Welcome to the International Society for Aviation Photography also know as ISAP. An international non-profit organization whose membership spans the entire spectrum of aviation and aerospace photography. Founded in 2001, it includes full-time professional photographers, videographers, graphic artists, writers, historians, editors, publishers, trade organizations, pilots, and serious aviation enthusiasts. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been apart of ISAP since 2004 after seeing an article about the organization in Air and Space Magazine. Over the years I have made some great friendships with photographers and learned from some all over the world. If you are looking at this special issue of Airspeed, you may consider looking at our website or think about becoming a member gathering information before you join. Well over the years I have shared my reason on why I became a member. I feel another way to learn about ISAP is to hear from other members. This issue showcases members who have joined ISAP and share their stories and images. Enjoy this special issue and if you wish to join us, we look forward to sharing your knowledge and friendship to the organization. Larry Grace ISAP President
MEET OUR MEMBER
Greetings! My name is Emily Wright. I am an advanced amateur photographer, currently living in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. My background is in wildlife biology, specifically with birds of prey. Doing research on bald eagles, I would constantly bring my camera with me to document the eagles and their young. This led me to taking a few classes to help gain more knowledge on how to effectively use my “starter” DSLR, a Canon Rebel XSi. Having then moved to some of the most diverse wildlife areas in the United States, such as Marco Island, Florida, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I spent more and more time on photography. Three years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona. Driving home after a hike, I passed a large group of photographers standing in a dirt field. All of them had large telephoto lenses. My curiosity took hold and I stopped to inquire what they were up to. They were all there waiting for the planes, participating in the Air Force Heritage Flight Training, to take off. I then spent the next three days in that same field, trying to use my bird experience on planes. That one random experience, then led to more and more photography opportunities with a variety of aircraft. During one such opportunity, I met a female pilot who encouraged me to get my pilot’s license. She set me up with an instructor and I started taking lessons. After my first lesson, I instantly wanted to make this a career. Within a few months, I quit my job, packed up my house and moved back to Florida to start year-round training to become a commercial pilot. I am currently working on my single engine commercial license. My hope is to be able to incorporate my photography in with my aviation career. My current cameras are a Canon 7D and a Canon 80D, with my primary lens for aviation being a Tamron 150 - 600mm. I always shoot in RAW to get the best quality out of an image. Most of my post processing is through Photoshop, but I just started learning how to use Lightroom and hope to gain more insight to start using Lightroom more. I have been published, with most of my work being wildlife. As what happens with most people with a large camera and lens, I attract a lot of attention. The attention almost always results in a wide variety of questions being asked. I enjoy taking the time to answer people’s questions, whether it be about my camera or the subject I am shooting. It is extremely rewarding to be able to meet and share my knowledge with others. When helping others pursue their photography interest, I always recommend starting small and to not rush to get the biggest and most expensive equipment there is. You will learn more and not be overwhelmed by having a “starter” camera.
While standing out in that same field in Tucson for one of the Heritage Flight Training events, I met several members of ISAP. It was encouraging to see that others had the same amount of passion and enthusiasm for aviation as I did. I want to belong to a group of like-minded individuals who help each other expand their knowledge and reach their goals. I am looking forward to participating in events and meeting more members in the future!
JOHANNES WINKELMANN Growing up in Switzerland, I’ve always been fascinated by fighter jets and air shows, tracing back to seeing USAF Thunderbirds perform in 1991. While I’ve always enjoyed photography, aviation photography is something I picked up just a few years ago when I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with its annual display of the Blue Angels - and many other display teams - during SF Fleet Week. An engineer by trade, I’ve never studied photography but have always been intrigued by the technical aspects. Outside of aviation photography, I enjoy taking pictures of landscapes, seascapes and macros. Most of my shots have been taken with Fujifilm cameras, which have served me well. I started off with an X-T1, and later moved the X-H1. Most recently, I’ve rented an X-T3 for Fleet Week 2019 which gave me the best results so far. My preferred lens was Fujifilm’s 100-400mm. I will always
USN Blue Angels over Alcatraz Island, SF Fleet week 2019.
bring a wide angle lens too, to get a different perspective. While the manual controls on the Fujifilm system have worked great for my kind of work, I’ve recently been looking at other systems to get higher resolution images - and better cropability. I always shoot RAW for the increased flexibility during post processing. I use Capture One as RAW processor, and occasionally finish photos with Photoshop and the DXO Nik Collection. My reason for joining ISAP is to learn more about events and shooting location, and share experiences with like-minded photographers. Having joined just this past January, I hope to meet some of the local peers at an air show soon!
USAF C-17 Globemaster III
MICHAEL MCGILL My name is Michael McGill and I am blessed to call Maui, Hawaii my home. I am an advanced amateur that enjoys shooting aviation, nature, and motor sport scenes. Although I have not had any formal training, I am continually striving to improve my hobby. My love for all things aviation started from when I was a child. Now that I am an adult, it naturally progressed into wanting to capture those memories. I currently shoot with a Nikon D500 with a Nikkor 200-500 MM when photographing airshows. I prefer to shoot in JPG and utilize Lightroom to edit photos. I joined ISAP in 2020 because I desire to improve the quality of my photos. Within this group, members share their craft and their passion to continually grow. I also enjoy networking with photographers since I live on an island and do not have many opportunities to photograph airshows. Looking at other photographersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photos makes me even more excited when I can finally attend another airshow. I learned about ISAP from my love of looking at other photographersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photos. I do not belong to any other photography groups. When asked about my photos, I always share my knowledge, even as I continue to learn. My advice to a someone getting started is from a fellow aviation photographer who helped me get my start. He suggested using a ceiling fan to learn how to motion blur propellers. Simple advice to help someone improve!
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MOOSE PETERSON I’ve Howdy! I’ve been very fortunate to work behind the camera for the past four decades. I am a wildlife photography that loves to dabble in aviation photography. Back in the 70s I attended Brooks Institute of Photography majoring in Illustration Photography (advertising). I left school going right into wildlife photography. So much for that major. I spent the next decades pursuing my passion working with California’s threatened and endangered critters. A fourth generation Californian, we’re the last of the family to leave the state now residing in Montana. My father was in a B-29 during WWII / Korea, so I grew up hearing about his flying in a cub to a bomber. We spent a lot of time in air museums and on flight lines. While I have always loved aircraft, I never thought about turning my camera on them until 2008. That’s the year the Nikon D3 was released and Nikon became a sponsor at the Reno Air Races. I volunteered to work the Nikon booth at Reno and that got me out to a pylon and from there, I was hooked! My work over the years has been mostly with antiques and warbirds, both the aircraft and the pilots as well as vets.
When it comes to gear, I have a few pieces in the locker I prefer to grab for aviation work. When it comes to statics, currently it’s the Nikon Z7 with either the Z14-30 or Z24-70 f/2.8. Shooting at an airshow, I’ll add to that kit the Nikon D6 with the 180-400VR, my primary ground-to-air rig. Getting in the air, I’ll have the D6 with the 70-200 f/4. I’m capturing Nefs the entire time finishing them in ACR and Photoshop. Sharing all I’ve learned, what works and what doesn’t, is just part of me which I have done my entire career. You can find on my website moosepeterson.com a ton of my ideas on photographing aircraft. You can find videos on the same topic on my YouTube channel, MoosePeterson. I’ve done a half dozen aviation classes for KelbyOne. And two years ago, my book, Takeoff was published. My aviation work can be found at our aviation site, warbirdimages.com. The advice I give all aviation photographers is real simple. Just show up!
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I grew up in the 1960’s surrounded by cameras. Funny little 110’s with revolving flashcubes, a series of ever evolving Polaroids, Super Eight Cine film and my Dad’s adored Pentax Spotmatic. And photographs. Boxes and boxes of them, prints, slides, and even glass negatives from as far back as a family wedding in the 1870’s. My first camera, for my 18th birthday, was a Canon AE-1. The bug had bitten me too. And despite then working for most of my adult life as a copywriter and radio producer, things finally went full circle in 2003 when I became a professional architecture and interiors photographer. Based in the South east of England I also came fairly late to the world of aviation after a visit to Flying Legends at Duxford in 2004. I was hooked, and that same year went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, cementing what would become a consuming passion for shooting classic aircraft and cars.
