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Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:55 am

Hey everyone, I'm new to aviation photography. I have a CANON T6 Rebel/ EOS 1300D with a Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens. I'm relatively close to the aircraft since I have access to the airfield. However, I have no idea what settings I should use in order to get my pictures to look both interesting (for non aviators) and "professional" by aviation photographer standards. Do you guys have any recommended settings, advice/tips to share with me as I embark on this journey?

Thank you, and I appreciate your help.

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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:01 am

Composition and light is more important than settings in my opinion to create an interesting image. But try Tv and select a shutter speed short enough to avoid blur. And if taking photos of propeller aircraft, make sure your shutter speed is not too short as you will want a bit of motion blur in the prop.
 
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:23 am

I would start with the very basics - shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away. Especially on the apron, heat haze can be a pain if you're too far away from your subject. I usually shoot at F/8 when the sun is out and behind me, I recommend to start with that. To achieve this, just set the camera to Av and select F/8. The shutterspeed will automatically adjust. For propellor aircraft, I'd suggest setting the mode to Tv and selecting a shutterspeed of 1/250.

Feel free to post examples in this thread, we can give you better and more specific advice based on those.
 
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:12 pm

airkas1 wrote:
I would start with the very basics - shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away. Especially on the apron, heat haze can be a pain if you're too far away from your subject. I usually shoot at F/8 when the sun is out and behind me, I recommend to start with that. To achieve this, just set the camera to Av and select F/8. The shutterspeed will automatically adjust. For propellor aircraft, I'd suggest setting the mode to Tv and selecting a shutterspeed of 1/250.

Feel free to post examples in this thread, we can give you better and more specific advice based on those.




Thank you for the help, and I will post examples shortly. Do I have to worry about aperture? And is it better to shoot portrait or landscape?
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:55 pm

BluAir242 wrote:
airkas1 wrote:
I would start with the very basics - shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away. Especially on the apron, heat haze can be a pain if you're too far away from your subject. I usually shoot at F/8 when the sun is out and behind me, I recommend to start with that. To achieve this, just set the camera to Av and select F/8. The shutterspeed will automatically adjust. For propellor aircraft, I'd suggest setting the mode to Tv and selecting a shutterspeed of 1/250.

Feel free to post examples in this thread, we can give you better and more specific advice based on those.




Thank you for the help, and I will post examples shortly. Do I have to worry about aperture? And is it better to shoot portrait or landscape?

Hi friend,
It is necessary to pay attention to your aperture setting i think. I usually use F8-F9 with shutter speed from 1/400 - 1/640 under sunny condition. It's up to what condition you have when you spot. But i don't recommend you to use too big aperture which means under F7.1 because using bigger aperture might make some parts of aircraft blurry except for night shots i think. In addition, i also do not recommend you to set too slow shutter speed as you are a beginner so it's better to set higher speed so that can make sure the object is clear. All of these things are depended on your spotting condition such as weather ,light condition. Thus, as Kas mentioned before :
shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away.

And i will sugget you to use Av or Tv first although i am using M now. Tv and Av will adjust other things automatically so that you don't need to care so much.
Besides, i prefer to shhot lanscape at the beginning. But both of Landscape and Portrait are requiring some sapece to turn the level when you edit your photos whcih means that just make sure your composition is ok during spotting so that would be easy for you to edit later.
All in all, practice makes perfect. Trying to take some photos with good condition and edit them. We are glad to give you feedback on your photos. ;)

Cheers,
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:01 pm

HarryLi wrote:
BluAir242 wrote:
airkas1 wrote:
I would start with the very basics - shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away. Especially on the apron, heat haze can be a pain if you're too far away from your subject. I usually shoot at F/8 when the sun is out and behind me, I recommend to start with that. To achieve this, just set the camera to Av and select F/8. The shutterspeed will automatically adjust. For propellor aircraft, I'd suggest setting the mode to Tv and selecting a shutterspeed of 1/250.

Feel free to post examples in this thread, we can give you better and more specific advice based on those.




Thank you for the help, and I will post examples shortly. Do I have to worry about aperture? And is it better to shoot portrait or landscape?

