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    Airplane Spotting setting for Canon SD630

    Hello all! My pleasure to find such resourceful site / forum with knowledgeable members!!!

    Will you kindly advise on settings i should try out for taking photos of airplane landing at LAX? I have Canon Powershot SD630. I am trying to utilize my Manual option since AUTO option is giving me blurred image of fast moving plane that is landing at around 3 p.m. when there's a lot of sunlight. Picture attached below.

    low ISO80? HIGH ISO? ISO800? My guess is low ISO80?

    what about Exposure? Options: Exposure -2 through +2

    Long shutter: 1-15 seconds. leave it at 1?

    how can i change aperture and shutter speed on this camera?

    Any comments / advices will be greatly appreciated! Thank you all for reading!

    Blurry picture even during 3 p.m. when there's sunlight.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Georgetown, KY
    You'll need a fast shutter speed - 1/100th or faster to stop the motion. Usually anything moving will blur @ 1/60th or slower. Use the lowest ISO you can to get that shutter speed.

    Canon 5D
    Canon 20D

    Georgetown, KY Photographer

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    So Calif
    More like 1/500 or faster. Lowest ISO possible. Meter off clear blue sky away from the sun for an initial exposure setting.

    As far a changing the settings, I'm guessing you put the mode on M (manual) and use 4-way left and right to change the shutter or aperture settings at the bottom of the viewfinder.

    You can download the manual here:

    Edit - Looks like there is no real "Manual: settings. I would use the Kids and Pets mode for the faster shutter speed if it does not raise the ISO too much.
    Last edited by SpecialK; 07-16-2007 at 09:57 PM.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    You can freeze photo as descibed above, or, what I happen to prefer, is a panning shot where the plane is still, but the background (clouds, or ground as the plane is landing) - it gives a much better sense of the action. For a panning shot:

    - use the view finder to follow the plane like rifle scope on a moving object
    - keep camera, arms, elbow all tight and pressed into your head/body and follow plane by twisting at hips/legs
    - use a low ISO to help drive a longer shutter speed
    - use Tv priority around 1/30th to 1/60th
    - let the camera's meter select proper Av, but if selected Av is outside its range, you may need to change the ISO a bit until the camera can select an Av within its useful range.
    - shoot in continuous mode and delete the pics that are blurry (which will be most of the pics)

    an example:

    Not much chance of getting a non-blurry plane if your using 1+ seconds shutter speed (for that matter anything longer than 1/15th).
    Last edited by reppans; 07-16-2007 at 08:24 PM.

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