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What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?  
User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1309 posts, RR: 51
Posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

With this hobby, part of the joy of it is taking your photos and just sitting back and enjoying them. However, I have always found that setting some sort of goal or target helps me to improve what I do. It also has the effect of ensuring that I maintain certain standards and the end result is that I dervie even more pleasure from aviation photography.

Personal goals can be anything (most photos, number of frames, most extensive collection) and those personal goals can extend to airliners.net (most total hits, most photos uploaded, most B777s, highest average no. of views).

My personal target in airliners.net is to try to ensure a minimum of 100 large page views for each photo I have uploaded. So far, I have achieved that target, but I ran it very close with a Tunis Air A320 at ZRH which took more than a month to get to the 100 mark.

So, what's your personal goals / targets?


Full frame always beats post processing
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User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Originally it was to improve my photography to the point where people actually asked me for advice.

Then it was to get a picture published in a magazine.

A long time goal was to get a shot into the Editor's Choice section.

As I have now achieved all these, I have moved on - now my (laughable) goal/target is simply "to be the best". Of course, I will never achieve it (not as long as all you guys are around), but I bet I have a lot of fun trying!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5510 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Well, I had a goal (before the 9-11 attacks) of reaching 1,000 photos in the database....now I hope to get at least 850. Another is to get one of my pics the 'editors choice' section, and with my SXM trip coming up soon....maybe I can pull it off with something creative. Personally, I'd like to totally convert to slides, and possibly start shooting digital on the side as well.


User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Mine is to, uhh,
I guess get better at taking Sunset shots and Night long exposure and short exposure shots.

And also to get more shots of older planes like 737s and A320s..
mainly Canadian airlines wearing the old and PWings colors before its too late.


Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Well, I've got my ridiculous one of covering the G reg  Smile

Like Andy, I did aspire to a baseline of 100 hits per pic, but I've realised that since this has more to do with the type of aircraft rather than the quality of the photography, this has ceased to have any value for me. I'm more interested in adding new aircraft and types to the database (hence lots of general aviation from me!).

I definitely want one on the "editors choice", and this winter I want to concentrate on "weather" pics, so this might do the trick.

Go to just ONE airshow where the weather is perfect!



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineGlenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Colin Can't agree with you any more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I too wonder what the popularity of a wing or a close up of an instrument panel or a cabin seat is. It is not really what I call great photography but seems to be popular enough to some. However I guess it is limited to Aviation enthusiasts. I think the real skill is getting a non aviation person to enjoy your shots. Something that you, paul dobson, andy hunt would have no trouble achieving.

Even though I get quite a bit published and make a fair bit of money from it now. I still only do it for fun.

BTW, no wing/seat or cockpit shot of mine has ever been published  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Guess that's what the Airline Magazines don't want  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineKingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2799 times:


My number one goal was to take better pictures than you do!  Laugh out loud

Suffice to say I haven't managed it so I set myself some more realistic goals:

* Top the most popular in 24-48 section [Did it yesterday although I can't see why, I thought the shot was awful!]
* 1000 shots [bit of work needed]
* Get stuff in Flight International [No Cigar yet]
* Try to take pictures that are uniquely recognisable as mine. [Maybe some of the way there]
* Make the TL [back when it was the easy ticket  Laugh out loud]


Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Different stages, different goals.

When I first started with aviation photography and airliners.net,

1.) I wanted to have my pics added to the database.
Since I achieved that goal with a pretty good acceptance rate I was looking for something else.

2.) Have a pic added to " Editor Choice section"
Also accomplished that, with currently 2 pics in there.

3.) Take better photographs in general.
Still trying.

4.) Being published in print media.
Have been published once in the July issue of AirlinerWorld, had a cover for a folder for the counterpart organization of the FAA in the Netherlands.
Still aiming for me publication.

5.) Average hit rate on airliners.net
So far I have achieved an average of 862 hits per photo, but aiming for 1000.

6.) Upgrade into super tele.
Would like to buy a 500 or 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter.

7.) Boston
Going back to Boston and pull of some more sunsets, line ups and night shots.

8.) Capture a beautiful shot from the flight deck with a rising sun.

That's it.

Vasco Garcia

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5606 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2804 times:
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Hi all

I have no personal targets whatsoever for Airliners.net

I have TONS of pictures but only upload the ones I feel like uploading.

Which reminds me........I still have to scan two brilliant pics.......the SQ Topical 747 and the Thai Royal Barge 747, both taken at LHR Big grin


Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 377 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

Hi all,

Colin agree with you about the weather at the UK airshows, especially this year!

Glenn thanks for the mention, there some pretty good names to be mentioned with and dont discount yourself from that group.

The first aviation magazine i used to buy was Flight Inter and I always wanted to get a shot published with them and I have now done it 3 times  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

My own personal target is to take a good picture, something that i think is really good, I havent managed it yet so i just keep on trying!



Nice shot Gary  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 377 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Just to add i dont have any targets for Airliners, page views etc dont worry me in the slightest  Wink/being sarcastic

I just upload what i like  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

Make better shots!!

Also at this time, I'm trying to take photos of the entire Sabena fleet, and when that's done, I'll try to improve the shots of the Sabena fleet  Smile



BTW, I admire the work of you guys!

User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

1. get pictures in the database 2. get as many first pictures of particular plane in the database *I have album of these in user profile, with 17 pictures of total 73)
Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Tomislav Muic

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Tomislav Muic

3. get sth published (on small chocolate for example  Smile

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward...
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Glenn - I think you put it well when you talk about getting a non-av person to look at your shots. I think if I get a response to a picture along the lines of "love the photo - what type of plane is that?" I'm achieving something!