For me my cameras are workhorses. A died in the wool Nikon user for over 30 years after that early flirtation with Canon, all my work is shot using a D800 and D810, primarily using a 24mm Tilt-Shift for the day job. Airshows and car events however bring out a 200-500mm for ground to air, 70-200mm f2.8 with a polarizer and Lee filters for statics, a 24-120mm for walkaround, and a gorgeous little Fuji X100S for fun. I still find ground to air a challenge, not least as my primary interest is in prop aircraft, with all the lower shutter speed panning challenges that it brings! I always, always, always shoot RAW, for absolutely everything. Lightroom is my best buddy, and combined with Photoshop there’s nothing better, in my opinion. I started a fine art prints business a couple of years ago and my goal – whether in color of B/W – is to make my subjects look as ‘period correct’ as I can. This presents its own set of challenges,
especially with vintage race cars that are often festooned with Go-Pro cameras that need to be artfully removed. It’s also why I seldom shoot them racing; there’s something incongruous about seeing a 1920’s Bugatti driven by a man in a full face helmet and a Hans device. I first learned about ISAP when I started following Larry Grace on Instagram, and when he recently invited me to join I was very flattered and jumped at the chance. As it happens it’s also the first and only photographic association that I’ve ever belonged to. Everything that I’ve ever known about photography is entirely selftaught, using whatever printed or now internet based resources are available, and lots and lots of practice. In my professional capacity as an interiors photographer it has always annoyed me that so few of my peers are happy to discuss or reveal their techniques in any way. We are
all still learning, all the time, photography is a journey and I firmly believe in sharing what we know. Tips and tricks are very specific to the person that wants to know, but as a general piece of advice I would just say to reach out and ask. People who share this passion of ours are nicer that you might think!
HAL TICKNOR III My name is Hal Ticknor III. I live in Garland, Texas a suburb of Dallas. I have lived here all my life. I am a self-taught very advanced amateur photographer. I had a Kodak Instamatic camera that my parents bought me when I was a teenager. I got my first 35mm camera, a Canon AE-1, before going on a church mission trip to Alaska. That was 40 years ago. The rest is history. I still shoot with Canon equipment. Currently I have an 80D that is my primary body and a 60D for a second body. My primary lens at air shows is a Canon 50-250mm. I am looking at getting a 100-400mm lens soon. My dad was in the Air Force. He finished his tour before I was born. He always was interested in airplanes and took my brother and I to air shows growing up. He worked on airborne radar systems as an engineer for Texas Instruments. I have been interested in airplanes and aviation history for a long time thanks to him. I am in Gary Danielsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Meet Up Aviation Photographers group and learned about ISAP through them. I joined ISAP about two years and have been able to do a couple of airshows with them. It is a lot of fun and I learn a lot. I recently joined the photography team for the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, TX. I am shooting mostly JPG right now and experimenting with the RAW format. I would like to learn more about working with the RAW format and am considering purchasing Lightroom. I do aerial photography of storm damage, flood damage and tornado damage in Texas with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. I get to use a Nikon D7100 camera outfit doing this. I also teach aerial photography for CAP. I also enjoy architecture photography. I have photographed courthouses all over Texas and a few in Oklahoma. I also like old churches too. I do photography for my church as well. A couple of my photos have been on the cover of two church directories. Aviation photography is lots of fun to do. It takes a lot of practice to get good at photographing airplanes in flight, particularly the jets. I would tell a newcomer to keep practicing and ask also ask questions of other aviation photographers. Most of them are more than willing to share tips and answer questions.
I’m a semi-professional photographer with a background in art from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Aviation has been a passion of mine for as long as I can recall. I grew up under the pattern of Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. KFCM is a very busy GA airport, and used to house the Planes of Fame “East Museum” on-field before they moved everything out to Chino, CA. My aviation bug was fueled by seeing and hearing planes day and night, along with the occasional hardware Planes of Fame would send up. I began taking photos of planes on film in the mid ‘90s when I was 16 and could finally drive myself to KFCM to visit the museum or KMSP to watch commercial operations. Marketing is my day-job, and I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in design from the University of Nebraska. My BFA program had a strong emphasis in art history and also enabled me to create work in a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, print making, textile/clothing design, and graphic design – my primary emphasis. Photography, especially history of photography, was an area I felt drawn towards. To this day, I still love studying black and white photography and I’m influenced by classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Ansel Adams. While away at college in Nebraska, I was fortunate to have access to airshows in Lincoln, Omaha (at Offutt AFB), and the Strategic Air Com-
mand Museum to keep my aviation cup full. I purchased my first digital camera in 2000, a Nikon Coolpix 880, and have upgraded several times since then like many of us have. Fast forward a bit to 2013, I earned my PPL and really enjoy flying. I’ve taken a brief hiatus though to grow my family, but plan to get back in the sky someday. Photography helps keep me engaged with aviation - it’s the perfect marriage of my passion, education and talents. I shoot with a Nikon D750 and own a few too many lenses. For static displays or miscellaneous ground work I use a variety of Nikon lenses, primarily a 50mm 1.4D, 85mm 1.8D and the 18-35mm 3.5-4.5G ED. For moving targets, I use the Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 DG OS HSM C. This might be blasphemy, but I have never owned, nor have I ever shot with a 70-200mm. I really need to get out more! RAW or JPEG? RAW all the way man. Whether this aligns with one’s personal beliefs or not, historically, photos have always been edited quite a bit in post. This goes all the way back to the early days of photography with dodging and burning for hours in a darkroom with chemical fumes that could choke a horse. RAW provides the most digital information to edit photos and create the best image possible, whether that’s the most true-to-life image or something more artistic.
With a graphic design background, I’m well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite and prefer Photoshop and Camera Raw for photography. I hate to admit it, but I’ve used Lightroom very little and should really grind through some YouTube tutorials to keep up with the Joneses. ISAP represents a great opportunity to connect with others who are passionate about aviation and photography. I look forward to connecting with fellow members to share in this craft, gain more exposure to aviation, and hopefully contribute as well. My advice to new aviation photographers? Photography is like basketball... you’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Film is cheap these days, so take lots of shots!
DAVID DOW I’ve admired and followed the work of several ISAP photographers for years. Thanks to the encouragement of Mike Collins, I decided to join the association!
high-quality images, and videos, showing the right and wrong ways to shore trenches. That helped me justify buying more camera gear!
I spent most of my working-life in the construction safety equipment business. There are a significant number of fatalities each year in trenches and excavations. In 1993, my wife and I started a company that rented and sold equipment, and offered training, to stop those fatalities from occurring. TrenchSafety and Supply, Inc. was based in Memphis (where I live) with offices in North Little Rock, AR and Nashville TN. In mid-2016, we sold the company, and since mid-2018, I’ve been retired.
I’ve always been interested in aviation, in fact, I started to take flying lessons in high school, but I was also interested in amateur radio. Couldn’t do both, so I became a ham. I am still licensed (K5DVD) but not very active.
Although I’ve been interested in photography and videography since the mid-70’s, I became serious at TrenchSafety. We published multiple safety training programs, two books, web sites, a newsletter and had active YouTube and Vimeo channels. We constantly needed
In 1983, I took my first flying lesson. Today, I hold a commercial license with instrument rating, and am working on my air transport pilot’s license. I’ve built 2,000-hours of time as pilot-in-command and own a 2009 Cessna Turbo 182T. I base the plane at M01, on the northwest side of Memphis. I also own a hangar at KHBZ (Heber Springs AR, about 60 mi N of Little Rock), where I have a second home.
I am primarily self-taught, in terms of my photo skills. I’ve attended multiple Kelby seminars, bought dozens of books and magazines, read newsletters, watched YouTube videos, and been a “sponge” for new info. Historically, I’ve shot Nikon. I recently switched to Sony. My primary camera is the A7RIII, with Sigma 14-24mm f2.8, and Sony 24-105mm f4 and Sony 70-200 f2.8 lenses. (Any suggestions for a longer tele-photo, for airshows?) I’ve been shooting RAW for 7-8 years. Use the Adobe Creative Suite of products, including Premiere Pro. I’ve included a handful of my aviation photos, a couple from TrenchSafety, and a casual portrait of two of my grand-kids. I owned the red Citabria (N524BT) for close to ten-years. It was a blast to fly, but not very practical for long cross-country flights. The image of the Chicago skyline was shot from the Citabria with my iPhone. The bright red shoring system, at the construction site, was supplied by my company.
