Help! Rejection driving me nuts :)

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x3rviarCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:59AM
Hello there,
I got a whole set of images rejected and I would really really appreciate it if someone could tell me how I could improve them and what I could do in case of next time. The reason for rejection is the usual

"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
-Flat/dull colors
-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 "


Since I cannot tell what is wrong, I'd like learn and get some expert opinion because the rejection is driving me nuts...

Images can be found here   http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/

The image links:

http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/1-6.jpg

http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/1-5.jpg

http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/1-4.jpg

http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/1-3.jpg

http://www.xerviarfotos.yzi.me/Help/1-2.jpg






(Edited on 2013-01-11 03:00:28 by xerviar)

(Edited on 2013-01-11 03:06:19 by xerviar)

(Edited on 2013-01-11 03:08:07 by xerviar)

(Edited on 2013-01-11 05:04:21 by kelvinjay)
sjlocke
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:55AM
"Malicious Web Site Blocked"

Sorry.
x3rviarCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:09AM
Posted By sjlocke:
"Malicious Web Site Blocked"

Sorry.

Am sorry about that. I have transfered the files to this link/directory http://xerviarfotos.xp3.biz/Help/ because I am having a prouble setting up dropbox
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:12AM
From that list of potential flaws, you need to work to avoid these:

-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

The lighting is really bad, but the awkward tight crops and the model rocking a "just got out of bed look" don't really help to make these attractive stock photos either. A woman with a tape measure is such an easy thing to shoot and iStock has thousands of images of this subject already, so you need to meet a higher standard.

Next time, get the flash off the camera, use natural light or employ some kind of lighting modifier to soften the shadows and have the model look a little more presentable, or, if she is supposed to look awful, make it look more deliberately so.

(Edited on 2013-01-11 05:59:48 by kelvinjay)
sjlocke
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:33AM

Posted By xerviar: Am sorry about that. I have transfered the files to this link/directory http://xerviarfotos.xp3.biz/Help/ because I am having a prouble setting up dropbox


Directory is empty.
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:09AM
The image links I added work fine for me...
x3rviarCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:13AM
Posted By sjlocke:


Posted By xerviar: Am sorry about that. I have transfered the files to this link/directory http://xerviarfotos.xp3.biz/Help/ because I am having a prouble setting up dropbox



Directory is empty.it is here http://www.xerv.x11s.org/Help/
esp_imaging
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:40AM
The lighting is neither interesting or flattering. It looks like you have used on camera flash, or flash from very close to the camera. In general, istock does not like shots lit like this; and it doesn't resemble attractive natural light and shots like this can easily be lit with more complex and attractive studio lighting.
donald_gruener
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:38AM

Posted By kelvinjay:

The lighting is really bad, but the awkward tight crops and the model rocking a "just got out of bed look" don't really help to make these attractive stock photos either. A woman with a tape measure is such an easy thing to shoot and iStock has thousands of images of this subject already, so you need to meet a higher standard.

Next time, get the flash off the camera, use natural light or employ some kind of lighting modifier to soften the shadows and have the model look a little more presentable, or, if she is supposed to look awful, make it look more deliberately so.



I would echo word for word what Kelvin said.

Additionally, the composition and crops are awkward, and conceptually, these are shaky. There's no indication at all of what we're supposed to think she's measuring. The fact that she appears to be undressed can even lead to some conclusions that maybe you weren't intending at all. #1-6 is completely perplexing. Unclarity and ambiguity in communicating the concept renders a stock photo virtually useless.

Note, better composition & concept would not have saved these - the lighting is too poor regardless. But those are other details it's crucial to be aware of when shooting for stock.
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