Mikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
I was wondering if I could have a bit of advice. I'm taking a flight on 12th Feb up to Manchester from LHR and then back again in the evening, and as some of you may know I just purchased a 300D so not too used to the settings yet.
I was wondering if some of you guys could give me a bit of advice. What sort of settings would you use for cabin shots / out the window shots / flight deck shots? Also going to be visiting the Concorde inside as well, and last time my flight deck shots / cabin shots with the Minolta Dimage Z1 were pretty dark and not really uploadable. Sort of hoping to improve on them now with the 300D so any advice would be really good
Also for in flight cabin shots, do you guys ask the cabin crew if they allow it first or do you just get up and get on with it?
CaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
Cockpit: put your 300D on the headrest of the jumpseat and set a longer exposure..1-2"?? try to make srue u dont' shake the camera when depressing the shutter button.. (if u're lucky enuf to have a tripod on board, then feel free to use that in the cockpit)
try not to use the flash.. i found that when you use the flash people kinda look at you wondering WTF are u doing??? and like thinkin' that theres somethign suspiciosn and you feel really bad about that..
i suggest a high ISO cuz the 300D is capable of keeping the noise down even at a really high ISO... also, set it to apperture priority AV. to the largest F stop.. most likely 3.5 on the included 18-55mm or 2.8 depending on your lens..
then let the shutter speeed be metered automatcially.. if the shuuter speed is a long exposure, then set the ISO higher to decrease the shutter time so that you cna take it handheld and lean agasint somethign to make sure there is as little blur as possible.
keep your hand over your lens.. like covering any gaps between the lens and the window to prevnet any reflections from the light within the cabin...
Gulfstream Planeview Cockpit: "why have hundreds of buttons when a CCD does the same thing and more?"
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
Hi there Mike,
Basically all I can say is use a high-ish ISO, try not to use the flash, and also remember to stop down to as low as you can, as BA747-436 says f5.6 for cabin should be just about right.
Since you have the 300D, I would suggest shooting in "Manual" mode to get the correct exposure level. Shoot at f4.0-f5.6 then adjust ISO to 200-800 should be sufficient, then adjust shutter speed as required. (For Cabin shots)
Window shots are really quite easy, I usually stop down to about f7.1-f11 and use exposure compensation if necessary. I will tend to shoot at ISO100-200 because the light you get up there is quite good. Also I would recommend that you try and plan in advance where to sit, and where the light will be best for you!
As for the cockpit. Always always ask if it is okay to take some pictures, I wouldn't want to upset my pilot! Maybe ask one of the cabin crew at the start of the flight if it is okay to come up and have a look once on the ground at your destination. If not as you are leaving the aircraft ask on the way up to the front. As far as settings go, usually I would shoot in "Manual" mode to get the correct exposure. Typically I would aim for f4.0-f8.0. It really does depend on the conditions up there! I would use a bit of flash, but under-expose the flash quite a bit, -1 stop maybe?
Don't be afraid to ask any more questions, there are many people here that want to help out, including myself. One final note, don't be afraid to take masses of pictures on board the plane! I always find I don't take enough, so everytime I fly I will literally fill up a card if I want.
CaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
really? from my past experiences.. at ISO 800, the noise was pretty darn low.. i dunno if its gonna be lower on the 1Ds Mark II or the D2X but for a budget SLR, i thoguht it was performing pretty well...
"Very low noise levels even at ISO 1600, virtually unnoticeable below this"