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Advice Wanted On How To Take Accident Photos  
User currently offlineAirsafe From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4138 times:

The site AirSafe.com covers a wide range of airline topics, including airline accidents. We would like to interview anyone who could give the audience advice on how to take pictures of airliner accidents and incidents and what they do to distribute the photos widely while keeping control of how they are used. We are especially interested in advice for photography in countries that may not like to see people taking pictures of aircraft accidents. The interview would be turned into an audio and video podcast and be available online. If you search for [airsafe podcast] in Google, you will find the podcast home page, while [airsafe contact] will get you to the contact page.

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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4114 times:



Quoting Airsafe (Thread starter):
advice on how to take pictures of airliner accidents and incidents

I think most people just have luck (if you can tell this luck - I wouldn't) to be on the spot when or after something happened and then click, click, click without much thinking about the result as you would do with a standard scene.

georg


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

If I saw something happen (touch wood I never will) and I didn't have my camera out I would just jam it on auto and shoot, then see what I got.


Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up and refusing to try again does!
User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4049 times:

I've seen two too many. Its not something pretty. Hopefully won't see any again.

I had the camera there, but I knew the people. Not going to take photos when my friends are in dangerous positions.


User currently offline9VSMS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4044 times:



Quoting Airsafe (Thread starter):
Advice Wanted On How To Take Accident Photos

How can you possibly give advice on how to take accident photos? An accident is just that. No way you can prepare for it and there's no way you would want to prepare for it either.


User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3987 times:



Quoting 9VSMS (Reply 4):
How can you possibly give advice on how to take accident photos? An accident is just that. No way you can prepare for it and there's no way you would want to prepare for it either.

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I would hope that if we ever witnessed an accident, we would forget photography and try to save lives if possible. I've been on the scene of one accident, and there were no lives to be saved. It was heartbreaking. Getting a photo of the things I saw was the LAST thing on my mind.



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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1659 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 3978 times:

Well, as we saw with the recent BA 777 crash at LHR, you can certainly take crash photos well after the crash has occurred. The question is, SHOULD you take pictures of a crash? I don't know the answer to that question. I have only photographed one accident, a Learjet that crashed into the water on final, killing two crewmembers. I went out and took some shots as the aircraft was being pulled out of the water, and right by me were a whole slew of news media doing the same. I have a degree in journalism, and I justifty taking shots of this grisly scene as capturing a newsworthy event. But in some respects, I wish I'd kept my camera in its bag that day.

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