Hi friend,
It is necessary to pay attention to your aperture setting i think. I usually use F8-F9 with shutter speed from 1/400 - 1/640 under sunny condition. It's up to what condition you have when you spot. But i don't recommend you to use too big aperture which means under F7.1 because using bigger aperture might make some parts of aircraft blurry except for night shots i think. In addition, i also do not recommend you to set too slow shutter speed as you are a beginner so it's better to set higher speed so that can make sure the object is clear. All of these things are depended on your spotting condition such as weather ,light condition. Thus, as Kas mentioned before :
shoot with the sun behind you and not from too far away.

And i will sugget you to use Av or Tv first although i am using M now. Tv and Av will adjust other things automatically so that you don't need to care so much.
Besides, i prefer to shhot lanscape at the beginning. But both of Landscape and Portrait are requiring some sapece to turn the level when you edit your photos whcih means that just make sure your composition is ok during spotting so that would be easy for you to edit later.
All in all, practice makes perfect. Trying to take some photos with good condition and edit them. We are glad to give you feedback on your photos. ;)

Cheers,
Harry



Thanks for the help Henry, what about ISO settings?
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:08 pm

For sunny weather, ISO100 will be good.
 
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:39 pm

airkas1 wrote:
For sunny weather, ISO100 will be good.

Thank you Airkas1
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:32 pm

BluAir242 wrote:
Thank you for the help, and I will post examples shortly. Do I have to worry about aperture? And is it better to shoot portrait or landscape?


BluAir242 wrote:
Thanks for the help Henry, what about ISO settings?


I'd strongly suggest you do a bit of light reading on the Exposure Triangle. Just search Google, there are tons of websites that explain it quite succinctly. Here's one:

http://photographylife.com/what-is-exposure-triangle
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:09 pm

Don't be scared of using ISO200 (or even 400) - not sure about Nikon but Canon have stated that the difference between ISO100 and 200 is practically non-existent. The risk of an unnoticeable amount of extra noise is far more appealing than the risk of a blurry/soft photo! I almost constantly leave all my cameras on ISO200 and only really drop to 100 if my subject either requires wide-angle or is static.

There are some who believe that too fast a shutter can negatively affect an image but I've never seen any evidence to support this theory. It is well known, however, that too narrow an aperture leads to diffraction, especially on higher megapixel bodies. In other words, try not to shoot at above f/11.

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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:43 pm

Thanks Everyone, what do you guys edit your pictures in?
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:16 pm

Photoshop CS6.
 
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:31 pm

I'm still using a 2006 copy of Photoshop Elements 5.0 and it is more than enough for editing images up to A.net standard. I believe it and a couple of its successors are now available as free downloads.
 
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:46 pm

Lightroom and Photoshop CC
 
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:04 pm

I used to use Photoshop CS6 before but CS6 seems can't support some latest cameras' Raw so i change to use Photoshop CC recently.
And here is an editing guide which could be a reference for you. You can find it in A.net too.
http://www.airliners.net/faq/editing_guide/
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:25 pm

HarryLi wrote:
I used to use Photoshop CS6 before but CS6 seems can't support some latest cameras' Raw

I've got the Camera Raw 9.9 plugin (the latest?) if you want it. I couldn't open some RAW files before that either, but everything works now since installing it.
PM me your E-mail and I can wetransfer the file (330MB).
 
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:41 pm

airkas1 wrote:
HarryLi wrote:
I used to use Photoshop CS6 before but CS6 seems can't support some latest cameras' Raw

I've got the Camera Raw 9.9 plugin (the latest?) if you want it. I couldn't open some RAW files before that either, but everything works now since installing it.
PM me your E-mail and I can wetransfer the file (330MB).

Oh that would be so great !!! :o
I prefer to use CS6 instead of CC. Thank you Kas :D
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Re: Aviation Photography Help.

Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:53 pm

Is it ok if some of us other newbies add some photo's with pertinent data for feedback? I'm also trying to understand the ISO vs. aperture thing as I'm brand new to all this and am now using a real camera instead of a smart phone.
 
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:07 am

Absolutely. That's what this forum is all about :)
 
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:15 pm

Miguel1982 wrote:
Absolutely. That's what this forum is all about :)



Sorry, got the forums mixed up. Please create a new "pre-screening" thread with your photos over at the Photography Feedback forum. We'll be glad to help there.

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