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#1 Bray

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

Really havent put much effort into screens shots but now I have reason with REX ;) , and would love some tips from the experts here. In particular how do you do screen shots of touch downs and take offs at wheels up? I am too busy flying to switch to outside view. Is there a special way maybe with dual monitors etc etc?

I am ok with climbs, descents and cruise, but I see some great shots just before touch down and from different angles I would like to learn how its done.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

That is difficult to say. It is like taking photos. It depends on the right lighting, motief, angle and zoom.

Since you are working on a PC and not film, pan left, right up and down, zoom in and out, and take some shots and only select the ones that give a certain message.

Tom and Iain and other artists might give you some more tips.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:18 PM

Thanks Ebo I can experiment with the stuff you mention but its the method to view outside while actually flying and landing....is there a trick to that without crashing :-)
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:21 PM

There is a trick. the Pause key!

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

oh boy as simple as that... :-[ thanks Ebo I will give that a try.... ;)
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:22 PM

Hi Bray, Not that I'm an expert in screenshots, but some of the things I do are Take lots of pics Out if 40-60 shots there might only be 3 or 4 good shots that captured something really cool, And I mean know what your trying to get but take lots of shots, Lots of different angles, change the time and season often. If the autopilots on turn 90 degrees and while it's in the turn go back outside and get some banking shots turn into the sun and turn away from the sun. for touch-down shots the PMDG aircraft and my Posky 777-200/300's will all perform a 100% autoland have everything set up for landing once your glideslope comes alive go outside and start shooting, the plane will land itself you can get good shots of touchdowns once the plane touches down hit your engine reversers and the brake and move the top hat around while pressing the v key. these are some of the things I use, Here are a coulpe of my favorite shots, Hope this helps, James
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

Thanks Skyy appreciate the tips...lovely pictures...At this time I only have default planes so no auto land, but I should be able to do some of your recommended maneuvers
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:02 AM

Hello there mate yes this is how i do them i pause when it looks like a good shot and then have a spin around using the top hat switch on my joystick to see the angles of the shot, also at take off when close to the ground you can zoom in using the same top hat, then with payware aircraft they come with different angled shots available so i cycle though these and see what they look like.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:12 AM

thanks Iain going to give the pause thing a try next time....
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:52 AM

well everyone has covered everything i do ;)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

Tips? Buy a set of 'V' keys. They might come in handy :P

Otherwise, try setting Texture Max Load to 4096, which you have to do manually. Guide can be found here. Everything else has been covered! Just fire away at that 'V' key with peace of mind that you have one coming in by air mail ;)
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:14 AM

When in doubt cheat. Hit pause, Find the shot that almost captures what you want to get, then use shift O this allows you to use mouse to position your view.
Swap to map view which can allow you to reposition the aircraft location and height to get the angle you are after.
Swap back and forth till you find the sweet spot then take your pictures.
Take lots of shots,
Lighting and focus, plus frames which add to shots can be done with an image program
here two of my old shots

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Warning its addictive, I tend to spend lots of time when flying imagining what a scene will look like on a capture

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:19 PM

Yep, I can vouch for the above comments.

When you see the moment, hit the pause button. I usually wait for a special moment, like th pictur below, just as Im taking off/coming into land, get up close to the subject... i.e; bridge, JCB, then pause... pan around with the mouse and space bar until you can get that perfect view.. then V the mother! haha!
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Also, cycle through the views with the S key, there is a view where you can look at the plane from various angles. I use this one alot for shots as can be very creative. then cycle through these views with the A key, zoom in and out. with this method, you get real great shots of the plane but retain crisp background

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

Great contributions. That is why I will pin it for many other users to benefit from this thread.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

Another thing to consider... get yourself EzDok and make a custom exterior camera which you are able to move around wherever you like. Then basically as everyone else has said above - when you see some promising scenery/clouds/lighting/whatever then pause, flip to your custom cam and position, pan, tilt and zoom until you are happy. Don't be afraid of using Instant Replay either, especially if you want those action shots. Fly through the sequence you want (say, a landing) activate the replay and then move back to the point you want to capture, then pause and position and shoot!

Once you have your captures (take lots of them!!) open them up in an art package and crop/edit to your heart's content. I use Paint.net for nearly all my editing, and sometimes Gimp... mainly because they're free, but they do just about everything the real price hogs like Photoshop can do. As Taph said above (awesome pic of the Prowler in that post by the way mate!!), adding frames really helps the effect, and there's other stuff you can experiment with like recolouring or adding blurs. You can really go wild, and yes it becomes addictive and time consuming. Here's a couple I prepared earlier...

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:21 PM

Man you guys are good...I sure appreciate the help :)
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:49 PM

Hi Bill.

I'm not here to advertise anyone and I am absolutely not an expert, but I know that these guys: http://www.screenshotworld.com will most definately be able to help you with screenshots of any kind. Hope that helps. ;)

(I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules by posting this - if so, please accept my appologies :-[ )
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:38 PM

Hello Kees,
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which brand of beer is he drinking there ( Brands ? ;-) )
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

Rinus have a look at Kees' signature. It is german Weissbier ;D .

The stuff I love too!

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:32 AM

Also another tip that us photographers use (not sure if someone has said it yet) is to practice rule of thirds while taking a photo. Rule of thirds makes it a little bit more interesting of a shot. The easiest way to achieve this effect is to crop a little bit out of the image.

Here is a little bit better explanation on the rule of thirds if anyone here does not know what it is.

http://digital-photo.../rule-of-thirds
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:21 AM

Thanks that is very valuable advice!

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:06 PM

The Golden Cut !
Thirds rule !

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

Wouahhouuu ! Very nices shots ;) Congratulations
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