With the increase of members and images, so has the content, in particular airplanes. There has been a massive influx of these images from recent air shows.
What we will accept: Images of planes will need to have some sort of emotional attachment, something artistic to the image, they will need a second element to the picture. It could be scenery, lighting, be creative! The picture will need an “edge” to it. Something different.
What we will decline: Turning a "blue sky shot" from colour to B&W, a blue sky with the underbelly, a flyby, depending on the composition a plane on a runway and etc.
To be even more specific;
Acceptable Lighting: Good light on the plane and a nice sky in the background, (not plain grey cloud or a clear blue sky), there should be an artistic element to the shot. B&W pictures will be assessed on artistic value as well as lighting and tones.
Silhouettes: Where the aircraft is an element in the image rather than the focal point.
Acceptable Viewpoints: Images that have the belly or the back of the plane will more than likely be flagged unless there is an emphasis on the detail of the under belly or if it is not the main focus of the image. Normally there should be a hint of the cockpit, front of the plane or the top of the plane is the focus.
Aircraft on the ground: Will be considered if creatively shot, for example use of a wide angle lens, but backgrounds should be clean of distracting objects. A run of the mill plane taking off will probably not make the cut, there would need to be an artistic element to it.
Creative Elements: Depending on the aircraft type and situation, prop driven aircraft and helicopters should be shot with shutter speeds to blur the rotating elements of the subject. However it’s more preferred than a necessity, if you have the rotators, make sure they don’t look like a model Photoshopped into the image, there should be at least a hint of a blur.
From what I’ve been told --- Typically shutter speeds of no more than 1/400th and ideally no more than 1/250th second should be used, and helicopters may require considerably longer.
General Environment: No clutter around plane or oddities in taking the picture, Example -- A control tower sticking out the top of an aircraft fuselage (unless shot at slow shutter speed to blur background and thus separate from subject).
Unique subjects: Images which do not confirm to the above would only be considered if there is some uniqueness to the image, such as rarity of subject matter, location, etc. This should be made clear in the title and description such that if flagged for review there is a justification for the image to remain on the site.
Images with Multiple planes: Should respect the guidelines above, but as long as there is an artistic feel to the image it should be accepted.
Conclusion, snap and shoot images from air shows will not be accepted and will be flagged as replicative.
We don't want dissuade you from posting and trying to sell images of planes, far from it. We still want images of planes and plane-like themes however we want to push the limits of creativity and artistic merit for the subject.
Many thanks for your understanding.
Mike & Jon