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Videotaping Gulfstream V Cockpit During Flight

Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:52 pm

In two weeks I will have the opportunity to sit in the jump seat of a Gulfstream V during a 2-hour flight. Obviously I want to use this rare opportunity to capture some amazing video footage and photos.

I'm an experienced photographer, but only recently started getting into DSLR video. I'd appreciate any feedback you guys might have about how to capture the best video.

I'll be using a Nikon D800 with the Nikon ME-1 stereo microphone attached. I plan to shoot in 1080p resolution at 24 fps. In P, S, and A shooting modes, the D800 fixes the shutter speed at 1/30 for some reason. The cockpit is somewhat challenging because outside the cockpit window it will be very bright, whereas inside the cockpit it will be dark. I know that a lot of videographers like to shoot at a shutter speed that is twice the frame rate, which means 1/50 for me. That shutter speed will only be possible in Manual mode, which means I will probably have to use a very large aperture. This results in a shallow depth of field. The other option is to use Auto ISO and basically just crank up the ISO. I've found it helpful to use the Info button, which displays a histogram on top of the LiveView LCD screen -- that way I can dial in the right exposure by varying the aperture.

The proper exposure will be different when shooting outside the windows vs inside the cockpit, and I don't want the exposure to change within a single take. So I will probably do some takes inside the cockpit and some outside the window, and piece them together later.

As for the lenses, I will bring several. Most of the footage I want to take with the Nikon 14-24mm lens, and some closeups using either a 50mm lens or the Nikon 24-70mm.

I have never done a video shoot in such an environment, so please let me know if there is anything I'm missing.
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RE: Videotaping Gulfstream V Cockpit During Flight

Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:12 am

Sounds like you've pretty much "got it". I recommend manual mode with your desired shutter speed and aperture and let the camera maintain exposure through auto iso.

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