I took a few shots yesterday at an airshow in Las Vegas.
And this is interesting to you why? Because it reminds me to tell you something about shooting air shows and such.
- Use a stabilized long lens- 200-400 mm or longer is best.
- Set the stabilizer to “Active” or “Mode 2” if it has that option: you will be panning with the aircraft.
- Also bring a wide lens for close-up shots of ground equipment and parked aircraft.
- Use manual mode. Figure out exposure for aircraft and set to that. Take into account direction – back lit or front lit, that makes a difference.
- Set your focus mode to AF-C / AI Servo. Continuous focus is usually best.
- Ensure a shutter speed that is fast enough – maybe 1/500th second for prop planes and 1/2000th or faster for jets.
- Use continuous shutter release mode.
A few more samples:
- Get close to the landing strip
- Arrive early and get a good spot with no-one in front of you
- Crop images when needed!
- Your bag may be searched, so keep it simple.
- As said above… use a wide lens for detail shots – lots of stuff on the ground.
- I always use one focus spot, except at air shows.. only one thing in the sky. So I use the “camera chooses where to focus” way. But one thing I had not realized: the camera will try to focus on the darm smoke trails. So a smaller focus area might be a good idea.
And finally, a few more samples. All at or around 1/2500th second, f/2.8, 100 ISO, with the 70-200mm lens, cropped as needed.
So.. go shoot at airshows, and enjoy shooting moving objects.
Probably 1/125th to 1/250th for propeller driven planes. Any faster and the propeller is sharp.