How to take pictures in an airplane

You’ll probably wish to take many pictures as a record of your trip and some from your airplane window enroute, as well. Here are tips for Air Travelers a few general suggestions showing proper camera settings:

1. While flying, do not take movies or snapshots in either color or black and white when haze or smoke make it difficult to see the ground. A little blue haze doesn’t matter much, although it’s a good idea to use a haze filter.
2. To avoid possible reflection from the airplane window, hold your camera close to it without touching it. Let your body cushion the camera from small bumps. Take your pictures from the shady side of the plane, if possible. Most of the time this will be the left side when flying east, the right side when flying west.

3. When making aerial pictures, you should use, for stills, a shutter speed of at least 1/100 of a second or faster if your camera permits. Shoot movies at 32 frames per second.
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4. Be completely familiar with your camera and its results. Keep it as cool and dry as possible when traveling in humid areas. Remember to take some pictures with human interest, not just postal card monuments (have your photo subjects doing something). Never hand-hold your camera when shooting at less than 1/25 of a second. Follow faithfully the exposure instructions which apply, but above all don’t worry about it. Everyone misses a good shot occasionally.