Bob offered a few tips with respect to the first competition topic this year, Transportation.
Motion always involved or suggested: focus, blur, lighting, and panning issues.
- Very often, Aperture priority is rcommended, with wide open apertures for photographing planes in the air in particular. Depth of focus is not normally an issue and fast shutter speeds are essential.
- VIf you want to blur the propellers on a plane shoot at less than 1/250 second shutter speed.
- VKeep the AutoFocus turned on, and ‘Continuous’ shutter mode if you have it. Look for a “Sports” setting if you are shooting jpegs
- Be careful of laws in some states in the U.S. and elsewhere. Police have given photographers a tough time on occasion, citing security risk issues.
- Don’t use special lights, reflectors, or tripods near trains if you can avoid them.
- Referred to as a “Large, curved mirror”, the car is difficult to light and separate from its background, especially if displayed at an auto show or in a collection.
- Biggest error photographers make: take low shots showing only 3 wheels (rear wheel hidden by a front one)
- A close-up of unique, iconic feature of the car (grill, emblem, taillights) can be interesting.