Comentado Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:01PM
I've been purchasing stock for a long time now and not a photographer, but thought it was time I started contributing
I have had my application denied, here's the feedback. I'm hoping you guys can help me push for better results.
At this time we regret to inform you that we did not feel the overall composition of your photography or subject matter is at the minimum level of standard for iStockphoto. Please take some time to review training materials, resources and articles provided through iStockphoto. The photographs provided in your application should be diverse in subject matter, technical ability and should be your best work. Think conceptual, creative and most important think Stock photography. Try to avoid the average eye level push the button perspective of a common subject. Try and impress us, we want to see how you stand out from the crowd.
I see that the angles of the shots play a big matter in getting them accepted, and also what's in them as well, that's fine I can go shoot some more stuff. Other than the subject matter and composition, how else can I improve on these shots?
Image 1: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/72960432/Dino%20copy.jpg
Image 2: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/72960432/IMG_1131%20copy.jpg
Image 3: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/72960432/IMG_1360%20copy.jpg
Thanks in advance.
(Edited on 2012-04-12 15:03:00 by mmackinven)
(Edited on 2012-04-12 15:30:30 by kelvinjay)
Comentado Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:22PM
image 1 - distracting background. Focus too soft on eye of toy. Lighting is not very even (most stock still life e.g. food, needs even lighting.
image 2 - purple CA on leaf near bottom. flower colours look blocked-up and lacking detail.
image 3 - just too noisy overall.
The standards for acceptance are quite high for technical issues. I think that you may need to concentrate on getting this aspect right in all images...
(Edited on 2012-04-12 15:23:18 by kbwills)
Comentado Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:42PM
In addition to those comments above,
1 - I would avoid any subject matter which poses any kind of question as to copyright or trademark, such as toys like this, any kind of artwork, etc.
2 - The light is just waaaay too harsh here. Avoid shooting out in midday sun like this, aim for much earlier in the morning or even later afternoon. This is also probably not a great subject as it's an excessively covered subject and not likely to impress.
3 - Subject & composition are nice, but the image is blurred from camera shake. You'll need to demonstrate technical proficiency, or rather, the ability to recognize technical flaws like this and not upload images which include them.
Good luck, keep at it!
Comentado Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:22PM
1. The interest of the image comes from the talent of the person who created the object within, not from the photographic process.
2. Uneven lighting, not sure where the focal point is supposed to be - just comes across as a snapshot.
3. Very noisy, blurry.
Comentado Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:55AM
Third pic also has fringing.
Comentado Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:28PM
Thanks guys for the feedback
From what I understand the noise and focus in the images weren't what failed?
Also on the 3rd image, the focal point is the volcano in the background, which is in focus (tree line from over 10kms away - 1st attempt at a night shot, so will keep at it. Any tips on reducing noise in night photography?
Comentado Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:14PM
Don't shoot long exposures. shoot several short ones at 100 ASA then stack them in photoshop and cleanup with NoiseNinja. Don't skimp on tripods, buy a heavy, SOLID one. And shoot Nikon, they produce the least noise in low light.
Comentado Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:24PM
Posted By BVBeckman:
Don't shoot long exposures. shoot several short ones at 100 ASA then stack them in photoshop and cleanup with NoiseNinja.
IMHO, shooting long exposures is far a simpler option.
Posted By BVBeckman:
Don't skimp on tripods, buy a heavy, SOLID one.
OK, so I agree this is decent advice.
Posted By BVBeckman:
And shoot Nikon, they produce the least noise in low light.
Open to debate.
With a decent camera and a good exposure, you shouldn't generally have too many noise problems.
Comentado Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:08AM
One more thing about Dino shot: when shooting macro clean the object with brush or blower befor the shoot and remove rest of the dust in photoshop.