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A couple of things I forgot whilst typing out the above:

Always go railfanning and take pictures for your enjoyment - taking stuff specifically for RP (or any other site) - is a quick way to frustration.

Take your camera out and just take photos, anything, it doesn't have to be trains. Get used to handling it, find out what all the different buttons do, see what works and what doesn't; unlike film there is a delete facility on the PC and you can view your pictures without sending them off / taking them to a lab and waiting for the results to come back, the exif data will even tell you what settings you used without having to write it down or try and remember them
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Possibly. It needs to be sharpened a bit, and the composition is a bit off. I'd recommend simply cutting off some of the ground in front of the engine and then it will have a shot.
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Maybe your more mature when posting on the forums. Plus you don't have Aspergers/Autism.. find out what it means and then tell me next time k? for the last damn time check out the topic "Will rp accept... this?"
I'm 13 years old, have 3 pictures on RP, have a worse camera than you, and have Aspergers. I'm sure if you take other contirutor's advice, you'll manage to get a photo on.

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Wow. Thats cool!
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Possibly. It needs to be sharpened a bit, and the composition is a bit off. I'd recommend simply cutting off some of the ground in front of the engine and then it will have a shot.
Thanks man! Ya i would have to fix it a bit. I'll just go and buy photoshop today and ill fix it later and then ill upload again.

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Thanks man! Ya i would have to fix it a bit. I'll just go and buy photoshop today and ill fix it later and then ill upload again.

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I guess I'll toss my name into the "18 and under" hat. I'm 16 now (17 in February) but I've been in photography for nearly ten years. I also have nearly 120 photos on RP (although admittedly no where near the caliber of Chase and some of the other young guns on this site) , so that further dismantles the old "RP hates young people" hypothesis.

The key is practice. Five years ago I found it extremely hard to get photos worthy of acceptance onto Railpictures, and most of the shots that did get on wouldn't stand a chance with today's screening standards. I'll admit that I've been very frustrated at rejections I've received (even today), but you have to move on. Give it time and a lot of patience and you will see an improvement in your work. As the others have said, constructive criticism is one of the best ways to learn, you can receive that by posting your images here for review before you submit them to the screeners.
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I'm 13 years old, have 3 pictures on RP, have a worse camera than you, and have Aspergers. I'm sure if you take other contirutor's advice, you'll manage to get a photo on.
Awesome!

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I guess I'll toss my name into the "18 and under" hat. I'm 16 now (17 in February) but I've been in photography for nearly ten years. I also have nearly 120 photos on RP (although admittedly no where near the caliber of Chase and some of the other young guns on this site) , so that further dismantles the old "RP hates young people" hypothesis.
Austin you have some great stuff!
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I guess I'll toss my name into the "18 and under" hat. I'm 16 now (17 in February) but I've been in photography for nearly ten years. I also have nearly 120 photos on RP (although admittedly no where near the caliber of Chase and some of the other young guns on this site) , so that further dismantles the old "RP hates young people" hypothesis.
Thanks Austin for the positive and encouraging words! I appreciate it greatly. You've got some nice stuff in the database yourself! It's clearly visible you have the creative "eye" for certain compositions, etc.

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The key is practice. Five years ago I found it extremely hard to get photos worthy of acceptance onto Railpictures, and most of the shots that did get on wouldn't stand a chance with today's screening standards. I'll admit that I've been very frustrated at rejections I've received (even today), but you have to move on. Give it time and a lot of patience and you will see an improvement in your work. As the others have said, constructive criticism is one of the best ways to learn, you can receive that by posting your images here for review before you submit them to the screeners.
Indeed, practice is the best advice. Learning from your mistakes, or perhaps in this case, learning from rejections, is ultimately the best motive to improving your skills. As many members say, the best way to start off is by understanding and capturing a simply scene. Once you mastered the "wedgie" or the "telesmash", you can then, if you desire, move onto the more unique and creative compositions that require the thinking cap.

As for the young generation on RP, I wasn't aware of so many young guns on here until now. I kinda of figured I was one of perhaps two or three, but alas, there seems to be at least half a dozen, if not more. It's definitely nice to see the younger generation participating in what I find the most successful railroad image site on the web.

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PS Elements isn't...
He said "Photoshop". I assumed he was referring to the $700 product.

PSE is definitely the way to go.

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Thanks Chase and Walter! It's nice to know so many people in my age group interested in railroad photography. If it weren't for this and other websites I'd probably assume I was the only one.

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That should help significantly improve the quality of your "finished product." IMHO, Elements is all you need to get started with post processing (and it's about $600 cheaper than CS). Just remember that no matter how skilled you are at editing, a bad photo is still a bad photo. Although I've had Photoshop rescue some of my photos that never would have seen the light of day otherwise, always keep in mind that it's best to get it right the first time.
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Ive really been having trouble with the Camera Raw part of PSE 7.
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Do you have the proper "plug-in"? Depending on the camera you're using, you may have to go to the Adobe website and download a specific add-on to support your camera.

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Please provide a link to your shots or tell us your RP name for uploading purposes, so we can have a look.
Just put Daniel DiFiore in the keywords box on the homepage

I did all of them with a Sony 5.1 Mega pixle point and shoot camera.

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Chase your 15?! If I missed a joke I will feel relieved because damn you take some good pictures.

Been wanting to say that too for quite some time, but didn't want his head to explode, lol!!!!

Seriously, the kind of quality Chase exhibits, his logical and detailed approach to workflow and his demeanor at this age destine him, in my opinion, to be one great, highly acclaimed rail photographer in the future. I was NOWHERE CLOSE to his quality when I was his age, back in the stone age.
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I did all of them with a Sony 5.1 Mega pixle point and shoot camera.
Thanks, nice. You are on your way! You need to get more trackside time out of your parents.
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Dude;

Your photo that you tried to get on does not look as good as ANY photo on this site. Sorry, but you need to take a chill pill. If you seriously want help to become a better shooter, this is the place for you. If you want to throw a temper tantrum, go get a babysitter.

Personally, I don't think you type like a 15 year old. More like a ten year old.
I think he is out of them pills...

Also dude, Thats really not a good way to introduce yourself. Calm down, Its not the end of the world...
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Chase, are you homeschooled?
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