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50 Aviation Photography Tips  
User currently offlineAIHTOURS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 19296 times:

I've been thinking about doing this for a while, all it involves is each person submitting one Aviation Photography 'tip'. It will be useful for new starters and established Photographers alike. They can be to do with any part of Aviation Photography, from actually taking the Photo to Editing, even tips on A.net.

I'll start:

1. Always try and take Photos with the sun behind you.

Let's try and get 50, I'm sure everyone has one tip to share. When we get 50 I'll compile the 'tip list'.

50 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 19259 times:

Here is mine, Big grin

Your Best Editing Tip.... (by Glennstewart Jan 4 2005 in Aviation Photography)

Take care

Fergul  sun 



Zambian Airways, Where the Eagles fly free!!
User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 19239 times:

My best advice, not that it counts for much, is to make sure you do some research on where you're going first .... best places to stand for the best shots and lighting, best times to go (i.e. so you're not standing around for hours with nothing to shoot) and also, get a reliable weather check the night before!!

There's nothing worse than having to battle between your camera and a brolly .... I'm sure Fergul will back me up on that one!  wink 


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 19226 times:

Quoting AIHTOURS (Thread starter):
1. Always try and take Photos with the sun behind you.

Nah?!

As Fergul linked, there's a thread already with tons of helpful information.



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19180 times:

Learn photography first, not how to push the button.

Disregard tip one.


Oops. that was two. Well, take your pick.


User currently offlineAtomother From United States of America, joined May 1999, 440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19180 times:

take a side shot of the A380. seemed to work the other day, did you guys see how many were in the top 15? I think at one point about 12 of the top 15 were of the 380 and most of those were the same shot of it.

User currently offlineYanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19161 times:

Do a preflight on your camera. Check settings, like RAW, WB, ISO, card downloaded and empty (BURNED BY THIS TOO) etc.. Like me I had set my camera to 1600 while taking some indoor hockey shots, two hours later I am taking pictures of jets at KLZU in full shiny sun and when I get home to check the pics they are grain monsters. I was freaking steamed to say the least. Now, I always check to make sure the camera is ready to take pictures. Do your preflights!!! Thats my tip.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3619 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19151 times:

Do not use photoshop.
....................................


User currently offlineAIHTOURS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19145 times:

Sorry about that. Didn't know there had already been something like this.

I wasn't after information for myself, I just thought it would be nice to have 50 solid tips that people can benefit from.

Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
Nah?!

What do you mean Nah?!. Trying to be sarcastic?

Thanks to those who have told us some tips all the same   

[Edited 2005-11-13 17:42:45]

User currently offlineBeechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19148 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 7):
Do not use photoshop.
....................................

if you don´t know how to use it, that is.

Denis



That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!
User currently offlineErwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 19109 times:

1. for your first shots: don't shoot in the rain, fog, dull sky conditions
2. shoot a lot of other subjects beside airplanes
3. don't blame your equipment, the lens, the camera etcetera because most of the time it is you who screwed up a shot
4. have patience, chances are your first dozen of pictures will be rejected: it takes some time to learn this thing
5. remember you can make a great shot with a mobile phone camera, and you can make an ugly and grainy monster with your top-of-the-notch DSLR -
6. use the beginning and end of the day for shooting
7. don't go out shooting on warm days: heat haze will kill your shots
8. hire an airplane for some air-to-ground work
9. go to an airliners.net meeting
10. never bash screeners for rejects: there are just some simple rules for pictures on this website, these rules are applied strictly - even when your is awesome
11. remember nobody can see or is interested in how much effort you it took to get that killer shot
12. find another a.net photographer who can help you and give you personal feedback

Kind regards,
Erwin



My gear: Nikon, Sony, Red, Sachtler etc.
User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 19090 times:

34. Decide whether or not you're doing it for your personal pleasure, or the pleasure of Airliners.net

User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 19081 times:

Tip 73: Do not trust your camera's metering...

Quoting AIHTOURS (Reply 8):
Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
Nah?!

What do you mean Nah?!. Trying to be sarcastic?

Nope... He means: You don't need the sun behind you to take a cool shot...

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eduard Brantjes
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Photo © Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages



Eduard


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19066 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 12):
Nope... He means: You don't need the sun behind you to take a cool shot...

And that Air Bridge Cargo shot is AWESOME!!
 Big grin


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19062 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 13):
And that Air Bridge Cargo shot is AWESOME!!

yep totally awesome. I love to see the pics that don't "conform " the normal. Keep up the good work Eduard  bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19055 times:

0: Shoot for YOUR enjoyment not for meeting the a.net criteria. If you have some output meeting the criteria then its fine, if not its also fine.


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User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19044 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 12):
Do not trust your camera's metering...

Exactly, get yourself a Grey card and meter off that, tried it for the first time over the weekend and it works brilliant.
Read here . . . .
What Metering Mode Do You Use? (by Flyfisher1976 Sep 4 2005 in Aviation Photography)

Take care

Fergul  sun 



Zambian Airways, Where the Eagles fly free!!
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19040 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 12):
Quoting AIHTOURS (Reply 8):
Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
Nah?!

What do you mean Nah?!. Trying to be sarcastic?

Nope... He means: You don't need the sun behind you to take a cool shot...

Perfectly nailed, thanks Eduard!  Smile


* Be selective. Snapping 10 well-thought and composed shots can be worth a lot more than taking 100 with no greater preperation.

