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Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:01 am

I need some advice and didn't find enough information in previous threads.

My first goal is to have some cockpit shots in a Cessna 172.
The shots will be most probably taken by a passenger in the back seat (I'm still a student pilot; the only other chance to have pictures when flying is that either my instructor or me take a pause in the lesson).

The second goal is to have some cockpit/landscape shots when doing spins with the aerobatic instructor on a CAP 10...

Our equipment is a digital Canon PowerShot A410 and a Canon EOS 500 with 28-80 zoom lens.
Do you think this is enough?
If so, how can I get a balance between the darker instrument panel and the brighter landscape, without underexposing the first or overexposint the latter?

Just to explain my thoughts, I'd like to get something similar to the photos below.

Many thanks in advance,
Andrea


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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:35 am

Well the top shot is mine!! Thanks for showing!!!

That shot was taken with a 10-20mm Sigma. I have a 28-80 and an 18-55 but neither give the look and feel of the 10-20.

Basically the shot is metered from the outside light, then a fill flash is used. Nothing much more to it really.
 
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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:49 am

Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
That shot was taken with a 10-20mm Sigma.

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Same as I use. Very good for cockpit shots. Examples are:

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The first one is made at about 16-18 mm, second at about 12 mm.
 
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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:59 am

Regarding the cockpit panel - use the external flash (I use Sigma EF-500DG) but turn it up (not directed on the panel or windows and use light diffuser.

External flash can be also useful not only for aviation shots:
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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:23 pm

All i can say is practice makes perfect
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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:20 am

Thank you all for your advice!

One more silly question: as "external flash" you mean a flash that's separate from, but synchronized with the camera... don't you?


Thanks again,
A.
 
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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:05 am

Yes. The big flash you put on to your camera - not the small one inside.  Wink

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RE: Advice Needed - Cockpit Shot

Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:42 pm

Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
Well the top shot is mine!! Thanks for showing!!!

And it's a fantastic shot, well done!

Quoting Eadster (Reply 1):
Basically the shot is metered from the outside light, then a fill flash is used. Nothing much more to it really.

That's what I would have suggested.

Quoting IFACN (Reply 5):
One more silly question: as "external flash" you mean a flash that's separate from, but synchronized with the camera... don't you?

Yes. Another suggestion is to buy an extension cord that will allow you to completely remove the flash from the camera. This way you can bounce it right off the back wall, a piece of foam core, or point it directly where you want to illuminate.

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