Went up with Paradise Helicopters on a flight over the Kilauea June 27th Lava Flow, up to Pu‘u ‘O‘o Crater and over lower Puna subdivisions on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
Taking photos from a helicopter is the way to go but is always challenging. Make sure you wear black or very dark clothes as reflections on the windows will ruin your images/video or if possible shoot through an open port or better yet have them take the doors off the helicopter.
Don’t let your lens touch any helicopter surface like the window. The vibration from the helo will ruin your photos and it’s rude to scratch the crap out of the windows with your lens. Try to use your arms as shock absorbers, watch those horizon lines as any aircraft will bank and throw the tilt out of whack. You have to constantly adjust camera position.
Wear long pants, sometimes it’s required. And above all have fun. Great flight with Calvin Dorn, CEO of Paradise Helicopters.