Let me present you…BIAS2016!
For who is not familiar with this acronym, it stands for Bucharest International Airshow. It’s one of the most famous airshows in Romania.
To shoot a “whole day” airshow one would need following “ingredients”:
- a good camera (DSLR would be preferred)
- a good telephoto lens (70-300, 55-300, 70-200/2.8/4, 55-200 are all good options; after sunset, a 2.8 lens would be ideal).
- large quantities of liquids if it’s hot outside (trust me, on July 30th IT WAS)
- patience (a lot of patience to be more specific as you’re doing the same thing the whole day)
As for settings, let me mention the ones I used:
- manual with auto-ISO
- f7.1 (to ensure the image gets sharper and any AF errors are hidden)
- shutter speed depending on target: 1/800 for classic engine planes (don’t exceed otherwise it will freeze the helix – in fact my setting already stands above best practices, but this is because I thought the obtained images were not sharp enough), 1/400 for helicopters (same consideration), at least 1/2000 for jet engines, 1/400 – 1/800 for gliders and parachutes
- direct sunlight or cloudy WB (depending on sky, correctable at editing)
- no vibration reduction/compensation at shutter speeds higher than 1/500
- continuous autofocus (AF-C), as I only shoot planes while they are in the air (it’s a show, ain’t it?)
- I always shoot RAW 14bit to get maximum of details. RAW 12bit is also ok if it’s the only option available on the camera, it’s better than JPEG anyway.
Ok, now that the “theory” part is over, I will let the pictures “talk”. Enjoy and feel free to contact me for questions!
See you soon.
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