Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
In exactly two months I'll commence a one week UK/Ireland spotting trip together with Turbotrent and Sabena 690. During this one week event, we'll be making some ten flights.
Now, during those flights (well, during my stay on board of the planes) I'd love to make some very nice cockpit shots. But, since I haven't tried those kind of shots with my D60 yet, I've been experimenting a bit here at home with more or less the same light conditions (outside light vs. less indoor light).
I'd like to hear some of the techniques used by you guys (and girls...) to achive good results. I like those cockpit shots where you can still clearly see the outside (left picture), instead of one big white spot (i.e. overexposure) (right picture):
How can I get the same results? Meter the light through the windshield, lock it, focus on the instruments and use flash? Or can I still get quite decent results without using flash? I guess the best way to achieve a big white window is just meter the light inside and press the shutter release button?
Another question: can I use my onboard flash with my sigma 17-35mm? I've noticed that from time to time a piece of the lens' shadow appears on the bottom of the picture, due to the big size of this lens. Maybe it would be better to use external flash and hence get myself Canon EX550 Speedlite? (oh boy, and I still have to buy myself an ImageTank and some spare batteries*...
EGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Ryanair are very flexible in letting you go into the cockpit for a picture once the aircraft is at a stand still .... the crew are general very nice.
Bmibaby on the otherhand seem to have stopped it all together, although on a flight to EDI a few weeks back i was aloud in the cockpit but WITHOUT the camera, i was also given a postcard of G-ECAS in bmi colours.
EBOS From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
You decribe it correct : meter the light through the windshield, lock it, focus on the instruments and use flash. It's called fill in flash.
For cockpit shots at dusk i use ISO 200 settings and overexpose them 0.3-0.6 stop.
With the Sigma 17-35 lens you need indeed an external flash to avoid shadow of the lens.
Have a nice trip and don't forget spotting in between the flights
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