The contractor was installing a large underground waste-oil tank for the Tennessee Air National Guard, at KMEM. System saved the contractor a ton of money, helped provide a safe jobsite, and met all of OSHA’s requirements. The folks standing in front of the large trucks were part of TrenchSafety’s staff at Memphis. With almost 30,000 images in my Lightroom catalog, I don’t have as many aviation images as I’d like. I look forward to meeting more ISAP members and contributing to the association, developing my skills, and adding more aviation photos!
NICK NELSON I’ve shared a passion of aviation and photography at an early age. Growing up in Detroit Michigan I remember being around 5-6 years of age and “taking photos” with my parents Kodak Instamatic flash cube camera. I think it was the flash of those little cubes that really captured my interest. For years since I always either borrowed cameras or had hand-me-downs from my parents. The first real camera I had purchased was a Nikon D70. That is when photography became more serious for me. Not just as a way to capture a moment in time but as an art form and a way to tell a story of the subject. The eye of that camera had seen a lot and I have learned a lot over the years. The majority of that learning has been from watching YouTube videos and now KelbyOne videos. I was also introduced to aviation at a young age. My father would play these old WWII films and watching those warbirds soaring through the air was very captivating for me. It was then at a trip to Mackinac City, Michigan, (after many many attempts at pestering my mother for a ride in a seaplane) that my mother caved in and let me take that seaplane ride. It was a Cessna 172 with floats and IT was
a ride of a lifetime. I was 8 years old. I can still remember the sights and sounds of that flight as I am sharing this with you. My parents encouraged my passion and at age 15 I had my first solo in a Cessna 152 at Detroit City Airport. A successful check-ride at age 16 has always been a proud moment of mine. Aviation has always been a huge part of my life. I had worked in the field for years and was working my way to Florida to attend a flight academy for the airlines. Around the same time an executive from Chrysler automotive gave me an opportunity and it changed my path in life. I didn’t get to be that airline pilot but with my time at Chrysler I got something even better; I got to meet an amazing woman that is now my wife. Phoenix, AZ is now where my family and I call home. I live in an area that has an Air Force Base and I love hearing and seeing these birds flying overhead. I still get to fly from time-to-time and my aviation photography has ramped up more than it’s ever been. I am currently working on a photography business that includes commercial, architectural and of course aviation photography. It’s really a privilege
to be able to experience what aviation has to offer and the wonderful people I get to meet. Aviation has such a great community and I thank you all for sharing your piece. I currently have a Nikon D750 and D500 in my bag for airshows. I usually keep a long lens such as the 200-500mm or 80-400mm on the D500 for active shots. The D750 with either a 15-30mm or 100mm macro lens for static shots and people. The D500 consistently blows me away with its continuous shooting speed and buffer making it my favorite camera to date for shooting aircraft. I just can’t get over that buffer, (it makes me giggle a little inside every time I use it). I always shoot in RAW. The flexibility that RAW offers when trying to dial in a photo in post-processing using Lightroom and Photoshop is unmatched. If I am trying to tune a photo in post to what my eye saw or to add a certain feel RAW is the only way to go for me. If I’m posting to social media or sharing smaller images then I will always opt for JPG. ISAP has been the first real photography community that I have been a part of. I have been a member of ISAP since April of 2019. It was a chance meet with Larry Grace at Luke AFB that encour-
aged me to join ISAP. I love the idea of a community of aviation buffs that share a common passion for aviation. Looking at all of these amazing aviation images from you talented photographers it really shows. I really look forward to meeting more of you and to continue to see more of those mesmerizing captures. It sure has kept me striving to be better and better. I never shy away from helping others learn about aviation and photography. Since aviation and photography are both passions of mine, I find it is very easy to sit and talk all day about it. It never gets old for me. I am currently enjoying sharing my two passions with my young son. It’s really something to see my little guy taking photos at airshows and being amazed at those flying wonders just as I did as a kid. My advice to new aviation photographers is to not be afraid to ask questions. We learn new things each and every day. By asking questions you may just grab onto that one piece of advice that will elevate your skills and get you to where you want to be.
PATRICK COMTOIS I would like to take this opportunity to thank ISAP for their role in promoting a love of aviation. My love of aviation photography was sparked when my father took me to my first military air show to see the USAF Thunderbirds. I remember watching him take pictures in wonderment as the jets screamed by. I currently live in Westland, Michigan and consider myself a serious amateur photographer. I have been fortunate enough to work with our local historical museum in the preservation of several of their warbirds which fly across the US at airshows. My training and education have come primarily from attending various workshops and through online communities. I primarily shoot statics and ground to air but would not pass up a good air-to-air opportunity should it come my way. My primary rig is the FX Nikon D5 along with a super-telephoto lens like the 200-400mm. Statics are primarily shot with a 24-70mm or 16-35mm and once in a while a fisheye should the situation demand it. All my files are shot in RAW and post-processed in both Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Photography is a journey and one thing that I have learned is the importance of giving back. I enjoy sharing what I have learned on my blog and in tutorials with the hope of kindling the love of aviation photography to the next generations. I always tell budding young aviation enthusiasts that they should ask questions, seek out more experienced photographers to learn and try to align themselves with reputable organizations or perhaps even pilots. Most of all, I share that aviation photography can be a business or just a hobby but it is important to have fund and enjoy the ride.
I was born and raised in North Italy, but twenty years ago I moved to Silicon Valley to work in high tech industry. I live in Fremont (CA). I am a semipro; when not photographing airplanes (I love military jets and old warbirds), I try to keep my skills current by taking pictures of the closest flying subject, such as birds (eagles, hawks, egrets, etc.), so wildlife has become my second interest. Mostly, I try to capture those fleeting moments in which shapes, colors, light, and subject come together. There’s still plenty to learn, but when it happens, there’s beauty and deep emotion, not to mention it’s magical, fun, and worth it! I don’t have formal studies in photography, but I like to read and learn about it a lot, both on the technical and the “artistic” side, while (slowly and safely) trying new techniques or settings. I can’t remember when my fascination with planes started, but it definitely came from my dad, who also liked aviation a lot. In elementary school, I was already reading aviation magazines and books, building models, and when I could, going to airshows; the faint sound of a jet engine outside was enough to make me run out of the house looking. I always loved airplane pictures (I had notebooks and notebooks of them, cut out from magazines, newspapers, and even chocolate bar wrappers), but I didn’t have much interest in taking pictures with film cameras myself. It all changed with digital photography, and it somehow all started to fall into place (I am an engineer by trade); the next step was to experiment with it at an airshow. The first results were
mostly bad, but the few interesting ones kept me going and going. The same is true today. The few special keepers make sorting through a day’s work fun. I routinely use a Canon 5DmkIV, with a 7D II as a rare backup; at airshows, my go-to lens is the Canon 500mm II F4, sometime used with a 1.4X extender for tight shots, and always handheld, since I like to change angles and “work the shots”. You can spot me among other photographers since I don’t use any kind of strap for the cameras or lens, initially for weight reduction, then just for habit. The typical workflow is based on RAW, since it gives me more latitude about corrections than JPEG; postprocessing is done through Lightroom, with detours into Photoshop only in a minority of special cases. For noise reduction, I have also started using Dxo Photolab. I have joined ISAP (which I found through a web search) in January, since I’d like to network more with photographers with similar interests (I haven’t met many in my area), and I was really impressed with the quality of the member’s work. I am not a member of any other professional photography associations. I enjoy sharing about photography and my aviation passion, and I am thankful for the kind people that helped me start. Sometimes a few kind words can make all the difference!
SERGIO MARASCHIN Hi, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Sergio Maraschin, Located in Granite Bay Ca. I am a Now a semi-pro photographer. I studied Photography at Foothill Jr. College in Los Altos Hills, CA., conjunction with Commercial Advertising. I also spent a few years in apprenticeship with Ansel Adams many years ago. I started and got interested in aviation photography when my Father let me use his range finder; we just happen to live on or near the flight path of then NAS Moffett Field, now Ames Research Center. I use Nikon equipment. D7200 with 10-20 mm wide angle, a 24-105 mm medium range , and 80-400 mm. The combination I used for airshow are 10-20 mm and 80-400 mm) I prefer to shoot in JPG. The reason why is because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sent many images and have been published in many publications, many times the request has come this a 24 hrs deadline, so I make it easy for the publisher to receive jpg at 300 dpi for quick color separation in CMYK printing process.
