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Long Distance Photography 9 years 5 months ago #17908

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Hello,

I live in a kind of high traffic aircraft area. I have Toront Pearson (CYYZ) traffic, Hamilton (CYHM), and Buffalo traffic and I see many of these planes a day.

The problem is, is that I dont have a great quality camera and the planes are about 3-5 miles away that you cant even identify them without a camera.

Here is an example:

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How can I improve my photos?
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Re:Long Distance Photography 9 years 5 months ago #17910

A tripod is probably the cheapest way to improve photo quality as it eliminates camera wobble. You won't be able to get airliners.net quality pictures without investing in a semi-decent camera and lens. The lens is probably the most important as it is what focuses the image on the aperture. I would start with the tripod and go from there. I am by no means an expert and I may be completely wrong, but it's worth a shot.

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Re:Long Distance Photography 9 years 5 months ago #17912

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Yes a triapod would help. Zoom/Telephoto lens also would help. A stabilizer in the camera or lens makes a big difference as well. If you are shooting a fast moving aircraft you want to set your ISO setting/shutter speed up higher as well in order to help \"freeze\" the motion. If your tracking the motion with the camera while you take the picture it can make for a clearer shot as well.

In the example I shot this at 200iso tracking with the aircraft on the left, and tracking against the aircraft on the right. You notice that the one on the left is much clearer, however I could have used a higher ISO setting to help clear the entire shot.



Sorry the picture doesn't look so good here being resized so small, but you probably can get the general idea.
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Re:Long Distance Photography 9 years 5 months ago #17919

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As flander mentioned, you need a camera lens with image stabalization (canon) or vibration reduction (nikon) in it. Without a lens capable of that you need a tripod no questions. The high ISO may work but remember the higher the ISO the more grainy the picture. Try taking your pictures in better light which will allow the camera to shoot at a higher shutter speed. Happy shooting :)
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Re:Long Distance Photography 9 years 5 months ago #17922

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Hi,

Yes I do have IS in my camera (Canon S5 IS). When I shoot outside I always use a tripod but when I shoot from inside I usually dont.

Thanks for all the information!

Merry Christmas


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