Sony A9ii Settings for airplane photography

Here are the settings that I am using for my Sony A9ii for taking pictures of airplanes while moving through the air. The lens I use for this most days is the 100-400.

Aperture – F14 or below so that Phase Detect will still work for the auto focus
Raw or JPG – RAW, since the camera is so fast it can keep up with just about anything
Metering Mode – Spot so that I can capture the frame
Shutter Speed – Trying to get as low as 1/160 for prop planes for jets as fast as possible to catch them as they fly by.
Focus Mode – Continuous + Wide with Tracking, the camera auto focus is so fast that it catches the planes pretty quickly
Exposure Compensation – usually + 2/3 if it’s dark plane on a bright sunny day, this helps bring out the colors of the plane.
Frame Rate – Continuous Mid – I find that high fills the buffer and mid gets more than enough shots.
ISO – as low as possible, unless it’s an overcast day and then I will move it to Auto-Iso to maintain the shutter speed when needed.

Python Program to sort RAW vs JPG files from a photo shoot

I shoot a lot of photos at airshows and needed a quick to sort the RAW photos from the JPGs and to put them into different directories. I may not always use the RAW photos, but I don’t want to discard, I also may not want them in my Lightroom library. This program will quickly sort them, name them, and put them into separate directories for import into Lightroom.

The programs repository is here:

This is of course version 1:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

#Program to sort my photo files between Sony RAW and JPG files. Sorts into two separete directores so I can chooose what to import into Lightroom.

import os
import shutil

# ask for the name of the directory
SORT_DIR = os.getcwd()

DIRECTORY = input("What is the name of the Directory to be created? ")


# List the files in the source directory
list_ = os.listdir(SORT_DIR)

# rename the files based on the requested directory name
INCR = 0

for file_ in list_:
    name, ext = os.path.splitext(file_)
    INCR = INCR +1
    os.rename(file_, ((DIRECTORY) + "-" + str(INCR) + ext))

# create a directory for jpg
# create a directory for raw files


CURRENT_DIR = os.getcwd()

list1_ = os.listdir(SORT_DIR)

# Sort the photos into the directories, but do not sort the directory

for file1_ in list1_:
    if file1_.endswith('.ARW'):
        shutil.move(((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (file1_)), ((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (DIRECTORY_RAW)))
    if file1_.endswith('.JPG'):
        shutil.move(((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (file1_)), ((CURRENT_DIR) + "/" + (DIRECTORY_JPG)))