I would like to, if I may, ask for some guidance on camera settings. I see the standard of photographs on this site and am in awe of them - and of course, would like to contribute to the database. As I write this I think I have taken some pretty good shots, but don't think they would pass the screening process here. Obviously the standards are very high and the tolerances pretty fine. So I can easily get to LHR
on a nice day, the subject matter isn't a problem (maybe other than common aircraft!), I have a Canon EOS 400D with a 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM
lens (there's plenty of shots in the database with this lens - although I appreciate the quality of L glass!) and a 24-70 F2
.8L Lense for the big jets on short finals. I have a nice 2GB memory card to fill up with all those lovely pictures of awsome flying metal decorated in beautiful and expensive liveries. Life is good it seems! But, even though I've only tried a couple of times, and maybe come away with 120 pictures or so, | can't seem to get a good enough shot that I would upload to this site - over saturated, not sharp and noise would be the main 3 culprits. I'm only comparing my shots to maybe the same aircraft in the database.
Now i'm assuming the taking of a good enough shot is just a matter of looking through the view finder and pressing the button? If the settings are all correct - the photo is good enough. So my question is regarding the following settings:
What picture mode do people use? I mean my camera offers Standard/Neutral/Portrait/Landscape etc. Which is best? I know I can tweak this when processing the RAW files (more on this in a mo) but to get it right as shot?
Is it better to choose a white balance or leave it on Auto?
Which aperture works best? I know it varies from lens to lens, and a reasonable DoF is required to get all parts of the aircraft sharp, but this impacts shutter speed which is also important.
That brings me to picture mode. I usually shoot Manual but some I know use AV
for best results!
I am also unsure whether to use IS
in good light conditions. Is it better not to use it when not necessary? And lastly, autofocus. Is it better to use AI
Focus or AI
Servo? And lastly again, which is the best metering mode - I'm thinking centre weighted but hey, what works for you guys?
Sorry for such a lot of questions but I really am confused!!
Appreciate any sugestions!
Happy New Year anyway.