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First Spotting Trip, Tips?  
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

Hi folks, This weekend, im going out to CEF to spot some Military birds in action. I've never formally "spotted" before. All the shots ive done before have been of static planes.

My question is, how do i grab a moving plane? Do I pan with it and shoot or just click as soon as he gets into the frame? Also tripod? Again, never really done moving so IDK...

Any other tips are greatly appreciated

Justin


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User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
My question is, how do i grab a moving plane? Do I pan with it and shoot or just click as soon as he gets into the frame? Also tripod? Again, never really done moving so IDK...

To grab a moving plane I normally set my camera to Aperture priority, about f/8 (depending on the light). But as a general rule, you want your shutter speed to be equal or higher than your focal length. When shooting a plane, pan with it and then when you get the shot that you want press the shutter release. As far as a tripod, it depends on your camera set-up and your personal preference. I shoot at 400mm frequently with an image stabilized lens and I normally don't use a tripod. If you are shooting with a long lens, you'll probably want to use a tripod. Good luck and have fun!

Tim



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