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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25240 posts, RR: 55
Posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 3777 times:

uploading to airliners.net successfully???

I am pondering taking part in this "hobby" and think I would be proud to have photo's on a.net. However, I have noticed that standards are very high recently compared to early shots on the database...I dont have a great camera, so would it be pointless trying to submit to a.net until I was a better photographer?

Cheers for input

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 3752 times:

Yeah sure...ummm wait...you are Scottish right? Nope, no chance for new photographers  Big grin


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 808 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 3748 times:

Any 35mm camera is capable of making A.net quality shots. Most rejections are due to poor technique when scanning and processing shots, poor phototechnique (camera shake, poor focus) or poor composition. It is very seldom a shot is rejected because of inadequate equipment - the only case I can think of is when a photographer tries to photograph an aircraft which is really too far away for the lens being used.

But it does take practice and more practice to get the best out or your camera. By submitting shots you'll soom find out if and where you need to improve - then go out and try again.

The biggest mistake any photographer can make is to blame the equipment - or think they need a better camera to get good shots.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25240 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 3741 times:

Hahaha.....most likely I would be adding to the pics from Glasgow,Edinburgh,PrestwickNewcastle, Manchester and the biggest and busiest airport in the world......Carlisle  Big thumbs up

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 3737 times:

I started out on Anet less than a year ago. I had a decent but not extravagant, digital camera and not a whole lot of photographic experience. By watching, listening to advice and asking advice here and then shooting lots and lots of photos I made it to over 100 photos posted. This of course has really given me the bug and has drug me totally into photography, with the concurrent investment in equipment.

Anyone with the desire to do it, a good eye and reasonable equipment can have lots of fun here and get photos accepted. Just be willing to learn, take criticisim and enjoy yourself. Even if the photos don't get accepted ENJOY yourself. Except for a couple of folks here this is just a hobby. You won't get rich off of it, so relax and have fun.


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years ago) and read 3712 times:

I am a new photographer here also, I started to shoot in the middle of Feb 02. I have 21 uploaded and lots more coming. I was on vacation for 2 months so that slowes things down. But, yeah, definately go for it!


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

If its not digital its tough, TRUST ME !!

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

Hey Gkirk, It's a great hobby and when you really get into it you will wonder why you didint start it earlier!

It isnt as easy as it looks to take good shot but I would reccommend a digital as you can experiment alot to start with and for a newby thats useful. You have MAN near so yuo have a good testing ground for new shots.

Give it a try and see how good the hobby is!


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

There's more to aviation photography than airliners.net. Take pictures because you want to, and if some of them get onto airliners.net as a side benefit, so much the better.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

Airliners.net is a useful barometer to see how you are progressing though.Allows you to weed out mistakes and improve.Er....

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25240 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Yeah, thanks for the advice  Big grin

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Definitely worth a try.

I am still a second class photographer, way behind Gary Watt (First Class Photographer) and I can only encourage you to give it a go.

Before you get started I would review the basics about photography.
It is no rocket science but you have to understand certain things to take good pictures.

Once you mastered that step, you can go out and practise, practise and again practise....

I can't tell you how many crap photos I have at home when I started a couple of years ago......

Then once you think these are airliners.net material, you have to work on the post processing part. For me this is the most difficult part and valuable.

A lot of times the scanning and post processing technique can result in added or rejected images.

Another advise....if you upload to a.net, just start with bagdes of 3-5 images at a time. Have them processed and then continue.

It does not make sense to upload 100 images, which might look good on your screen, but the a.net screeners think about it differently.

This might save you time and a lot of headaches.

Just ask any forum member, we had tons of people come here complaining that they sat hours in front of their PC, uploading images. In the end all of them were rejected.

Just one final note....we all here are a very friendly group and you can pick our brains when ever you want.

Vasco Garcia

User currently offlineSdjminton From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 122 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

Yeah sure they do Graham... I have an entry level digicam at the moment and this was my first submission to A.net. It got accepted too Big grin

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Steve DJ Minton

Submitting to A.net will make you a much better photographer, even if initally all your shots are rejected.


User currently offlineAndrewmorrell From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 73 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Definately. I submitted my first photo in March of this year. After an initial period of 100% rejection, I finalyl had my first accepted. With every note from the screeners, I was able to make the appropriate adjustments and now have 28 photos up. My acceptance rate has gone way up due to the screener's comments.


Go Blue!!!
User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3471 times:


I'm also new to a.net. I've started the hobby in may... and know my first photos were accepted. You will learn fast with every shot you take  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It doesn't matter if you have digital or not...


Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

It took me about a year of photographing before I got anything uploaded, even then the photos were only uploaded because they were of rare aircraft, I'm only just now getting photos uploaded on a regular basis. And I've been photographing planes for about 2.5 years now.

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3528 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

I have started uploading in April with a lot of pain Big grin (read rejections) at the beginning.
But now I have 90 photos in the database and 33 thousand large views  Smile
Quite a nice beggining.
I do not have digital camera. Just simple EOS 300 with 75-300 lens. And it is enough to get shots accepted here.

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