As the question relates to aviation photography in general and is not specific to Duxford, I think this post should really be in the "Photography Hints, Tips & Questions" section ....... perhaps a mod could move it?
XH668 wrote:I am hoping someone can give me and anyone else tips on what settings to use, especialy to achieve prop blur yet produce a crisp image.
Prop speeds vary; so for take-offs when the engine is revving flat out, you may get reasonable prop blur at a shutter speed of 1/320, whereas on landing, engine speeds are usually slower and your shutter speed will also need to be correspondingly slower - perhaps 1/250.
Rotors turn even slower; so for helicopters, to get any rotor blur will need shutter speeds of 1/125 max, preferably 1/90.
Unfortunately, none of the shutter speeds above are conducive to shake-free shots, especially with a 500mm lens, however good panning technique, a lens with a stabilisation system (switched to mode '2' for panning if it's a Sigma) and possibly using a shoulder-brace, will all help.
For jets, you can wind up the shutter speed to 1/750 or, if there's enough light, 1/1000 ....... unless you want to get motion blur in the background on a low pass, in which case, you'll need to slow the shutter right down again.
Choice of metering mode is a case of try each and see what works best for you ... although it seems to be very much camera dependant, with some cameras giving more consistent results using partial or centre-weighted metering, while others seem to perform better using matrix metering, however whichever you use, a clear blue sky background may
, depending on the position of the sun
, enable a good exposure at the metered value, whereas an overcast sky will usually
need some +ve compensation.