MEET OUR MEMBER As for shooting format I use both RAW with a jpeg format both. The RAW format preserves more of the information for editing. The JPEG easy for quick view and for give to the customer. Of times the easier to display. The Canon 5D accommodates capturing both formats with two slots one memory SD and one SF. For photo editing I use Photoshop, Lightroom, Topaz and a free editing program from Google – NIK collection Everyone is a photographer. Every person has a camera now. What is different about a picture produced by you carrying thousands of dollars worth the camera verse a cell phone? What in the picture sets it apart and make it worth your effort? A picture should tell a story, have emotion, record action, be unique or have a sense of awe, otherwise it is just a pretty picture bound for postcard.
For more than 50 years I’ve enjoyed photography as a hobby and now as an aviation photographer. I’m living a dream, flying and photographing. Thanks Dave and John. Photography for me began with a Browning box camera and over the years graduating to the Canon model 5D and 70. The media has developed from the film size 620 to 35 mm size film and is now defined by megapixels. Dallas-Fort Worth area presents a wealth of opportunities for photographers interested in aviation. The numerous air museums, schools, and aircraft companies in the local area are accommodating. Aviation photography for me began with Airborne Imaging. Airborne Imaging flies from Midway regional airport with three DC-3, T33, Commander 500, Saberliner, BO-105 Twin Turbine Helicopter and other aircraft. Airborne Imaging flies three DC3 daily. It has been a tremendous experience photographing vintage aircraft. Additional opportunities have been with transit aircraft or plane being serviced at the airport FBO. Midway airport is near my home, as well as being in the flight path for numerous airports. So sometimes my subjects come to me. A small 3 leg fold up chair or a “walker” that accommodates carrying equipment, provides a seat and can be adapted with an umbrella for shade. Caution the “walker” will detract from the macho photographer image, but will provide more endurance for those of us who need it. Plenty of water. Canon camera (7D and 5D) and Canon lenses. Often I rent the higher end lenses like the 2.8/400MM. A tripod gimbaled assembly that I have developed for airshows or missile launches etc. The gimbaled assembly reduces the stress of physically supporting the camera equipment i.e., telephoto lenses. The gimbal assembly is mounted on a tripod. With a range of motion of 360 degrees and 70 degrees respectfully it is ideal for supporting large lens in anticipation a photoshoot of a surprise flyover by a Thunderbirds or Blue Angel jet. The gimbal assembly is inexpensive and easy to build.
To improve your photography pursue mentors that will relate experiences that may have cost them greatly but given to you for free. Consider joining organizations that will fascinate this learnings. Attention to detail, observe longer, shoot photos more deliberately and less random, observe lighting, seasons, different angles and different perspectives etc. Know your limitations – determine if is enduring or worth the investment or overcome the limitations. Take the time to look at details. Try different photo situations i.e. underwater, sports, telephoto, macro etc. Review the photo metadata of your success as well as your culled picture. Join yourself to persons with like passions thus will enable you to learn more. Knowledge is often “caught” more than it is “taught.” Carry a note book and be sure to keep handy updated business cards. Invent. Be creative, and enjoy.