JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1442 times:
Does anyone here shoot private aircraft "portraits" similar to high school yearbook shots or for insurance claims? I know some people will have photos taken of valuable stuff around their house, or of their auto in case of theft, accident, or disaster. Seems logical some would desire a nice 8 x 10 for the office, or for insurance purposes. I think they would make a nice gift if done well.
Here in Colorado I don't see anyone filling that niche. If anyone is doing such shots "for hire" I'd like to hear some details about it, or suggestions on getting started.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1411 times:
I have not really done serious stuff for sale, but I have traded a couple of a/c "portraits" for some flight time.
In a similar vein I have seen a few guys who set up a digital camera at the beach. They shoot surfers and then let the photos play on a lap top. If guys want they drop by and order a print of them surfing...Charges something like $10 for an 8x10.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1374 times:
As some of you may have noticed, I do a lot of GA shots - largely because the photo opportunities are better on small private fields - but it is also a fact that I've sold more pics in this category than any other, despite them being relatively "low hitters". Most sales are, I believe to the pilots and passengers, though a good few are to various GA service industries.
So the answer is, yes there is a market. In my experience, you need shots which have a bit of drama - standard 50mm side views don't seem to sell (I guess the owner can see this any time!) - but a shot with the owner/pilot in action may have a chance. If you want to do this on a regular basis, I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you're photographing someone's "pride 'n' joy" - make the plane look good and the shot interesting - which is a real challenge with your average spam can! ... and try and avoid shots where the pilot has his finger up his nose .
How best to market these types of pics is another matter - not every GA pilot visits A.net (and I want to know why not!), so if you want to sell seriously, you'll have to take the pics to the pilots. I have considered setting up a stall at various fly-ins and the like, but frankly, I'd much rather be out and about behind a camera than sitting behind the till - but if you're the enterprising type, I'm sure there is a healthy market to be exploited here, esp. if you're equipped to produce prints on demand of attending aircraft.
Bapilot2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
I am taking my first attempt at GA photography on Sunday at EGNF. I have kindly been invited for a guided tour of the aircraft based there and am going to have a few hours trying to get a few good action shots, Landing etc.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
Dmitry, I tend to agree with Colin. I was thinking about something other then straight on side shots. Something that captures the "plane and it's Pilot" that would look nice on the wall at home or at work, that the pilot would enjoy "showing off".
As to marketing them Colin, I was going to take some sample shots and post them on the bulletin board with some prices for different quantities or "packages". For insurance work, the less creative front, side, rear, and interior shots would be more suitable.
I was thinking of approaching some of the flying schools as well, and offer to photograph "first solo" before and after shots of the fledgling student pilot. Surely a day or flight to remember. Obviously keeping the price down, as I would imagine the student would already be "short on cash". Or have the club add the cost to their training.
I would possibly leave some business cards, or display a contact email address and or phone number. Maybe even put up a small web site to display some different ideas with sample shots.
I would enjoy hearing more from those that have done this.
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1297 times:
You have a lot of good ideas Jeff! Hope you succeed! I like to shoot action, but just went and shot a whole ton of 50 mm side shots. I am going to try at my local airport soon, I think Provia 100F or something like that might make the shots look a bit smoother compared to K64, well will just have to experiment.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1273 times:
Thanks Dmitry, I am sure others would like to get more of a return on their investments! At least with digital, there is very little if any up front cost to trying.
As far as Provia being smoother then K64? In 20 years of shooting aircraft, I have never shot one slide! I gotta try that sometime. I have been scanner shopping, still undecided though. I am leaning more toward an upgrade to a DSLR like the Fuji S2, Nikon D100, or the Canon D60. Even that choice is tough!