Morvious
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What Camera Program Do You Use?

Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:04 am

Hello all,

I am new to this aviation photography decease, but I can't get up to the a.net standards. So I could use a little help.

I began this hobby a few years back, when I went by train to Schiphol, just to see the planes. I don't live that close to it, SO I didn't go to many.
Then, I got a drivers License. You could find me at Schiphol more and more often. But it didn't felt good.
When I got home it felt empty inside  Nuts, just because I spent a day without nailing it on film.
Next time I brought my parents Digital Sony with me. It was nice for family photos etc, but not for my hobby! I needed something else.

Last year I bought a Canon eos 300D, with a 22-55mm lens, and a EF 75-300mm lens, just to bring good quality pictures home, to share those with friends and family.
But I failed. Most of my uploads were rejected by bad quality, and most of the times that was correct I guess, I can see that now.
I come home exited after a day Spotting, but I feel sad when I see the first few pictures on the computer. What am I Doing wrong is the big question.

For example (pick)
http://www.eham.nu/Photo/11-02-2005/01.jpg

It really looked good when I took it, but at home you can see it is to dark, and the background becomes grey. It disappoints me.
I used the sport program on this one, some guy told me this was a very good program to use for the canon, because the planes where traveling fast.

I just think this is my problem, I don't know what the settings are for this. Maybe the sport program is to fast, and properly the reason why my pictures come out this dark/gray. Problem is also that I don't have the time to drive to Schiphol to try some settings, and drive back home to see how they are, and then back again.

Are you also using the sport program sometimes, or do you photograph with the manual settings? lets hope you can give me some tips and tricks!

Thanks for your time, it is much appreciated!

Cheers,

Stefan
have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
 
siggi757
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RE: What Camera Program Do You Use?

Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:26 am

Hi Stefan.

Don't use the sports mode. It automatically uses ISO 400 which means more noise(grain) in the photo. Use only M, Av or Tv and of course use P when you don't want to think too much.

Practice at your local GA airfield. The same basics apply to the small planes as the big jets.

Check out http://www.luminous-landscape.com probably the best website on the net. I've learned countless things from that site.

Calibrate your monitor to your best abilities.

My 300D and now my 20D tend to underexpose the photo so try to overexpose the photo by 1 stop and check the histogram. If you don't know how to do that read all about it in plain, jargon-free English at the 'luminouslandscape'.

It's all about the aperture, shutterspeed and the ISO setting.

Good luck,

Siggi Ben  Smile
 
mygind66
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RE: What Camera Program Do You Use?

Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:19 am

Stefan..

You should, before using these modern machines, learn some basis ( if you haven't ) about photography and please don't take it as an offence.
Is difficult to understand terms like Tv, Av..or 'deep of field' if you have not clear some concepts. Increasing this problem is all the world of digital with postprocessing pictures, calibration of monitors...

All the best

Enrique
 
Psych
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RE: What Camera Program Do You Use?

Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:26 am

Stefan,

Check out this recent thread - Canon 300D (by United905 Feb 19 2005 in Aviation Photography). I think that this is the way forward for you. You too can definitely take photos of a standard perfectly acceptable for this site.

Good luck.

Paul
 
Morvious
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RE: What Camera Program Do You Use?

Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:14 pm

Quoting Siggi757 (reply 1):
Don't use the sports mode. It automatically uses ISO 400 which means more noise(grain) in the photo. Use only M, Av or Tv and of course use P when you don't want to think too much.


Thank you, this helps a lot. I never knew the sports mode only uses ISO 400. I have been playing with these other modes on objects in my room etc, making some photos with other settings, and watch them back, just to see what happened!

Quoting Siggi757 (reply 1):
Practice at your local GA airfield. The same basics apply to the small planes as the big jets.


I can always try. Teuge is just a few Miles out from my home. I never though about it myself!

Quoting Mygind66 (reply 2):
You should, before using these modern machines, learn some basis ( if you haven't ) about photography


Thank you. As I said above, I've played a lot with the settings lately. Shooting photos of Objects in my room and stuff, just to see what will happen with the picture. Normally I use Av and Tv to play around.


Quoting Mygind66 (reply 2):
please don't take it as an offence.

Offence?? Where  Big grin It is OK!

Psych, thank you. I have a question about your reply in that thread, but I will continue in that post!

Thanks again all. I will do my best  Smile

Cheers,

Stefan

[Edited 2005-02-20 10:19:34]
have a good day, Stefan van Hierden

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