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Old Jun 25, 2006, 2:08 PM   #1
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In about a month, I'll be headed to an airshow. Right now my equipment consists of the following:

Canon Rebel XT
Kit lense; 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Tiffen circular polarizer
UV filter

I'm planning on purchasing the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM before the airshow.

Any specific tips for photography at airshows? Should I use the circular polarizer? Is it best to use just one AF point and place that over the plane as it flies by?

I should be fairly close to the runway which is where they do most of their runs. Any other tips would be appreciated.
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Old Jun 26, 2006, 1:54 PM   #2
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I just used dumb luck and I only got a couple of decent shots. This looks like it has better instruction.


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Old Jun 26, 2006, 6:15 PM   #3
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I've done some airshow photography.

my latest airshow photos

The article above covers all the basics pretty well. I use a Canon 30D With a sigma 50-500 lens, which is a fantastic piece of kit for this type of photography. Be prepared to take a lot of photos, i took about 2200 photos in one day.

I shoot camera handheld, planes are just too fast for any monopod/tripod action. Setup your rebel to display a review with histogram for a couple of seconds automatically, and check regulary for overexposure. While shooting the light sometime changes, and even the paint or coloursceme on the plane can have an effect. I usually underexpose mij photos 1/2 to 2/3 step, just to be on the save side.

For fast moving planes, i usually shoot at 1/1000st of a second, or faster. Helicopter's and prop planes, i try to photograph at /125 to 1/160 of a second, not faster. i know that i wont get many sharp photos, but with good panning, those that are sharp look much better. if you photograph a rotor with 1/1000, it will be frozen, and at 1/125-1/160 it will be blurred, showing movement.

Good luck! and have fun:-)
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