Photographing the Planes of Fame Airshow

Heritage Flight

Heritage Flight

The challenge of photographing planes with propellers is that you need a slow enough shutter speed to capture the blur of the propeller, but not so slow that the rest of the plane is a blur.

When photographing the airshow at Planes of Fame, I put my camera in shutter priority mode and selected a shutter speed of 1/80. By choosing shutter priority mode, I’m selecting the shutter speed and the camera selects the aperture or f-stop. On a bright sunny day, the camera is going to select a small aperture like f-22 or f-36, depending on the ability of the attached lens. The problem with this combination is that small aperture along with the clear blue sky will show EVERY spec of dust you have on your sensor.

In order to get rid of all those spots I use Lightroom’s spot removal tool along with the visualize spots setting. The visualize spots setting is key to finding all those little buggers. If my camera sensor is dirty and it usually is, fixing these in post, can take some time.

Check out the rest and I’ll let you decide if the time is worth it šŸ™‚

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