I prefer Photoshop but occasionally use Lightroom. Why during my 20 years working as a photographer in a major Aerospace Company it was Photoshop that was the common software used. As a former member, I decided to rejoin the group after a few years absent from the group. ISAP was brought to my attention by my friend and late co-worker, former member Les Baldwin. I also belong to: (IAPP) International Association of Press Photographers. Many times I see young people struggle to get their first image at an Air show. I take the time show them, my advice to them to understand the best possible image, what shutter speed and aperture setting. I take pride to show them and to see the smiles on their faces when they got the first image. Most of all be patient.
My name is Tom Spanos and I currently live in the Santa Clarita Valley of Southern California. I began a career in engineering at Lockheed Martin and the Skunk Works after graduation from Purdue with an Electrical Engineering degree. I recently retired after 39 year with Lockheed, allowing me more time to pursue photography adventures. I fall into the advanced amateur category based upon scores my images have earned in the limited number of competitions I’ve entered. My interest in aviation photography is a natural outcome of years working around aircraft and pilots.
adjustments). I shoot almost exclusively in RAW and work the images in both Lightroom and Photoshop, augmented with the DxO Nik Collection 2 plug-ins.
While dabbling in photography during college, I got more serious once I started earning a regular paycheck. My film-based days found me using Olympus SLR cameras and lenses. After a number of years, I did a sidestep to more mobile Olympus pocket cameras so I could use them while snow skiing or cycling. With the advent of digital photography, I transitioned back to larger cameras with the Canon Rebel series and have been a Canon shooter ever since. I’ve evolved thru the 40D, 50D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III to get to the 5D Mark IV. Currently I do most of my day-to-day shooting with a pair of 5D Mark IVs, one with a medium telephoto and the other with longer glass. For airshows I alternate between the Canon 100-400mm Mark II (with and without the 1.4 extender) and the Sigma 60-600 (with a heavy dose of micro
I find I’m often a person people approach for advice on what types of gear to buy, where shot, the best ways to use their cameras, and suggestions on how to improve their images. Additionally, there is alot of peer-to-peer, bi-directional mentoring going on with members of the organizations I belong to, especially while out shooting.
While my photo interest includes landscape, wildlife, sports, and music; aviation always holds a special place in his heart. In 2019 I shot 9 days at 4 different air shows, as well as an additional 6 days at Star Wars Canyon / Jedi Transition. Non-aviation photography includes work at a number of music festivals and for various musicians.
I joined ISAP in 2018 after meeting Larry Grace at the California Capital Airshow and have been very happy with that decision. I’ve found reviewing the images in each month’s ISnAP magazine to be very helpful in learning different approaches for compositing images, especially static aircraft. Besides ISAP, I’m a member of Santa Clarita Valley Photography Association, Lancaster Photography Association, and Professional Photographers of California.
ZACHARY HAJIC Hi, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Zach Hajic. I am currently located in the area of Santa Barbara, California. I have been interested in both aviation and photography for as long as I can remember. Having family that has worked in the aerospace industry and being around aviation for my whole life is where I believe my interest in aviation came from. Eventually, I put these two interests of mine together and started taking photographs of any and all aircraft that I saw. I am an amateur photographer and I am self taught, having never taken any formal classes or training about photography.
JPG files are mostly just for the ease of quickly sharing photos with family and friends. My software of choice is a combination of Adobeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photoshop and Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop.
I am currently using the Nikon D850 as my camera. With that, I am using the Nikon 200-500mm as my primary lens for aircraft flying at airshows. I also use the Nikon 24-85mm for shots of static aircraft. Occasionally, I also use the Nikon 70-300mm for flying aircraft if I am in a spot where they are too close for the 200-500mm lens.
I try to help others learn about photography if I can. If somebody asks me a question I will try to answer it the best I can. A piece of advice I would give to somebody new to aviation photography would be to start at higher shutter speeds to practice panning with the aircraft and work your way to a slower shutter speed when you feel comfortable.
I use the option on the D850 to take photos both in RAW and JPG formats. RAW is my preference for post-processing of my photos because of the data it is able to store. The
I joined ISAP in January of 2020. I learned about ISAP through searching around on the internet for aviation photographs and through some other photographers on social media. I am not a part of any other photography groups.
I live in San Antonio, Texas. I’m a professional photographer and am currently the Creative Director and in-house still and motion photographer at Lewis Air Legends.
My workflow consists of Lightroom for cataloging and most of my post-processing. I’ll edit photographs from Lightroom via Photoshop as needed when I need more powerful tools.
I worked for several well-known photographers in various industries including surfing, celebrity, and fashion early in my career. I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
I joined ISAP because it seemed like the natural thing to do since aviation is a predominant subject matter for me. It’s always nice to be a part of something that allows for community, collaboration, teaching and learning. I joined August 2019. I learned about the organization from a friend I went to Brooks Institute of Photography with, and then learned more about it on Instagram.
My grandfather was a pilot in WWII and wrote a book about his time served. His pictures, letters, and medals were always intriguing to me. Several years ago I started retyping his book in digital form to help get it published after his passing, and that was the spark for my interest in aviation. I currently shoot with the EOS Canon 1D C body. I use the Canon 1635mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.2, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, and the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. I typically shoot airshows with the EOS Canon 1D C body with the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. I always shoot in RAW for it’s versatility in post. RAW files are like film negatives, JPG files are like polaroid, at least that’s been my experience. “You Don’t Take A Photograph, You Make It.” – ANSEL ADAMS
I don’t belong to any other organization but always try to help other photographers. I worked for Apple for 5 years and spent a vast majority of my time teaching photography software and photography. I still help anyone that comes seeking it. My tip of advice would be to photograph anything that you find interesting, not just aviation. I started my photography career in portraiture and commercial advertising and worked with a diverse group of photographers. Photographing such different subject matters helps expose you to different ways of thinking and approaching photography, and I think this diversity helps approach aviation with a fresh and different perspective.
Canon EOS Rebel T6i, ISO 200, 1/250 s at f/7.1, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@ 371 My name is Karl Saad and I am an advanced amateur photographer living in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville (near Montreal), Quebec, Canada. I work at the Canadian Space Agency where I manage a team of project managers in the space exploration directorate. In 2007 I began pursuing photography as a hobby. I’ve sought to improve my photography skills by joining a local photo club as well as through self-led learning using online resources such as KelbyOne and various books. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in aviation. This interest led me to becoming an air cadet when I was a teenager and then pursuing engineering at university. Despite my passion for aviation, I served as an infantry officer in the Canadian Army for 15 years and had the opportunity to fly in various types of helicopters and even jump from C-130s. Upon leaving the military, I reconnected with my passion for aviation by working for a Canadian aircraft manufacturer. During this time I worked as the project engineer for an unmanned aerial vehicle before moving into project management for the customizing of business jets as well as the maintenance of fighter jets. Eventually this led me to my second passion, space. I joined the Canadian Space Agency as a project manager in 2001 where I have managed many space exploration projects including Canada’s contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope as well as being the project manager for the Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign in 2016-17. Just recently I have begun combining my love of photography with my passion for aviation. I’m not sure why it took me so long to make this connection, however, it all came together at a local airshow this past summer. I decided to borrow my daughter’s Canon Rebel T6i as it is more capable than my Rebel XTi. Equipped with a 24–105 mm lens, I went out with the intention of getting some great images. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I was disappointed that many of my images were blurry and out of focus. Furthermore, the aircraft were too small in the images even after cropping in. Despite my disappointment with these first photos, I saw the potential in what I was trying to capture. I felt the excitement of doing this type of photography and I decided to attend another airshow a few weeks later, this time equipped with a 100–400 mm lens. I was hooked! I love that aviation photography enables me to combine my appreciation of the engineering that goes into building these incredible machines and my desire to explore the art of photography.
Just recently I upgraded to a mirrorless camera with the SONY Alpha 7 Mark 3. I primarily use two Canon lenses: 24–105 mm and 100–400 mm. I continue to use my Canon Rebel XTi as a second camera for wide-angle shots using a Sigma 10–20 mm. I always shoot in RAW as this gives me the most flexibility in post-processing and excellent image quality. For post-processing I use Photoshop CS6 and Nik software. I like using Photoshop because it’s a powerful tool that gives the flexibility I like when developing my images. I joined ISAP because I want to belong to a community of photographers who are passionate about aviation. I see this as a great opportunity to network and collaborate with other photographers, to learn how to become a better photographer, and to expand my experience in aviation photography with the ultimate goal of branching into air-to-air photography. I discovered ISAP while searching for books on aviation photography and coming across a book by Chad Slattery entitled “Inside Aviation Photography”. I am not involved with any other professional associations, however, I continue to belong to a local photo club where I am pushed to try different aspects of photography. When it comes to helping others with photography, I always feel as if I am the one who is still learning. However, I do like helping when I can and would welcome the opportunity to do more of it. If you are new to aviation photography, my advice would be to first understand the camera settings required for different types of aircraft and practice panning as much as possible as this is an important skill to master. Secondly, when going to an airshow, try to take in at least two days. Use the first day to take the time to get familiar with the performances and static displays and take pictures of everything interesting to you. On the second day, focus on the shots you want to take based on your review of the images taken on the first day and where you can best position yourself to get those shots. After the first day, you may find that you have many images which are out of focus, blurry or underexposed. The second day enables you to refine your skills and learn from your experience of the first day. I look forward to participating in ISAP events and meeting other photographers who share a passion for aviation. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and looking at my images.
Canon EOS Rebel T6i, ISO 200, 1/250 s at f/7.1, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@ 371
Canon EOS Rebel T6i, ISO 200, 1/1000 s at f/5.6, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400
Canon EOS Rebel T6i, ISO 200, 1/250 s at f/5.6, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400
Sony a7M3, ISO 100, 1/250 s at f/11, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@360
Sony a7M3, ISO 100, 1/50 s at f/4, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400
Sony a7M3, ISO 100, 1/250 s at f/6.3, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400
Canon EOS Rebel T6i, ISO 100, 1/60 s at f/8, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400
My name is Michael Cozad. I live in Jackson, California, a small historic gold country town nestled in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, approximately 48 miles east-southeast of Sacramento, on Highway 88/49. I am a self-taught, semi-professional photographer, specializing primarily in night-long exposure, aviation, landscape photography and photojournalism, though I do dabble in wildlife, sports, fine art and time-lapse photography. I have long been fascinated with aviation since childhood. My dad was in the Air Force, and my uncle was a civilian contractor with the Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base. I have fond memories of spending many a day attending various airshows at Mather, and McClellan Air Force Bases. I shoot with my Nikon D800, accompanied with the Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8, and Sigma 150-600 mm f5.6-f6.3 for long, and the Tokina 16-28 mm f2.8 for wide static shots for my aviation photography. I primarily shoot in RAW, so I have full control and the highest quality image output for my final product. I post process my images using Adobe Lightroom for typical photo editing, and utilize Photoshop only for more extensive graphics work, or any time I need the use of layers. I do often shoot in RAW+JPG, when doing my photojournalism work for my local newspaper, to meet those quick turnaround deadlines. I joined ISAP on November 17, 2018, after meeting Larry Grace during the CCA Photo Tour at the California Capital Airshow at Mather Field, California back in September. I haven’t previously been a member of any professional photography associations and want to join to expand my networking with photographers with similar ambitions in photography as myself. After learning more about ISAP from Larry, I find it the perfect opportunity to get to know fellow aviation photographers, and learn additional techniques from them. I was lucky when I first got into aviation photography back in 2013, while attending my first California Capital Airshow Photo Tour. I had a good friend who has been in the aviation video and photography world for years. He took me under his wing, showing me some of his tricks of the trade, as well as introducing me to other aviation photographers, and I would like to return the favor to others interested in the art.
As I was told by a good friend, and fellow photographer, be patient, keep practicing, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. That is the only way one will learn in photography. Also, there is one thing I hear over and over again by many airshow photographers. If you are serious about making a career in the airshow photography, it’s not enough to just get the shots of the aircraft. You must spend time photographing every aspect of the airshow, the people, the vendors, the volunteers doing what they do. You must highlight every part that makes the airshow an airshow, not just the aircraft. Because, that’s what the people who will hire you as an airshow photographer want to see…the people!
Mike Cox is a semi-professional photographer born and raised in Central Iowa. He became interested in photography as a teenager and became involved with photojournalism during his high school years. Though his career path went another direction, Mike has continued to foster his love of photography has his primary hobby for the past 30+ years. Mike hasn’t had any formal Photography training but has spent countless learning and practicing various techniques on his own. Along with Photography, Mike’s other interests include Capturing Extreme Weather and Aviation. Mike has been capturing Mother Nature for 20+ years all over the USA. His love of Aviation has brought him to attend various air shows and fly-ins around the state of Iowa. Mike shoots Nikon equipment, specifically shooting with a Nikon D750 DSLR and various Nikkor and Tamron lenses. Mike’s current favorite combination is his D750 and the Tamron 150-600 G2 telephoto lens. Though a bit heavy, this combination has proved to produce great results.
The Phillips 66 Aerostars perform during the Central Iowa Airshow in Ankeny, Iowa.
Mike shoots in RAW format as he wants to remain in control of how his images are produced and doesn’t like to rely on computer interpretations. Mike also uses the Adobe line of products – Lightroom and Photoshop after using Photo Mechanic to import and do an initial review of his images. He uses Lightroom and Photoshop equally, though lately, Photoshop has been getting used more due to the increased options available. Mike joined ISAP in early August after being referred from a friend and fellow member. Mike is also a founding member of his local camera club, where he networks with other local photographers and helps mentor people new to the field. Mike as learned a lot over the years from others and hasn’t forgotten this. Mike isn’t afraid to help others develop their photography skills whether young or old. Mike enjoys meeting new people and developing relationships with photographers all over the country.
The Aeroshell Flight Demonstration team perform during the Central Iowa Airshow in Ankeny, Iowa.
A VF-22 Osprey conducts a flight demonstration during the Central Iowa Airshow in Ankeny, Iowa.
A C-130 prepares to take off during the Quad Cities Airshow in Davenport, Iowa.
Jeff Shetterly races the jet truck AfterShock at the Quad Cities Air Show.
I’ve had a lifelong fascination for aviation and aircraft. Although I followed a full military career in the British Army, I never missed an opportunity to visit Air Museums, attend Air Shows and track innovations in flight. Photography interested me too. It provided a means of recording events, remembering particular aircraft and noting developments in flight and flying. Retirement gave me an opportunity to learn to fly. I’m an occasional recreational flier and rent an aircraft from my local club. When I elected to settle in the Province of Ontario in Canada, it opened up the North American air show circuit to me. I attend several air shows a year and have been a regular visitor to Airventure in Oshkosh, and a loyal volunteer on Flight Line there, for more than 10 years. My army days took me all over the World. I had two wonderful years in Hong Kong and several tours in what was then West Germany, including three tours of duty in West Berlin. Photography was often a core skill. Most veterans will agree that training in the armed forces is excellent. The instruction I received, and experience in the field, proved very helpful in improving my work with long lenses against aircraft. My first serious cameras were Minoltas, with a decent range of lenses. When roll film was in decline and the first digital SLRs were appearing, I chose Olympus, believing that they make the sharpest lenses of all. The company didn’t really keep up and I moved to Canon equipment, which has served me very well. It continues to do so through various upgrades. My principal camera body is a Canon 6D Mk II. I also use an older Canon 7D Mk I, which continues to confer the occasional advantage of built-in flash. The walking-around lens in my bag is the Canon 24-105 F4L IS USM. I always carry the Canon 70 - 200 F4L IS USM as well - with a
doubler handy at all times. My longest lens, and increasingly the one on which I’m coming to rely, is the Canon 100 - 400 F4.5 - 5.6L IS II USM. Reviews I read about its capabilities did not exaggerate its sharpness or the ability to hand hold it successfully in the majority of situations. In the interests of saving disk space, I used JPG files for a long time, but I now shoot nothing but raw for aviation subjects. I’m a Mac fan and I’ve persisted with their Photos software, though I don’t think it matches the archive and storage organization qualities of the dear departed Aperture. Since discovering Skylum’s Luminar and Aurora HDR applications, I have been using them a lot to post process raw material. They improve pretty much everything without looking artificial - unless you choose to have them push towards the surreal. They also have some great photographers providing online training, which is really good. I like to encourage other photographers with an interest in aviation to give our discipline a go. On a personal level, I’m really hoping to be able to attend some of the ISAP seminars and visits. It’s Larry Grace, our President, who encouraged me to join and who’s been an inspiration and mentor whenever we meet. I’d really like to break into the air-to-air side of life. I constantly admire the work produced by staff photographers at EAA and others, who are absolute masters of the art.
