15 May AERIALS – FOCUS ON THE WORLD WITH FUJIFILM X-SERIES

Source: Bjorn Moerman

As a pilot-photographer, I’m privileged to see the world from above, on an almost daily basis. Since the early days of aviation, the view from above has fascinated people all over the world but we tend to forget that a large portion of them has never seen such a thing!

This blogpost about aerial photography, coincides with my appearance on the Travel Image Makers podcast; a production by Ugo Cei and co-host Ralph Velasco.

Aerial photography, the art of making images of the surface/water from an elevated position normally not supported by a ground based structure, is almost as old as photography itself. It started in the mid 19th century from balloons and kites, and then eventually changed to shooting from heavier-than-air aircraft-like airplanes and helicopters. Over the last 10 years, drones (UAV or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have taken over a large part of the aerial photography scene but have also somehow stimulated this specific genre of photography. For the purpose of this article, we will stick to the original form of aerial photography, all done with our beloved Fujifilm X-Series cameras!

BEST AERIAL PLATFORM?

First of all, what follows is specific to aerial photography flights on light(er) aircraft. I’ve kept a separate section at the end for those that want to shoot through airliner windows. In most countries, you can still take to the air relatively easily, even if you don’t know somebody who has a Private Pilot License (PPL). Normally an instructor should be able to take you up for a flight. Prices will vary, but

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