JetTrader From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 586 posts, RR: 13 Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
Something to think about and discuss.
Do any of you feel that there is an increasing tendency for photographers to enter into some sort of competition to see who can upload the most shots from any one shoot (or location) the quickest?
Recently there have been many shots uploaded from some locations that do little more than increase the individual photographers total number of shots. Indeed it seems there are some photographers who are obsessed with adding as manyshots as they can on an almost daily basis.
I would question whether this is adding any real value to this database...or does it serve only to hide the really interesting stuff beneath a pile of "seen it all before"?
Maybe it's the increasing use of digital cameras. Certainly this affords photographers the facility to take many more shots without being in the least bit discriminating as to what they shoot or what they then choose to painstakingly scan and upload.
I think it's probably true to say that slide shooters will take some time to sift through their slides and then decide to scan and upload only those they think will be of most interest to visitors to this site, or are of exceptional quality.
From comments I read in this forum I believe there are others who feel the same way.
Is it not time that we collectively took a step backwards and looked long and hard at what we upload here, and upload not for our own selfish, competitive ends (come on guys...enough willy waving*), but begin to be a little more discerning and to seek to upload shots that add real value to the database.
* willy waving - anagram. between males, competitive nature.
Hias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
I have to say you hit the nail. This is just the same what I think about that. Some guys here are just trying to upload as many shots they have, not regarding how many shots of this airline/aircraft are already in the database.
In another thread I read that a guy was uploading almost every single shot he has, so if a company is looking for a particular aircraft he will have the best chances to make the money out of it. I think this is not the thing this database is for.
It is boring to see every day an American MD80 or a Qantas B737 or an Austrian MD80. There should be much more variety. Certainly here are also some reg collectors and they have also the right to find/upload every single reg or the American MD80s, but for, I think, most of us, it is boring.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1556 times:
Hmmm. I find that now I'm shooting digital I actually take a much more diverse range of pics than before, and there are an awful lot of shots I have that are technically fine, but I choose not to upload. Why? Because I'm becoming more interested in the variety of things I can get than the number of pictures.
I'm not completely convinced that digital cameras are the main cause of this - just have a look at the output of Gary, Andrew, Jason, Colin, Paul & myself for example, and see how many gratuitous "willy-waving" shots there are. Not too many, I think.
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1550 times:
I agree too. I wouldn't upload, for example, a BA shuttle unless it was a new reg, shot from a very interesting angle or, like the shot above, was just sickeningly good
I prefer to keep the ordinary run of the mill shots to myself and just upload the ones that I hope others will enjoy. There are plenty of good aircraft movements databases around, without A.net becoming one too.....
KingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 21 Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1539 times:
Whilst I do try to hold off uploading everything, I do have half an eye on covering off the reg numbers of the various fleets.
You never know when someone might want a shot of a particular aircraft so it seems wise to make sure you've covered most of them just in case.
Bear in mind as well that to me, because I haven't been doing this that long, almost everything I shoot is exciting. I must confess to getting a bit bored with BA 7n7 shots but everything else is new to me. I therefore figure that other people might like to see them too.
JetTrader From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 586 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
"I'm not completely convinced that digital cameras are the main cause of this - just have a look at the output of Gary, Andrew, Jason, Colin, Paul & myself for example, and see how many gratuitous "willy-waving" shots there are. Not too many, I think."
Andrew (I assume Hunt)...no problem.
Colin...(Ckw or Abbott)...either way, no problem.
Paul (I assume Dopson)...no problem.
Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 371 posts, RR: 8 Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
Deans obviously been looking at my LHR shots
To go along with what Gary has said I took 325 pictures on Sunday and have uploaded 40ish. I look for new registrations / aircraft first and then for some nice looking shots of exsisting aircraft.
When i first got the S1 i would upload any old shot (some say i still do!) well it was new then but I now have a better idea of what im and Airliners are looking for. When I was at LHR with Gary and Dean I took nearly 1400 shots but i think only 5-6 are on Airliners.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
I'm very much in favour of replacing an old shot of a subject with a better example. I would rather some of my older uploads were not seen at all! As it is, I will tend to upload a better shot of a plane even if I have one in the database as I'd rather people see the best and worst I can produce rather than just the worst!
