Accept, for some form of sturdy support i.e. a tripod, there are no hard and fast rules for night time photography. It really depends on what type of photo you are trying to create, it you want the light steaks of ground support equipment around a given aircraft, the I suggest a somewhat small f stop, and an expousure time of anywhere from 5 sec-20sec, and sometimes longer.
Check out http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=13935 Granted that this photo is a little dirty, and I also had a roll of Tungsten(indoor)balanced slide film in the camera, but it is a good example of what I'am talking about.
I have asked before, and I'll ask again. How do you upload a photo to this forum ? I may want to post some examples in the future, that Johan may not feel is appropriate for A.net, and get some feedback.
As to flash photography at night, again it all depends on what you are planning to shoot. Most pros i.e. Lawerence Fier will use a slow shutter and flash combination. I have and still use a techinque know as 'flash and blur' some love it and some hate it, since I use it, I love this style. But it does take some practice. I have a wonderful example taken at IAH featuring a wing walker, during a push back. Johan will not post since the plane is not the main subject of this photo. Aside from taking portraits of people and or aircraft, leave the flash at home.
Again, if anyone can give me any info on how to post pics on this forum I would be most apperciative.
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