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The Pros & Cons of Aerial Photography II

Should you choose a helicopter or light airplane for your first foray into aerial photography? Erez Marom shares the pros and cons of each

In the last article I talked about some of the advantages of aerial photography, but how does one do it in the real world? Let’s start with the aircraft. There are two main options here: a light airplane or a helicopter. Yes, you can shoot from a hot air balloon but it is not really an option in most places, plus it’s far less manoeuvrable, so I will gently disregard it. It will probably come as no surprise when I say that a helicopter is the better way to go, by far. It might cost a bit (or a lot) more, but the advantages it offers make for a very different, vastly superior experience.

A helicopter is a flexible craft; it can fly slower than a plane or even hover in place, which gives you much more time to shoot a desired composition. The greatest advantage is perhaps that some helicopters allow the doors to be opened or even completely removed for the flight. Once the …

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Erez Marom

Erez is a full-time nature photographer and traveler based in Israel. Erez authors professional articles on nature photography, and offers unique photography workshops in fascinating locations worldwide.

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