Tips For Better Photos from an Airplane Window

Tips For Better Photos from an Airplane Window

Gregory Han
Jul 6, 2011

July is Travel Month all across the Apartment Therapy site and there's a good chance you're either on your way somewhere on vacation or planning for an escape soon. If you're fortunate to be heading off somewhere distant, it's likely you'll be flying and that means there's going to be some opportune moment for some beautiful aerial photos…

Here's a few tips from the Nikon Learn & Explore site about Tips for Taking Pictures on Airplanes:

1. Get up close. If the sun is shining through at you, try to get the camera lens as close to the window as possible to reduce reflections.

2. Turn off your automatic flash. Nothing ruins photos taken looking out from an airplane window than an errant flash.

3. Set your camera to infinity (the small mountain icon). The infinity setting eliminates the annoying autofocusing upon close up points that sometimes happens when the smart sensor proves to be a bit dumb about what to focus upon ("out the window, not the scratches on the window!"). If you can use a manual focus, even better.

4. Use your zoom lens to crop and frame images. Use the Rule of Thirds to create compositionally engaging images rather than go for the straight forward, center-focal shot.

We love NotCot's Jean Aw's ongoing series of photos taken from window seats, all part of her Operation Window Seat posts.

So next time you step onboard a flight for you next vacation (or even work trip), instead of simply zoning out to your Kindle, laptop or iPad, why not assign yourself a photography project and see what you can capture while flying the friendly skies.

(Image: Flickr member Zoagli licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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