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What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 9:50 am

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?

Andrew
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 10:42 am

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

Chris.
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 10:44 am

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.

Justin
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 10:57 am

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.

Bo
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 5:31 pm

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!

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 6:29 pm

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
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 6:44 pm

Andy,

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]

J
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 6:53 pm

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


 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 7:02 pm

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



Regards

Gary Watt
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 7:25 pm

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!

Regards

Paul

Nice shot Gary  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 7:28 pm

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

Cheers

Paul
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 8:04 pm

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

Regards,

Staffan

BTW, I admire the work of you guys!

 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 8:11 pm

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)
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Photo © Tomislav Muic


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Photo © Tomislav Muic

3. get sth published (on small chocolate for example  Smile
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 8:58 pm

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!

Cheers

Colin

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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 9:17 pm

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.

Craig.
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Thu Oct 18, 2001 9:31 pm

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

Luis
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:46 am

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.

Bernd

 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:48 am

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!!!

Regards

Dan
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:49 am

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

LGW
 
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RE:

Fri Oct 19, 2001 1:32 am

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
 
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What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 2:38 am

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

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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

Cheers,
Martin
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 2:56 am

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!
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 4:10 am

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

Regards

Rich (or spoilt  Confused) Dan Big grin
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 5:12 am

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...

Saul
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 6:06 am

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

Cheers,
Martin
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 6:11 am

One more thing, stop plugging that bloody photo!!! Big grin

 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 8:50 am

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... Big grin

Regarding photo, I would like (in disorder) to be able to shoot with a single hand, to see a girl spotting before I die  Smile/happy/getting dizzy , to complete my enless collection of 737s and A320s AF, to meet S2 in the flesh, to have a photo not rejected more than 10 times in a row, to make sunset shots Martin's style, to find someone mad enough to add me on his respected user list... etc.

Yann
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 9:23 am

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 have as much fun as possible doing so. The scanning, the uploading, the rewards - that all goes in the fun category and I feel no need to boast about what i earn etc etc because that's not why I do it! It's a hobby, I love it and everyone who looks at my albums comments on how crap my photos are and how blurry they look....NOT! Even non enthusiasts appreciate my work, and that makes it all worthwhile. Anyone that looks at my albums always comments on the colour and how sharp the photos are! That is satisfying enough for me..... if other people enjoy my work, I'm happy!

Life's fun, sitting in the sun shooting planes is fun! Perfect hobby in my opinion!

Cheers
Craig
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 9:28 am

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....
Mark Garfinkel
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 9:45 am

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 one of my most "requested for usage" shots of all time. Just a plain & simple wing shot!


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And for those of you who may have "sold" work from this site - isn't it funny just what shot's some people want, not necessarily your best work or the most ordinary shot can earn you a fortune! It doesn't have to be in the "editors choice" category to be noticed!
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 10:56 am

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 checked my average was 431 and it's going up...

i have a picture on the first page of the all-time most popular photos...this photo made it there because it was used in an internet photo hoax of the WTC attacks...some hoax sites added links to this photo (hence the high number of views)

my goal right now is to hit 1000 photos on a.net by the end of this year...also i would like a photo of mine to be added to the editor's choice section....

another important goal of mine is to become one of the young photographer prodigies on this site...i want to become more recognized and have more photos published....

that's all i can think of at the moment

goodnight fella's

jonathan d.
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 2:33 pm

I am collecting anything Russian. So far I have about 350 different registrations, including western types operated by ex-Soviet Union airlines. Of course to really expand my collection, I would have to travel wide and far, so for now I think it's okay if I try to make a documentation of Russian activity at my home airport, which is Hannover.
My goal is to get as many planes as I can. Second goal is to take beautiful pictures of them.
I also take photos of western types, but there all I want is nice pictures.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy christian
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 4:28 pm

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 and Ydelta, I dont think its fare that you mention you want to take sunset photos like me, Vaco Garcia is the man for that

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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:56 pm


Seeing more than three or four movements an hour at EMA!!!  Wink/being sarcastic

Zzzzzzzzzz......

Life's dangerous. Get a f**king helmet!
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 5:03 am

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. 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.

Stephen
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 6:06 am

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.

hmmmmm.......might have just the theme of the book away there stephen  Smile
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 6:10 am

Hey Martin:


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Photo © Martin O'Connell



Another goal is to carry on shooting at BRS even with the bloody fence in the way.

Regards

Dan
 
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RE: What Personal Targets Do You Set For Yourself?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 6:51 am

Granite that is an incredible photo! Great Work!

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