I was recently lucky enough to be asked to shoot the Four Seasons brand new private jet, the hotel industry’s first fully branded private jet. In the past I’ve worked a lot in aviation photography and I had forgotten how much I enjoy the complexity of capturing the contrasting interior and exterior images.
When shooting the outdoor shots we were definitely lucky to have unusually fair weather – lovely blue skies when I needed it. The issues with capturing such a large subject matter are that you have very little, if any flexibility with the setting. Large corrugated hangers and grey Tarmac aren’t the best backdrop to a black jet! However, with some careful manoeuvring and the help of a cherry picker I was really pleased with the results.
Lighting the interior of a big jet (Boing 757) is a different matter. Low light levels and restricted space make it a technically tricky environment to shoot in. It was great that I could use a lot of natural light as the aircraft was parked outside the hangar and long exposures always comes handy in these circumstances.
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