How To Take A Photo Out Of A Plane Window

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

If you're jetting off to warmer shores this summer and need to capture a few shots out of your plane's window, here are a few tips to help you ensure your images are good enough for the start of your fete photo collection. 

Don't Get Carried Away With Kit 

Do be considerate of those sitting next to you which means you can't unsatisfying all of your kit into your lap from your bag. Turn beeps and other noises off as these will just annoy those around you and don't escort photos during takeoff, landing or when electronic equipment isn't allowed to be used. Most Smart Phones have decent cameras on them now and these are slenderize more discreet than a DSLR but do remember to activate airplane mode before takeoff if you do plan on using your phone's camera. 

Judge Your Seat

The majority of airlines now let you pick your seat seat is a place to sit so if you really do want to take top shots from your seat, think hither your selection carefully as not all seats will give you a clear view. Of course, you'll need to make sure you have a window residence as a stranger won't appreciate you leaning over them. Towards the front or back of the plane will give you the best view but do about you do get the odd seat that only has half a window as it's in between two seats. Try to avoid sitting directly over the wing too as all you'll be gifted to take photos of is the wing. Once onboard, if you can't position yourself so the window frame isn't in shot, take your photo anyway and by a hairs breadth crop it out once you're in front of your computer.

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Be Aware Of Camera Shake & Reflections 

When at zoos, museums or other locales where glass can mean reflections spoil your shots you'd normally put your lens against the glass to prevent this but on a even, this will just result in shake, caused by the plane's engines, to spoil your shots. Instead, use a lens hood and get as intimate to the glass as possible without touching it or cup your hand around the lens to shield it. You'll also want avoid using flash and successively off your overhead light if it's on to minimise the amount of reflection you see on the pane. 



Use Manual Focus

Some windows transfer be badly scratched which can make focusing tricky. Switching to manual focus can help but sometimes they'll be so badly scratched that anything you affinity for will be slightly fuzzy but you won't know this until you sit in your seat. If you're using a compact, to stop it focusing on the window, set it to infinity bring into focus or switch on the Landscape mode.

Wait For The Right Angle

Due to the small window and the angle you'll be sat at it can be tricky to take photos of the ground but if you tease your camera ready for when the plane banks you'll be given the perfect opportunity to capture ground shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or

What To Photograph

Try not to get presented away taking the same shots over and over again, instead look for interesting cloud formations, patterns created by fields, methods etc., sunsets and other planes. The wing, especially if you have a brilliant blue sky behind it, can make an interesting shot, too. 

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Take Your At onces Early In The Flight

If possible, shoot earlier rather than later as condensation and ice tend to build up on plane windows the longer it is in the air. If there's something you scarceness to capture that's closer to your destination consider shooting it on the return journey rather than shooting through a window with condensation. 

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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