Aviation Photography By Moose Peterson

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Moose Peterson is well-known for his wildlife and landscape photography, but few have known about his passion for aviation – until now. Join Moose on location at the Florida International Air Show as he teaches you the finer points of “static” and “ground-to-air” photography, as well as portraiture and panning shots. Even if you don’t share Moose’s passion for flight, this photography course covers techniques, equipment, and camera settings that can be used in multiple situations – especially when trying to convey motion. In the post-processing phase, Moose shows you how to take what he taught you to shoot right in the field and get it through the digital darkroom quickly so you can get back to shooting. In Memory of Jimmy Leeward, Sept 2011.

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Moose introduces himself and talks about what he will be covering in the course.
Just like any other photographic situation, it's good to know as much about the location you'll be shooting in (including the Sun's position) as possible before you shoot
The gear you take and the way you carry it will determine how successful (and FUN) your day will be. Learn what to take (and how to take it) in order to get great shots without tiring yourself out or missing a moment while making an adjustment.
Moose shares the settings he uses for static and ground-to-air shots.
See how Moose approaches a plane owner to get a static shot and how he preps. You don't need to have a camera crew with you to get the same results, but having a buddy to hold your stuff sure helps!
By familiarizing himself with the planes and the people who would be at the show beforehand, Moose gets some portraits and static shots. Plus, get some history behind one of the portrait opportunities Moose finds.
In order to move quickly for good ground-to-air shots, you need to hold your camera properly. Moose shows you how so you can achieve a good panning technique for sharp photos.
How you hold your camera in proximity to the plane's angle will give gesture to your shots.
Moose goes over his "on the road" computer gear and shares his technique for fast processing with Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop and Camera RAW. Content aware fill is key.
Moose processes another picture in Camera RAW and Photoshop using Nik's Color Efex Pro plug-in.
Moose takes a picture he took at the Air Show and turns it into a nice, clean black white portrait挞夆洛_ complete with airplane noises.
Moose takes a shot he didn't get quite right while out in the field and shows you how to fix it in post.
Moose delves deeper into his workflow to show you more post-processing tips.
It's not impossible to make a good portrait photo without a flash.
Moose moves from his static photos to his ground-to-air shots in the digital darkroom.
Learn some quick processing tips in Camera RAW that allows you to deal with multiple photos at once.
Thanks for watching Aviation Photography with Moose Peterson.
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Moose Peterson


A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books, and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and go...

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  1. Profile photo of brettkp brettkp

    A good course for someone new to airshows. The post processing tools and processes are very useful even if you don’t own the add ons used. I think it was let down a little by not discussing shutter speed vs focal length and I was also left a little curious by the -1EV compensation for aerial shots against clouds. I would’ve thought the clouds (and -1EV) would cause the photo to be much darker than they showed up. What metering was being used?

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  3. Profile photo of Udo Luetze Udo Luetze

    This class should be a prerequisite prior to going to an air show.
    Thanks Moose, your advice helped me to elevate my skills and get the shots.

  4. Profile photo of maddux maddux

    Thanks, great class!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of martyp martyp

    As always another highly valuable course from Moose. Going to an air show next weekend and since the last one I attended was 2 yrs ago I needed a little refresh! I struggled on the statics previously but really looking forward to trying different angles and getting the pilots involved now. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Received error “Server not found” could not view this video —- Yes, please post my feedback

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