An unusual and unique venture has been launched this month at Bournemouth International Airport. Aerial Photography School is a joint venture between photographer Andrew Plant of Imagine Photographic and pilot Simon Birt of Bournemouth Flying Club.
“We believe that we offer a unique experience that will appeal to photographers of all levels as well as pilots looking to extend their skills,” says Andrew. Aerial Photography School will be providing one day workshops based at Bournemouth Flying Club which include flights along Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast as well as some of the beautiful scenery of Hampshire and Dorset.
“As far as we know, no one else offers this kind of service. It is especially appealing as it not only allows participants to see the world differently and record it under the guidance of an experienced professional photographer, as we are a teaching establishment, they will be able to take the controls of the aircraft for some of the flight,” said Simon.
“Pilots love to take pictures, unfortunately they don’t always have the skills to create memorable images of their flights. The courses will fill this gap and at the same they will be accruing flying hours.”
Most photographers experience of aerial photography is limited to pointing a camera out of a jet window on the way to their summer holiday. It is an area of photography that has seen little amateur participation; due to cost and equipment restraints. The workshops will bring this fantastic and exciting branch of photography within reach of many photographers for less than the cost of a new lens!
There has been a lot of interest in the courses and a national photographic magazine has also got behind the venture and will be running a competition for it’s readers. The team have already received enquiries from as far afield as the US and Israel and, if successful would like to see the business expand, both to other airports in the UK as well as franchising overseas.