jayeshrulz
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How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:44 am


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I mean whenever i fly, i find hard to click a clear shot due to cabin reflection and light.
I dont even have a DSLR,just a point and shoot Sony Cybershot.
Is it because of that?
Or there are some tricks how to get them?
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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:21 am

Hi Jayesh,

no tricks, only a good camera and some luck are needed to get these kind of shots.

First a DSLR will greatly help as it allows for faster shutter speeds at low light without having to increase ISO settings beyond acceptable levels in regards of noise.
Then you'll need clean aircraft windows (probably the hardest thing to get in all of this).
And last but not least you'll need to cover up the camera with some dark tissue or something similar in order to avoid window reflections.

Good luck trying!

Thierry

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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:11 pm

First off, you simply cannot shoot through an aircraft window, and fire the flash through the same window. That doesn't work as I'm sure you've discovered.

The photo in your OP was clearly shot with a camera in one window, and an off-camera strobe unit several windows forward of the camera window. If you're flying with a friend one or more rows ahead of you, this isn't hard to do.

One other "trick" is to use a very dark coat or black piece of velvet to completely cover your camera and window so that absolutely NO cabin light hits the inside of the window you are shooting through. Many times I use a black velvet cloth with a hole cut in the middle that just fits over my lens. I tape the cloth to hang over the window and put the lens in the hole. Eureka.... absolutely no glare.

With a point-n-shoot camera with on-camera flash, this type of shot is simply technically beyond your equipment.
 
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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:33 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 2):
shot with a camera in one window, and an off-camera strobe unit several windows forward of the camera window.

I think we're gonna need to fact check that. This shot has the same effect of lighting as the original posters reference.


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correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me that there is a light source in this picture that is acting as the light source for the photo above. (the dark circle below the "a" in "Thai" and below the row of windows)


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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:04 pm

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 3):
correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me that there is a light source in this picture that is acting as the light source for the photo above. (the dark circle below the "a" in "Thai" and below the row of windows
Quoting photopilot (Reply 2):
The photo in your OP was clearly shot with a camera in one window, and an off-camera strobe unit several windows forward of the camera window. If you're flying with a friend one or more rows ahead of you, this isn't hard to do.

I would guess that the light source was the "taxi lights" or whatever they're called - the ones installed at the leading edge of the wing root. You can see them illuminated here:


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I think they point forward and outward, but I'm not really sure.

On a side note, it's surprisingly hard to find shots with those lights on....

Upon further searching, perhaps Unattendedbag was correct:


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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:49 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 4):
Upon further searching, perhaps Unattendedbag was correct:

That's what I was looking for. Great job on the research Vik!
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RE: How To Click Such Window Shots?

Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:39 pm

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 3):
correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me that there is a light source in this picture that is acting as the light source for the photo above. (the dark circle below the "a" in "Thai" and below the row of windows)

Your correct, they're wing inspection lights, used to illuminate any ice accumulation on the leading edges
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