Airlinerfreak
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Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 5:23 am

Last night I was down at LAX, and it was night time. I took some great shots that you all would have enjoyed seeing, but unfortunately they did not come out. Is there anyway without having to boost my flash that I can get pictures at night time to come out? Thanks very much and sorry for my ignorance.
 
Karlok
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 5:27 am

Choose a higher ISO value and a more light sensitive lens.
 
Newark777
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 5:30 am

When you say they didn't come out, what exactly was wrong with them? Go ahead and post them here if you want, maybe we can help with them.

Harry
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mygind66
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 5:46 am

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Give us some more info, what camera, some examples, etc in order to help you..

Enrique
 
dendrobatid
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 7:19 am

Warning bells sound here with the comment about the flash not being powerful enough.
A normal commercial flash unit is only effective at close range and even the most powerful, not much further.
The problem is called the inverse square rule. As the distance to the subject doubles, the light halves, as it doubles again it goes to quarter etc.
By the time it gets to the aircraft, next to nothing is reflected back.
Try taking your photos by day. Night shots of aircraft in flight are nigh on impossible to take!
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Airlinerfreak
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 7:36 am

Well we made an unsuspecting trip to the airport last night at about 10:30 P.M. and it was just luck that my dad had a Cannon Powershot S200 in the car, I took pictures and all that came out was black, you cant make anything out of it. I even tried dropping it in Photoshop and nothing is viewable.
 
dendrobatid
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 7:50 am

I hpoe I don't sound sarcastic here, I am trying not to, but get a book on photography.
It is a long apprenticeship into photography.
Lesson 1 - night time photography of moving aircraft is nigh on impossible.
Mick Bajcar
 
Staffan
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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 8:03 am

Just to give you an idea, the photo below was taken with something like a 15 sec shutter speed. Increasing the ISO sensitivity will get the times down to a couple of seconds and as you might understand, you need a tripod for those kind of exposures. No flash as has been mentioned. Point and shoot cameras aren't really made for that kind of photography as they usually don't have the manual settings needed.



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RE: Photography Help!

Mon May 09, 2005 8:10 am

Quoting Airlinerfreak (Thread starter):
I took some great shots ........, but unfortunately they did not come out. Is there anyway without having to boost my flash that I can get pictures at night time to come out?

Yes, A tripod and a longer exposure. Leave the flash at home, as it is useless for anything the size of an airliner, or for something further then about 20 feet, unless you are going to use about a dozen of them covering the length of the plane, all fired at once.

That would probably cause you some grief with airport security.

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