WCFLYR
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Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:34 am

I went to Sea Tac Airport tonight cause I was waiting for a friend to land and they were using the 34 Approaches tonight....

I just got home and went thru my photos and I think I was on the wrong settings, I was there about 4pm - 7pm and I'm wondering if I had my settings wrong or If I went at the wrong time of day for lighting, Alot of my photos came out really dark and some of them were alright, I have a Canon XSI and would like to find out what kind of settingfs I should use during the Later Afternoon hours?

Thank you - FLYR
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:22 pm

Quoting WCFLYR (Thread starter):
I was there about 4pm - 7pm and I'm wondering if I had my settings wrong or If I went at the wrong time of day for lighting

If you were shooting from the terminal or in the immediate vicinity it was definitely not the right time of day. You were aiming into the sun.
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:26 pm

Yeah I was shooting into the sun and I was on South 188th and they were on 34L and 34R Arrivals and then some 34C Arrivals, I just would like to know what kind of settings should I be on during times of the day? i.e. Sunny Days Vs. Cloudy Days and etc....
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:38 pm

Quoting WCFLYR (Reply 2):
I just would like to know what kind of settings should I be on during times of the day? i.e. Sunny Days Vs. Cloudy Days and etc..

Always try to have the sun at your back. I then go into Shutter Priority and do 1/500 or 1/640 and let the camera do the rest.
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:36 am

What does the Shutter Speed do? I am really not that fimilar with the Canon XSI Yet, I think you saw some of my photos Bell
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:20 am

Quoting WCFLYR (Reply 4):

There are three components of shooting to really focus on. Shutter speed, aperture/f stop, and ISO. Shutter speed is essentially how fast the shutter clicks. Aperture is how open (or not) the lens is, hence how much light it takes in. ISO is the sensitivity to the light. Now some will disagree with this, and it's really something meant for own experimentation, but I always aim to get as close to f8.0 as I can get. This usually means a sunny day with the sun at my back. I would then dial in shutter priority, then click to 1/500 or 1/640. In shutter priority, you set the shutter speed and the camera does the rest depending on the light and the conditions. I also do a fixed ISO at 100 or 200. Rarely going to 400 for dark shots. Most beginners wanna keep it at 100 or 200 to reduce noise. But in general consensus...never shoot in auto mode! And yes, I went through your pics. You have the right idea (IMO) on most of them. Just have to get time of day and settings right. Took me about 5 months of spotting (non-static) to get a pic accepted. I kept posting them in the photography feedback and finally learned more and more about my camera and the various settings I can use to maximize potential at getting a keeper. Also, be sure to shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG if you can. This will reduce the number of pictures on your memory card (a 4GB card can only hold about 130 RAW+JPEG files), but RAW is much more forgiving and more editable than a standard JPEG file. A JPEG out of my camera is about 4-5MB, whereas the RAW file is 11-12MB. It adds up fast, but greatly worth it. Finally, I'd suggest to play around with the various manual settings such as Shutter Priority, Priority Priority, or even Full Manual mode outside at random trees or moving cars and the such. Random experience is some of the best practice I did regarding getting to know my camera.
 
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RE: Sea Tac Airport - Spotting

Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:40 am

Hey Bell -- Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate your help on what settings to use, I found out real quick the other night that shooting at the time of day I was there probably was not the best idea and next time to be down there earlier and leave when its starting to get dark cause the photos will end up looking bad

I think I am shooting in Raw right now and also set for Meduim Size Photos and so my Memory Cord won't get full as quick as I would to shoot in a bigger size.

What would you recommend on blue skies and the sun out? ISO 100/200 and the Shutter at the 1/500?

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