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How nice to see an old 'friend' dubaiphil. :)


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wow, Love this tutorial, im a pilot so im gonna practice this alot at the airport. Thanks so much Gordon.


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Went planespotting at Oslo Airport Gardermoen on saturday

Icelandair B757-200 (through a fence):
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Korean Air Cargo B747-400F:
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My Travel A330-200:
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US Airways B757-200:
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Thai Airways A340-600:
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KLM B737-800 landing and SAS B737-700 holding short:
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TUIfly B737-800:
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Great shots janern!


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Thanks, Aaron! :)

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Are these in the wrong thread ... nice shots but they don't seem to belong here in the sticky thread on "tips on airshow photography. "

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Happy shooting and show us your best aviation and airshow shots, along with what settings and techniques you used to capture them!


So it's the right thread :wink: But I guess I should say something about my settings and techniques then.

Well, I used my 50D and the 18-200mm IS. I programmed shutter priority with 1/100th in C2 on the mode dial and used this for propeller planes and for those pans where I wanted motion in the background (pics 7 and 8 ). I used Tv with 1/400th when I wanted to freeze the action. Then I could easily and effortlessly switch between these setting without having to turn the finger dial a lot every time.
I used evaluative metering with a bit of overexposure and continuous autofocus. ISO want left on Auto.
I switched between single shot and high speed continuous, but I mainly left it on the latter to have a good change to get some tire smoke (like in pic 9). The 50D's 6.3 fps was great to have!

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It's the right forum, but the wrong subject. The topic you chose is a sticky that asks you to share tips. If you had made an entry in the subject line it would have started a new thread within the aviation section.

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Hi Brian, I'm happy for any aviation shots to be in this thread so long as people share their tips and how they did it!


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I'll give some tips about the posted pictures.

First, get a lens with longer reach: 300mm, preferably 400 (for Canon that implies the 70-300 or the old 100-400, or a 300mm or 400mm prime). This way you can fill the frame more with aircraft rather than the scenery and sky around it. You're also working with a superzoom lens now and at the end of its zoom range, which isn't exactly recommended unless you really stop it down quite a bit (let's say to about f/8 or f/9). The sharpness is really significantly reduced when you zoom in to 200mm.

So the first step should be to get a dedicated telephoto lens in my opinion, be it either a prime or a zoom lens. The 'big three' all offer a pretty good (Canon's 70-300 IS USM, Nikon's AF-S 70-300 IF ED VR) to very good (Sony's 70-300G SSM) telephoto lens at relatively affordable prices (less then € 800). (Edit: in the meantime, Canon has also launched the relatively expensive 70-300L lens...I haven't seen any reviews yet though).

Top marks for trying to pan on the KLM, but it looks washed out to me...the colours (the blue, in particular) seem a bit off to me too.

The metering is also important. I suggest using spot metering or center-average...this will give you better exposed pictures. If you'd be using the metering for the whole frame, it also accounts for the rest (like the background).

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I tried spot metering a bit, but I found it could hit a very bright part of the plane (a reflection) and underexpose the scene a whole lot. Didn't try center-average or partial though, so I'll try that next time.

As for the KLM, it might be a bit overexposed, and it's not completely sharp. I turned down the exposure 0.5 EV and tweaked the white balance in RAW and it may look a little better now.

I know the 18-200mm is not ideal for shooting planes. I've been considering a longer lens for a while, but I basically haven't found enough reasons to justify a purchase .. yet. Maybe I will now :wink:

Thanks for the input. Preeshaidit!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:08 am 
Gentlemen, your shots are all quite exciting.

Thank you also for the tutorial; I'm reading it in part to apply relevant parts to other sports shooting as well.
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These are not very nice to look at but posed a serious challenge because of the hideous white sky background. For this reason you should always shoot airshows in RAW if you can. I don't have the EXIF data on my computer but it might still be embedded. The shutter speeds were likely to be quite high: 1/500th or higher but I'm sure I'd have kept a bit of leeway for depth of field. You want to give the lens and body as much help in focussing as you can. Had I shot these in JPEG, it's pretty doubtful they'd have worked at all. Closer inspection will reveal that, through no choice of my own, I was shooting into the sun. Manual exposure is the only way to go really and it often takes a few shots to figure out the best exposure. Had I used auto, most of these shots would not have worked at all. Anyone want to take a guess what the first one would have looked like? Taken at the 2009 Avalon Airshow:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:26 am 
Hello there.. Nice site and thread. I am also a die hard fan of Aviation photography. I use Canon 450D with a Canon 55-250mm lens. but my images seem more off. I do not know what I am doing wrong. Pls I need your guys advice.. Thanks

I have attached an image so guess you guys can see what's missing..

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but the SV 777 is so different from the other pictures

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I do not know how come the SV and the other pictures looks differnet in image quality. need your help in this.

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Guys this shot I took today morning

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