First of all I want to preface this blog post with the statement that I salute every planespotter/ aviation enthusiast who is a screener on one of the many aviation photography websites on the internet. You dedicate hours of your time for the benefit of the community. I am grateful for your work and so is every other viewer and plane spotter of these websites.
The Screening Process
The idea of screening is to ensure quality control over the photos on the websites. You upload your photo to one of the many conventional aviation photography websites (at planeimages it goes straight to production for you to share), it then goes into a queue where screeners evaluate the photo if it is good enough to go to live production environment or if they reject on the basis "its not a good enough photo"
A good idea in theory, a bad idea in practice.
Seeing the light
I've had many a photos rejected through the screening process that then go on to be featured in magazines or people comment on social media telling me how much of a cool photo it is.
Hang on a minute you say to yourself
"These established, elite aviation photography websites reject your photos and then these go onto be published in magazines". "Yes - that's right." "Why do they reject your photos?" "Good question I don't know. The last reason was too much contrast"
Too much contrast. What do you mean too much contrast?
This is photography. A hobby to push ones creative limits and explore your talents as a creative genius.
Hundreds of thousands of planespotters immerse themselves in photography.
Hundreds of thousands of planespotters spend thousands of dollars on high end photography equipment.
Hundreds of thousands of planespotters have photos rejected on a daily basis.
One, two or three people shouldn't decide if a photo is worthy enough to be put onto public view of website.
I thought to myself "Alot my photos are being rejected, this has to stop. I know I'm not a crap photographer so why do I feel like one after using all these other websites?"
And so PlaneImages was born.
Some of the best photos I've seen haven't been on an aviation photography website because they are so creative. These have been rejected because they did not meet some bland criteria.
Photography comes down to personal preference. When photos are screened this means someone is interpreting them differently to you or I. What I think might be a good photo, you might think is rubbish.
This leads to inconsistent screening.
That's why we don't do screening at PlaneImages.
At PlaneImages.net we take the view that the community should decide what is good photo and what isn't.
We have a mathematical algorithm that rates photos. Before you ask, I can't tell you the formula. That's our secret to remaining different and competitive otherwise we would be no different than the other aviation photography websites who all have the screening model.
Don't be afraid to upload your photos.
We want to foster creativity and share aviation photography for the world to see.