What you need to know to photograph an airshow

Here's how to capture aerial acrobatics -- from choosing the right lens to setting up your digital camera.

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<h2>Use the Right Equipment</h2><br><br>You can probably guess that a [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/123929/top_10_digital_slr_cameras.html|digital SLR|Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras]] is going to give you better results than a point and shoot--but you can still get good photos with even a compact camera. The catch is that you need a long telephoto lens (generally at least 300mm) to fill the frame with passing aircraft. If you're using a compact camera with a top zoom of 120mm, most of your photos will show a big blue sky with tiny airplane-shaped flecks in them. <br><br>Even so, wide-angle lenses can come in handy for capturing aircraft on the ground--called "static displays" in airshow lingo--and crowd shots. I typically bring my trusty 18-200mm zoom and a 400mm telephoto. And as you see here, shots of planes on the ground can be fun.

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