A good spot under the right conditions, especially good for taking shots from a foot-bridge at the roundabout, the view is straight down RW06, the disadvantages of this spot if driving is that you will need to park your car a fair distance away, also this spot can be very noisy because of the main road it is beside making it quite hard to listen to your scanner. Probably the best feature of this spot is that there is a McDonalds not far away which can be handy for when it is quiet. worth a visit for a short period of time but it is difficult to spend a long time here. To get to this area follow the signs when you leave the airport for the M8 and Glasgow, at the first main junction called "Newbridge" I would head for McDonalds and try and park in this area.
BAA Traffic Summary: August 2007
894,400 used Edinburgh in August 2007, an increase of 10% on the previous month. there were 10,349 Aircraft movements a decrease of 0.7% on the previous month, as a comparison to the figures for the 3 main Scottish airports, Glasgow had 869,300 passengers for August, Aberdeen had 316,200. Edinburgh is actually the busiest airport in Scotland for passenger numbers for 2007, 6,055,500 so far, with Glasgow standing at 5,852,300 and Aberdeen having 2,285,000
Basics for aircraft photography
If you have a passion for both photography and aircrafts, you should combine them and learn the basics for planes photography. However, you must learn first the basics of photography regardless of what subjects you will choose later. You might be attracted to air races and warbirds, but you have to be able to make a decent photo of anything if you want to expose your photographs or at least be proud of your artwork.
Better basics for awesome photos
Both rookies and seasoned photographers can improve their photography skills. There is always room for better, whether you wish to photograph aircrafts, people, cars, sports, architecture or anything else. Study how the camera works, learn about your equipment and study thoroughly the manuals. Find out how to change the modes and metering of your camera, play with shutter speed, get a deeper depth of field and notice how the aperture can open and close to let more or less light in.
The auto mode might be enough for newbies, but you will never succeed to take fantastic photos – unless you have fantastic subjects, obviously. But even so, you will need to play with your equipment, discover the best program mode, change the shutter priority mode and exercise with the manual mode, which can turn out to be your best friend.
Handle the camera in your own way, practice a lot if you really want to become a better photographer. You cannot waste time when there are so many interesting things to learn and remarkable subjects waiting for you to photograph them. Your passion for planes will give you the urge to freeze the fast-moving objects, so make sure you know how to use the shutter speed on your advantage. Shutter speed might make aircrafts sharper and crisper, but this function will only make your subjects stay still in the air – so your image will be robbed from any sense of movement.
Use a slow shutter speed and watch how miracles will appear in the area of the rotor blades. The result is natural and the helicopter will obviously look in motion. Another trick is to pan the camera to follow your subject – the image will look far from dull! The motion and speed of the aircraft will be enhanced as the background of your subject will be wonderfully blurred and you will not even need to use photoshop in order to achieve these great results.
Shallow the depth of field when you photograph your subjects when they are on the ground. There are many aircrafts in the same place on the ground, but by using a longish lens at a wide aperture you will fix this problem and the plane will appear fantastic in your photo. Yet the best learning technique you should use is exercising as often as possible.
Do not limit your subjects to planes and other aircrafts! Capture close-up views of helicopters, photograph birds up in the air and make sure you will become as skilled as you want to be! Practice as often as possible, take a lot of shots and you will soon realize that your efforts are well-rewarded!