May 19, 2022 06:58


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You Don’t Have to Fly Your Camera High

When I started doing KAP, I had this idea that the camera had to go high up off the ground and pointing towards the horizon to get good shots.
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So I got the kite up there and fixed the KAP-rig to the flying line and then let out almost all the line on the reel to get that camera as high as possible. I also made sure to point the camera so it was capturing the horizon, taking all sorts of precautions to get that camera perfectly horizontal. ‘Cause you don’t want a tilted horizon, do you?

Yes, you definitely can get great footage or cool photos this way. And so I did, but some time ago when I looked through a bunch of photos and videos, I discovered something interesting. They were all looking more or less the same.

You know, the beach, the water, the horizon, some vegetation, some variations of blue, green grey and golden … Too much and this all gets, well, kind of boring.

So I wanted to change my approach. What could I do to have more variation added to my photos thus making them more interesting to watch?

I found thoughts, ideas and inspiration on the net. I subscribed to Evan Reinheimer’s YouTube channels for inspiration and joined the Kite Aerial Photography group on Facebook and a bunch of other things.

Then I thought…. Why fly that rig so high up there and why point that camera to the horizon? Why not fly low and point the camera straight down? And so I did!

And wow! Flying low and pointing the camera straight down made for a completely different view of things! You know, like taking a bird’s point of view.

Now this became a revelation to me. Looking at …things… from up above was revealing motives invisible for you when watching them from your normal point of view. Just like this little creek carving through the sand on its way down to the sea.

These photos are taken with the camera between four and seven meters (12-22ft) above the ground and they are a great example of what I’m talking about. You don’t need a spectacular scenery to capture great photos with your KAP-gear. Get down low, reveal the beauty and all the details visible when you get close.

So whether you live in a place with great scenery or not, point your camera down and I’m convinced your KAP photos (or videos) will take on a new dimension!

see you there!

June 3rd - June 6th
May 30th - June 5th
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