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User currently offlineSdntpilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2116 times:


I was wondering if anyone could help?

Im looking for someone to tell me the basics of airplane photography and spotting, just to help me get started. Of course I know i need a camera, but if anyone could give some tips or hints, and a list of the basic things that i would need. It's just to get me started. I'v always wanted to get involved in this hobby, but I just realy never knew how.

Also, sorry if my grammer isnt perfect, im a pilot not an english major.

Thank you for any help

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

ok, first you need a camera, although i see that you've identified that already. I'll bet if you don't want to start off serious and spend alot of money you can use a compact camera with a zoom lens and take some pictures panning with the aircraft.

Then you can move on and buy a Second hand SLR and a lens (preferrebly one with 200mm+ focal length) and maybe a film/slide scanner..

Then you need to learn the basics, always have the sun behind your back for best results, try and avoid taking photographs on cloudy days, pan with the aircraft (follow it with the viewfinder), try and get it to fill most of the frame.

Then read the manual to learn about aperture, light metering and shutter speed. This knowledge will help you alot.



User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

If you're going for the photo aspect of this hobby, basically everything that Dan said. But binoculars, a pen, pad of paper, and some freetime, is also great.

Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Try this article. It'll give you the basics.



User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

To be a spotter, I guess you'll have to refer to airline fleet lists to know which planes you've seen, and which ones you haven't. Go to the civil discussion forum, and do a search for airline fleet lists. Youl will find a no. of links to some useful sites.

See my homepage for a comprehensive guide to spotting and photography at HKG
User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

A really ahndy book is Jane's Airdcraft Recognition guide. It runs about $20.00/15 pounds/$33.00 Canadian...Well worth it. Covers just about any airplane you will see out there. Also take a look at some of the magazines out there suck as Airliner World, Airways, etc...Nice to have an idea of what planes you are looking at. (Then you can be an EXPERT here  Smile )

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

And after a while, you might want an airband scanner too, IF they are legal where you are.
If they are not legal, you can get into serious trouble carrying one.

And please, always respect the law. Don't go into areas where it's not allowed. Don't climb or damage fences...
Don't litter. Spotting areas have been closed because spotters dumped drinks cans and Mc Donnalds burgerboxes.
If there is no trashcan, take your trash with you.
Respect lawenforcement officials and airport staff. If they tell you to leave, don't argue but do so. If you think they are wrong, tell them so while packing up so they see you do intend to comply...

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1955 times:

Just some pointers as to why spots have been closed simply for littering...

An Empty Burger box for example, could easily attracts birds, flocks of them, a packet of chips, same problem, and you have the added risk that these objects could cause FOD to the aircraft if it is taken onto the runway by the wind.



User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Do everything Dan (EGGD) said but in reverse order !

Dan you look at the manual to learn about aperture before you take your first pictures. God man stop getting things arsed ways Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlinePlanenut From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Not much info at the moment but keep an eye on this.



Add to it if you can, this will help others.

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

JP's Fleet guide book.
I think that is what its called? Better check my magazine and find that picture of the book.

Chance favors the prepared mind.
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