I am creating this to give a little reminder to some of our eager “phone spotters” on the community.
Now, there is nothing wrong with taking pictures and videos on your phone; in fact, the newest phones can take 2160p (4K) video, and take pretty good pictures as well. But, because of how small the phone camera is still, and the lower amount of megapixels and smaller lens.
So, even though the photos you take on your phone look good unedited, if you try to crop your photo, the quality drops dramatically. This is where the power of DSLR is evident.
I am simply trying to urge users to not post poor quality phone pictures (or just poor pictures in general). Any reply or topic that starts with “Sorry for the bad quality, but these were taken with my iPhone 11” etc. is a red flag for not being worth posting.
Misha’s guidelines for the #real-world-aviation spotting category touch on some questions you should ask before creating a spotting topic, but I think these should apply to all pictures posted in general:
- How much of the aircraft can you see?
- Can you see the registration?
- How pixelated is your photo if you are zoomed in a long way?
- Is there any way to add to the post to enhance the topic if your photos are not the best quality?
Remember, the IFC does not have unlimited storage. So, for the storage we do have, let’s post our best photos :)
Quick note, I think it would be fair to post a low quality photo of an especially rare aircraft, such as a AN225 or brand new 787-10. Just try to get the best picture you can!
Thanks, and have a great day!