Cor From South Africa, joined Mar 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7128 times:
I am curious as to how many aviation photographers are also pilots. Are all aviation photographers aviation addicts?
I always look up at planes flying over even if I have seen them hundreds of times. What extreme chances have you taken to get that great shot?
photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2874 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6972 times:
Photographer first, pilot second but when you're planning "exciting" type photos you can NEVER compromise flight safety. It sometimes takes months of planning and preparation to achieve photographically what you imagined in your mind.
These are a couple of the best I've done (IMHO) but even then, I wouldn't characterize them as "extreme chances". More like a well thought out and executed plan. "Chance" should never be in a pilot's lexicon. Flying with one hand on the stick and the other on the electric remote and trying to get all the timing correct takes practice.
jspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6861 times:
Pilot first, photographer second. I can't even count the number of times I've had to pass on a great photo opportunity because my duties as a pilot come first. But if you want to keep your job as a pilot, that's the way it has to be. When I do have time though, the opportunities can be incredible!
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6584 times:
Yes to both. I would be led to believe that most that get involved in aviation become addicted to the technology, the lifestyle and the sexiness of aircraft. The first object I ever saw fly was a US Navy Airship from Lakehurst New Jersey. It was huge!...I was three...I never looked down again. Now 56, nothing flies past my head without my looking up at it. I have been blessed with fantastic opportunities as an aviation photographer, pilot and mechanic. Would not have it any other way.
I used to fly gliders every weekend for 21 years and never once mounted a camera externally. Now with my Go-Pro which is destined for a "near space" excursion, I might take it up and play with it a bit before it gets lost in space!. Great pix!
f4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 5820 times:
I started out in the back seat of the RF-4C as a Weapons Systems Officer running the reconnaissance cameras. I usually had my camera with me on cross country flights and airshows. I got my civilian pilots license and rose up from aerial photo mapping pilot to first officer on a charter airline's 757. That job only lasted six months and did a career switch going back to school for graphic design and photography. I took a hiatus from piloting while going to school but joining the Commemorative Air Force opened up a lot of photo opportunities.
Seeking an honest week's pay for an honest day's work
NicolasRubio From Argentina, joined Sep 2005, 585 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
I used to work as a photographer, but now I do it strictly as hobby. I now have a Private Pilot License and I'm working my way to the CPL as I'd like to become an airline pilot. In the meantime, I am a Flight Attendant for AU (Austral Lineas Aereas).
Gripped 7D + Sigma 10-20mm + 17-40L + 50mm f/1.8 II + 70-200mm f/4L IS + EF 400mm f/5.6L + 580EX II