Tip For the Best Photography Platform in the Air Catch a Blimp

Ourfavorite aerial shooting platform is a blimp, with its steady, gentle ride and open windows. The pilot can tilt the airship atwhatever angle we indicate and hold it there, staying in nearly the same spot for long minutes. If you know that a blimp will be in your area, go to the airfield and see if they have room for a photographer. If they have room, and if they like you, you might luck out.

FINE ART AND MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHY

When photographing fine art, image quality is paramount. You'll want a camera with at least 5MP resolution, manual white balance and exposure, great optics, and probably the ability to sync with external strobes or studio lights. If you are shooting three-dimensional objects, such as sculpture, be sure to use a small (high number) f-stop. (See Chapter 6.) Always use a tripod or camera stand to keep everything steady and use the self-timer to avoid even the slightest shaking of the camera. A spirit level on your tripod head will help keep the camera lens parallel to the object being photographed, which aids in avoiding distorted perspectives.

FORENSICS

Photography has long been used as evidence in police work. Digital photography though initially suspect is now accepted, and most police departments have or are in the process of retiring most of their film cameras in favor of digital equipment. Some shoot with Sony Mavicas because they record to CDs immediately, which means that the photos can't be edited. For forensics, you'll want a camera with a great macro lens, good flash or auxiliary flash, one that is rugged and will function well in poor conditions and bad weather. Ideally, you'd want a camera with true wide angle and audio annotation.

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