Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3120 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 2 months ago) and read 3366 times:
I need some help about cockpit photos. I want to have a perfectly exposed outside and at the same time a perfectly exposed cockpit panel. When I have acess to cockpits I don't have time to make several experiences, it's always a rush time up there. So I would like some conceipts about the fill flash technique, how aperture and shutter speed should be combined with the camera built in flash. When on the cockpit should I make a reading on the outside and then pass to manual mode, keep that reading and use the flash?
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months ago) and read 3348 times:
I only have taken a couple of cockpit shots myself (with a non-digital point-and-shoot camera, so no much of techniques over here), but I think the best way would be the camera to expose for the outside light, but still use a flash. That way you'll have both the cockpit panels and a nice not overexposed outside scenery view.
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3290 times:
Mirage, whats your gear, I might be able to give you better advice if I knew what you are working with.
For the CP 995, I focus with the spot metering, on something like the compas. That gives me a good focus on the panel, and meters off outside light.. I then set the flash mode for lightning bolt (fill flash for fast shutter speeds). I shoot the flash should go off and balance the light. If the flash doesn't go off, you will get a perfectly exposed outside with a black frame (the frame before the one pictured above).
With the D100 or the D30, I focus on the panel first using the back mounted AF button (star on the D30), then I would use a half press to meter off the outside again, compose. With the flash set to fill take the picture.
On the N90s, I would do similar. Set the focus mode to continous. Meter off the window, and find where I want to focus. Use the AF lock button. Frame, and have the falsh set to fill. Shoot
Now if push comes to shove, and your camera doesn't support anything like that I guess you could meter the window, and set it to manual mode. That way when you half press the shutter it won't change your exposure, but it will AF. Just make sure that you flash is set to fill flash.
I hope this helps a bit, I'm good at taking pictures, explaining them is another thing.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3779 posts, RR: 24 Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
Ahhhhh you kids and your fancy, wiz bang gizmo flashes . I remember the good ol' days of using an all manual Vivtar 285 HV held off to the side and mentally calculating the proper fill balance . I suppose there is something good to be said for hi-tech after all .
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3779 posts, RR: 24 Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
I prefer #2 followed by #1:D Keep a pluggin......you deserve it!
Indeed, I have been using flash for over 20 years and while I have always had a love/hate affair with flash photography today's small strobe advances have certainly taken the mental gymnastics (and some of the fun) out of exposure calculation, hell I still find myself trying to second guess the flash caluclations on my 'camputer/flash' combos.
Toady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
Gentlemen, I know next to nothing about photography (but I'm learning all the time!!) so I hope you'll excuse me if my following suggestion is crap
I guess that getting access to cockpits for this type of shot is not always easy and, therefore, the photographer has little opportunity to practice for it. Would it help to take practice shots of your car's dashboard? I'm thinking along the lines of sitting in the back seat (unless it's a 2-seater!!), reclining the front seats and photographing the steering wheel, radio, dials etc while trying to properly expose the view through the windscreen/side door windows.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3779 posts, RR: 24 Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3184 times:
Actually Toady, that is a very good suggestion. A cockpit is not all that diffrent from a car's dash in this regard.
While I have personally never had access to a flight deck as a photographer, one can apply the same technique as described above.
Indeed I too would assume that one's time in the cockpit in order to photograph the flight deck is probably very limited, unless of course you are fortunate to have made arrangements with airline/owner for a longer period of time, namely for a commercial shoot.
Jan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
And if for a commercial shoot, it's hardly the time to start training
Toady has a good point there.
Also, when taking the light readings from the outside and setting up for a manual shot, don't forget not to go above the max flash sync speed.
That is, if you get 1/500 @ f8 make sure to choose something like 1/125 @ f16 instead or you'll be sorry..
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