DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5744 times:
Last Saturday, I took a trip to EMA, and got some photos. I came back and uploaded them and they looked pretty good. I did a couple of jobs in Microsoft's Picture It! and they looked even better. I tried uploading them at Jetphotos.net and they failed, so I won't try uploading here until I fix them.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5565 times:
Okay. As Clickhappy said, #1 go read the manual for the camera. You are probably shooting at a high aso, like 400.
Read the manual, learn to operate the camera, take a couple of hundred shots of your house, animals, parents, friends etc...then go out and take photos of airplanes.
I think you are setting yourself up for frustration and will wind up leaving a nice little camera locked up in a drawer somewhere becuase it "takes crappy photos." Without trying to sound rude or arrogant...learn to be a photogrpaher first. Then worry about what you are doing wrong so that you can't get photos uploaded. Take some time to learn and you are onto a great hobby.
It seems that the camera is 3.1mp, which should be enough, and has 6x zoom lens on this camera is the 35mm equivalent of 35-210mm. The zoom may be limiting in some cases at East Midlands - it depends where you shoot from.
In terms of reading the manual, it would seem sensible to firstly make sure that you're shooting Fine or Hi resolution, 3M (the review suggests a lot of noise at 6M). This will mean large files, but you can resize them down to 1024, probably with the software in the box(?). It would also be sensible to be shooting at 160ISO, and certainly not at 800ISO where it appears the camera drops the resolution to 1MP (eek!) which will definitely not be good enough for airliners.net or jetphotos.
Probably the most limiting factor is the maximum length of the zoom, but with a bit of care in being in the right places it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I would NOT however recommend shooting stuff that appears really small in the viewfinder, and then making a very agressive crop later - the resolution delivered by the camera is probably not enough to support you doing that and achieving a reasonable result. If its too far away, probably do not shoot. My suspicion is that this camera will produce some reasonable results, and the key thing is learning how to use it properly.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5194 times:
DC-10 Levo said: I'll be off to EMA next weekend and I'll see what results I get then
I'd offer to join you and see if I could help in person as East Mids is my local too, but next weekend I will be in Las Vegas. Some other weekend perhaps? I'm quite often at East Mids weekends, as I usually fly one of EMFS's PA-28 Warriors (G-CDON or G-BPRY) once a fortnight.
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4951 times:
About the DHL 727 pic: are you sure you're using a shutter speeds that's hig enough? If not, try to pan with the aircraft. If you don't know how to do it and achieve good sharp pics, try using a high shutter speed (~1/500th)...
I'll be honest with you: it seems like you have a lot to learn. But don't worry. Everybody has to start somewhere. I remember when I made my first pics, they turned out to be really bad because I didn't have the experience I have now. There's only one way to lear: by taking pictures (and since you have a digicam you don't have to worry about developing costs etc...). Also, try to read this forum as well as some others (e.g. general photography or some forums at http://www.dpreview.com ).
I 'm sure your result will improve in no time. Good luck!!!