Out an Airplane Window

Getting crisp cloud, sunset, and ground shots out an airplane window is fairly easy.

  1. Set the camera to aperture priority mode
  2. Set the aperture to the smallest number the camera will allow
  3. Get as close to the window as you can without touching it
  4. Do not rest your arms or the side of your body on the plane’s “wall” or armrests
  5. Shoot away

We use the smallest aperture to ensure a fast shutter speed. That helps freeze movement and plane vibrations. We avoid touching the window or using the plane walls/armrests to minimize vibrations from the engines getting to the camera.

If the camera’s having trouble focusing, set it to manual focus and adjust the focus to infinity. If the pictures are still blurry increase the ISO.

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