I also think more time should be spent on rescanning old shots - I had started a campaign of doing this until Johan raised the print sales thing - since this may affect the optimum sizing of the upload, I've put this on pause until more info is available.
I think more could be done to promote re-uploading. The problem is once an item is in the system it quickly becomes buried and is only found by chance or a specific search - a study of almost any pic's hit rate curve will show this to be the case. So one might cynically ask if its worth the effort of reloading?
Would a "recently improved" section be useful? I think this would
a) provide an incentive to everyone to improve their existing work
b) perhaps redirect some effort from producing safe but dull new shots into improving the quality of the dbase
c) Many of our personal favorites are long since buried away - it would be a way of showing these golden oldies to our newer visitors.
Actually, I see no problem in treating a reload like a new pic, ie. the submission date is changed to the reload date.
As to repetitive 7?7s etc. - it does seem to be what our viewers want to see. We all know that a UA 747 is going to get many more hits than many rarer subjects (photo quality being equal). I don't understand this - I'm always looking for pics of things I haven't seen before! - but it does seem to be the case, so there is an argument for providing what the punters want.
KingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 21 Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1496 times:
I figured you were sniping at me when I first saw the post however I decided to wait until the 'muzzle flash' gave away your position.
Right, onto the defence.
That's the first time I've ever been to that particular spot. Chris was kind enough to take me over on Saturday and we were inevitably going to end up shooting similar shots. I think it would be fair to say I have a dupe of every shot Chris took and vice versa. We shot a combined total of about 250 frames. Chris uploaded some stuff first and the first thing I did was look at his stuff and make sure I didn't upload an identical shot to his. [Unfortunately I missed one of the queue dupes]. I even went to the trouble of clarifying what Chris had in the queue by e-mail to make sure there was no risk of duping anything else.
Now I've never shot stuff there before and it all looks new and fresh to me. I think the UA 777 shots, both Chris' and mine, are great shots and examining the hits they've received so far [in my case 105 hits since upload an hour or so ago] would bear out the assertion that the users of the site think so to.
So it's the same queue, so what? The 27L approaches [with some exceptions] are usually shot from the same Myrtle Avenue field, are you suggesting we shouldn't upload these shots because it's the same boring spot?
The shots aren't the same and, to the best of my knowledge the others Chris or I upload won't be the same because we'll bloody well make sure they're not.
I happen to have on my hard disk a set of shots I'm proud of [like I say it's completely new to me]. I've taken the best, checked the db and discarded the dupes, and I've uploaded them for the users of the site to see. I don't actually care what the photographers on the site think of them, you're not my target market. Sure it's nice to be well regarded by your peers but really Dean, if you think I'm a wanker who's obsessed with out-Sheldoning Sheldon then I couldn't care less.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1475 times:
What I find interesting about those shots is that they are - different. Same location, same time, same D30, same lens? but Chris's and Jason's are distinctly different in appearance, presumably due to camera settings. Just goes to show even in an all digital world there is still room for photographer's interpretation.
And if I remember correctly, it was a bit cold for anyone to be waving willies that afternoon
Andyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1294 posts, RR: 53 Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1472 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW PHOTO SCREENER
I agree with Gary, quality, not quantity. Still, everybody is different, and Johan + Screeners can upload what they see fit. You choose what you want to submit, Johan and the Screeners choose what passes. If you don't like it, don't look at it. I personally have no issue with Jason or Chris' shots. Think that they are all great.
PUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4161 posts, RR: 56 Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1427 times:
I never thought it would happen that someone has to explain (not exactly the right word but excuse is wrong also) why he uploads pictures.
I think the visitors of the site should be the ones who judge if they like pictures or not. If you look through the recent uploads just take a look at the ones you like and skip the ones you dont like. That shouldnt be that difficult?
Just my 2 "Groschen" which will be very soon 0,15 cents.