Airboeing
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Few Questions For A Start

Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:52 pm

Hi every one

I'm very impressed by the quality of the pics here, and with my non-existent experience I don't even think I will be part of it soon.

But for my personal pleasure, and because I can see planes other my home every day, planes that can be seen not every where like the beautiful A380 or Beluga, I want to try...

I've got an Olympus SP560UZ. This is not the professional camera, I know that, but I want to see what I can do with that.

My questions are the following :

- To capture planes in movement, is it better to use the "sports mode" mode, or the 15 pic/sec mode, or the automatic mode, or another one ?

- Would it be easy and wise to use a tripod ? Depending on the exposure time ?

- What would be the minimum quality (in terms of Mpixels) for an eventually a.net pic ?

- Am I dreaming in thinking that I could join the ring of a.net photographers with this camera ?

Thanks a lot to who would answer me !!
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boeingfreak
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RE: Few Questions For A Start

Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:52 pm

Hi,

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
- To capture planes in movement, is it better to use the "sports mode" mode, or the 15 pic/sec mode, or the automatic mode, or another one ?

To be honest, I do not trust any mode of the camera but the manual one, I hate it not to have control about everything. To get started I'd recommend you to buy a book about photography, learn the basics and soon you won't need any automatic camera mode anymore.

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
- Would it be easy and wise to use a tripod ? Depending on the exposure time ?

A tripod is essential for night-photography and it can help you if you are shooting in very low light but it doesn't make any sense to use it on a sunny day.  Wink

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
- What would be the minimum quality (in terms of Mpixels) for an eventually a.net pic ?

It's not the Megapixels of a camera that define the quality, there are pics on a.net taken with 2MP that look great and there is for example my 6MP Kodak throw-away cam I use for travelling (cost 99 Euro and I don't have to worry about it to be stolen...) that can take crap shots. It's always the photographer behind the camera who takes a good picture, not the camera itself.

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
- Am I dreaming in thinking that I could join the ring of a.net photographers with this camera ?

It definitely will be more difficult to get good quality images out of it than with a DSLR but nothing is impossible.  Wink

Cheers,
Florian
 
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RE: Few Questions For A Start

Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:14 pm



Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
I've got an Olympus SP560UZ. This is not the professional camera, I know that, but I want to see what I can do with that.

Mine's an SP550UZ. Quite similar I think. I don't have any on DB yet, but I'm getting closer.

Good Luck.  Smile
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Airboeing
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RE: Few Questions For A Start

Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:31 pm

Thanks for the replies.

Quoting Boeingfreak (Reply 1):
To get started I'd recommend you to buy a book about photography, learn the basics and soon you won't need any automatic camera mode anymore.

I'm trying to find some kind of tutorials on the net, but up to now I'm not very satisfied of what I found... Maybe indeed a book can be more practical !
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RE: Few Questions For A Start

Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:05 am



Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
To capture planes in movement

It is best to start with static shots and mastering the basics before trying to capture (fast)-moving objects...

Here are some articles which I find a good read,

http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm


...but a book on the basics is certainly recommended!

After practising, come with your results to the forum, there are plenty of photographers here that are willing to help!

Best regards,

Walter
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RE: Few Questions For A Start

Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:19 pm

Walter, thanks for your comment !

The problem is that I live under the start of the final approach for southern approaches, but not near enough the airport to see parked planes from my windows !

Anyway, there will be occasions to spot them on the tarmac....
I will share the results here as soon as I will find them deserving  Wink

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