Lhrmaccoll From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3037 times:
Well i picked up my 300D and decided to go to LHR to test it out.
These were my first ever aviation pictures, and was quite happy with them, but they were rejected. Now i know to ask advise here first, after readin posts...
Can you give me some advise, editing, photo taking methods etc to improve these images?
Thanks in advance!
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3023 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
Good efforts for your first attempts at aviation photography.
The first thing that I noticed is that the uploads are rather too large. Unless you are a real expert in editing, with great quality shots, I would strongly advise that you upload smaller images - for example 1024 x 683. These photo sizes will make the image look better in many respects - for example, sharpness.
The standards are very high here, as I am sure you already know. So for your first attempts I would go for something relatively 'easy'. What I mean by this is shots that are not going to test the screener for their view of things like motive, or exposure. The South African shot is somewhat complicated by the fact that it is a ramp shot, and often these are rejected for the non-airplane stuff around in the image. Your shot is not helped by the fact that the plane is facing away from you, there are stairs visible and there is a bit of 'dead' space above the fuselage. Also, the quality on that image is not great - if you look under the wings there is a lot of grain. So, as well as issues like motive and the shot not being centred, this one suffers with quality issues.
Now I do prefer the Kuwait shot. The light is not great, but I think the motive is much less contentious. I think the crop would be improved by bringing in the left edge closer to the tail, and cropping out that dark bit at the bottom. The lighting can also be improved on this in editing, I think. I reckon this one can be improved a lot by editing it differently.
I would be very happy to try to edit that shot for you if you would like, and I can take you through what I do. Just contact me through my profile. Also, I would be very happy to discuss any other details you would like.