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Tips for a remarkable shot in Aerial Photography


Different photographers prefer different genres of photography according to their skills and interests. There are so many different genres of photography each with a distinct magical result.

Be it wildlife photography and nature photography or fashion photography and lifestyle photography, each of the genres have a special outlook of displaying the images belonging to the particular genre.

Aerial photography is one of the unique genres of photography. It gives some very beautiful shots as output. Let’s learn more about it.

What is Aerial photography?

aerial view of road in the middle of green trees
Photo by Matthew

Aerial photography is capturing images of anything, any object, or any subject from aircraft, drones, or any airborne platforms. Photograph of anything from the air is aerial photography.

Generally, aerial photographs are taken vertically from an aircraft or a drone using a highly accurate camera from different angles.

Aerial photographs can be classified into 3 different categories based on the angles they are taken from:

  1. Vertical Photographs
  2. Low oblique photographs
  3. High oblique photographs

Aerial photographs are used in topographical mapping and interpretation.

Tips for amazing aerial Photography

Every field needs some basics to be followed for perfection and so does photography. Some basic important tips for amazing aerial photography shots are listed below. So here we go.

1. Using the correct lens

A zoom lens that covers a 24 – 105mm focal range is an ideal lens for aerial shots.

2. Perfect shutter speed

Photo by Agence Olloweb
Photo by Agence Olloweb

A minimum shutter speed of about 1/500s or even faster. Speed faster as 1/2000s improves the sharpness of the image.

3. ISO setting

Photo by The Verge

For a faster shutter speed, use a higher ISO setting (highly sensitive to light). And use VR to remove unnecessary vibration.

4. Right time to capture

black DSLR camera capturing road
Photo by Miha Jan Strehovec

The correct time to capture aerial photographs is the Golden hours. 30 to 60 minutes before the sunset and after the sunrise is recommended for naturally soft and warmer light to shoot aerial photographs.

5. Post-processing

man in gray shirt looking at city buildings during daytime
Photo by Norbert Kundrak

Post-processing is a lifesaver for aerial photographs, as you can remove distortion in post-processing.

6. Techniques

man using quadcopter drone near sea during daytime
Photo by William Bayreuther

If you are using a drone for photography, then learn the techniques of using a drone. Do check your drone with a test drive before the final flight.

7. Optimal normal settings for an aerial shoot at manual mode

    • Photo by PhotographyCourse

    Shutter speed: 1/500

  • Aperture: f/4
  • ISO: Auto (minimum 100)
  • EV (exposure compensation): +0.7
  • Autofocus: On (back-button focus)
  • Bracketing: On
  • Vibration Reduction: On, High
  • AF Mode: Servo – The subject you’re photographing is always moving, so use the Servo mode for continuous autofocus on the subject.
  • Drive Mode: High-Speed Continuous (AKA Burst Mode)
  • White Balance: Auto White Balance
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Image Quality: RAW

8. Camera basics

Photo by The Verge

The best camera for an aerial photography shoot needs to have high resolution with fast shutter speeds and a high ISO range.

9. Using the best combo

The best combo for aerial photography cameras is a powerful processor with a fast lens.

10. Schedule

Always look for the weather conditions before the flight, if it signals awry weather, do reschedule your shoot. And wait for the proper time and good weather.

11. Camera equipment

black nikon dslr camera on brown wooden table
Photo by Ning Shi

Do pack extra batteries, lenses, and memory card slots for storage to avoid any stoppage in your Shoot.


These are some basics. Do try out the tips for an amazing and memorable aerial shoot.


Writer CreditSohana Khan
Digital Showcase of Lens Rider is founded by Nishant Pandey. It is essentially a magazine to guide photographers. Here we put out new blogs everyday having tips and tricks of photography and information about different areas of photography that one can explore.


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