Crashxn2me From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4345 times:
This is my first post and just subscribed a half hour ago. I been getting into aviation photography within the last year, been to the infamous Lincoln Ave. spot a few times and did my first night shoot last Monday (which was a pretty clear night) at Imperial Hill. I searched the forums for night photography and took some tips with me before my shoot. Still didn't have much success.
I shot on a:
EF 70-200 2.8L IS USM
I tried swithing to Bulb and shot at f11 or f16, shot at ISO 100 then bumped it up to 400. Didn't want to shoot at an ISO of 800 or above to get the grain but I experimented with longer exposure times w/smaller aperture. Tried AV at f/8. My goal is to start posting on here to get feedback from the airliners.net community and enjoy all the posts. Any tips would be much appreciated. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong.
I'm looking forward engaging with all the aviation enthusiasts
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1299 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4314 times:
I have shot a few times at night at LAX. What type of shot are you trying to achieve? You can post already accepted shots on Anet as examples. Also, as the above poster mentioned, post some of your own shots with EXIF data so we can get an idea for what happened.
777MechSys From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4311 times:
1. ISO 100-200 should be fine.
2. Manual Exposure.
3. f /5.6 is great place to start
4. Set whitebalance for the ugly airport lights
5. Light meter in camera is just a good start.
6. If you have an older camera you may need to turn on "long exposure noise reduction"
What happens is older cameras have pixels that leak during long exposures. This makes the shot look noisy. Random red green and blue pixels everywhere. The long exposure setting takes another equal length exposure with the shutter closed. If the camera sees pixels that are not black it removes them from the previous shot. It then replaces them with a pixel that matches the one next to it. Newer cameras typically don't have that problem.