Aerial Photography – Sossusvlei, Namibia

I recommend you seize every opportunity to photograph a location in the air.
When you go , take two cameras with different focal lengths. Use high shutter speeds (1000 plus). Ask your pilot to circle the most interesting areas and vary altitude. If possible, go doors off to reduce reflections. If it’s not, wear a black long sleeve shirt. Keep your lens/shade out of the wind. Shoot fast. As you fly, so will time.
Photographing the Sossusvlei dune fields by helicopter was a highlight for all of us during my recent workshop in Namibia. The views were simply divine. These images are all panoramic merges. We did a full 360 degree pano from the helicopter, just for fun.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Walk With Someone

Walk with someone and photograph together. Then compare the results. You’ll see a different way of looking at the world. You’ll also have an opportunity to see how you see more clearly. Even when the images you make are the same you’ll learn that some results are driven by convention and this can prompt you to push further, to find something new, and to make your images more personal. The comparisons and contrasts you’ll see by photographing with someone else can be extremely insightful.

Paul Tornaquindici (top) and I (bottom) walked together more than once in Namibia. Standing a few feet apart, we made very different images.
Try this in my digital photography workshops.