For AIBF attendees, there's nothing quite like the sight of approximately 600 hot air balloons filling the New Mexico sky. Learn which equipment to bring - and how to compose eye-catching images from above - with these tips and tricks from Canon Explorer of Light Ken Sklute.
Photographing From Above: A Balloon's Eye View
Hot air balloons offer passengers a 360-degree view like no other - especially when photographed at sunrise. Take advantage of every awe-inspiring angle, including the unique shapes and patterns to the left, right, above, and below you, with these in-flight photography techniques.
Composing Balloon Images with Light
As the sun gently rises, hundreds of pilots take to the skies at what's considered one of the most photographed events in the world. For visitors, this means there are endless opportunities to photograph the excitement floating through the air. Whether capturing the fiery reds, yellows, and oranges of the balloon's flames or the contrasting patterns against the crisp blue sky, explore the many ways light can be used to add depth and dimension to your scene.
Photographing the Balloon Glow!
When the sunlight fades and the night sky darkens, head to the field - and get your camera ready - for the AIBF Balloon Glow. This can't-miss event adds a beautiful glow to the desert landscape as pilots inflate their balloons and fire their burners to illuminate the evening sky. Learn how to experiment with your camera's exposure settings, including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, to capture the glowing balloons en masse.
Get Your Ballooning Images Moving with Time-Lapse!
Want to remember each moment of the Fiesta from start to finish? Consider shooting a time-lapse video for a fun way to document the high-flying action. This photography technique makes it possible to capture a series of still images and assemble them together to show the passage of time. Choose a safe, elevated location - away from the hustle and bustle - and keep these other time-lapse guidelines in mind.