I am Canadian, currently living in Gatineau, Quebec. I just recently moved here from Vancouver, British Columbia. I would consider myself to be a constantly improving advanced amateur. This has been a hobby for me for several years. I do have hopes of being published, like many photographers do. I am mostly self-taught in that I have no formal training on photography. I have learned through readings online, following the work of famous photographers on social media, informal online courses and the graciousness and patience of the many other photographers I have met at airports and airshows. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had a passion for aviation. I discovered aviation photography as a hobby while attending the Royal Netherlands Air Force open day in 2008. I saw so many cameras in the crowd and seeing pictures posted online prompted me to buy my first DSLR and start this journey.
my images, I use both Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom is a very capable program and is less intimidating, so I do most of my adjustments in that program. I will mostly use Photoshop to remove objects, sharpen, and re-size, as I find it is more capable for these functions.
I currently use a Canon EOS 7D as my primary camera body. I use it mostly in conjunction with a Canon EF100-400L IS II. This is the combination that serves me the most and I have just upgraded the lens from the original version. I also frequently use the Tamron 150-600 VC for some of the smaller aircraft, or when I am looking for a tighter shot on something specific. For static displays, my go-to lens has remarkably been the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens. While many would discount it, I have had a long time to figure out its capabilities and limits and have managed high quality images with it.
I grew as a photographer because others took the time to share their knowledge with me, either directly or indirectly. I am to do the same every day. I constantly help new photographers I meet, passing on things that have worked for me, as well as things that have not. I feel it is important to share everything I learn with others, as it helps that person, but also helps me grow. The best advice I would give to someone new to aviation photography is to not get discouraged when you see other photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Get out there and take pictures, try new things and talk to others as much as possible. Almost everyone you will meet will look to help and guide you. You will be surprised how far you will get.
I strictly shoot RAW images. I like to retain as much control as possible over the images for post-processing. This takes up more space on memory cards but has been absolutely worth the trade-off for me. To process
I joined ISAP as I wanted to be part of an organization specific to aviation photography. I wanted to learn more and one day contribute to all the knowledge I found online. I learned about ISAP through social media, follow ISAP president Larry Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account. After browsing the website and seeing all the great photographers who are members, I knew this was the place for me. I do not belong to any other professional associations, but I am very involved with a local photography club, where I seek to grow as a photographer.
One of the RAF Red Arrows lands at the Gatineau-Ottawa executive airport following their Parliament Hill flypast in Ottawa, as part of the team’s 2019 North America tour.
A Royal Canadian Air Force CT-142 “Gonzo” training aircraft, belonging to 402 Squadron, taxis for departure from Vancouver international airport following a brief visit during a student trip. The aircraft is used for sensor operator and combat systems officer training.
The RAF Red Arrows burst over the crowd at AeroGatineau 2019 as part of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2019 North America tour.
I am a long time resident of Westfield, NJ which is approximately 20 miles west of Manhattan, NYC. While my career as an industrial safety engineer and certified safety professional began, my interest in photography began as well, albeit, in my spare time. A Yashica 35GSN rangefinder film camera was purchased. Until then the only photos I took were with the family Kodak cameras and most were family pictures. While being self-taught, my interest expanded to having a full darkroom at home for developing black & white film, prints and color slides. My wife Maggie fully supported and encouraged my photography then and still does today. Spare time for photography slowly diminished while work and family commitments grew. When my safety consulting became fully established and digital photography began to rival the quality of film and now likely surpasses it, my photography interest grew once again. Rather than using a “jack of all trades and master of none” approach, I centered my photo taking on wildlife and especially birds in flight. Then attending my first airshow in 2012, I was determined to work on capturing the excitement, thrill, exhilaration and action of airshows. I’m still working on this and now realize that aviation is more than just airshows so I am striving to photograph more of aviation in addition to airshows. I am an advanced amateur, not yet receiving pay or compensation for my photography. The Nikon D500 and D750 are my primary cameras with Nikkor 200-500 and 80-400 the most prominent lenses used. At air shows, the D500 with 200-500 lens is most often used. A Sony RX10 IV is recently added to my equipment which offers a lighter more compact camera with good effective reach of 24-600 mm. This is sometimes a good travel alternative when you are not able or want to bring a lot of gear. I prefer shooting photos in RAW to capture all the information that is available from the sensor. Once a JPG throws out what it does not need, that info cannot be recovered later. So, as software advances are made and new ideas come to mind for processing photos taken, you can go back to the full data and use the newest and improved software with full effect on them. Perhaps not often, but sometimes you can bring new life to a past photo you liked and just could not process to your liking back then. I most often use Lightroom and Photoshop. Occasionally, I also use Nikon Capture NX-D and IView to take advantage of the proprietary processing of raw files and conversion.
As part of my self teaching approach, I searched the internet for aviation photography sites, magazines and similar information that may help me expand my knowledge. I found ISnAP magazine which has impressive photos, so I looked for the organization that produced it and found ISAP. After reading the goals and mission, then member information, it was clearly an organization I wanted to be part of. ISAP willingness to accept advanced amateurs makes this a good fit. Within a few days of finding ISAP, I joined July 2019. Prior to this, I joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA) in 2012. I compete in many PSA sanctioned international photo salons having many photos accepted for exhibition in dozens of salons across 14 countries and also receiving several medals, honors, and ribbons. My results in these competitions is valuable feedback as to how well or not my photography is progressing. A tip I would like to share with those new to aviation photography and airshows in particular is to plan ahead. Get a copy of the scheduled performers. You can research them on line and see the type of performances they do. Looking at You Tube videos of a current season performance for those performers you want very much to photograph is a good preparation step. Many airshow performers use a well rehearsed performance for the season. This can help you anticipate those photos you’d like to capture since once the show begins, it seems to move a lot faster than you expected. I often help other photographers I meet at air shows or events who ask questions. I am always willingly to answer. It is important as well that if I do not know the answer, I say so, and will not guess at it. I will also initiate conversations with those who look at my camera equipment or my activity and appear to want to ask a question. Sometimes those new to photography want to ask but may be self conscious so I then initiate a conversation. If I am wrong, then it is a brief hello and done, but most often a string of questions and answers begins.
I have been a designer and professional photographer since 1998, I was a marketing manager for the Trek + Gary Fisher dealership here in Monterrey, Mexico and a marketing manager for the Ferrari-Maserati dealership here too, since I was a child I always had a camera and lived near a local airport in Colima, Mexico and I liked to photograph nature and hiking expeditions since I was a Scout for approximately 18 years, later in the work I developed I started with Nikon digital cameras, which is an excellent camera for its strength and easy handling , sometimes I take some courses of light and product workshops, so because I am lucky to promote and sell luxury cars and airplanes, I developed stepby-step knowledge of business aviation for support sales. Since 2004 I participated closer to aviation because I have the opportunity to meet some people who opened the doors at the North Airport (MMAN) and developed some voluntary photography and history of the airport for pilots and businesses there, such as result I participated in 2 books published with my photographs, “100 years of Aviation in Monterrey” and “The Aviation of the State of Mexico”. Currently, many companies in Mexico and the US have hired me to take photo sessions for business planes and I have some people who collaborate in my Pilot One Magazine, an aviation media outlet that has been accredited by the EAA since 2006, the NBAA, HAI as well as aviation shows and exhibitions. Mainly, Nikon, I currently have a D7200 and a D3200 that is my favorite because it is very light and makes it very easy for me to do jobs that require speed and precision, that is something that Canon does not have, the lenses I have or I rent if necessary , is the standard of 18-55 mm, a Nikon of 12-24 mm 2.8 N for wide interior shots, a lens of 70-300 mm 3.5 and a 40 mm 2.8 for details. The main objective of my activity is business aviation. I like some aerial shows, but honestly it is not my main reason for the photographic activity that I develop, because in reality the business aviation issue combined with luxury cars and sessions with male models and top models, I hope at some point to go in the north of England, in Scotland, where I have the contact of a group of Internet observers a place where low-level fighter jets pass and I would like to go to the cemetery of Nevada and New Mexico aviation and some places in Russia where there are many Cold War airplanes, I really like the historical aspects of aviation and its influence on modern aviation today. Yes, ALWAYS RAW, of course, at first I used Kodak Proimage film and it was processed by a specialized laboratory, for me, raw is the best way to achieve maximum detail and facilitates the subsequent process, since
1996 I am part of consultants and beta testers for Adobe products and I receive a lot of information from them, I use last version of Lightroom and have Creative Cloud from Adobe. I started as a 3D designer in 1988 with Silicon Graphics and Macintosh applications and I was one of the first 3D animation here in North of Mexico for architectural images, in fact, I developed my first professional works with those programs to create photo-realistic images in combination With the photograph. All I know how was a very useful school to take my photographs now and I hope to make a good documentary video like One Six Right. I have always sought to belong to specialized groups of professionals to do business and exchange knowledge, on occasion I saw the ISnAP magazine and I liked it a lot and visit the website and although I did not see much of business aviation. I saw that many photographers who are members belong that if they do that kind of work in the aviation magazines of the USA, even for brands that I have also worked with like Bombardier, Cirrus, Gulfstream, among others. I consider that being in your organization implies a huge responsibility and prestige that can take to be in the elite of professionals, even more so that I did not see any accredited photographer from my country and I hope to be the first of many more. I belong as a means of communication and we are accredited as such in the aviation brands and associations in the US and Mexico that organize events such as the EAA, NBAA, HAI, EBACE, Amigos de la Aviacion, an event organized in association with the FAA in Mexico, and i have the coverage of events and conferences. Yes, I have been a product photography coach and I have also given some courses although more than photography it is more like dealing with the authorities since in Mexico it is much very complicated to perform this kind of work, entering an airport to take photography there To be very well recognized by clients and authorities in my country, however, because we have good communication and voluntary help with the authorities, our work is a bit easier. For reasons of security and discretion with clients, I do not develop much information with the general public, however, if we do some training sessions for some people interested in the subject.
