Hot air balloons undeniably offer a different yet beautiful experience among the different modes of flight. Since their movements are mainly directed by the wind’s motion, they are much slower compared to helicopters and planes. These Nikon d3500 lenses for better photography for photographers who wish to capture beautiful bird’s-eye view of landscapes and sceneries. Here are some tips you can take advantage of when shooting from hot air balloons.
Before you go to that hot air balloon festival, check the weather first. If the wind’s speed is beyond 10 miles per hour, it is more likely that the balloons will not take off. Checking the wind before the event will also give you very important information as the wind greatly affects the movement of the hot air balloons. Although pilots have control to aim for specific directions, nothing is absolutely certain. Observe the area or the take-off site, too, to know in what direction does the sunshine and which areas will be lit up when you’re in the balloon already.
Organizers usually fly the balloons early in the morning or in the late evening, when it is not too windy and the air is tranquil. If the weather for that day is good, you’ll be able to, most likely, get striking photos of side-lit clouds on top of the beautiful landscape view. If you’re lucky enough, you might also be able to capture a cinematic shot of a valley fog, or a low-lying cloud, covering tall buildings in the urban side of your view.
Take advantage of the benefits of being an early bird. Come to the location early so that you can also document the whole process of inflating the balloons and the main event of flying them into the skies. If you can, shoot inside the balloon and look for abstracts to vary your photographs.
Camera Settings for Hot Air Balloon Photography
When doing photography, one doesn’t need to change their camera lenses too often to become creative with their images. Here are some tips you can use.
Wide and Long Lenses
Changing your cameras and camera lens in the middle of the flight might get you distracted from getting beautiful shots, or worse, your lens or camera might fall out of the basket. It is best, if possible, to just use one camera and choose a lens that has a super zoom feature.
To have creative shots, blur the background by setting your camera to f/2.8, and focus on something that is near. Or if you want to keep the whole thing in focus, increase your aperture to f/8, f/11, or f/16.
Fast Shutter Speed
Even though the balloon’s motion is much slower, using a fast shutter will help you avoid blurry shots.
To help you achieve a fast shutter speed, try setting your camera’s ISO from medium to high (between ISO 400 and 800) to see which setting is best for your images.
Regardless of which cameras and camera lens you are using, creativity and versatility are still the most important things to keep in mind when taking photos from hot air balloons and with photography in general.