Luscombe T8A captured by D5 / 14-24f2.8 w/SB-5000

One of the important shots to get is that of the cockpit. It is often ignored leaving a hole in the visual story. I learned this from the very start and found it to be a real challenge in the beginning. Like most, I just stuck a camera in, took a couple of clicks and called it done. What a mistake! I started by going super wide, cockpit panos with a special machine and software to create the 360 bubble. One big issue, only I could enjoy it as the world is not set up for viewing those big files. That’s when I went to the obvious, KISS method, light!

I bring you the cockpit of the Luscombe T8A as an example of what I’m talking about. The light needs to be right inside and outside the cockpit. At the same time, the view outside the cockpit needs to be as clean as possible which at an airport is a challenge in itself. Early morning and late evening are the simplest for view and light. Bringing life to the cockpit is easy too these days with a flash. It takes just the slightest pop of color to bring attention to its detail. I either use a warming or blue gel, these days I do both as changing them with the Profoto A10 is a simple snap. And with that we can whip the challenge of the common, making it uncommon!

Luscombe T8A captured by D5 / 14-24f2.8 w/SB-5000

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