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Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot  
User currently offlineIFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3177 times:

I need some advice and didn't find enough information in previous threads.

My first goal is to have some cockpit shots in a Cessna 172.
The shots will be most probably taken by a passenger in the back seat (I'm still a student pilot; the only other chance to have pictures when flying is that either my instructor or me take a pause in the lesson).

The second goal is to have some cockpit/landscape shots when doing spins with the aerobatic instructor on a CAP 10...

Our equipment is a digital Canon PowerShot A410 and a Canon EOS 500 with 28-80 zoom lens.
Do you think this is enough?
If so, how can I get a balance between the darker instrument panel and the brighter landscape, without underexposing the first or overexposint the latter?

Just to explain my thoughts, I'd like to get something similar to the photos below.

Many thanks in advance,
Andrea


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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3169 times:

Well the top shot is mine!! Thanks for showing!!!

That shot was taken with a 10-20mm Sigma. I have a 28-80 and an 18-55 but neither give the look and feel of the 10-20.

Basically the shot is metered from the outside light, then a fill flash is used. Nothing much more to it really.


User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 653 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3163 times:
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Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
That shot was taken with a 10-20mm Sigma.

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Same as I use. Very good for cockpit shots. Examples are:

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The first one is made at about 16-18 mm, second at about 12 mm.


User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 653 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3158 times:
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Regarding the cockpit panel - use the external flash (I use Sigma EF-500DG) but turn it up (not directed on the panel or windows and use light diffuser.

External flash can be also useful not only for aviation shots:
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User currently offlineIlikeflight From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

All i can say is practice makes perfect


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User currently offlineIFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Thank you all for your advice!

One more silly question: as "external flash" you mean a flash that's separate from, but synchronized with the camera... don't you?


Thanks again,
A.


User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 653 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3078 times:
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Yes. The big flash you put on to your camera - not the small one inside.  Wink

Fyodor


User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
Well the top shot is mine!! Thanks for showing!!!

And it's a fantastic shot, well done!

Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
Basically the shot is metered from the outside light, then a fill flash is used. Nothing much more to it really.

That's what I would have suggested.

Quoting IFACN (Reply 5):
One more silly question: as "external flash" you mean a flash that's separate from, but synchronized with the camera... don't you?

Yes. Another suggestion is to buy an extension cord that will allow you to completely remove the flash from the camera. This way you can bounce it right off the back wall, a piece of foam core, or point it directly where you want to illuminate.

B


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