Aerial Photographers take photographs of the ground from an elevated position. Aerial photographs are used to provide information to landowners developers real estate companies and government agencies. They are also used for military purposes cartography land survey work and environmental studies.
An aerial photographer must be able to take vivid aerial photos of landscapes that are consistently high in quality. Aerial photographers are skilled at finding attractive visual elements for their photos and they must be able to work calmly in an airplane or helicopter.
Aerial photographers utilize GPS computer technology as well as other computer editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop to edit photos and they should have a strong understanding of infrared and high resolution photography as well as an ability to use digital equipment for developing their own photos and video. They need to have high quality cameras and lenses and they are responsible for maintaining their own cameras and flight equipment.
An Aerial photographer must have strong manual dexterity and be able to get critical shots on their first attempt as retakes are costly and difficult to reschedule. An Aerial photographer can start their own business or studio or decide to teach others.
There are no specific education requirements to become an aerial photographer however many community colleges and universities offer aviation flight technology and other certified courses which will improve the photographers skills. An aerial photographer can earn a starting salary of $10000 and up to $100000 for an annual full-time contract.