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Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:22 am

I was just curious what other people's opinions were on the topic of both viewing and uploading multiple similar images at a given time? (i.e. Vacation to SXM - Upload all 30 beach approach shots at once or trickle them in 1 or 2 at a time over the next few months or more...)

I personally go for the latter, and rarely upload more than 1 or 2 photos at a time, no matter how many uploadable shots I managed to click on a given day. As a result I end up with a fair amount of random backlog, and occasionally stumble across a newsworthy pic that is no longer relevant, but I kind of enjoy browsing through old folders looking for a forgotten keeper now and then. I also find that my post-processing suffers if I crank out too many images at once.

As a viewer I find myself usually clicking the "one-of" photos that look interesting, and only clicking on 1 or 2 shots that stand out from within a group of similar photos. After that, the impact is gone for that moment and I move on.

What type of viewer/uploader are you and why?


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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:00 am

I prefer the "trickle down" method, it is easy for photos to get lost in "the noise," but I think it all comes down to personal preference. You (the photog) should do what *you* want, not what you think others might want (or expect). I know a few people that travel a lot, especially for work, and they do not have the luxury of being able to edit and upload every day, in the type of environment it would make sense to upload in bunches.
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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:10 am

Quoting LOCsta (Thread starter):
What type of viewer/uploader are you and why?

Pretty much the same as you. Although I may shoot a hundred frames on a given day, I'll rarely upload more than one at a time. I mostly don't want to bore myself uploading 30 of the same angle/shot, but I also keep in mind not wanting to bore others. Like you, that also means I'm sitting on a huge backlog of images, especially when you consider I spend more time screening now than uploading.

Speaking of which, from a screener's perspective, there are positives and negatives to screening images from a 'card dumper'. As you know, we usually screen in batches in 5, 10, or 20, so if someone uploads 30 from their day at LHR, it's possible all the images in the batch we get will be from the same person, same day. Sure this is boring, but it can make for easy screening if they're all good quality, or all poor quality. Typically they will have all been processed the same way, and the light/angle will be similar, so we don't have to adjust too much from image to image. Boring, but relatively easier than a batch of 20 mixed images.

Interesting question, and keen to hear what others have to say.
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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:04 am

For most of the last year and a half or so, I've typically kept my upload queue full or close to it (this is when it was 10 photos, then 15 for me). But I don't upload a batch of 10 or 15 at once. I'll usually upload between 2 and 4 at a time, every few days. That's a very easy process to maintain, and allows me to not get TOO far behind (though it's a losing battle, obviously). And it prevents having to wait two weeks to find out what happened to 15 photos before I can upload any more. Recently, I've been uploading less. There are probably a couple reasons for that, but ultimately, these things go in cycles.

I do post-process far more photos than I actually upload, mostly because if I don't do them soon after shooting, I'll never get around to it (case in point: I took a TON of shots on November 6, 2011, which is the one weekend morning I shot at LAX during reverse of my favorite shooting days in recent memory; I had probably 65-75 shots to edit and possibly upload, but I STILL haven't finished editing those shots, and I'm not sure I ever will).

I do tend to pick shots that either I like, or I think other people will like. I've gotten better at NOT editing and uploading all shots of the 15 WN 737s I shoot on any given evening at the In'n'Out. Haven't quite gotten myself to where I don't even shoot them yet.....

I'm also slightly obsessive (my own diagnosis), and I appreciate having (need) something to do in the evenings when I come home from work. Since my life's relatively quiet, photo taking/editing is a great hobby to have. But there are days when I have to go visit my guitars....they get lonely. Oh yeah, and my girlfriend too.     
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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:45 am

My most recent 15 photos in the database show a good range of shots taken over a 2+ year period. Go a bit deeper and you'll see that I never upload more than 3 consecutive photos from the same angle or day.

Whenever I post my work publicly, I absolutely take into account what others might be interested in. Whether it's a day of aviation photography that I might want to share here or any other type of photography that I share on other sites, I don't like uploading a lot of similar shots. I choose my 2-3 best shots and I spread them out instead of uploading all at once.

I think it's silly to say we shouldn't care what others want to see when posting publicly. After all, isn't that why we upload in the first place? To share?? I want people to stay interested. I have also become my own worst critic and I would say 80% of what I edit, whether aviation photos or other types, never get posted publicly. I only want people to see what I consider to be my very best. Everything else remains in my personal collection, which is totally fine.

Over the years I have lost interest in sharing batches of similar photos from a single day. In fact, I don't even care to take batches of similar photos anymore. I am most interested in unique photos, whether it's a rare subject like a rare visitor at my local airport, or new and interesting angles and compositions. I like diversity and I try to make sure to build experience in all types of photography. I don't want to take dozens of side-ons or shots against a blue sky. I'd rather spread it out...try some super tight telephoto shots, or some ultra-wide angle shots, or a cockpit shot, a night shot, etc. That means a lot of what I take probably wont work for this site.

That's how I approach it. But I'm more interested in the photography than the "spotting" aspect of this hobby.  Smile

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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:52 am

I've used both methods.. It got to a point where I thought to myself that I'd want a lot of images online (the more images, the more chances of clicks and more chances of them clicking on another of your photos displayed below).. But as I go through the hundreds of ordinary pics I've taken at FRA, LHR, MUC, GVA etc, it's come to (another) point where things get a little tedious. That trip was my first to Europe so every livery was basically new to me. But once you get 30 LH/BA A32x planes depending on where you are in one day, you start to think if there's much point in it. Though there must be some photographers who, like plane spotters, want to upload a picture of every registration in the fleet.

I look back at my statistics and think it's a good thing I now have some diversity having been half way round the world to build up my stocks. I'll continue with my method, being systematic with editing so you don't miss ones you may not have edited etc.

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whether it's a rare subject like a rare visitor at my local airport

On that note, are you heading up to LAX for the space shuttle landing?
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RE: Exposure Of Sorts?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:24 pm

I prefer to edit no more than 1 photo per day for the reason that I tend to make easy avoidable mistakes after editing the first photo. In most cases I can spot the flaws the next day quite easy, getting myself back to the editing environment for a second round  

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