I’m a full time professional photographer based in St. Louis, MO. My love of aviation led me to start flying at the age of 14, earning my private pilot certificate and instrument rating. While working towards a commercial pilot career, I met my creative match, my wife Kelly, which led to me becoming a professional photographer. While aviation is a passion of mine, my current professional photography work is generally outside of the aviation space. My published work can be seen in: Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Insider, London Evening Standard, Huffington Post, Photography Masterclass Magazine, Arkansas Life Magazine, and Thrillist. My clients include: Budweiser, Lowe’s, VisittheUSA.com, True Fitness, Athena Health, and United Healthcare. I’ve always used Nikon cameras throughout my 13 year professional career. I’ve been a Nikon Professional Services member since 2016. I’m currently using a D850 with 300mm F4/E lens for air show photography. The addition of a 1.4x teleconverter helps when I need more reach. I’ve found this to be an excellent lightweight setup. I generally shoot both RAW and JPG at the same time. JPG is great for sharing on social media immediately during an event. I moved to using Capture One for RAW processing many years ago. I’ve found it to be a superior program to Adobe Lightroom in many ways. This is especially true for large commercial photoshoots which normally involve shooting tethered to a computer workstation. I joined ISAP in 2018. Joining ISAP was a great way to start learning from the best in the field of aviation photography. I’m looking forward to attending some ISAP events in the future. I’ve tried to educate others on the business side of photography whenever I can. People often understate the amount of hard work it takes to make a living with photography. I feel like the best advice for anyone trying to learn photography is to find images that speak to them and then research how they were created. Being able to deconstruct other photographers work will lead to you being able to create your own unique work.
Yak-55 Oshkosh 2019
North Dakota for VisittheUSA.com
True Fitness Brand Commercial Work For those views too high, the judging team brings their own ladder.
Thunderbirds at Oshkosh 2019
Extra 300L St. Louis Airshow 2018
F-16 Demo at St. Louis Airshow 2018
F-22 Oshkosh 2019
Milford Sound New Zealand
I live in Foster City, CA. I would consider myself an advanced amateur and I am always working to improve my techniques. I do not have formal photography training. I am self-taught at an early age and I am always learning from many online sites such as KelbyOne or local workshops. I have been into photography for approximately 40 years. I have been shooting mostly automotive (Hot Rods) events and shoot for several automotive publications. I love most genres of transportation. Aviation photography is an interest that I have had for years and I decided to learn more to be a better aviation photographer. I currently shoot with a Canon 80D, Canon lens: 17-40mm f/4L 1755mm f/2.8, 24-105mm f/4L and 70-300mm f/4-5.6. I plan to upgrade to a full frame body and bigger zoom lens in the future. I plan to use my 80D as a second camera for aviation photography. I always shoot RAW and JPG. I shoot RAW for my actual working files and JPG for reference. I mostly work in Lightroom CC Classic and occasionally in Photoshop CC. I would like to start using Photoshop CC more.
I have tried the NIK collection and Topaz Studio but mostly prefer to use Lightroom CC Classic. I learned about ISAP from doing an Internet search for Aviation photography. I joined ISAP to be part of an organization of Aviation Photographers. I would enjoy helping others when possible and also looking to learn from others to expand my skills. I am a member of PPA. I always help others in photography when asked. I have learned from others and always try to provide my techniques. I enjoy mentoring new photographers and helping them to learn about photography as well as post processing. My advice to new Aviation photographers is to find Aviation photographers that has a style you like to learn about composition and their style, keep shooting and shooting photos and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get discouraged from taking a lot of bad photographs. We learn from the bad shots and how to fix our mistake to improve your skills.
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My name is Sean Willis, and I live in Lancaster, California. I’ve been an avid but amateur photographer since I was young, shooting first with 110 film cameras, graduating to 35mm point and shoots, and then moving to digital and SLR essentially simultaneously, but on different equipment (a Powershot A40 and my wife’s AE-1). I went to school for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois, feeding both my interests in flying things and how things work. I spent several years in Chicago on the outskirts of the aerospace industry, and would often get my aviation fix traveling to Oshkosh or hiking down to the lake for Chicago’s Air and Water Show, always with my current camera in tow. I love airplanes and have come to love the people surrounding them, and documenting all of that with a camera is one of my great joys.
I’ve been scattershot with my workflow, mostly shooting JPG for speed and space constraints, and bouncing from iPhoto to Aperture to Mac Photos to very recently Lightroom/Photoshop. I’ve been pretty averse to editing more than simple crops and rotations thus far, but I know it’s limiting my growth and range so I’m dipping my toes into that skillset moving forward.
I currently work as a Design and Flight Test Engineer for Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA, and I’ve been there for almost nine years. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a number of unique aircraft on the ground, from the ground, and from the air while getting paid, so perhaps I could be considered semipro? Most recently I was assigned as photo chase (stills) for the successful first flight of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft in April ’19, which was an amazing experience after having been a part of the design, build, and ground test effort for nearly four years prior.
I love to help people learn more about photography, even if it’s just helping friends and family members with tips for improving their snapshots. I’ve found that aviation is typically a pretty insular but also a very welcoming activity / industry, so my advice to photographers new to aviation is to make an effort to get to know people involved and ask them forthrightly for access and opportunities. Much like photographers, aviators are usually very passionate and wanting to share their interest with others, so just showing that you’re interested is often enough to open doors, and maybe even cockpits!
I shoot Canon, currently a 70D, and my iPhone 6 when that’s the best I have with me. For airborne chase and as my all-purpose lens I typically have my 24-105mm L attached, and for airshows I’ve primarily used my 70-200mm f4L (non-IS). I also have several primes (40 f2.8 EF-S, 50 f1.4, and 85 f1.8) that I like to use for indoors and people photography. I’m mostly self-taught for better or worse, reading books and websites (thanks Strobist!), and learned a bunch by limiting myself to shooting with a 50mm f1.8 for the first year or so of having a DSLR.
I learned about ISAP when I was in preparation for the Stratolaunch flight and bought / read Chad Slattery’s book, “Inside Aviation Photography”. I saw that several of the photographers I’ve been inspired by over the years were members, and I resolved to become a member as a means of hopefully making some connections and learning more about the craft.
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I am Romanian and living and working in Belgium, Brussels for 5 years now. I am an aerospace engineer and have been continuously working in civil aviation for various organizations. Today I work for an international airlines association promoting the industry views and positions on flight safety. Aviation has been my passion from childhood – trying as a kid to draw aeroplanes but drawing is not really a great skill of mine. This is where photography can help! I have started in the reflex world 5 years ago…and progressed slowly. It’s such a pity reflex digital camera were not available 25 years ago and photography was quite a niche in my country – I remember attending airshows and base visits in Romania and seeing Mig-21s, 23s, 29s and other types quite difficult to find outside museums today especially flying…Now there are cameras, but the “exotic” aircraft are difficult to find…
C-47 Dakota “That’s All Brother” at Le Bourget 2019 And, the traveling is a very nice experience – I am a big fan of the NATO Tiger Meet and the last four editions meant traveling to Zaragoza in Spain, Landivisiau in France, Poznan in Poland and Mont de Marsan in France this year. To new photographers I would say that the person behind the camera is much more important than the camera / lens itself. Having a steady grip on the camera is vital as well as the proper positioning on the airfield. As I did myself – if you don’t know something pass the emotional barrier and ask around you, most of the photographers around will be more than happy to help.
