Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:48PM
So, I read the mobilestock brief and decided to give it a shot. I uploaded THIS photo, taken on my Galaxy S2, thinking it was the most fun shot I had. The brief talked about 'real' moments and I thought this fit. The rejection was a mile long (nothing new for me) so, now I'm not sure I understood the brief or the main idea behind mobilestock. I guess I assumed the subject and feel of the shots were more important than the technical quality. I can see that I was mistaken, but I need to figure out what to do next time. I am here to learn, for sure, so hit me with it. I get it...yes, my kid is cute, but somehow, the photo sucks!
We found the overall composition of this file's lighting could be improved. Some of the technical aspects that can all limit the usefulness of a file are:
-Direct on-camera flash and/or flash fall-off (bright subject, dark background)
-Harsh lighting with blown-out highlights that lack details and/or distracting shadows
- Distracting lens flares
-Incorrect white balance
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? The depth of field is too shallow, leaving too much of the subject out of focus.
? Texture image with focus fall-off to one side or in the corners. Texture shots should generally be in sharp focus across the entire image.
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(Edited on 2012-09-24 13:48:55 by AprilAnderton)
(Edited on 2012-09-24 14:05:27 by AprilAnderton)
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:05PM
While you may have taken it with a phone, there is nothing to it that makes it look any different than a regular dslr shot, so it's judged as such. With that in mind, it is out of focus, has harsh lighting, and an image printed on the shirt. If you had run it through some filters or app to "mobile it up" it might be a different case. Although still, I'm not sure how you would use the image.
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:32PM
Yep - the fact that we're accepting - dare I say encouraging? - mobile shots doesn't mean all the standards go out the window. We'll accept the limitations inherent to the medium (small files, imperfect optics, sometimes noisy & overprocessed) but it still needs to be a good photo.
The whole point of MobileStock is, we don't want to turn away good photos just because they were shot on a phone. The fact that something is shot on a phone does not add any inherent value though. Still gotta be a good photo.
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:32PM
The fact that something is shot on a phone does not add any inherent value though. Still gotta be a good photo.
There's my problem. Working on it. So, what about something like this thumbnail below (links to full res). I'm posting in the same thread because I saw another person who was asked to put their critique requests in the same thread instead of starting another one, so I'm hoping I'm following protocol here.
I took this one after reading the brief and the article. It was in full sun, though, so you could say the lighting is harsh again. Colors are flat, etc ??
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:51PM
Well, already this is a much more compelling photo - I really like it. The light's a bit harsh & flat but I would call it passable given the interesting subject & excellent composition. The image quality is shaky and is where you're more likely to encounter trouble on this one. A lot of us are downsizing our mobile photos quite a bit to yield a cleaner file. A downsized version of this would be acceptable.
(Perfectly fine to keep it in this thread since it's really a related inquiry)
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:55PM
Thank you. That was really helpful. I would have thought sticking with the largest version possible would be the best, but I can see where that might be different in mobilestock.
Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:19PM
Really interesting perspective in the photo.. the second one ), I like it. It almost looks like a minture table and chair. All this phone stuff has me thinking about buying a phone... and yet, nothing else has ever convinced me I needed to have a gadget so the world could reach me when i'm out photo'ing.. maybe i could find an old one, just for the photos... i don't need to connect.
Posted Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:55PM
Acceptance!! Thank you for your advice donald_gruener!
Posted Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:03PM
Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:22AM
Really love this shot, hope it's a great seller. I'd rate it but we can't right now!.