* Even though you said aviation photography tips, I'd like to add: Basics. If you have no idea what connects aperature and shutter speed, what ISO does or what DOF is, start at the beginning.
You won't learn driving in a F1 car either. ( ideally  Wink )

cheers,
Florian



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19011 times:

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 16):
get yourself a Grey card and meter off that, tried it for the first time over the weekend and it works brilliant.

Pretty neat stuff the gray card huh? Glad to hear it worked out for you.


User currently offlineVasanthd From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18943 times:

Make sure your memory card is empty before you start shooting...I had a bad time once..when i shot nearly 30 great snaps..only to find i didnt erase my previous spotting pics. Then I had to manually erase about 200+ pictures one by one..


One Lucky shot deserves another!
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 18859 times:

Quoting Vasanthd (Reply 19):
Then I had to manually erase about 200+ pictures one by one..

You could have locked your 30 new ones and delete all others at once.  Wink
Check you cam manual.



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineVasanthd From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 18818 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 20):
Check you cam manual.

I have never read or carried my Cam (20D) manual  Sad. I gota read now...though...



One Lucky shot deserves another!
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18801 times:

Quoting Vasanthd (Reply 21):
I have never read or carried my Cam (20D) manual

I don't understand this at all! I consult my camera manual all the time!



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18788 times:

Take pictures for yourself first and A.net etc second. This way you enjoy the hobby more than just striving to get every picture accepted and avoid disappointment when you don't.

Have fun

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineAIHTOURS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18785 times:

Tip 22: Read the manual   

Looks like the threads doing well after all.

Sorry Florian, I took you the wrong way, that is a problem with the fourms, you can't see peoples emotions. Can I just point out that I prefer taking Photos with the sun behind me, and people told me when I started to try and take pics with the sun behind me when taking photos of Planes, that is probably why I said that.

Anyway, keep it going everyone, nice to see some tip-sharing going on!

Another very, very, basic one, make sure your batterys are charged! It's caught me out before   Wink

Also, I think printing a few out is a good one, as it is great to see your work on print!

[Edited 2005-11-14 16:59:11]

25 Post contains images Vasanthd : Young guys like me may sometimes try to learn from the device first...rather than read the manual fully...its just sheer excitement.. I have experien
26 Dendrobatid : The best tip is to photograph the mundane. One day you will regret not having done so. I have too few BOAC Boeing 707s, BEA Tridents, Vanguards, Visco
27 Aviopic : Yeeh... my best tip ? Keep an open mind and don't restrict yourself by so called "rules". In other words try shooting straight into the sun, in bad we
28 Post contains images Newark777 : 1) Learn to talk to the cops. 2) Appreciate clear winter air. Editing and photography are a bit different. Harry
29 Post contains images Skidmarks : Mick, that is sooooo true But, I think you lie! I have seen some of your pics and you didn't miss much - unlike me Andy
30 Jwenting : Best tip of all: shoot for yourself, not for some website screener. All that counts is that YOU like your work, if others like it that nice for them..
31 Post contains images Fergulmcc : You got that right Andy!! Did you get my mail Andy? Take care Fergul
32 JumboJim747 : You could have protected the 30 shots you took then formatted the card it would have been quicker. Great tips .hmm enjoy the day out then the next da
33 Jan Mogren : If you format the card, everything goes, even the protected ones. /JM
34 Post contains images Skidmarks : Fergul, yes thanks mate. You should have my reply by now. OK, carry on as if you were normal chaps Andy
35 JumboJim747 : Jan thx for correction but i was under the impression that once they are protected they cant be erased. Cheers
36 INNflight : That's correct! So in this case, make sure you use the "erase all" method, then locked photos will stay! cheers, Florian
37 Post contains images TS : I have 3 tips: 1. Go for Canon. 2. Don't give a sh*t about a.net upload rules ... sorry, couldn't resist  3. Wear a sun hat. Thomas[Edited 2005-11-15
38 Sleekjet : 48. In winter, wear more clothing than you think you'll need...airports are usually very windy and before long, you're too miserable to shoot...
39 Alberto Riva : Did I miss it or did we all forget to note here the basic principle of photography? Get close! That should be tip number one. And, just to be provocat
40 Psych : Learn about composition. As has been said already, rules of composition for certain kinds of photography (such as the 'rule of thirds') may not stand
41 WakeTurbulence : You forgot to add, "get arrested by the police!" Just kidding. Very good point. Climb trees, scout roofs, cut holes in bushes. Do what it takes to ge
42 Post contains images Eadster : Don't buy a DSLR just because people on here said too! New starters in photography are not going to know how to use one properly. As Peter said, don't
43 Post contains images Notar520AC : How do you do that?
44 Pepef : Back up your important photos on another drive or on CD's. Windows XP may format your hard-drive before installation. (Make sure the battery is charge
45 Viv : Hold the camera steady (except when panning). Understand shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance. Practice.
46 Post contains images Spencer : Camera gear, check. Food, check. Toilet roll, check. (You know it makes sense!) Spencer.
47 ChrisH : Spence, bit let down by your checklist there. I would include Cold Stellas....check Sandwiches w. Branston Pickle.....check Pub nearby that serves a d
48 Post contains images Airplanepics : Very Swedish Chris!
49 WakeTurbulence : If you have a laptop that searches for wireless connections and if one is near enough, and unsecured, you can connect to it and browse the web. If it
50 Columbia107 : To the extent I no longer view photos of the Whale
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