I seem to have hit a skill level and just need to know what the problem is and how to improve it.... I have below 2 photo's. One of them is mine and was accepted to the db. I was pretty happy with the quality (it can't be that bad as it got into the db) BUT i can see better quality pictures of the same type and wish to improve my photos to that level. Heres the photo's...
My photo. Accepted to a.net
Photo © Simon Curtis
Another A.Net photo which is clearly of better quality
Photo © Bernard Eccleston
Now the question is how do i get from my level of photo to the next. Im using a Fuji S7000 which has 6.3 mil pixels. I also have Photoshop 7.0. Is the problem that my equipment is dated and i need to upgrade to a Canon 300D. I have read so many threads about people throwing money at the problem and still comming out with crap photo's after spending thousands. I have also viewed loads and to be honest most of my S7000 photos are better than some of them !!!! I don't want to fall into the same trap and waste money. Money dictates that i cannot afford at present my ideal set up of a Canon 300D + 75-200 IS L series zoom Lens !!!! (I WISH).
Is it my technique. I don't think it can be as no matter how much i fiddle with the photo i cannot seem to get the same detail. My pictures seem so matt and dull compaired to some of the others. They seem to have no life. Theres no light or shene off the aircraft !!!! Or is it the conditions the photos were taken in. Ie bright sun at mid day ???
Oh and by the way before people make sum smart alec remark about there's enough approach shots of LHR. Can i point out that i also have lots and lots of photos from other airports + GA fields but just have not got round to editing them yet......
Thanks im sure for your comments to come.