Aerial Perspective: Taking Pictures from Above

Jason Peterson, Photographer, Havas Chief Creative Officer

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8 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:15
    • 2. Assignment: Capture Overhead

      1:36
    • 3. Finding Inspiration

      5:24
    • 4. Scouting Locations

      3:03
    • 5. Shooting from the Helicopter

      4:13
    • 6. Editing the Final Photo

      14:44
    • 7. Final Thoughts

      2:14
    • 8. Explore Photo Classes on Skillshare

      0:36

Project Description

Capture an overhead photograph that shows scale.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to capture an overhead photograph that shows scale. You probably don’t have access to a helicopter, so be creative to get overhead: climb a ladder or staircase, shoot from a window, or snap a tabletop. Think about “scale” the same way I do on aerial shoots: composing an image so that object sizes and shadows create visual interest. Shooting from above will push you to master a new perspective, and being intentional in how you set up a shot will help you refine your artistic point of view.

DELIVERABLE

Upload 1 overhead photograph that shows scale. One way to capture scale is by contrasting objects of different sizes.

Want to also share your photo on Instagram? Be sure to use the 3 class hashtags: #jasonmpetersonXskillshare #skillshare #nyonair.

CONTEST

Win 1-on-1 mentorship and a free helicopter ride. I’ll select a winner from the 10 most-liked projects to receive a helicopter ride over New York City with me and NYOnAirpromotion throughout Skillshare's social media, blog, and monthly email; and an annual Premium Membership to Skillshare. Contest Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Sunday, January 11, 2015.

RESOURCES

Icons: Stanley Kubrick on Chicago "Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work" Hiroshi Sugimoto

Editing Apps: Snapseed | Filterstorm Neue

Instagram Inspiration: jasonmpeterson | nyonair

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Photographs by Jason Peterson

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