Often Unconsidered Opportunities
If you want to get the best possible photography, be it video or stills, a pilot’s license can save you thousands. Or, if you don’t want to go so far, it’s easy enough to hire a private pilot and get some stills. Additionally, obtaining such a license is very attainable today. This means that it’s not always going to be as expensive as you may have thought to do this thing.
Consider capturing a developing cumulonimbus. Have you ever seen the clouds from above, rather than below? Aerial photography has a life all its own. Consider that there is going to be a different angle to the sunlight from the air. It’s going to hit the clouds differently from the top. And there’s a kind of heavenly, peaceful beauty you can’t get anywhere else.
Additionally, if you’re an artist, you know that there’s no substitute for having a subject that doesn’t move, and which you can draw direct inspiration from. Painting, drawing, manipulating images on the computer—it’s all going to look much better if you can source it yourself. You’ll have greater creative control, be able to deliver a better product, and so become a commodity.
Filming In The Clouds
The applications for film are also staggering. Do you make movies, or know someone who does? Aerial shots are some of the most interesting to watch, because even in modernity there is a substantial quotient of the population who never boards an airplane. The difference in perspective which comes from aerial photography is more interesting to such individuals.
If you want to make a low-budget production more visually interesting, being able to source aerial shots directly is a huge advantage. Drone technology’s already making close approaches more affordable than ever. You can fly drones up in the air and use it to follow someone with the same smoothness usually sourced from a crane with a camera at one end.
For the burgeoning film studio, having someone on-staff with a pilot’s license, or getting a pilot’s license yourself, could allow you to obtain shots that would regularly cost thousands of dollars for the price of some training courses and Avgas.
Then there’s the “liberation” angle. When you’re in the air, it’s like you’re in another world. This change of scenery affects your mind in ways which can drive you on to artistic understanding unobtainable otherwise. Also, you’re affected physically through different forces that are constantly at play as you gain altitude, lose altitude, are hit with wind, or change your speed.
If you do decide to go this route, though, there are things to remember. Chief among them: safety. You want to take every precaution possible when you fly. It doesn’t have to be dangerous, but a little indiscretion can spell the end with astonishing rapidity.
Staying Safe In The Skies
One area where you can’t afford to mess around is as regards your plane’s instruments. According to AeroInStock.com, aircraft batteries from Gill are “…sealed recombinant batteries [that] are FAA-approved and now available in most popular sizes.” Such batteries will help ensure your aviation exploits have the power you need, when it’s needed.
The skies are broad, endless, deep, wide, beautiful, inspiring, dangerous, unpredictable, and perfect for artists of many kinds. From the photographer to the painter, from the film director to the writer, inspiration and cost-effective implementation are just a plane ride away.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to take a spin in a private aircraft, it’s easy enough to do. Just go to a search engine and look for private pilots in your area.