That's to say, any of you regular contributors got any tips for the relatively inept... like me for example!
My biggest problem is grain.... sheesh some of my photos come out looking like a harvest festival there's so much grain there!
For reference, my equipment list goes like this:
AF Nikkor 35-70mm f3.3:4.5 with a skylight filter
Tokina 70-210mm f4.5 with a skylight filter
Centon 500mm Mirror lens f8
Jessops 2x convertor
I used to go to airshows and airports loaded up with cheapo ASA400 film. I've now learned the error of my ways and uses Fuji Sensia 100 for static shots and Sensia 200 for flying shots. Even then I'm pretty disappointed with the work of the Fuji Labs and am looking at using Kodak film or an alternative developer next time.
Ideally I'd like to ditch the film gear and switch to a Digital SLR like the Nikon D100 or the Canon D60.... looking around the patch at the works of Messrs Pedley, Work, Tapperell and Alderton (To name but a few) I am stunned at the clarity of the shots obtained! Seriously guys theses are amazing shots, but hey, you don't need me to tell you that!
So anyway, back to grain. All of my images are now getting scanned from slide to CD by the developing labs, and prior to uploading go through the wash with Adobe photoshop 7 with a few choice plug-ins (Ultra-Sharp is a superb plugin!). Still the dreaded grainy look to the pictures is there.
Any suggestions? I think good light is probably a big issue since I have mananged to get shots off this camera rig which even if I do say so have come of flippin' fantastic (http://www.photosig.com/viewphoto.php?id=304805 for my all time best shot and it's not even an Aeroplane!!! :-( )
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated!