How to shoot air shows events and street events
Hello friends.Today we'll talk about how to shoot an air show event and in the second part of the article we will talk about outdoor streets event shooting methods.
Air Shows Events-how to shoot
Some of the most anticipated events of the year air shows,events that are highly sought after by the air photography community.In the first place a tele lens we will be very helpful.Personally, I use a Tamron 70-300mm and Sigma Sport 150-600mm.We have to be very careful about how the aircraft is moving on the sky,speed and direction of flight.
I recommend shooting in manual mode,maximum continuous shooting speed with continuous focus,we choose 9 focus points,cross points and one focus point for pro photographers,the diaphragm not too closed between f4 f5.6 and f8, exposure time as short as possible because some planes we will fly at a fairly high speed,exposure time between 1/250 and 1/320 for helicopters and between 1/500 and 1/1000 for jet planes.The ISO value should be kept as low as possible to avoid image noise but due to the very short exposure time we will have to use higher values of iso between iso1600 and iso2000 or even higher depending on the light that we have at that moment outside.
Great attention to airplane smoke because we can make very interesting compositions.
Sometimes to the evening we have real pyrotechnic shows, explosions, fireworks, simulating an air attack.
For this I recommend wide angle lens,to take a picture of the whole scene,exposure time maxim 1/250 and iso between 1600 and 3200, a diaphragm as open as possible,continuous shooting speed between f2.8 and f5.6 and matrix measurement.
Streets Events-how to shoot
In Romania and throughout Europe, in the big cities the warm season brings a series of street events both artistic, sports, street theater and many more others events.They take place during the day and at night.
In the daytime we must first look at the natural light of the sun because strong light can alter your photos by overexposure.I recommend all manual mode and shooting in raw format.Personally, I use two lenses on a body full frame dslr camera,Tamron 24-70 f2.8 and Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 .
Depending on what we want to photograph, we recommend you have circular polarization filters for better contrast of images in the sunlight and for accentuating colors.
Surely we will use short exposure times and iso between 100 and 400 in sun light and clear sky with auto white ballance and when it's cloudy an iso between 400-800 with cloudy white ballance.
At night when the amount of light on the sensor is very low I first recommend a open diaphragm ,iso between 1600-3200 to keep enough exposure time to avoid a blurred photo.
In outdoor night street photography event I do not recommend using flash so as not to disturb the other participants in the event and the artists,in many cases organizers prohibit flash use.
Use matrix measurement,auto white ballance and important to use central focus point on your body camera because is the most accurate and sharp.
I hope your information will be useful do not forget to practice and photograph everything and carefully read the camera manuals.
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How to shoot events