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Advice Needed For Cockpit Shoot  
User currently offlinegasman From New Zealand, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

Hi there

I've got seat 1A booked on a Thai A340-600, and I thought I'd ask to take a few shots in the cockpit prior to takeoff.

Never done this before, and I don't want to screw it up - so lots of advice would be appreciated. It will be daylight outside, I'll be using a Canon 30D with an EF-S 10-22mm lens. An external flash will be available if needed.

Many thanks in advance

Gas,

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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 952 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Here's a little advice that I use. When I do it (by no means an expert), I try to meter aperture to match the outer light so I don't get results that are too blown out at the windows. As for an external flash, I remember reading that many people tilt it up and bounce off the ceiling. For me, I use my builtin flash and put a handkerchief in front.

User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2338 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

Quoting gasman (Thread starter):
take a few shots in the cockpit prior to takeoff.

I find it easier to ask to take pictures after the aircraft has landed. pre-flight is a busy time and once the passengers start boarding, everyone is focused on their task. I usually hang around until the last passenger has deplaned and ask then.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6452 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Quoting dumbell2424 (Reply 1):
For me, I use my builtin flash

With the 10-22mm that he has, there will be a shadow caused by the low level of the inbuilt flash/the wide ability of the lens. So use of the external flash would be advised. Meter the outside and then keep those settings on for when you use flash to fill in the dark area of the cockpit dashboards. Depending on what flash you do have, I'd suggest bouncing it somewhere instead of firing it straight. And you can probably leave ISO at a low value - 100 even.

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 2):
I find it easier to ask to take pictures after the aircraft has landed. pre-flight is a busy time and once the passengers start boarding, everyone is focused on their task. I usually hang around until the last passenger has deplaned and ask then.

Ditto here. And I'd presume that there'd be dual airbridges in BKK so that the F passengers use the front and just about everyone else uses 2L.



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User currently offlinegasman From New Zealand, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

Thanks. Yes, I do have a bouncable flash.

So the picture i'm getting is

- wait till the end of the flight
- meter for the outside
- iso 100
- use fill flash - if bouncing, do I give it +2 of flash exp. compensation??

Cheers


User currently offlineJid From Barbados, joined Dec 2004, 975 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3971 times:

In addition to the above - shoot RAW so you can balance your exposure if you don't get it spot on out of the camera.


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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2929 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

gasman,

Have a look at the 3 links at the bottom of the page. The technique has been covered several times with lots of advice and tips on their.

Darren



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