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Plane spotting locations and tips?

Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:13 am

Hi! Student here who is interested in civil aviation and wide body jets. Are there any tips experienced photo takers can share about taking photos of planes (I only have a phone) or the best weather/time to take photos?
 
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Re: Plane spotting locations and tips?

Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:07 pm

Airbusser wrote:
Hi! Student here who is interested in civil aviation and wide body jets. Are there any tips experienced photo takers can share about taking photos of planes (I only have a phone) or the best weather/time to take photos?

It would help if we knew whereabouts you live. Or will anywhere in the world be fine? Having a phone only limits your options somewhat.
 
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Re: Plane spotting locations and tips?

Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:55 am

In short, you need to upgrade to a DSLR. Canon produce good bodies at the budget end. A comprehensive guide to locations can be found here. https://www.spotterguide.net/
 
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Re: Plane spotting locations and tips?

Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:59 am

You could always get a bus day pass for the area, some good snacks, shoes and comfortable clothing. Check out Flightradar24 and Google Maps to find out what could be a good spotting area, depending on the approach/departure paths and the accessibility (footpaths, bus stops...). Zurich Airport even has a bus stop called "Pistenende" ("runway end") for all the plane spotters.

As for the photography: Take a lot of pictures. Memory on those SD cards is almost free - don't be afraid of making a lot of bad pictures. It's a learning experience. Eagerly test out the limits of your camera and lenses, and all the settings you have on your camera.

https://www.spotterguide.net/ can get you hints about spotting locations.

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