taking aerials of a phone tower for a cell provider, we found this at the top. Not sure what type of birds these are or how the cell company plans to relocate them. Maybe this will explain the problems with the cell phone service in this particular area.
Shore Aerial will have a booth on display on July 8 and 9th, 2014 from 10am till 3pm at the Build Expo. The Build Expo is the Nation’s premier building and construction show. There will be over 100 exhibitors and approximately 30 seminars related to the building/construction industry. The show is located at the Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, NJ.
We also have complimentary admission tickets available for anyone interested in attending the event. Please contact us for your tickets. Please stop by and visit our booth where you will be able to meet the owners/employees of Shore Aerial and see examples of our work first hand. We will also be available to answer any of your questions in person. Visit the Build Expo website for more information https://www.buildexpousa.com/
We hope to see you there!!!
Most people forget that an aerial photograph of an outdoor event is just an awesome idea. Imagine having an aerial taken of your beach wedding or outdoor family reunion/BBQ. What about an aerial of your child’s sporting event or camping trip?? How about an aerial of your boat while you are cruising in the Bay?? Is there anything that can be cooler than aerial pic of an outdoor event?? Yes there is…………………an aerial video. Shore Aerial now provides high definition aerial video services. Stay tuned as we will be posting a sample in our blog soon.
The Lakewood Blueclaw’s are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies. They are based in Lakewood Township, NJ and their home field is FirstEnergy Park which is pictured below. The Blueclaw’s moved to Lakewood from Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2001. They were formally known as the Fayetteville Generals and later as the Cape Fear Crocs.
The FirstEnergy Park is located only a few miles from Shore Aerial’s home airport in Ocean County, NJ. We were able to capture these two great pics.