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Paul Campbell: Latest magazines
spotlight magazine Apr 2016 aerial & architecture photography
Paul is an aerial photographer based in London who shoots with the eye of a designer, producing graphic shots without losing the touch of reality. Paul has a pragmatic approach to his work and believes that aerial photography is very much team work, a combination of the photographer's skills and those of working with an experienced helicopter film pilot. Paul considers a helicopter to be his tripod in the sky!
Locations have taken him from tropical rain forests in South America to the frozen north. Clients have included P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Land Rover, The Royal Air Force, Plaza Hotels, Sainsbury’s, Vauxhall, Visit Wales.
He is currently working on a project shooting the new iconic buildings of the London landscape: Canary Wharf, The Cheesegater, The Shard and The Walkie Talkie Building.
spotlight magazine Jul 2009 portraiture & celebrity photography
Paul Campbell considers a helicopter the equivalent of a very high tripod, an invaluable tool for the landscape photographer - albeit an extremely expensive one! For the past 15 years, he has been using it for a wide range of clients including P&O Cruises, supermarkets, banks, and all manner of tourist boards. He also has a strong background shooting cars on location.
Paul shoots using gyro stabiliser mounts which minimise movement and deliver a high quality file at the end of the job. The helicopter opens his eyes to the one dimensional world below, revealing landscapes that often look as if they have been art directed specifically for his photography.
Using the aerial method means the time of day and weather conditions are even more critical than when shooting conventional landscapes. A good understanding of weather forecasting is essential, as is the patience to watch and wait before shooting - not always an affordable luxury in the commercial world of copy dates. A strong stomach to combat airsickness is essential too, especially when flying in a tight circles.