The only good spots at LAX
that are acceptable for normal spotters are:
1. Imperial Hill (Winter only for good lighting)
2. Proud Bird (Winter normal approaches)
3. Radisson (top of roof) if you stay there (winter)
4. The museum on Imperial Highway. When they are open, they have a small ramp (Winter only)
If you are a serious pro, In and Out is not good.......angles are way tooooo underneath. Only head on shots are the neat ones where you can see the pilots coming at you. (this is mostly a Summer afternoon location and you can have a nice burger at the same time)
The LAWA police hate photographers so standing anywhere on the north end or anywhere else will be a no no. They will hassle you to the fullest. You become a suspected terrorist for a while until they check you out. Some on airliners.net have shot rotations and landings on the north end but after you click, you will likely be sitting in a police car if you stay there longer than 5 minutes.
Alternatives - contact a pilot of a nearby airport to fly you over the LAX
corridor back and forth to do air to grounds (poor man air to airs). It will cost you money to rent the plane and for the fuel but they do not mind because they need hours. The pilots will not pay for anything. Keep that in mind.
Try to get you ramp access like some do. You need a very very good excuse or to really befriend someone there or to write something for a magazine or newspaper (and you better do it too). You better have proof too and plenty of ID
. It is the only good professional photography at LAX
. Note - DO
NOT contact anyone who has been inside taking rotation shots by the runway - THEY WILL DEFINITELY NOT TELL YOU THEIR CONTACTS. That is a no brainer in this industry. It is a gold mine to them so it is secret....just like magicians. You want it, you have to earn it dearly and it is not easy. Remember, to the airport, photographers are the last things in their agenda. They don't care. Good luck.