ACB777 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 350 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
I've been taking some photos with my Sony F717, and I am not really pleased with the overall quality of the photo. I would like to take photos that meet the A.net standards. These are the settings I usually use when taking photos of planes:
Image Size: 2560x1920
Picture Quality: Fine
Mode: P Mode
Exposure: DEV (or is it OEV?)
White Balance: Auto
Here is one of my pictures. This one has been sharpened using the Sharpen More feature in Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately I can't find the original version.
Pepef From Finland, joined Oct 2002, 440 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
Try taking pictures earlier on or much later. The shadow shows the sun is very high up in the sky. The light is very harsh and bright.
Try evaluative and spot metering. Also try the Tv-program, where you set the exposure time and the camera chooses the appropriate aperture.
When taking pictures of slow targets such as this one, you can also use the Av-program, where you set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed.
When you look through the viewfinder, the aperture and shutter speed readings shouldn't be blinking, if they are, change the settings.
Choose shutterspeed values of 1/250sec and higher for slowmoving targets, 1/500sec for planes in flight. Aperturevalues of f/8 and higher should produce enough depth-of-field.
Once you've practiced a little bit you can experiment with shorter shutterspeeds/larger aperture combinations.
ACB777 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 350 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
Unfortunately I can't find the original picture (I think it was deleted by mistake). I agree that the sun appears to be wrong. This picture was taken at about noon. The F717 has is a feature called the white balance. Normally I leave the white balance setting at Auto. However, there is a daylight setting for the white balance feature. Should I change white balance to daylight then?
I'm also noticing that in most of my photos the sky is darker than it really is. In other photos, I notice that some planes seem to be overexposed. I have severa Air Canada 767 shots in which the plane seems to be too bright. However, I notice in photos with planes with darker liveries like AA's everything looks fine.
Any suggestions on how I should change my settings, etc would be appreciated.