Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

This is a post by guest author Jay Davis, owner of Jay Davis Aviation Photography. Jay was asked to contribute to this blog because of his expertise in aviation photography. Any thoughts expressed below are entirely Jay’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

This business aviation blog post continues from a previous article titled Aviation Photography: Photographing Your Business Aircraft’s Exterior.

If you currently have an aircraft for sale, lease, or charter, and want the most appealing photographs you can have to highlight the beauty of it, there are several factors for you to consider. In my last article, I shared tips for photographing the exterior of the aircraft. This month’s article discusses how to photograph the interior of the aircraft in the best way.

1. Aircraft cockpit photos

Before you begin to photograph the cockpit of an aircraft, you need to make sure that the area is clean. In other words, all beverages and supplies must be removed from the cockpit area. Take care to remove note pads, flight documents from the previous flight, and flight or operating procedure manuals. Also remove flashlights, headsets, sunshades, or any other items that the audience will see in the photographs. In addition, to make the photos more appealing, make sure you place the seat belts in the captain’s and first officer’s seats out of view of the photograph or place them neatly on both seats. Above all, strive for "clean" cockpit photographs. Last but not least, turn on all avionics and gauges to give the audience an idea of what types of navigation systems and radios the aircraft has on board.


2. Aircraft cabin photos

It is imperative when you photograph the passenger area of the aircraft that you do not have any distracting shadows on the seats, carpets, ceiling, or tables. As you begin to photograph the interior of the aircraft, you will need to make sure your lighting of the passenger compartment is level and consistent throughout the cabin, from front to back. In a long and narrow area like an aircraft interior, if you are using camera equipment such as a "point-and-shoot," a camera phone, or an iPad (for example), your photos will be bright at the front of the cabin and dramatically darker in the back of the cabin. A professional aviation photographer will utilize certain lighting techniques to make certain that both the front and back of the cabin will be lit consistently throughout, making the photographs more attractive for your marketing materials.


3. Aircraft lavatory photos

Like the cockpit, the lavatory on most aircraft is extremely small compared to the total space of the jet. Therefore, you need to use professional cameras and lenses (as opposed to a "point-and-shoot" with a harsh flash) to show this area properly. Most aircraft lavatories also have mirrors inside, which can help make this small area appear larger than it really is. If you use a point-and-shoot camera or camera phone, you will see the harsh flash reflecting off the mirrors and into your photographs. You want to make sure your photographer and/or photography equipment do not appear in the reflection.


4. Aircraft galley photos

If your aircraft has a galley, make sure you take photographs of this part of the jet, as many clients are interested in seeing galley features, such as coffee makers, microwaves, and/or ovens. Another galley feature that is important to many buyers is the amount of storage space in this area, and you will want to take photos to highlight this feature.

Overall, it’s important to use equipment that will produce the best possible outcome, as it will render better images used for your marketing purposes.


Stay tuned

In my next article, we will venture further into interior photos of the aircraft, highlighting tips, and suggestions for photographing the main cabin seating of the aircraft and the accompanying tray tables, as well as tips for staging the aircraft.


If you have any questions about this article or need assistance with photographing an aircraft, contact me at jaydavisphoto@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn.