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Mar 30, 2012 17:30 |  #1

What shooting should I use for Aircraft/Airshows. Thanks. :)

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Mar 30, 2012 17:36 |  #2

What camera/ lenses are you using?

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Mar 30, 2012 17:50 |  #3

photosd20 wrote in post #14182827 (external link)
What shooting should I use for Aircraft/Airshows. Thanks. :)

Typically M mode, as you will be outdoors. Light conditions in all but the patchiest of clouds will be quite constant.

On a sunny day, you can simply count clicks to toggle between fast shutter speeds (jets) and slow (propellors). also, since there is usually no background to blur out you can shoot stopped down for sharpness / focus accuracy help.

So suppose it is sunny, for jets you might pick:
f/5.6, 1/1600 and ISO 200

Then if the next plane is a prop, you want to get down to 1/200 or slower. So kick the aperture down two stops (f/11) and the ISO one stop (ISO 100) in order to reach a shutter speed of 1/200.

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Mar 30, 2012 19:36 |  #4

This thread & the links in it might help: Shooting airshows in Manual

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Apr 01, 2012 10:45 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #5

Loads of discussion about this in the past. Personally I use av for jets and tv for props/rotors. Just so long as you understand the exposure triangle and monitor what shutter speed a certain aperture/iso or what aperture a certain shutter speed/iso is giving you and use either the shutter/aperture and iso to control the other variable it is irrelevant what mode. The automatic priority modes with exposure compensation are preferred over manual for me, although I use manual for landscapes and some other stuff...

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Apr 04, 2012 03:01 |  #6

I prefer manual if the bulk of the flying at any given time is a consistent type of subject (all jets or all props) but I'll jump to Tv Mode if the light or the subjects are mixed.

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Apr 04, 2012 10:44 |  #7

I love using Tv mode. Especially if you have a show that is mixing up between prop and jets all the time. I would think also with heritage flights, TV mode would be the most flexible.

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Apr 05, 2012 10:40 as a reply to  @ seaninsa's post |  #8

I nearly always end up using Tv mode for airshows, as I like to constantly try for different speeds, depending on how close I am to the subject.
It does seem to be quite a personal choice, with some switching between Tv and Av, others doing full manual.

Try the various modes yourself, and find what suits your shooting style best, and where you get the best shots for you.


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