Airshow Photo Tips (page 5)
by Tyson Rininger
Helicopters and Prop Planes
Remember that shutter speed / focal length
rule, not to let your shutter speed drop below the numerical
amount of your focal length? With propeller driven aircraft,
you may have to break this one. The maximum shutter speed
you should use is 1/250 of a second regardless of focal length.
By using any speed higher than 1/250, the aircraft's propellers
will be frozen and look unnatural. Blurring the props will
take practice and consume a lot of film, but the outcome is
well worth it. This technique will also require a lot of practice
panning with the aircraft.
Helicopters are even more difficult to photograph
when attempting to achieve this effect. Since helicopter
blades are much larger than propellers, they don't rotate
at such a high RPM; therefore an even slower shutter speed
must be used. I tend to set the camera between 1/60 and
1/125 of a second. Try to support your camera with a tripod
or monopod and if that is not possible, use a flight-line
fence, barricade or post to do the job.
Most importantly, if you feel the shot's worth getting,
take many. Even if you feel as though you were steady as
a rock, our natural progression of movement when depressing
the shutter button is to dip the front of the camera. Even
pros with many years of experience have to throw out images
because of this phenomenon. And while we're on the topic
are supporting the lens with your other hand, right? This
will help fight against possible movement during exposure.
Most of all
Go with friends and family, enjoy the atmosphere and don't
be afraid to look around. There are many other things to be
seen while everyone else has their eyes glued to the sky.
About the Author:
Tyson Rininger is a professional photographer
based in Central California. Mr. Rininger began photographing
when he was just 12 years of age. Since he received his first
camera, Mr. Rininger has been chasing action all of his life.
Everything from spectacular lightning photographs, to auto racing
and of course, air shows are included in his superb portfolio.
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