Wanderer
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New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 12:55 am

Hi everyone, I have had an interest in airliners for a few years, but have never done any photography of them. I am a ship photographer (ships being my main interest), and I would imagine a lot of the principles are the same. I am interested in taking up aviation photography and will be grateful for any advice and info any of you people could give me.

For the record I have a Minolta Z2 4 megapixel digital camera with a 38-380mm zoom (35mm equivalent) and a Nikon F55 35mm SLR with a 28-100mm zoom lens (I will be getting a 70-300 mm in a couple of months time). When I can afford it, I will be getting a Nikon D70 digital SLR...

Cheers
Faith
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 2:11 am


One advice: don't do it, it is higly addictive...

But if you insist, pick up a D70, get your post-processing workflow sorted out and just go to a nearby airport to practice (most airplanes tend to move quite fast, perhaps faster then ships).

Kind regards,
Erwin
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Jkw777
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 2:42 am

I sideline with my friend Mr Erwin here.... Don't do it!  Big thumbs up

Nikon D70 is good or a Canon 300D is also worth a look into if you decide to upgrade. (But if you want to keep your current lenses then go with the Nikon.)

Take lots of pictures, practice... Ask for advice on here, there are plenty of people who are willing to help and we all like to help out new photographers.

Seems so you have a knowledge of photography, then I'm sure you will do fine here. Most photography aspects apply here. But they can be very picky as to what they accept, so watch out for that!  Smile

That is my best advice Faith.

Cheers and good luck,

Justin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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Wanderer
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 5:52 am

Thanks folks.  Smile

I have been lurking for a few days before joining, and have read the threads about acceptance of photos, so I would certainly put in a lot of practice before even thinking about submitting photos here, seeing as it is of an extremely high standard here.

Shipping photography is also highly addictive!  Big grin
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 5:56 am

Faith,
Indeed, be careful, once you start, you'll be doing it for years to come (of course, it helps if you get some photos accepted here  Big grin)! Anywho, as the others have mentioned, just host some of your first images (after you think they are ready) somewhere, and then post them here in the forum. I for one will be happy to help, as will most others.

Good luck and lets see those pictures!  Big thumbs up

Sebastian
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:32 pm

Hi Faith,

Advice? Have fun! (and should you ever begin to describe rising from bed in the morning at 15 degrees nose-up pitch--don't be alarmed, this is perfectly natural for the aviation photographer...  Smile)
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:45 am

Well, I got underway this afternoon at Southampton Airport, and I'll look at them onscreen later.

I took the pictures through the wire mesh from the car park - there doesn't seem to be a public vantage point.
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:57 am

Faith,

I just noticed you are a SOU local!  Big thumbs up Me too..  Smile

As for the car park, I rarely shoot there. You should go to "The Mound".

What you need to do is follow the road that runs along side the car park, turn the bend then it is immediately on your left. It over looks the runway and 200mm should be good there for the larger stuff! (146's  Laugh out loud)

Area looks like this:



Maybe we can hook up for a mini SOU A.net bash one (sunny) day?

Look forward to seeing some of your output.

Cheers,

Justin Big grin
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:01 am

Hi Justin,

that's great. Ok, I will remember The Mound in future.
It would also be great to meet up with other So'ton locals too.  Smile

I will look at my pics later and may put one in this thread. I didn't get many as it was quiet and also, I was also conscious of a "not supposed to be there" feeling.

Cheers
Faith
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:08 am

Hi Faith,

Sunday is a bit of quiet day same with Saturday. There again name a busy day at SOU?! LOL!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

The car park is a BAA car park, they don't want you to be there. But when I used to shoot there, I never had a problem. You shouldn't get any bother from the local authorities there neither.

One time in the summer one of my buddies, James Trimbee, was spoken to by the plod they were being kind and taking an interest in what he was up to. Nothing major.

I look forward to seeing your shots!  Big thumbs up How did the weather hold out as it was a bit unsettled from what I saw.

Cheers,

Justin  Big grin
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:13 am

Not too bad in the end. Mixed sunshine and overcast. I will look at my shots in a minute and see what they are like. Looked ok on the LCD, but it's the computer screen that counts!
 
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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:18 am

Hope they turn out good anyway!  Big thumbs up

Cheers,

Justin  Laugh out loud

PS: If you are running MSN add me via my profile! Cheers.  Smile

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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 2:46 am


Wanderer,

One thing you could do is get yourself to Frankfurt 19/20 february for the big a.net meeting there, so you can meet another 20~30 photographers (most of them from the UK). Lots of airplanes, lots of nice people and a good way to get the tips and tricks perhaps:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/653309/

Kind regard,
Erwin

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RE: New To Aviation Photography - Any Advice?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 2:53 am

Thanks Erwin, I will certainly bear that in mind.

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