Location Scouting Tips to Follow for Aerial Photography

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  By Michael Moodie
Location Scouting Tips to Follow for Aerial Photography www.sleeklens.com

One of the challenges that photographers face very often is finding the right location to match their theme and ideas. In this digital age, the challenge of finding the right spot has become a lot easier than when people had to drive around until they saw something they like. By just going on your phone and typing in a few keywords, you’ll be amazed as to what is out there waiting for you. In this article, we will be exploring some tips that should help you in finding the right location to fly over for some awesome shots.

1. Pinterest

I’m sure many of you have heard about this happen quite a few times. The Pinterest app or website is an amazing tool for finding inspiration, ideas and finding perfect locations. It acts as a digital search engine and can recommend ideas or tips based on your personal preference. I can confidently say that Pinterest has been responsible for getting me through many photography sessions as well as being a tool on shoots for me to find inspiration for my clients. So if you’re planning on disappearing into the clouds to capture a few shots of down below, run a quick search on Pinterest before you book your flight. Make sure to use keywords to get your point across as to exactly what you are looking for as Pinterest can go off topic from time to time.

2. Google Earth

The google earth app or feature has been something around for many years. Other than stalking or trying to get some directions, Google earth can be used in many other creative ways. Using satellite imagery, google earth practically allows you to digitally fly anywhere. It provides you with updated, detailed imagery of any location entered into its search bar or any location you direct it. You may ask, how does this help me in finding a location?

Well google earth provides great aerial shots of any location and as a result, it is more than capable of giving you a preview of any location you wish to see. If you are interested in shooting a location that you’re not too familiar with, run a quick check through google earth to see what it’s like and get familiar with it so you have an idea about where you’re going. Google earth gives you all you need to see a location not from only an aerial perspective but from the ground as well.

3. Use Instagram

These days, everyone has Instagram but not everyone uses it for the right reasons or to its full potential. Which is surprising because we often spend so much time on the phone. Instagram also gives us the capability of searching specific location through its search bar or locations near to your current one. Once you’ve selected or entered a location it pulls up images tagged with that location from users around the world. This then gives you the freedom to look through as many profiles as you like to get an idea of some great locations to match your ideas. This tip had also saved me a few times in the past after looking through a few profiles.

4. Explore

Great locations won’t always be posted on social platforms or even visible via google earth. You may have to try and explore a few times to find some hidden treasures in your location. When you have time on the weekend or even on holidays, dedicate some into your craft and take an adventure into a few locations outside of where you live.

5. Take Notes

The human brain can remember so much and no more especially when it comes to things such as locations. Be sure to at least have a little notebook or notepad on hand when trying to find locations. After a day of scouting, recheck your notes to see how many locations you’re interested in so far and then try to make time to do some more research on each or if possible, pay them a visit.

6. Research

Speaking of research, it’s great to have some general information as to the area you’re venturing into for many reasons. Generally, when going into unfamiliar territory you should try to cover all your basses in the event of an unfortunate event such as an emergency landing or worse. Keep in mind, it’s not just a drone that you can control from the ground but rather you thousands of feet in the sky flying over unfamiliar terrain. Knowledge is power and it’s always better to be safe and prepared than sorry and uncertain as to what you need to do.

Aerial Photography is a very genre of photography as you get to look at the world from a different perspective along with the chance to capture breathtaking images. I hope this article has served as a huge help in your hunt for the right location.


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Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

Comments (3)

  1. Joe Briggs Guest

    With a greater view comes with a great aerial photography output. Thank you for the tips.

  2. Donna Eastman Guest

    Locations really matter with aerial photography. Thanks for these very helpful tips!

  3. Nicholas W. Guest

    Thank you for these great tips! Do you also have some safety tips to share with us?