Spiderguy252 From India, joined Feb 2009, 304 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5627 times:
I'm betting that I'm not the first person to ask for this advice, but I've always been facing trouble when I request permission from the FAs for a cabin shot. Every time I ask an FA if I can take one, regardless of whether it is during or after the flight, the response is always in the negative, without any reason stated.
I was thinking if I should just go ahead and do it, permission not withstanding? I have no problems with other shots in-flight and have made many TRs.
Strangely enough, these very FAs don't mind me taking other kinds of shots, it's just cabin shots they seem to have a problem with.
megatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
I would just take the shot when the opportunity presents itself. There is no law against taking a cabin shot. When you open your mouth to ask permission, you make it so much easier for someone to just say "no" instead of them having to approach you and starting the conversation. You've done pretty much all the work for them. Totally unlike the cockpit shot situation.
And if someone ever said something to me about it, I would just act like a dumb tourist and say "Oh I didn't know". No one needs to know that I'm an aviation photographer except the people I want to know. And those people get a business card(like the TSA/police).
PeterSpence From United States of America, joined May 2009, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4794 times:
I'd say just quickly jumping up and then back down would make you seem rather suspicious if a FA does see it ... what I always do is just have a nice chat with the FA's (without camera in hand yet) about how long they've been with the airline, etc. After that, then ask "hey, would it be ok if I went and got my camera to take a shot really quick?". They always say yes when done that way. I've had several QANTAS crews in on the photo taking (they are especially fun FA's normally), having pax sit down and having fun with my camera themselves too. It was great. That same way of doing things works with getting free inflight snack packs, etc.
Also works with getting into the cockpit for the coveted heavy jet cockpit shots. Always works for basically everything while flying. Of course, I always milk the "pilot in training" line too, that helps some.
Best wishes in your adventure to get cabin shots, they might be boring--yes, I agree--but they sure as hell get you to the front page!
fmulder21 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4707 times:
I've taken several on WN flights. Most of them have been during the evening. Everyone is looking forward/dozing off so no one notices. I have an artist friend who asked for "candids" but i asked the people for permission of them look out of the window. Of course you need to be nice.