If you are trying to take pictures of aircraft at night, so that the aircraft appears sharp and in focus, say when lined up on the runway or after pushback and not moving, then you will need to use a tripod if possible and use a fast lens with a low fstop number e.g. 2.8, or lower, if you don't have a fast lens then open the aperture up as wide as possible without degrading the image quality so you keep the ASA/ISO setting as low as possible, this helps keep noise (i.e. like grain in film stock) to a minimum, (Noise will be there, but good photo editing skills and software, can often remove it completely) and go for a longer time exposure say 5 or 6 seconds depending on the avaialble light, longer time exposures are possible so long as you are shooting from a sturdy tripod and there is no wind and finally you are using a remote shutter release, to stop unwanted camera shake that can blur the finished image when you physically press the shutter.
As far as colour temperature is concerned, yellow shots sound like you are using a daylight setting, while shooting under artificial lighting conditions. There are many types of artificial light present in the world, at airports and on planes, all help to add an interesting dimension to a night shot if you know what your doing. For night shoots set your camera to 3400K (for Kelvin) this is the colour temperature of what Tungsten burns or glows at. An old fashioned house light bulb filament (i.e the tiny coil through which the current runs) is made of Tungsten. Aircraft built from the 1920's up to the 1990's used light that have a colour temperature of 3400K. (interior lighting is often neon, individual lights were tungsten, but B787 and A380 now uses LED
The B787 and the A380 use Daylight rated Landing Lights with a Colour Temperature of around 5600K (The sun produces a colour temperature of 5600K to 6000K on average, but it can be higher depending on time of year!) this will give the landing or taxi light a blue tinge depending on the exposure. If you expose for the plane and not the light it will burn out, and the blue tinge will not be as apparent.
Then there is the enviroment the plane is located in. For instance Sodium Vapour lights are often used to light streets at night, they are cheap, draw very liitle in terms of power, but produce a God awful light reddish, orange light. You can't white balance for them, but so long as it is not the principle light source, say it is in the background lighting a street or a car park and that light spills onto the apron beneath the aircaft then it is much more manageable and acceptable. Also try and take your shots at Magic hour or twilight when there is still a blue cast of light in the sky, after the sun has set, this can often add some nice reflections in the hull of the aircaft. American Airlines B777, B767 or B757 with their aluminium finish/livery acts like a mirror and is the best airline for this effect.
Taking pan shots of aircraft at touch down or at take off, with the background blurred can be achieved by setting the camera to Av setting and set aperture wide open to let the most light in, and as low an ASA/ISO setting as possible - to reduce noise once again say 100 or 125 or 160, this will hopefully slow the shutter speed down from say a normal setting of 1000 to 640 to a shutter speed approaching '15th of a second or less depending on the amount of blur you want. These shots require alot of luck and a steady hand as you pan. You may take 10 shots with one approaching usable.
Finally photographic editing software and an abundance of knowledge on how to put various techniques to full use, can often give that sharp, professional finish, night shots invariably need, more so than day shots.
Here is a general rule of thumb regarding Colour temperature :
Daylight = Cool and Blue in appearance.
Tungsten = Warm and Red
Neon = Generally Cool, but nowadays can be rated to either 3400K or 5600K so be careful.
Neon appears green when photographed and developed on film or video and so had to be corrected by using a colour coating on the inside of the tube that adjusted for this.! Watch any film, especially from the Golden age of Cinema the 1970's, you can see green neon in background night shots all the time as D.P.'s or Directors of Photography would often prefer the colour it provided while lighting the foreground with Tungsten, or the budget simply didn't allow the wholesale replacement of all the uncorrected neon practical lights in the scene.
Hope this helps. Good Luck[Edited 2012-11-29 12:05:04]
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