PHOTO: Editorial. Lighting. Copyright

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Mak_photo
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Posted Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:16AM

Hello, 


I uploaded the following photograph ( https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57670414/waterworks%20hdr_Panorama1.jpg ) as an editorial last week and got the following rejection reasons:


+++caption information (which I see what I did wrong)


+++ excessive reduction of highights


+++The fabric or wallpaper in this file is likely subject to copyright in favor of the original designer. Because the fabric design is the predominant aspect of the file, the file will likely constitute an unauthorized derivative work and therefore represent infringement of the exclusive copyrights of the designer. If you are the owner of the rights to the original work (i.e. the fabric design), or have other specific, verifiable reasons that suggest our initial assessment is inaccurate (such as if the copyright has expired in the original work) please create a Scout ticket (http://www.istockphoto.com/contact_ticket.php) to have this file reconsidered.


+++ incomplete exif data 
The EXIF data of your photograph is missing and is required for this image to be approved at iStockphoto for editorial use.


 


I'm having problems understanding the last 3 reasons for rejection esp the 3rd one. I uploaded the photograph as an editorial so I wasn't expecting to get any problems regarding copyright/trademark issues but got a rejection about original designer copyright...does that mean designer of the surrounding buildings ? and I didn't do any changes to the exif data of the file but its saying that the exif is missing, how can I fix that ? 


Bottomline: Should I resubmit or forget about this one? 


Thank you!


 
Difydave
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Posted Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:38AM

The excessive highlight adjustments most likely refers to the blocky dark patches in the highlight areas, for instance under /behind the bridge the reflections on the water.


I don't see any wallpaper or fabric here, or am I completetely missing something? A mis-click by the inspector perhaps? The buildings don't look particularly special. Unless someone knows differently of course.


You've got some exif data there, but don't remove anything for submission here.


You've also got quite bad CA, (red/ green fringing in places, particularly in the bottom LH corner.
slobo
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Posted Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:56AM

lots of chromatic aberration, particularly on the left side of the image. Some parts of the image are blurred likely due to overlap when indexing several images. A few highlighted areas are missing too much detail (overexposed). Other than that, lovely image.


I don't know why is this editorial?
donald_gruener
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 1:22PM
For the EXIF rejection, is it possible you saved the JPEG using Save For Web? That strips some data from the EXIF, you should always just use File>Save As... to save your JPEG.

There's a lot of weirdness in the reflections...did you do any editing on this? That normally would not be permitted on an editorial submission.

Though, yeah, like slobo I'm wondering why you uploaded as editorial in the first place?

Regarding the "fabric/wallpaper" note...that third rejection reason makes no sense whatsoever. Let me do a little digging here and see what I can find out. It seems like a misclick, but any of the other rejections next to that one also don't make sense here. I'll come back with more info.
donald_gruener
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 2:06PM
Can you sitemail me the image number? Thanks!
donald_gruener
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 12:19PM
OK, having taken a closer look at the rejection record, it's clear that the "fabric/wallpaper" text was an inadvertent paste error, something the Inspector had previously copied and that got accidentally pasted into your rejection notice. You can disregard that portion of the rejection. This should also be clear to the Inspector who gets the resubmission, and shouldn't cause a problem.

The other items in the rejection need to be addressed. You didn't respond to my question above as to your saving technique. Normally the EXIF should remain intact unless you either deliberately removed some of it (sounds like you didn't) or you did Save For Web. The editorial Inspectors have no choice, they cannot approve an image that's missing certain critical pieces of the EXIF data.
Willowpix
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 2:30PM
Donald, is there any way you can direct me to the opposite inspector(s) who might perhaps sometimes inadvertantly copy/paste acceptance notices into my submissions?
Mak_photo
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 2:31PM

Thanks for your replies everybody!


@slobo: do i need to address these issues that you talked about before I re-upload the image or the excessive highlights rejection doesnt cover those ??


and I uploaded it as an editorial since one of the buildings have the cross sign on it which is the trademark of blue cross i think, should I have uploaded it as a creative pic and not an editorial ??


@donald, thanks for your help and inquiry! regarding the EXIF this was my saving technique: 


I imported the pics into lightroom and then exported them into Photomatix for hdr processing and saved the results in a folder (i just hit save image button). Then opened up photoshop and stitched them together to get my panorama. Not sure if this causes exif data to get lost? can i do something else or add the exif data to the file after im done??


Thank you a lot !
youngvet
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 3:02PM
The blue cross sign on the building would need to go, but that may be difficult with the flare from the bright light. You could just clone out the corners and make it look like a large round light. Not sure if it will look right, but you can play with it. I've always cloned it out of the images I've uploaded of the Philly cityscape.

The CA is quite bad, it really should be fixed as slobo mentioned above. I see it over most of the image.

Nice image. I don't live too far from there.

(Edited on 2012-10-02 15:03:27 by youngvet)
donald_gruener
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 3:10PM

Posted By Mak2662:

I imported the pics into lightroom and then exported them into Photomatix for hdr processing and saved the results in a folder (i just hit save image button). Then opened up photoshop and stitched them together to get my panorama. Not sure if this causes exif data to get lost? can i do something else or add the exif data to the file after im done??



I'd bring this question into the editorial forum. I'm thinking that manually adding EXIF back in defeats the purpose, I think the Inspectors need to compare the orginal image data with the caption info. I would think that any manipulation of this would compromise the integrity of the EXIF, even if you were adding the exact same info back in. But I'm only peripherally familiar with the specifics of the editorial inspecting, which is why I'd suggest bringing this question up in the Editorial forum.
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