24 Outstanding Airshow Shots :: Digital Photo Secrets

24 Outstanding Airshow Shots

by David Peterson 1 comment

Airshows are great fun but it can be tough to get good images. The trick is having the right equipment and parking yourself in the right location. Keep distracting elements out of the background, but don't be afraid to mix up those plane-on-blue-sky shots with some longer shots, shots of the crowd or images of parked aircraft and their owners. Bring a zoom lens: 300mm is ideal (anything much over 500mm may produce hazy images).


[ Top image Blue Angels - 2010 Joint Services Open House and Air Show at Andrews AFB - May 15, 2010 by Flickr user mikelynaugh]

  • Sony DSLR-A700
  • 200
  • f/5.6
  • 1/3000 sec
  • 400 mm

F18 Super Hornet with Vapor Cone by Flickr user pheαnix

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
  • 100
  • f/8.0
  • 0.001 sec (1/1600)
  • 200 mm

Freedom by Flickr user Cygnus~X1 - Visions by Sorenson

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
  • 400
  • f/8.0
  • 0.001 sec (1/1600)
  • 190 mm

Blow Me Away by Flickr user Archangel27


The clou passage by Flickr user Nespyxel



    Light and Shadow V by Flickr user straightfinder

    • Nikon D200
    • 200
    • f/8.0
    • 0.001 sec (1/800)
    • 165 mm

    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet -- USN Blue Angels - NAS pensacola, FL by Flickr user One Mile High Photography


    Dutch Viper by Flickr user PhoenixFlyer2008



    Thank you, and goodbye by Flickr user tomms



      Airbus A380 Rolls Royce Engine by Flickr user BurgundyMT

      • Canon PowerShot A640
      • 100
      • f/3.2
      • 0.001 sec (1/1250)
      • 7.3 mm

      45th Annual Watsonville Fly-in and Air Show by Flickr user Ѕolo

      • Nikon D90
      • 200
      • f/11.0
      • 0.003 sec (1/320)
      • 10 mm

      Memorial Day AirShow- Remembering Our Heros by Flickr user wowography.com


      Reach for the Sky by Flickr user Testchamber


      • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
      • 100
      • f/9.0
      • 0.002 sec (1/500)
      • 300 mm

      Point Mugu Airshow 2010 by Flickr user Code20Photog

      • Nikon D2X
      • 200
      • f/8.0
      • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
      • 340 mm

      Wild Blue Yonder by Flickr user disneymike


      Ready to Fly by Flickr user Ray Warren Photography


      • Canon EOS 10D
      • 200
      • f/4.0
      • 0.002 sec (1/500)
      • 50 mm

      Untitled by Flickr user -Antoine-

      • Canon EOS 10D
      • 200
      • f/4.0
      • 0.001 sec (1/750)
      • 50 mm

      Untitled by Flickr user -Antoine-

      • Canon EOS 400D Digital
      • 200
      • f/5.6
      • 0.004 sec (1/250)
      • 55 mm

      Frecce Tricolori by Flickr user He||Gate

      • Canon EOS 50D
      • 100
      • f/8.0
      • 0.013 sec (1/80)
      • 200 mm

      Mustang Props by Flickr user mvonraesfeld

      • Canon EOS 50D
      • 200
      • f/5.0
      • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
      • 130 mm

      Evening Hornet by Flickr user mvonraesfeld

      • Canon EOS 50D
      • 200
      • f/5.6
      • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
      • 500 mm

      Thrust Vectoring by Flickr user mvonraesfeld

      • Canon EOS 500D
      • 200
      • f/5.6
      • 0.001 sec (1/800)
      • 200 mm

      IMG_1967 by Flickr user smiscandlon

      • Canon EOS 50D
      • 200
      • f/6.3
      • 0.001 sec (1/1250)
      • 400 mm

      Mirror Pass by Flickr user mvonraesfeld

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      1. Mary Saunders says:

        Absolutely Fabulous Photography, I just love visiting Air shows & photographing the Red Arrows...

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