Through The Lens

Emil Cooper

1. How did you get into aviation photography?

i.e. Where did the passion come from and how long has it been an interest?
It seems like I have been into aviation my entire life, having been fascinated with flying from a young age. Originally picking up my first camera in late-2013, I started out shooting video for YouTube before gradually shifting over to photography. On boxing day 2016 I purchased my first DSLR — a Canon 80D with a basic 18-55mm kit lens — solidifying myself with photography over videography. As time went by my spotting trips became more regular, venturing out to new airports and travelling interstate to photograph aircraft.

2. Why aviation photography?

i.e. What do you get the biggest enjoyment or satisfaction from?
It’s an extremely difficult concept to describe to someone why I love aviation photography. I often question this myself, thinking about why I’m standing on a ladder, in the rain and wind in the middle of the night yet I still come back time after time. There’s something so fascinating about aviation and being able to capture a single moment in time is extremely rewarding. Having the ability to share my images with people across the world is very fulfilling and is humbling to see my photos liked, shared and commented on by complete strangers.

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