I consider myself an advanced amateur – the aviation photography is a hobby and a social experience for myself, an extension of my aviation “madness”. I have no formal training for photography (always wanted some courses but never had the time…) but instead used forums, books, manuals and YouTube and the old-fashioned trial and error. I went through the “frozen / engine out propeller” phase and learned how to decrease shutter speed to have a movement effect. I am a Nikon fan – started with a 5200, then a 7200 and since a few months a D500 that I am quite fond of. At an airshow I use the D500 with a Sigma 150-600 Contemporary and the D7200 with an 18-300DX for the static shots and the big formations. I have started with jpeg format but now I only shoot RAW – it gives more freedom in post-processing. I have the Adobe suite, mostly using Adobe Lightroom the desktop version. After the initial Lightroom processing I use some NIK Collection modules to give more color to my pictures. When I need HDR processing I use Aurora HDR which was recommended by a fellow spotter.
The Spotters Hill at Montreal Airport, Canada
I have known ISAP for some time from social media and of course the magazine. Looking for some time at the pictures at a certain moment I thought “why not?”. The main reason for joining is the intent to learn more from my peers and evolve in this nice passion which is aviation photography. As I mentioned before airshows are a very good social interaction opportunity. Yes, we all go for the “special best picture” but discussing with the people around is also very rewarding. Speaking with aviation photographers and fans opens new horizons, fresh ideas, new cultures. EF2000 Eurofighter Typhoon of the Italian Air Force during its display in RIAT 2018
IAR 330 Puma of the Romanian Air Force at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2018 in Bucharest Baneasa Airport
Panavia Tornado of the German Air Force in Tiger livery during the NATO Tiger meet 2018 Poznan, Poland
Dassault Rafale of the French Armee de l’Air during NATO Tiger Meet 2019 in Mont de Marsan 2019
Belgian registered P-51 Mustang “SCAT VII” at the Belgian Air Force Days 2018 in Kleine Brogel Airbase
Belgian Air Component F-16 Solo Display – pictured here in the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2018
Lockheed C-130J of the Royal Air Force – during the Northolt Airbase nightshoot, March 2019
Mig-21 Lancer C of the Romanian Air Force â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Solo display during the 86th Airbase Open Day, Borcea, Romania October 2017
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My name is Robert Stave and I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut. I consider myself an advanced amateur photographer. I am primarily self-taught regarding my knowledge of photography. I did take a photo course in college that taught me composition and how to develop prints of my own. My interest in photography began as a small boy with my mother’s box camera taking pictures of neighborhood friends and adventures. After that, I progressed to my dad’s Bell & Howell 35mm camera. I experimented with aperture and shutter speed combinations to shoot my favorite sport cars or my brother jumping his sled in the snow. In 8th grade I “graduated” to the big leagues when I was able to buy a true 35mm SLR camera, the Pentax MV. It had a lot of manual capability, but also an exposure light system as a guide. This saved countless frames of poorly exposed and wasted film. I absolutely loved that camera with its tack sharp f1.2 50mm lens. I haven’t used that camera in decades, but I still have it stored away as part of my own history. My current equipment is a Canon EOS 40D crop sensor using Canon L-Series glass in 18-35mm f1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8. I’m invested in Canon and love the fact that I can pick up almost any model they make and know how to operate 80% of the features in short order. My future holds a Canon 5D Mk IV to supersede the 40D which is now long in the tooth; especially with respect to sensor capability and low light ISO range. My interest in aviation photography stemmed from the fact that I loved photography and always wanted to become an astronaut or fighter pilot. In fact, I went through flight school while in college at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to graduating with a B.S. in Packaging Science, I was also proud to earn my Private Pilot’s license. I had wanted to join the US Navy to become a Naval Aviator in the era of Top Gun. However, my nearsightedness kept me from the military flight programs and I went into the corporate world as a Packaging Engineer. Flying for me is both fun and historical. Each year I try to fly in, or actually fly, a different warbird to experience the sight, smell and feel of these historical planes. To date, I have flown in a Waco UPF-7, B-17, B-25 and B-29 and I have flown a T-34, T-6 and the P-51 Mustang, Crazy Horse. My list grows longer each year and now dual control P-40’s are on the scene. Have I mentioned that I have a very understanding wife?
I have always been drawn to US military history and military aviation. The World War II era pulls heavily on my sense of patriotism and the individual sacrifice that generation made for the greater good of our country and to free the world from evil. I am honored and in awe whenever I get to meet a veteran, or simply read the history of their accomplishments. I wish that my photography in some small way can honor them by preserving a visual record of the great machines that they flew into battle. At airshows, I use the Canon described above and will switch from the wide angle for close up ground work to the longer zoom lens for air work. I find that the Canon 70-200mm is fast enough to be hand held for most aerial performances. With the right field position and crop sensor, it also has good reach to pull in the aircraft. However, there are times when I wish for a longer lens. I shoot both RAW & JPG at the finest settings and largest file sizes the camera will allow. The RAW file is used for editing, but sometimes having the duplicate JPG makes additions to Facebook or Instagram much quicker. I need to spend more time learning the fine points of processing software but do use all three; Photoshop, Lightroom and iPhoto depending on the edit. I try to get my shots as correct as possible in-camera to minimize post processing work. I try to limit the editing to simply color/ contrast/exposure settings. I joined ISAP a month ago and learned about the organization in one of the magazines on aviation, but don’t remember which. I wanted to be part of the organization partly because of my passion for aviation photography and partly because there are really talented people in the group whom, by their simple sharing of their images, challenges me to be better at my own skills. I love to teach others about photography principles, equipment and techniques. In college, I had several roommates who were “photog” majors and found more often than not, I understood their course work better than they did. I helped them understand the technical information they were being taught. I’ve taught many other friends and most recently my teenage son how to pass his high school photo course with high marks. It’s very rewarding to see other people enjoying the same passion that I have. Finally, even though I am new to the organization, my advice to aviation photographers would be to strive for the differences. We already love the subjects themselves. But, this is not always enough. If possible, try to place yourself in unique positions, employ angles not normally seen in other’s work, and provide a compelling background or foreground to truly complement your subject. Don’t freeze spinning props. Convey a sense of motion. These are beautiful machines and look best when captured doing what they were created to do. Happy shooting.
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As a tribute to our men and women in the armed forces, I have dedicated myself to capturing images of the finest aircraft of our past, present and future. As a private pilot and certified aircraft mechanic this gives me a unique and in depth insight to the world of aviation. My goal is to introduce the new comer and to share with the seasoned veteran the vast science of flight and give them the feeling of flying alongside some of the greatest planes of our history. These images can be shared with future generations to preserve our heritage.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk taken in Reading PA WWII weekend.
I am a professional photographer located in Hillsborough, NJ. I have always been interested in photography and military history so aviation photography was a natural fit for me. I am a private pilot and have a great respect for the men and women who fly. I plan my year based on the air show schedule. Since I live in New Jersey, my area is the east coast. From Maine to Florida although I have shot at air shows in the West. The equipment I use at an air show is all Canon. My cameras are Canon 1DX. I use one 1DX on my 600mm prime lens with a 1.4 extender on a tripod. I use another 1DX on my 300 prime lens with a 2x extender. I also use a Canon 5DSR with a 100-400. I find with these combinations, I am able to get all shots from close to far. I shoot in RAW because it gives me greater control of my images during post processing. I use Photoshop CC with its wide range of adjustments and controls. I belong to the PPA (Professional Photographers Association). I submit images to their regional and international photo contests. I have had several of my images published in their annual Loan collection book. I enjoy speaking with other photographers and the exchange of ideas, settings and methods. I am happy to share what I have learned throughout the years. One tip I would give for Aviation Photography, panning is key.
De Havilland Vampire taken in MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? taken in St Louis, MO.
North American P-51 Mustang “Gentleman Jim” taken in Ypsilanti, MI Willow Run airshow.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raider” taken in Ypsilanti, MI Willow Run airshow.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady” taken in Ypsilanti, MI Willow Run airshow.
MIG-17 Fighter taken in MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II taken in MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
Consolidated PBY Catalina taken in Reading, PA WWII weekend.
North American P51 Mustang “Tiger’s Revenge” taken in Reading, PA WWII weekend.
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