aerosreenivas
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Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:37 am

Hi all,

I use Nikon D3100 for my regular spotting session in Bangalore, India. During my recent spotting session, I took some shots of EK A340-313X arriving and departure and uploaded on AI.net. But both shots were rejected on the following grounds mentioned below.

Now I would like to know if there are any other photographers on this forum who use the same camera? Are there any perfect setting mode in this camera were I can negate any of the drawbacks and just click at will? In other words, I don't have to do the frequent editing on any photo editing site like photoshop.com etc.

- v1342341967.6849a6-erp.jpg (Emirates Airbus A340-313X)
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/...ilename=v1342341967.6849a6-erp.jpg

- n1342341432.3726emiratesa6-erp.jpg (Emirates Airbus A340-313X)
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/...n1342341432.3726emiratesa6-erp.jpg


1.) Quality

2.) Blurry

3.) Size

4.) Motive

5.) Grainy

6.) Level

7.) Category

8.) Centered

I would be grateful if any of the expert photographers on this forum can provide useful tips that will help me in the longer run to take perfect shots of acfts.

Thanks and Regards,
Sreenivas.S
 
darreno1
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:39 am

The first 45 pics or so in my collection were taken with a D3100. It is more than adequate for Airliners.net. What you need to do here is browse the pictures in the database and read the editing and rejection guides to get a better idea of the site's standards with regard to uploaded photos. It will take a lot of practice and time to get things right. And there's no point in uploading immediately if you're not sure. Use the feedback forum first to get an idea of what the other photographers on the site think about your shots. Also don't take criticism to heart.....think of it as a necessary ingredient to improving your skills.


With regards to your equipment you should note that the camera body is only a small piece of the puzzle. You need to have good lenses and also the right lenses for the job. More often than not you'll find the ones that come with the camera to be only average.

Rejection Guide:

http://www.airliners.net/faq/rejection_reasons.php

Editing Guide:

http://www.airliners.net/faq/editing_guide.php
Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
 
PHX787
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:36 am

Quoting darreno1 (Reply 1):

How much is this camera? Looks like yours are pretty well and I'm quite fond of Nikon.
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viv
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:05 am

Quoting Aerosreenivas (Thread starter):
Are there any perfect setting mode in this camera were I can negate any of the drawbacks and just click at will?

There are not. Nor in any other camera.

Photography is a dynamic business, because the light changes all the time. The camera is not a magic box. It is a tool. Like all tools, a person must understand it to use it well.

I would suggest that you learn the basics of photography, by taking a course, reading a book, or online. Before you can consistently produce good photos, you will need to understand sensor sensitivity, colour temperature, shutter speed, focal length and aperture, and how changing each of these affects the others.

There are no shortcuts to good photography. I have been taking pictures for nearly 50 years and am still learning - and getting better at it.

When you have learned the basics of photography, have a look at this site's upload guidelines and rejection guide. When considering whether to upload a photo here, look at it with a critical eye to make sure that it meets the site's acceptance criteria.

Finally, all shots accepted here will have been post-processed to some extent. For example, some sharpening is almost always essential.

Good luck. Photography is a great creative activity and very satisfying when done right.

[Edited 2012-07-24 23:20:46]
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
 
trvyyz
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:25 pm

Why is the aircraft cut-off? I think there is something wrong with your view finder  

What were the settings of the shot?
Exposure mode
shutter speed
aperture value and
iso

Without knowing these, it is difficult to say what could you change?
Taking the picture should not be much different if it is D3100 or D5100 or a canon or pentax.
 
darreno1
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:55 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
How much is this camera? Looks like yours are pretty well and I'm quite fond of Nikon.

Thanks. You can get the D3100 kit (with the vr 18-55 lens) for under $500 at B&H and Amazon. At the time I bought it, it was a great deal but today, if I was in the market for an entry level, I'd look at the D3200 (newer expeed 3 sensor - 24mp) and D5100 first.
Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
 
aerosreenivas
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:58 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):

I bought Nikon D3100 for $600 with the camera kit.
 
aerosreenivas
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:43 pm

Quoting darreno1 (Reply 1):
With regards to your equipment you should note that the camera body is only a small piece of the puzzle. You need to have good lenses and also the right lenses for the job. More often than not you'll find the ones that come with the camera to be only average

Thank You very much Sir for sharing your thoughts on these pics and providing tips that will be useful for me in the longer run. Yeah, I do understand that Photography in any aspect it is not easy. I hope to improve my skills as the days go by.

These shots were taken from this camera with 70-300mm lense. The location spot was closer to the airport. I used the 300mm zoom to take these shots. Now I'am not sure whether that was the right decision to take these type of close range shots. Maybe thats the reason why these images became blurred and grainy. I'am not sure.

1.) In cases were, I have to take shots from a close range, would it be ideal for me to take the shot at 70mm to 115mm zoom?

2.) Secondly, what about in places like SFO Bay and in New York, would it be optimal to use 70-300mm lense or 200-400mm lense?

It would be a dream come true for me if I could get atleast one of these acft shots uploaded on AI.net someday.  

Cheers.
 
Tomskii
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:56 pm

It's not always the lens either, I can see a lot of heat haze as well and honestly I do not understand why you would crop so heavily, nor why you would zoom in on the landing gear with such a lens.
Nikon D90 + Nikkor f4.5-5.6 18-105mm + Tamron f4-5.6 70-300mm
 
Ideekay
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RE: Any Nikon D3100 Users In This Forum?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:21 am

I use the D3100 aswell and already got 2 photos up now.

But I must say you need photoshop at the most time.. but when I take a look at your photos, they have no chance.
Try to get the whole Aircraft in a picture,focus right.. there is much to learn.

Try to get photos like mine:

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