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User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

Man, some of the photos on this site are awesome! I was wondering if anyone has some tips. I am really new at photography, and I am interested almost exclusively in airline photos. I have 3x zoom and a digital camera. I need some basic tips from film or digital camera users.

Question 1: What are the best settings to use for flare/touchdown shots? I don't need to do the pan-blur effect (thought that would be nice, too- maybe just a little later). I mostly use the point-and-shoot mode, but it comes out blurry sometimes. Why? How do you tell a point-and-shoot that your subject is moving (really fast)?

Question 2: How do you get good closeups? Should I get a zoom adapter (for a total of 6x?) I have heard for monoculars or scope-mounted cameras for my make/model. Would that be a good way, or is it too hard to keep it steady?

Some of my photos turn out kind of grainy- is that normal for a digital camera? I thought grain was only a film phenomenon. Like I said, I'm beginner!

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User currently offlineBrownphoto From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 151 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

What camera are you using/considering?

Joe Brown

User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Hello! Thanks for a reply- I have been waiting a while for some kind of human response. Thank you!

I am using a Kodak DC4800. It is 3.1 Megapixel, has 3x zoom, has manual and automatic aperature control and shutter speed (f2.8-f13, 1/1000-16s) white balance control, lens adapter for 2x zoom attachment (don't have this yet) and autofocus (with three focus settings- close, normal, and distant). I have a tripod and a pretty tall kitchen stool that helps me peek over fences, a coat for the cold weather and a lot of patience. I also have a HUGE desire to get a good photo. I want smooth, not grainy, sharp, not blurry, and good lighting. I know that's asking a lot for a beginner with basically an entry-level camera!

User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3855 times:

For touchdown shots I always use shutter priority on my camera, dont know if yours has got that mode. I set the speed to 1/500 or 1/1000 sec. For the autofocus system I select the mode where I can select one out of 5 arease for focussing, using the central one. When shooting without the tele adapter I set the distance to infinite which reduces the time for focussing. Sometimes (depends on light conditions) I set the metering mode on "use selected focussing area" because the white aircrfat gives is brighter than the background but usually I'm using matrix metering. For landing shots in not so good light conditions theres also the possibility to adjust the ISO setting of my camera upt to 400 which helps out sometimes.
Because of the bluriness. May be your camera is set to 400 ISO and that causes the bluriness? Just check it. Or may be you should adjust the level of sharpness your camera is applying to the pictures. If not just use the Sharpen filter in your Photo editing program and this should do it also.

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