Andyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 53 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2415 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW PHOTO SCREENER
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.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2285 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!
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5472 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2276 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.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Well, I've got my ridiculous one of covering the G reg
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!
Glenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2239 times:
Colin Can't agree with you any more
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 Guess that's what the Airline Magazines don't want
KingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
My number one goal was to take better pictures than you do!
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 ]
AKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 49 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2239 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.
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.
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.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2211 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!
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2207 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.
Bernieh From Austria, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2164 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.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
Let me see:
Get good GCSE/A(S) Level Grades.
Celebit until married
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
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!!!
Classic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 14 Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2159 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
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
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2138 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!!!