Posted Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:26AM
Posted By StefaMi:
Dealing with the concept, I do not want it to be strong at all! I want just to convey the funny, unreal and paradoxical idea of buying a lovely cat (as mine) at supermarket, like any packaged/wrapped up "stuff"... then unwrapping it once back home.
You have failed to show any of that in your image. If that was your intention then the cat should be being unwrapped or unpacked in a home environment, not on a white background. There is nothing to show that it has come from a supermarket, no shopping bags etc to illustrate your point.
Regarding concept of the cat shot, I think it's a case of so near and yet so far. If you had a shot of someone letting the cat out the bag, then you'd have a stock shot with a real concept. As it is, you just have a strange juxtaposition with incredibly limited commercial appeal. I'd not submit this shot.
A really simple nicely exposed and composed shot of the animal, which would have sales potential, would probably serve you far better than some really obscure comedy shot of it in a box for no clear reason.
(Edited on 2012-08-30 06:34:12 by kelvinjay)
Posted Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:26AM
Either by getting enough light on the background to blow it out, preferably with the subject off said background, or by careful work is post to remove the "non white" parts of the background by using, levels, masking and dodging to acheive the same effect. Tricky to do, easy to get wrong, particularly with fur etc. I'd shoot on a definite coloured background. I would avoid isolation, or what might look like isolation for an application.
Posted Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:14AM
A "strong" concept doesn't need to be serious. You can do humor, but it has to come across to the viewer. I agree with kelvinjay on your cat image. On the technical side, if you're going to submit an "isolated on white" type of shot, you need to show the inspectors you can do it expertly. It needs to be a pure white, clean background.
Posted Sun Sep 2, 2012 8:04AM
Thanks again for your precious suggestions. I am wondering about replacing the last shot with the following one, I took yesterday:
- Sweet cuddly Toys
Do you think it can be used for the application?
(Edited on 2012-09-02 08:05:36 by StefaMi)
Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:45AM
Looks OK to me. It's a little bit underexposed, "flat and grey" curve adjustment would fix that.
There's some colour noise in some of the shadow areas, and some CA round the feet. Clean the dirt and hairs off the background.
Don't really know about the subject though.
(Edited on 2012-09-03 04:46:09 by Difydave)
Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:55AM
IP wise, cuddly toys are often difficult to get accepted for commercial RF licensing. For that reason, it's not an ideal subject to upload as part of your application, if your intention is to show that you can produce shots that would be accepted and that would sell here.
Technically, Difydave's analysis looks right to me. If it was a bit brighter, that would probably help. I've edited the top half of this thumbnail to show more what I think it should look like.
Posted Tue Sep 4, 2012 8:52AM
So you think it would be better to replace the shot with the Cuddly Toys (beacuse of possible problems relevant to commercial RF licensing) with the following, having as unique subject my cat?
- When a Cat stares at you
(Edited on 2012-09-04 08:52:55 by StefaMi)
Posted Tue Sep 4, 2012 9:00AM
Super cute shot. I think subject wise it's a lot more useful as a stock image.
It looks just a little underexposed though. I've corrected the right side here to just brighten it up a touch.
Posted Tue Sep 4, 2012 9:10AM
Yes that's much betetr with the adjustment. Spot meter the subject when you have large light coloured areas like sky or light backgrounds to get a true reading.
It's quite an interesting exercise, to select the light area, (the background in this case), invert the selection, and then see what the curve of the subject looks like.
Posted Tue Sep 4, 2012 9:13AM
Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012 7:26AM
In the end... I have succeeded!
I have uploaded:
- this brighter version of When a Cat stares at you;
- a warmer version of Summer Tourism in Italy;
- and the following one: Sabina Cove - Asinara Island, Sardinia (Italy);
I know very well that the hard work begins just now; anyway I would like to Thank all of you for your continuous and precious support!
(Edited on 2012-09-07 07:21:24 by StefaMi)
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Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012 9:35AM
Nice one congrats on getting accepted! Good luck with your site uploads and don't let rejections get you down, they are our path to learning and improving.
Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012 9:56AM
Excellent, congratulations! Another success story.
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