In many ways, the key to the perfect aviation video all boils down to a single word: detail. Whether you’re planning on shooting a model airplane as it takes to the skies or a massive jetliner filled with hundreds of passengers, it’s the little details that paint the type of vivid picture that viewers love to see. From the texture on the paint to the tint on the window, you need to focus on the whole package. In order to create the best possible aviation video, you need to think of it a bit like you would landscape videography. Only instead of shooting something like a deer in its natural environment, your subject just happens to be one of the pinnacles of human achievement. You want to make sure you’re focused on the motion, the striking imagery and the sheer sense of scope required to create the immersive experience viewers are after in the first place.
When shooting aviation videos, the subject you're focusing on is going to be quite large - there really is no getting around it. To make sure you can capture every aspect of the sense, the scope and the scale of something like a plane, don't just back up the camera. Make sure that you're using wide angle lenses to give your videos the full frame they deserve.
Again: there's no getting around the fact that a plane in an aviation video is pretty much the largest subject a person could ask for. The key to success is using this to your advantage. Make sure there are people, equipment and other everyday items in the frame to give your subject a true sense of scale. Make that power and that presence work for you.
Whether you're talking about a model airplane or a full-sized jumbo jet, aviation videography truly soars when your subject does the same. When that plane you're trying to feature is up in the air, make sure you're focused as much on the environment around it as you are on the plane itself. Juxtapose your subject with the clear blue sky to create a truly unforgettable experience.
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