Contrail25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3745 times:
I took my camera along on one of our flights the other day and quickly found myself frustrated trying to get a good shot of the cockpit. For one, it's a Lear 35 so the cockpit is tiny, but more so I was having an extremely hard time working with the exposure. The sun angle was constantly changing and thus so were the shadows. If I had the panel nicely lit up, the outside view was overexposed to an extreme. One would think we were in a whiteout. Any shots that allowed me to see the outside view, the inside was completely underexposed with no discernible detail. I even tried using the flash, but to no avail.
Looking through the database here I found some shots that showed the cockpit nicely, but the outside view was just whiteout from over exposure. I'm guessing that's allowable?
Am I just shooting in impossible conditions or does anyone have some good techniques for shooting cockpit shots in flight?
Pascalstil From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
A small aperture should prevent the view outside from being washed out (try f/32 or in bright sunlight even smaller). Then add the flash to get enough light inside and try to use a bit longer shutter speed. Then it should be possible to get both right.
Spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1636 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3658 times:
As mentioned above, the time of day is almost critical, but not necessarily crucial. I always take a reading outside the window first, with the aperature I intend to use inside. I'll then dial that in using an all manual mode. Flash is important here at this stage and I'll angle it backwards or use the omni-bounce to soften it a little, and fire! If things are running smoothly and I've got it, I'll set the tripod up and not use a flash. Also, shoot in RAW and take a lot of frames. Ah, and get the crew to light the dials and screens up if possible!!
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