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

My first objective as a newcomer to photography was to get pics accepted.
I have been enjoying an acceptance rate over 95%, and pics are getting added as 'high quality' by the screeners. That was another goal achieved.

My goals for the future are to keep the acceptance rate, i.e. keep up with the ever increasing standards at A.net and learn to take good shots in bad weather. I should get plenty of opportunities to try as Winter is looming.


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

If you click here , enter the "Art" section and like what you see, than my goal is achieved.


User currently offlineBernieh From Austria, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

I do not have a personal goal. What I'd like to show is some unconventional views of airliners. But this is pretty difficult here in Vienna ... And I'd like to experience my skills in aviation photography I'm new in.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Let me see:

Get good GCSE/A(S) Level Grades.

Celebit until married  Big grin

Ride on Concorde..

Oh you mean PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

Well, its funny you should say that because i was actually going to ask this question just a couple of hours before you posted this topic!! My thoughts were that setting targets really helps the hobby a challenge and still enjoyable, i always need targets!

Chris - yup you have achieved the target of having someone ask you for help!! Although i can say that too, even though i don't have photos on A.net Big grin

My targets would have to be:

Get 1 photo on to A.net!

Get a photo on A.net and have it break the 1000 barrier.

Be noticed as a creative and original photographer.

Judged by my ability not my age! (when i look through the database, i only see names and i have no idea some people are only 15/16!)

Get photos published and people ask me for copies of my pictures.

Someone to email me telling me what a great shot i had on A.net!!!



User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

I want to take a photo of as many different a/c to have my own archive for the future.

As far as airliners.net goes, my aim is just to get what I upload accepted


User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2721 times:

Mine a simple, and amlost laughable:
1. to remain a pure hobbist (keep shooting prints for me with my AE-1, just because I enjoy doing it so much)
2. Photograph all the 737s in Southwest's fleet (I was doing a great job of this pre 9/11)
3. Photograph all of American's 757's this was going to take some time even pre 9/11

User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1582 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2716 times:

1. To experiment with wet weather shots - starting this winter

2. To have a photo break the 1000 barrier - done that twice now

3. To experiment with sunset photos

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Martin O'Connell

Have started it but the runway alignment in Dublin means its impossible to take them unless they use the runway the above was taken on

4. To have a photo published - done that, Airliner World August 2001

5. To have a photo in the Editor's Choice section

6. This is my main one - to be recognised as being original and creative.
Unforunately being a 16 year old beginner, at it 10 months, with a petty income means that the equipment used to produce some of the fantastic shots on the site will be out of my reach for a good while to come (ie I can see the potential in Dublin with a 500mm lens but alas I dont have the money !)
Add to that the pathetic opportunities here in Dublin to take these shots - trust me I've explore them all.............I'll think I'll move to Boston in the future  Smile


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

I am planning to get a film/slide scanner and a sigma 170-500mm lens in order to continue my photography. Athens new airport needs a longer lens!

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

Martin - From your photos, before i knew that you'd been shootin for just a little less time than me, i thought you were pretty experienced! Some of those Aer Lingus A330 shots were cool. I'd have to say, your equipment is not too bad at the moment!!!

Good luck in the future  Big grin


Rich (or spoilt  Confused) Dan Big grin

User currently offlineNscaler From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 243 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

I've been working on shooting all of HP's fleet, a task that should be fairly easy considering I shoot at PHX. I figure they won't be around much longer...


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1582 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Shucks Dan, i'm flattered  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I make the best of what I have but I'd love to have better, as would everone else !  Smile


25 Post contains images EGGD : One more thing, stop plugging that bloody photo!!!
26 Post contains images Ydelta : Well, my first goal has nothing to do with photography. I'd like to break the 100 barrier at the IQ test. Still far from here but improving slowly...
27 Cathay111 : Personal targets, hmmmm interesting topic indeed. The only goals I set and try to adhere to at all times are to take the sharpest possible shots and h
28 Tappan : I set for myself a personal target to be happy and photograph planes in the future with as much ease and pleasure as we all did prior to Sept 11.... M
29 Post contains links and images Cathay111 : And anyone who thinks shots of seats, cockpits, wing shots CANNOT make it into a magazine are wrong! I've had plenty used! This one would have to be o
30 Jderden777 : i've set a few goals for myself...some of which have been reached, others haven't...here's a few.. i would like to have a high average: last time i ch
31 Post contains images Christianbothe : I am collecting anything Russian. So far I have about 350 different registrations, including western types operated by ex-Soviet Union airlines. Of co
32 Post contains links and images Aer Lingus : OK OK OK I'll stop "plugging" that bloody photo but I was seriously only using it as an example, its my only one and will be for a good while yet Oh a
33 Post contains images JetTrader : Seeing more than three or four movements an hour at EMA!!! Zzzzzzzzzz......
34 LGB Photos : One of my goals is to ensure that I can keep up trading with the people I do and making sure I can give them the best possible photos that I can. Anot
35 Post contains images Aer Lingus : Another goal is to one day do a book(I am not gonna say on what) so I try to get as many photos from the Southern California area airports that I can.
36 Post contains links and images EGGD : Hey Martin: Click for large versionPhoto © Martin O'Connell Another goal is to carry on shooting at BRS even with the bloody fence in the way. Re
37 Airbus380 : Granite that is an incredible photo! Great Work!
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