Aviation Photography, with Moose Peterson

Join Moose on location at the Florida International Air Show as he teaches you the finer points of "static" and "ground-to-air" photography, as well as portraiture and panning shots.

Moose Peterson is well-known for his wildlife and landscape photography, but few have known about his passion for aviation – until now. Join Moose on location at the Florida International Air Show as he teaches you the finer points of “static” and “ground-to-air” photography, as well as portraiture and panning shots. Even if you don’t share Moose’s passion for flight, this photography course covers techniques, equipment, and camera settings that can be used in multiple situations – especially when trying to convey motion. In the post-processing phase, Moose shows you how to take what he taught you to shoot right in the field and get it through the digital darkroom quickly so you can get back to shooting. In Memory of Jimmy Leeward, Sept 2011.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:53)

Moose introduces himself and talks about what he will be covering in the course.

Lesson 2: Know Your Location (Duration 03:04)

Just like any other photographic situation, it's good to know as much about the location you'll be shooting in (including the Sun's position) as possible before you shoot

Lesson 3: Gear Check (Duration 15:34)

The gear you take and the way you carry it will determine how successful (and FUN) your day will be. Learn what to take (and how to take it) in order to get great shots without tiring yourself out or missing a moment while making an adjustment.

Lesson 4: Camera Settings (Duration 03:31)

Moose shares the settings he uses for static and ground-to-air shots.

Lesson 5: Getting a Static Shot (Duration 03:24)

See how Moose approaches a plane owner to get a static shot and how he preps. You don't need to have a camera crew with you to get the same results, but having a buddy to hold your stuff sure helps!

Lesson 6: Plan Your Opportunities (Duration 10:32)

By familiarizing himself with the planes and the people who would be at the show beforehand, Moose gets some portraits and static shots. Plus, get some history behind one of the portrait opportunities Moose finds.

Lesson 7: Panning Technique (Duration 06:36)

In order to move quickly for good ground-to-air shots, you need to hold your camera properly. Moose shows you how so you can achieve a good panning technique for sharp photos.

Lesson 8: Adding Gesture (Duration 07:07)

How you hold your camera in proximity to the plane's angle will give gesture to your shots.

Lesson 9: Post-Processing (Duration 12:24)

Moose goes over his "on the road" computer gear and shares his technique for fast processing with Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop and Camera RAW. Content aware fill is key.

Lesson 10: More Digital Darkroom (Duration 05:42)

Moose processes another picture in Camera RAW and Photoshop using Nik's Color Efex Pro plug-in.

Lesson 11: Quick, Clean Black & White (Duration 09:41)

Moose takes a picture he took at the Air Show and turns it into a nice, clean black & white portrait… complete with airplane noises.

Lesson 12: Quick Fix (Duration 16:08)

Moose takes a shot he didn't get quite right while out in the field and shows you how to fix it in post.

Lesson 13: Color Adjustments/B&W Conversions (Duration 09:07)

Moose delves deeper into his workflow to show you more post-processing tips.

Lesson 14: F22 Portrait (Duration 08:19)

It's not impossible to make a good portrait photo without a flash.

Lesson 15: Ground-to-Air Processing (Duration 10:37)

Moose moves from his static photos to his ground-to-air shots in the digital darkroom.

Lesson 16: Processing Multiple Photos at Once (Duration 03:44)

Learn some quick processing tips in Camera RAW that allows you to deal with multiple photos at once.

Lesson 17: Conclusion (Duration 00:31)

Thanks for watching Aviation Photography with Moose Peterson.

Meet Your Instructor: Moose Peterson

A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide,…


  1. As always another highly valuable course from Moose. Going to an air show next weekend and since the last one I attended was 2 yrs ago I needed a little refresh! I struggled on the statics previously but really looking forward to trying different angles and getting the pilots involved now.

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