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Airshow Tips, Please.

Hello all,

I am visiting RNAS Culdrose for the day at the end of the month for their annual airshow, it is mainly Helicopters though there are also some fixed wing aircraft too.

Anyway never tried anything like this before so I am looking for a few tips of you guys if possible.

I will be using the OM D E-M1 and the Oly 40-150 f2.8 Pro, I will also use a fast write speed SD card too.

I know the 150mm end of the lens isn't much for distance work but if I just get a few nice shots I will be pleased and there should be scope to get shots of Helos taking off and setting down.

Any tips on camera settings would be Greatly appreciated
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

Helicopters are difficult to get good shots off. You need quite slow shutter speed to show the movement of the rotors (~1/125) or it looks very wrong. Unfortunately this slow speed is a challenge with the focal lengths you typically need to use.
Fixed wing prop aircraft have a similar issue but the prop is moving a little faster so you can generally get away with a stop faster. With jets you typically want about as fast a shutter speed as lighting conditions allow.
All will benefit from you panning with the aircraft when taking the shot.

Don't forget to allow for the bright background in setting your exposures, In Av or Tv modes I generally use centre weighted metering with 1-2 stops exposure compensation, though spot metering can work if you can keep the aircraft on the spot (probably easier for helicopters).

Don't forget to allow space in-front of the aircraft, for it to move into, in your final images (often cropped)
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

Hi Mike,

Many thanks for the advice, with the exposure compensation would you be +1 or 2 stops for the back lighting.

Also would you use the IS ? or set to off ?
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

I'll try and post some piccies with the camera EXIF info that will allow you to see what settings were used. Hopefully by Thursday at the latest as still updating the PC after installing a new drive.

I have some in the gallery but unfortunately, they don't show the exif data.
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Hi Wally,

Thanks for that
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

There was thread on here a while ago that gave loads of info and tips for taking aircraft shots. Can't remember who did it now. Hopefully someone else will.
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

Hope these are of use...


Sunderland
Air Show - f22 - 1/160sec @ISO 200








Mach Loop - Wales


f5.6 - 1/800 sec @ISO 400


f5.6 - 1/250 @ ISO 100


f6.3 - 1/400 @ ISO 100

East Fortune - Scottish Air Show


F6.3 - 1/400 @ ISO 100



f8 - 1/250 @ ISO 100


f10 - 1/250 @ISO 100
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

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Hi Mike,

Many thanks for the advice, with the exposure compensation would you be +1 or 2 stops for the back lighting.

Also would you use the IS ? or set to off ?
EV depends on the sky/lighting at the time and probably many other factors - try a few shots & check your histogram at the start of the show. You can probably get away with same setting throughout the display.

I don't always have IS options, when I do I use it set to panning mode.
Though there have been times with my DSLR I've had the in body stab. on and used lens stab. as well - effectively cancelling each other out
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Re: Airshow Tips, Please.

Here are a few web addresses you may find useful. Some of the photo's allow the camera settings to be viewed by using an EXIF reader addon to your browser.

Aviation photography Tips


10 Tips to Improve Your Aviation Photography


6 Tips for Creative Aviation Photography
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