An air show has this emotional effect. Maybe it takes you back to our childhood aviation fantasies, or maybe it’s the raw speed. Whatever the reason, it’s an excellent day out with friends, family and your camera.
As with any photographic genre, there can be real expense. Your gear can range from discount specials to the ones that breaks the bank. You know the kind, the long lenses that leave others with lens envy. No matter what gear you own, remember, it’s not always the gear that takes the great photo, it’s the space between your two ears that will make quality photos. The following is a list of gear that I took to the air show this year:
Camera and Gear:
• Olympus E-30 DSLR
• Black Rapid shoulder strap, Manfrotto tripod.
• Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 for those flyby’s at low level and crowd photos.
• 2x teleconverter to stretch out the focal length to capture high flying aerials.
• Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 wide angle for some ground photos offering a different perspective of planes and people.
Memory and Batteries:
• At any given time in my camera bag I will have three spare fully charged batteries to make sure I have enough for a day of shooting.
• For memory, I like to use as fast a memory card as possible as I shot in burst mode. I took two 16 GB memory cards and went through 24 GB in total. Just remember the really big acts happen towards the end of the show. Nothing is more irritating than an excellent day of shooting only to discover you only have 14 shots left on your last memory card to shoot the grand finale you have been waiting all day to see.