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  • DCA-view : editing advice?

    Hey all - new here! For the last few months I've been living in an apartment with a great view of the approach path to RWY19 at KDCA. Can watch planes all day, right from my balcony!
    These are a few of my best photos so far, and after looking at the kind of photos that get accepted here, I already know mine won't make the cut... its impressive how good and crisp a lot of the shots are here! How do you all do it? Any advice on the typical equipment, camera settings, etc greatly appreciated.

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  • #2
    There's a great tips and tricks for processing thread here:

    https://forums.jetphotos.com/forum/a...ips-and-tricks

    And there's also a 10 things I wish I knew before uploading to JP thread here:

    https://forums.jetphotos.com/forum/a...ploading-to-jp

    I feel that these helped me as a new photographer uploading to JetPhotos.

    Typically, if you understand your camera settings, you can use just about any camera. I'd say my typical settings for a well-lit sunny day on my camera are F/8, ISO between 100-200, and usually keep the shutter speed between 1/500 and 1/1000

    Utilizing the pre-screening thread also helped me because It helps you learn from your mistakes before you use up a queue slot. The pre-screeners do a fantastic job of being up front with you and helping you along with tips/tricks as well as constructive feedback if a photo is lacking in a certain regard

    Hope this helps just a little. Just remember, practice makes perfect

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    • #3
      I would suggest starting out shooting from somewhere closer since I would assume you have entry-level gear. Gravelly point is a good place to start. (I'm a DC local as well.) Try learning how to set your camera settings properly to produce a good shot and keep in mind framing too. As the previous reply said feel free to create a prescreening thread and post your images there to get advice from members of the crew. Also I would take a good look at the upload guidelines before you start uploading. Hope this helps and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me!
      Instagram: www.instagram.com/iadspotter

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      • #4
        OK, thanks bgkicks49 and iad.spotter!

        I guess what I've absorbed is that while the planes may seem pretty close from where I am, things will get easier if I can get even closer. That makes sense.

        On settings - I have cranked up to 1/2000 and even 1/3000 in an attempt to reduce blur. Surprised to hear that 1/500 and 1/1000 are working for you! I'll try again...

        On equipment - my photos above were using:
        Canon T6i
        Sigma 400mm f/5.6 - not especially good, just the most dirt-cheap big prime tele I can find. Produces annoying purple chromatic aberration.

        Once I get closer, I can switch lenses to a Canon 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, which tends to run a lot crisper (and better AF) than the Sigma. Will see how that turns out and post again...

        Thanks!

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        • #5
          Hey all here is some fresh meat, from a new location much closer to the airport.
          I am shooting handheld, but still struggling with a bit of blur. Are most people here shooting handheld, or using tripods? And are most people using lenses with image stabilization?
          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DCA-view View Post
            Hey all here is some fresh meat, from a new location much closer to the airport.
            I am shooting handheld, but still struggling with a bit of blur. Are most people here shooting handheld, or using tripods? And are most people using lenses with image stabilization?
            Thanks!
            Hi, if you'd like to get advice from the crew, please read here, and make sure you follow all of the requests:

            https://forums.jetphotos.com/forum/a...ning-from-crew

            Won't comment on the above images since you will not be able to upload them.

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            • #7
              Hi dlowwa, I tried to follow all the instructions. Eg, my username is in the title, the images included here are not already in the queue, I have submitted only 3 images (below the maximum 5), etc.
              Could you please tell me what I did wrong/ what to do differently? (just asking - not trying to argue)
              Thanks

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DCA-view View Post
                Hi dlowwa, I tried to follow all the instructions. Eg, my username is in the title, the images included here are not already in the queue, I have submitted only 3 images (below the maximum 5), etc.
                Could you please tell me what I did wrong/ what to do differently? (just asking - not trying to argue)
                Thanks
                See #6 in the above link. Your images cannot be submitted to the queue as the maximum allowable size is 1920pix. Please post the exact images you plan to upload if you would like prescreening.

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