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CayneScott
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Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:07PM

Hello, I have submitted photos twice and have not been accepted.  I would really appreciate anyone's help in pointing out problems with my next three photos.  I have two ready for critique and will submit another later.  I have been reading other critiques and hope i'm getting closer..lol. Thanks


https://dl.dropbox.com/u/107387686/boonie%20hat.jpg


https://dl.dropbox.com/u/107387686/Quality%20H20.jpg
pink_cotton_candy
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Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:29PM
both are a little noisy, not sure if that will affect your acceptance as contributor. I really like the goblet and background. Now that said, I don't think it's awesome stock. It's a fine concept but the two items don't naturally go together fabulously. Point is - if you are accepted with this as one of three, I wouldn't expect to sell like crazy if it accepted to the collection once you are accepted (sorry, hope that makes sense - the three photos you are applying with won't necessarily be accepted). I could very well be wrong on the saleability, so don't not try it!

The boy in the hat is less noisy, but I would encourage you to lightly whiten his teeth. Especially for selling. My trick in PS: make a hue/saturation layer, choose yellow, desaturate and lighten (get it to where you like it but know it will affect the rest of the image). Then invert the mask to black, and paint with a soft white brush on the mask over the teeth.

CayneScott
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Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:36PM
Thank you pink! I wasn't sure if the noise level was too much or not.   I will try to eliminate a little of it if I can..thanks for the photoshop tip..I'll give that a try!
kokkai
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:07AM
I think the noise levels in these images are okay actually. In any case they can be lenient with noise at this stage - I remember my application images being relatively noisy by iStock's standards.

These look great to me, can't pick out any major flaws other than what Pink mentioned above. Don't think you're too far off - vary the subject with your 3rd picture, something like a landscape perhaps.
RyersonClark
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:17AM
Not being an inspector, these look good to me.  Not bad stock at all.
tomprout
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:23AM
the only thing I can see that may be an issue is the the background in the goblet image goes to black on the left side - I have seen rejections for loss of detail in the shadows unless it is intentionally an isolated background

but I also agree with Pink - I don't connect the background with the subject
gladassfanny
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:46AM

These look just fine to me. I see no significant technical problems. I agree with kokkai re noise.


Both are closeups and it might be a good idea to include something from farther away. As I understand it, the objective for an application is to show not only technically acceptable photographs, but also variety in subject and compostion.


Good luck.


Bob
CayneScott
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:39AM
Thank you all for the great suggestions.  I will get a landscape photo for my third photo....I whitened the teeth and reduced noise on the boy with hat picture but was wandering if the face has too much blur now ....any thoughts?  thanks again


https://dl.dropbox.com/u/107387686/boonie%20hat2.jpg

(Edited on 2012-09-22 09:43:41 by CayneScott)

(Edited on 2012-09-22 11:19:12 by CayneScott)

(Edited on 2012-09-22 11:35:24 by CayneScott)
CayneScott
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:08PM

Here's a revision to the goblet pic...isolated on black..thanks


https://dl.dropbox.com/u/107387686/goblet.jpg
Simplyphotos
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:10PM
I think that's too much noise reduction, and agree above that they were okay before.  If you were going to do anything, maybe a light blur on the on the background not the boy.  So you can use a duplicate layer in photo shop, select the boy it doens't have to be perfect selection.  invert, and then refine the selection (contract it after reverting to pull it away from the boy and smooth it).  Then hit blur, then use the opacity to put just a little on it that will remove the noise with out the totally smooth appearance.
Simplyphotos
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:15PM
The isolation has some sharp edges and doesn't look natural.  I think i'd leave the goblet on the other background and it will probably get you accepted.  There is too many ways an isolation will get you rejected.  The wood background kind of remindmed me of an old irish or scotish pub bar against a wall while playing pool and might have been more suited to a beer stien, but i think it's okay, just not something that will have huge stock value, as not many business would have a need for that background with a water goblet.
CayneScott
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Posted Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:40AM
Posted By Simplyphotos:
The isolation has some sharp edges and doesn't look natural.  I think i'd leave the goblet on the other background and it will probably get you accepted.  There is too many ways an isolation will get you rejected.  The wood background kind of remindmed me of an old irish or scotish pub bar against a wall while playing pool and might have been more suited to a beer stien, but i think it's okay, just not something that will have huge stock value, as not many business would have a need for that background with a water goblet.



Thank you simplyphotos....I thought it might be too much on the boy.....I will go with the original goblet pic and see if it gets


accepted.  I have a landscape photo I will post soon for the third application photo....I appreciate the help!
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