gasman From New Zealand, joined Mar 2004, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4301 times:
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.
dumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4295 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.
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.
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.