My Photography Journey
I was a small 10 year old boy when I first found out about aviation photography. I loved planes, but I never thought about taking pictures of them. I joined Instagram and followed some very good photographer such as UnitedFlyerHD and CargoSpotter. I wanted to be just like them. So, I found my iPad, and went to the airport with my dad the very next day.
When I got to the airport, I was completely mind blown with all the airplanes in one place. I didn’t know we got so many airplanes at IAH, which is in Houston. I whipped out my iPad and begun my “Photography Session” which lasted around an hour. It was starting to get dark, so we went home. I got home, and immediately posted one of my pictures on Instagram. I thought I had some of the best photos in the world until I compared mine with other aviation pictures.
One of my photos I took with my iPad:
Soon after, my dad offered me his Canon Powershot SX30IS, which I thought was the best camera in the world back then. I was wrong… I went to the airport again, and I took some pictures of airplanes (duh). I got home and put the pictures on my iPad and posted them, unedited. I was in for a lot of rude comments about my pictures. I started to read them, and people said they sucked and I should kill myself. I was determined to prove them wrong.
3 of my first spotting pictures:
About a month later, I found a great group of people who loved Infinite Flight . We did group flights all the time and we made Instagram events. When I turned 11, we started to become photographers. I had already had experience with it, and it was not good. Lucky for me, I had a great group of aviation photographers in Houston I met on Instagram. They helped me improve my photography skills greatly, which resulted in better photos of mine.
One of my best pictures with a powershot (Yes, grainy, I know. It’s how all of my pictures were back then)
When I turned 12, I got my dad to get me a Canon T5 for my birthday. When I got it, I fell in love with the way it clicks every time you take a picture. Nate, one of my fellow Houston Spotters, taught me how to use manual mode and change the lens on my new camera.
After that, I self taught myself how to edit, well over edit, a lot. I also taught myself how to use some other modes. Gerald, another Houston Spotter, taught me a lot on how to do long exposure night photography.
Example of a few of my way over edited photos
Example of some of my night shots
Now, as a 13 year old photographer, I have learned so much from other amazing photographers. I have learned some amazing things about my camera and what I can do with it.
Some of my best current photos
Never Give Up
As many of you on this forum may be aspiring photographers, some of you just want to give up. You think your photos suck, and you just want to stop doing what you love. You might have a phone camera, or one pricy camera, and you still can’t figure out a way to get nice photos. I was in the same spot as you, 3 years ago, when I was only a small 10 year old boy. As I got older and learned more things, I gained confidence in my photos and in my editing.
Just keep doing what you love.
Don’t stop taking pictures of planes. It’s one of the best things in the world. I encourage you to continue to use that camera of your to photograph the best aviation images - ever.
Also, from now on, I will never ashame you of the photos you take and post on this forum. I will give you some of my personal feedback that I feel you could use to improve the photos you take.
Feel free to comment your photography journey below. Cheers!