Landscape Photography: Shooting from an Aerial Perspective

Michael Yamashita, National Geographic Photographer, Author, Speaker

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9 Videos (38m)
    • Intro

    • Accessible Aerials

    • What's in my Camera Bag?

    • When to Shoot: Sunrise and Sunset (Magic Hour)

    • Using Bad Weather to Your Advantage

    • Rooftop Inspiration

    • Helicopter Shots

    • Putting it into Practice: Let's Shoot from a Rooftop

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Join Michael Yamashita, a 30-year veteran photographer for National Geographic, as he takes you on a landscape photography journey from an aerial perspective.

Whether you’re using a ladder, climbing a hill or a rooftop, or boarding a fixed-wing aircraft, Michael shares his secrets, stories and pro tips from three decades of shooting captivating images around the globe.

In this inspiring 40-minute class, you’ll learn what equipment and settings Michael uses for the job, what times of day are perfect for shooting aerial landscapes, and how he composes the perfect shot in his mind’s eye even before clicking the shutter — as well as fun stories along the way as Michael shows why rules are meant to be broken.

The class will empower you to look for light, pattern and scale to create stunning, big-picture imagery that inspires awe in your audience.

Some photography experience is helpful in order to participate in this class, but not required — anyone with a desire to improve their landscape photo skills is encouraged to join.

95 of 96 students recommendSee All

I learned very much. Great for beginners.
Romulo Correa


Great! very insightful on lighting no matter what condition it is. Mid day or raining can take good picture.
very informative and interesting!!!!





Michael Yamashita

National Geographic Photographer, Author, Speaker

Photographer Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel.

In addition to Yamashita’s focus on Asia, his work has taken him to six continents. As a third-generation Japanese-American, he is fluent in Japanese, and has covered the length of Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Yamashita’s particular specialty is in retracing the paths of famous travelers, resulting in stories on Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, and the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

Major exhibits of his work have opened throughout Asia, in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Taipei and Singapore, as well as in Rome, Venice, Frankfurt, and Perpignan, France. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Yamashita has published ten books (most inspired by his 30 National Geographic stories), which you can see here.

While not traveling, Michael Yamashita lives with his family in rural New Jersey, where he maintains a studio and is an active volunteer fireman.