Just started shooting fast moving objects (ie airplanes), usually at great distances (i.e. maximum zoom).
I'm not using a DSLR, but rather some 2nd hand Panasonic FZ35. So far, most of the pictures I'm taking come out like this (cropped already):
A close up:
Sometimes I also shoot with things in the background :
Fine detail (eg registration number) blurred, plenty of noise.
I'm still not sure how to play with the settings - other than ISO (which I set to lowest), PASM and the different types of Auto Focus. Normally I shoot at max zoom (486mm?) high shutter speed (1/800), large aperture (4.4 - biggest for max zoom), lowest possible ISO (80), the default Auto Focus and I dunno what else.
What should I do then to rectify this problem? My panning isn't very good (still training myself to track objects) I'm definitely not expecting commercial quality pictures, but I'm quite sure something can be improved somewhere.