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Taking pics from a moving helicopter at night...can i get good shots still you think?

 
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Feb 18, 2015 22:42 |  #1

I want to take a helicopter up tonight to the las vegas strip, theyre shutting all the lights off for 3 minutes. They wont hover for me and they have to follow a path due to FAA regulations. My question is would i still get sharp pics you think? i have a 5dmkiii and i would use the 24-70- f2.8II


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Feb 18, 2015 23:49 |  #2

I very much doubt it, but you can try cranking the ISO way up and if the subject is very well lit you might get something. If you can go up in the blue hour you will get better results, but probably still need too long a shutter speed.




  
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Feb 19, 2015 01:27 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #3

i went, i tried, ill post results soon!


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Feb 19, 2015 01:34 |  #4

Looking forward to seeing how they turned out .... I am guessing they will be okay.


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Feb 19, 2015 03:08 |  #5

More to come, first time doing this so bear that in mind

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Feb 19, 2015 07:22 |  #6

That looks pretty good to me!


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Feb 19, 2015 10:16 |  #7

Very nice, I'm glad it went well.




  
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Feb 19, 2015 14:26 |  #8

thanks guys.

ESPN wanted to use the one picture i took, but they didnt want to pay, yeah itll be nice having my pic over the internet and on tv, im pretty sure i would get no work from it. Do you think i should let them use it?


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Feb 19, 2015 14:43 |  #9

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ESPN wanted to use the one picture i took, but they didnt want to pay, yeah itll be nice having my pic over the internet and on tv, im pretty sure i would get no work from it. Do you think i should let them use it?

Personally, I would say no if I were being asked. Yes, it is nice to see my work published / on TV but that is tempered in a case like this by them not wanting to pay. I mean, yes, it feels good that they want to use it, but that is balanced by the fact they don't feel it is good enough to actually PAY for, which kinda kills the buzz. I only get the good buzz when they are happy to pay as well, as it shows they do actually value the image. So, I would tell them they can use it if they are prepared to pay, and you might actually get paid. So many people are happy to give their images free as they just want to see their work on the telly, so the "we can't pay" line is standard practice with many potential purchasers like this, as they know they will usually get it for nothing. When refused though, they can often find some money in the budget after all, if they really want to use the shot. Or they may just find someone else who will give them a similar shot free.

The other issue is that if we all stopped giving our shots away then things would go back to the way it used to be, when they expected to pay, and we can all go back to making a few bucks / quid as amateurs and pros can make a decent living without being beaten to sales by good amateurs working for nothing. Of course this is unlikely to happen, but it is something that stops me just handing out freebies (other than to charities or certain other causes if they ask nicely).

In the end, it is entirely down to how much you want to see your work on the telly. If it will give you a happy warm glow then go for it and give them the shot, it is your shot and you are perfectly at liberty to give it away if you wish and nobody can criticise you for doing so.




  
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Feb 19, 2015 14:51 |  #10

yeah thats what i was thinking. I said no to them, sure itll be nice to have my ego stroked and have my image on tv for 5 seconds but screw them. Like you say too many people give them away for free.


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Feb 19, 2015 15:08 as a reply to  @ amairphoto's post |  #11

At least they could offer to pay for the helicopter's fee.


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Feb 19, 2015 15:33 |  #12

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yeah thats what i was thinking. I said no to them, sure itll be nice to have my ego stroked and have my image on tv for 5 seconds but screw them. Like you say too many people give them away for free.

I'm not so sure about the ego being stroked.

When one of my friends (or a family member) would see one of my photos in publication, the first thing they would say to me about it is to ask, "how much did you get paid for that?" When I tell them, if the amount is not impressive, they react very negatively, saying things like, "Why did you let them use it for so little?" or, "You should have gotten a lot more than that." So, instead of having a swollen ego, I felt embarrassed.

The way I see it, there is no good feeling that comes from having one's images used unless one received a payment that was commensurate with the usage. How does being disrespected and used make one's ego feel stroked?


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Mar 02, 2015 20:26 |  #13

DonJuanMair wrote in post #17438730 (external link)
More to come, first time doing this so bear that in mind

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Great shot! I will be in Vegas this weekend and want to take a helicopter ride to get some strip shots. What helicopter company did you use? What were your settings? You want to go up Thursday lol! Thanks


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Mar 02, 2015 20:56 |  #14

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At least they could offer to pay for the helicopter's fee.

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You should have told them that you asked the pilot if he would take you up for free and for some reason he said no.


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Mar 03, 2015 12:10 |  #15

So you took a flight, that cost somewhere between $10 (r22) and $50 (big turbine) a minute, tooks some great pics, and are thinking of giving them away ?

Are you crazy ?

If they dont want to pay a reasonable fee - tell them to hire a photographer and a helicopter to do it themselves !


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