Question from Twitter

Hi Neil,

Many thanks for your mention on Twitter this morning. Just had a quick look at your web site you have some fantastic photos. I was at the air show in Duxford last year my photos look nothing like yours – such clarity.

keep up the fantastic work.

Thank you Tony a Twitter follower, @tonysalephoto . Below I explain the approach I take with my aviation photographs.

Hi Tony.

The Duxford show was the Flying Legends Show.

Anytime for the mention on Twitter, it's great to have contact with new aviation photographers.

My photos are taken with a borrowed Canon 7d and my EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM  All of the photos were hand held and taken in a Raw format. That day was around 34c and the light was hard and unforgiving. I find it always hard to obtain a good exposer in aviation photography coupled with a low shutter speed, but in the 34c heat plus the lighting was something else this year.

Other than a small crop,adjusting the exposer, highlights, shadows,vibrancy, clarity and sometimes adding a vignette in Lightroom 4 it's straight out of the camera. Having an L lens from Canon helps, but over 300mm the 100-400m does go soft.

Have a look the rest of my photos, over on YouTube in a slideshow format. Part 1 & 2 Duxford and Dunsfold park part 1 & 2. Duxford Part 1 Duxford Part 2

Also, you can head over to my website blog and read an article I wrote last year. It has all my camera settings from the Duxford Airshow and post processing in adjustments in Lightroom 4.

I am attending, “The Flying Legends” Show this year on the Saturday and hoping to meet up with a few other photographers.

Thanks for the feedback and if you have any tips I can use, I would be happy to chat on the phone.

Look forward to hearing from you.


Again, thank you Tony for the feedback . If you have any feedback or questions, you can contact me on

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