Photographing fighter jets
Images of prop-driven planes should have moving props. Moving props convey the idea of action and life. Fighter jets do not have props. What then gives them the excitement they deserve, what can show their action and life? A picture of a fighter jets just hanging in mid air is boring. This is not what fighter jets are all about. It is not what they are created to do. It is not what we expect when we look at them. We have to breathe life, action, and movement into fighter jet images. So how do we do that?
We have to get something different, something exciting. Here are a few examples:
It takes patience. Follow every plane. Shoot at a very fast shutter speed and at a high frame rate. I shoot in bursts when I anticipate the right moments. The settings are simple:
These planes move fast. Do not be discouraged with the difficulty of tracking them in the viewfinder. You will get better with practice. You do not need every single shot to be perfect. You will probably shoot a few thousand images on the day. If just one or two percent of those image turn out well we can call it a success. Even if every image is well exposed, perfectly framed, and sharp as a scalpel, you are surely not going to use all of them. We cull them and only pick the best of the best.
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