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“Documenting your Travel”

We all love to fly and love aviation , that’s why we're here reading these stories, and a lot of us like to keep those memories through photos, whether for personal use or content for our sites and blogs. Just today my mother sent me a story about an aviation journalist that was detained by an American Airlines crew and asked to show the photos he had taken on the flight. The story is a little surprising and makes me uneasy, especially being an aviation photographer and photojournalist.

For more details on the full story see the link here…

First and foremost, we have to understand as aviation photographers that taking photos is one thing but taking photos of staff of the airline is another, especially without their consent. For the best possible outcome, I would have the following recommendations.

1) When taking photos on your flights, try and keep individuals out of it, that includes staff and other passengers

2) If you want a photo of the cabin wait till everyone leaves and ask for permission

3) Always remember, the airlines have a turnaround time….be courteous to them as they have a job to do.

4) And if asked to stop taking photos…. STOP simple as that

As for the crew of the American Airlines flight, I cannot speak for them as I'm, not in their Shoes. However, there are always two sides to a story, and I feel for the photojournalist as well as the crew. Here's to hoping cool head prevails within this story and hopes others take my tips in regarding documenting your travels.

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Over the years of spotting and doing aviation photography, I've been asked time and time again…. How do you get the shots so sharp and perfect?

Well, to answer that most simply possible…. practice. The photos you see are a collection of shots I go through in one set and finally pick out the best one. However, I will say it takes a lot of time and understanding of your camera to get the best shot. I've spent hours at airports taking photos and working on the best settings to get the shots I do.

Sometimes, we need just a little push in the right direction. Photography alone can be overwhelming and even more so when you just can't get the shot down. That’s why on November 14th, 2022, I will be holding an entry-level master class with the help of Hunts Photo and Video. The cost of the class is $20 and will run just about two hours. A small price to pay to get all the information you need to capture the perfect shot every time.

Please check the link below for all the details and register yourself for the class! Hope to see you there, and as always, happy spotting!

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On this week's episode of SkiesnBeyond Radio, we look at Transatlantic routes in narrow bodies, the right camera for you, a story from a past spotting trip, and your Q&As

All episodes can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and others. Just search Skiesnbeyond Radio and make sure to follow to stay in the loop of new podcasts every week.


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