1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Farnborough Airshow

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by unknowndomain, 13 Jul 2006.

  1. unknowndomain

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: London

    The farnborough air show is on at the end of this month and I was just wondering if any one could give any tips on photographing the planes.
     
  2. CSGAS

    Hitman

    Joined: 12 Jan 2003

    Posts: 697

    Location: York (+Lboro +New Malden)

    Ditto!
     
  3. Charlie Bravo

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,615

    Location: Chelmsford

    Yep, get a job in aviation and go on a trade day as it's not as busy ;) Roll on Tuesday :cool:
     
  4. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,356

    Location: Canada

    Photoshop a press pass ;)
     
  5. unknowndomain

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: London

    Any ideas any one? I honestly see no use for a trade day or what ever as im only interested in the plane's in the air not the plane's on the ground.
     
  6. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,356

    Location: Canada

    You'll need high shutter speeds and 300mm telephoto/zoom lens. Low ISO and I prefer an aperture between 6.3 and 8 and I also add +.3 aperture compensation so the airplanes are not silhouetted.
     
  7. ^^Gord^^

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,966

    Location: Nottingham

    It depends if you are shooting prop aircraft or jets, what effect you are looking for and what equipment you have.

    King_Boru has covered the main points. I'm just going to expand them a bit more.

    As a very general guideline try starting with these settings....

    I'm going to assume you have a telephoto zoom lens with up to 300mm (otherwise you are going to struggle unless you are just shooting take off and landings).

    Use AV mode and set it is maximum setting e.g. 5.6.
    You may need to decrease this depending on the lens and also the length you are shooting at. As you get towards max zoom on most lenses you will need to decrease to something like 7.1 to keep the image sharp. If you are going to shoot props swap to TV mode.

    Set the ISO to what ever will give you the speed you need. This again will depend on if you have IS, how steady your hands are and how fast the target is moving. For your first go I'd aim for 1/1000s for the jets and maybe 1/250s or 1/320s for the props. Remember you want to pan the camera around the area you will be shooting at to get an idea of the what shutter speed you will get. Pointing it at the ground and setting the ISO then shooting at the sky is not a good way to set the camera up as you will end up using a higher ISO than you need.

    Use IS if you are handheld and if you have it.

    Use servo mode for AF if you have it.

    Try to get in close with the aircraft get it in the centre of the frame and give it a second for the AF to get a good sharp focus before shooting. Be steady and smooth with the camera. Of course when a jet is doing 400mph + this is easier said than done! A case of practice makes perfect.

    If you are shooting into the sky you will need to compensate for the fact the background will (generally) be a lot lighter than the aircraft. At a minimum of +0.3 for the light aircraft like a T10 Harrier and up to +1 for the something like a dark Hawk.

    If you want to do a panning shot you will need to move into TV mode (same as props) for jets go for 1/500s. Check your ISO to make sure you have a usable apature e.g 5.6 to 8.

    Hope that helps and remember to post up what you get!

    EDIT: One last thing. Remember to check the camera settings on a regular basis. It's easy to set a compensation and then forget or change to TV mode for a prop and forget to change it back then try to shoot a jet at 1/160s :D :rolleyes: :mad:
     
    Last edited: 14 Jul 2006
  8. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,356

    Location: Canada

    Make sure your Auto Focus is set to track. This way you can hold the shutter release halfway and track the plane and tthe camera will adjust the focus automatically.

    EDIT: Going to the show aswell. Might see you there...
     
    Last edited: 14 Jul 2006
  9. unknowndomain

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: London

    Cheers for that, my lens is 70-300 and its affected by the D70's frame size so it should be a little more than 300...


    Quick question, should I take a polariser, and should i shoot raw or jpeg, or both?

    EDIT: I'm going up on sunday and standing outside gate J, if any one else is there.
     
  10. unknowndomain

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: London

    any one? ^^^
     
  11. ^^Gord^^

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,966

    Location: Nottingham

    I wouldn't bother with a polariser. I tried a CP last time I was at RAF Cottesmore to see what the results would be and it didn't help at all.

    I prefer to shoot in RAW but it's a personal preference.

    Maybe consider if you have enough storage to shoot RAW? If so use RAW.
     
  12. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,356

    Location: Canada

    Ill be taking 2GB's worth of storage and shooting RAW. If something isnt exsposed just right you can edit it afterwards instead of being annoyed with a geat shot that is silhouetted.
     
  13. unknowndomain

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: London

    Ill be taking 2GB and another 512MB so that I can just go crazy ill also take my manfrotto, where abouts are you watching from, inside/outside?
     
  14. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,356

    Location: Canada

    inside,...