Author: Hans-Jörg Ehren

Shooting From Airliners

Feeling bored while flying? Why not grab your camera and take a few shots. Of course, you are mostly limited to the moments around departure and approach (with cruise flight getting you to heights that are prohibitively distant to your subject). There are a couple of obstacles you need to get around when shooting from an airliner. In order to avoid any motion blur that the speed of flying could cause, you need to bring down your exposure to fairly short values. Unless you are extremely close to your subject, passing by at insane speed, usually something around 1/500 will do. With their multiple layers of acrylic and polycarbonate, aircraft windows soften the image and cause color shifts. Theoretically, you could mitigate this a little by holding your camera close to an angle of 90° towards the pane. Well, since your subject is unlikely to stay in the required place, this will hardly ever work out in real life. Unless you are flying in a premium booking class, you will have to shoot through a …