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    Default Tricks for shooting planes in the air?

    For the aerospace shows, what are the tricks?
    For example how to properly expose, how to tackle slow focus speed, etc?

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    Default Re: Tricks for shooting planes in the air?

    Quote Originally Posted by dRebelXT
    For the aerospace shows, what are the tricks?
    For example how to properly expose, how to tackle slow focus speed, etc?

    TIA
    Set your limiter switch on the lens so that is does not do FULL.
    Try to keep focus near infinity.

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    Default Re: Tricks for shooting planes in the air?

    If you are shooting planes taking off from the runway, then make sure that the wheels are down. Unconciously, people get very uncomfortable seeing planes at an angle without their wheels down.

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    Default Re: Tricks for shooting planes in the air?

    how about metering? when the plane is in the air and we point up.. it's surely going to be strongly back-lighted by the sky. how to prevent shooting just the silhouette of the plane?
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    Default Re: Tricks for shooting planes in the air?

    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    how about metering? when the plane is in the air and we point up.. it's surely going to be strongly back-lighted by the sky. how to prevent shooting just the silhouette of the plane?
    over exposed it by a bit lor unless you can do spot metering on the flying planes. nothing else can do unless you are GOD to change the sun direction......... better choice is to shoot in raw.

    my 2 cents worth reply.

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    ever a person tried continous AF that worked?
    on micro motor, it takes forever man...

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    Keep going, the more tricks the better.

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    point ya camera upwards?...ok its a bad joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witness
    point ya camera upwards?...ok its a bad joke
    How about using 25mm AA guns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    How about using 25mm AA guns?
    omg, dun make matters too complicated in this thread.

    Only tricks for photographing flying/parked aircrafts are welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRebelXT
    omg, dun make matters too complicated in this thread.

    Only tricks for photographing flying/parked aircrafts are welcome.
    Hahaha.. just joking.

    I think most have posted on how to shoot (photograph) flying aircraft. As for parked aircraft, if you are able to go close, using an ultrawide or a fisheye may yield a very nice perspective.

    Again, exposure may be a problem, so sometimes it may be good to wait till evening when the sun is at a low angle. This will help to illuminate the aircraft from the side. Otherwise, hope that it's overcast and the contrast is not that great.

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    Set your camera to manual and meter of a grey card or something that would be close, like a runway (maybe a little dark, so -1) - this works fine if you have clear blue sky al the time, if it is a little cloudy and the light is changing then this will be more difficult. Either way shoot RAW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    Hahaha.. just joking.

    I think most have posted on how to shoot (photograph) flying aircraft. As for parked aircraft, if you are able to go close, using an ultrawide or a fisheye may yield a very nice perspective.

    Again, exposure may be a problem, so sometimes it may be good to wait till evening when the sun is at a low angle. This will help to illuminate the aircraft from the side. Otherwise, hope that it's overcast and the contrast is not that great.
    Yeah, I will take my friend's 17-40mm, hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRebelXT
    Yeah, I will take my friend's 17-40mm, hope it helps.
    It will certainly help. You may also use a flash to fill-in if the underside of the plane is in shadow. I don't think it will be sufficient to illuminate the whole plane but I think it will be useful as a fill in, so you can play with the flash compensation to achieve the desired effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    It will certainly help. You may also use a flash to fill-in if the underside of the plane is in shadow. I don't think it will be sufficient to illuminate the whole plane but I think it will be useful as a fill in, so you can play with the flash compensation to achieve the desired effect.
    for a moment there I thought you were taking about filling-in for the planes in flight
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