I need help, and lots of it. I am new to DSLRs and photographing aircraft. I recently purchased a 300D and started to take pictures at LHR. I have been inspired by the work I have seen on A.net, and I getting to grips with the camera and post processing. I have had a couple of photos accepted and about 10 rejects. The latest one is from yesterday of the latest BMI A319 which I took yesterday morning at LHR. Problem is I am spalshing around in the pool without making much progress. So, I'd appreciate some help sorting out a photo I spent a couple of hours on last night that was rejected this morning. The aim of this post is to improve my photos and processing.
Now, I have put the original RAW file and a TIFF version on a FTP site that I have so you guys can have a look at the source files and perhaps point me in the right direction.
It has been rejected for badquality and badsoft. OK, the bad soft is due to me not using the USM enough - still learning this one, however, it is a 7 megapix image taken in bright sunlight, although the original is a little underexposed. However, by using my PS book and a bit of adjusting of levels, burning etc, I thought I had turned out a pretty good image!?!?!?. Obviously not.
The photo as submitted
Here is the original
The original source file is at the link below and is 6.26MB
I would appreciate any help as to where I am going wrong. As I am a beginner in the world of DSLRs and I know I am having problems with the 300D as there is no spot metering on it that I can get to work, I'd appreciate advice on this as well. Kick me while I'm down, I can take it.