AIHTOURS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 20797 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.
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'.
Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 20740 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!
Atomother From United States of America, joined May 1999, 440 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 20681 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.
Yanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 20662 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.
Erwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 20610 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
Fergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 20545 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)
Nope... He means: You don't need the sun behind you to take a cool shot...
Perfectly nailed, thanks Eduard!
* 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 )
Vasanthd From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 20444 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..
AIHTOURS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20286 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
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]
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 1) Learn to talk to the cops. 2) Appreciate clear winter air. Editing and photography are a bit different. Harry
: 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
: 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..
: You got that right Andy!! Did you get my mail Andy? Take care Fergul
: 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
: Fergul, yes thanks mate. You should have my reply by now. OK, carry on as if you were normal chaps Andy
: Jan thx for correction but i was under the impression that once they are protected they cant be erased. Cheers
: That's correct! So in this case, make sure you use the "erase all" method, then locked photos will stay! cheers, Florian
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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