I am going to an airshow in a couple of weeks and as it is my first time I wanted to see if anyone had any tips. I will be using a Nikon F80 with a 28-105 for ground shots and a an 80-200 2.8 ED, Tamron 2X Pro teleconverter and monopod for aerial shots.
Does this sound reasonable? What's the best type/speed film to use? shooting technique? metering method when shooting airborne planes, etc. I want to get an idea of what to expect... I guess it's a good idea to try and get a program of events before the day. Any help is appreciated.
#1. "RE: Tips on Aerial/Airshow Photography?" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberFri 09-Feb-01 11:37 AM
I went to several airshows in Houston over the years. I soon realized that the aircraft were far less interesting to photograph than the people. In Texas in late summer(October), anyway, it's a carnival atmosphere at an airshow, and everybody has a camera, so you don't raise any eyebrows pointing one at anybody.---scott
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
#2. "Exposure for Aerial/Airshow Photography?" | In response to Reply # 0FrodeLiland Basic MemberFri 25-May-01 05:54 AM
(It's a long time since February, but anyway...)
I used an AF180mm F2.8 for some years, but just recently bought the AF-VR 80-400 lens, which is probably the most ultimate lens for aircraft photography.
Aircraft are tricky to shoot because the sky behind them is several exposure stops brighter than the subject. Or even on the ground, the plane itself is white or metallic or in very dark military colours, and the sun and shades affect how the plane will look on film.
I don't trust any Matrix-metering system for these kind of subjects, and typically go for manual exposure, picking up the correct exposeure settings by pointing the lens at something medium-coloured and representatively lit, quite often a green field next to the runway. (But the pro-method is to meter against a gray-card.)