PHOTO: Mobile Stock: Artifacts: iPhone Plane Shot

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MikeCherim
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:18PM
I was surprised when an image was rejected for artifacts because it was mobile stock (i.e. taken with a camera phone) so I asked about Mobile Stock Standards in the Help forum, thinking they were less. Donald asked me to post here so as to bring this topic to light. I'm cool with that if it's for a good cause. Ultimately he and others are probably going to tell me that the shot just isn't unique or good enough to allow for flexibility in the standards in this case. And while I should have known that would be the case, I guess I felt this shot was nice enough. It's the only time I've ever considered uploading mobile stock but to me this shot wasn't too, too bad quality-wise and I like it. I like the angle. To my eye it is a pleasing shot with lots of stock potential as a background. An exciting new day dawns.

It was shot through a window needless to say. I knew the image had artifacts -- it was probably shot at a zillion ISO. I took it with my iPhone as a matter of practicality -- I did have my good gear in an overhead bin, but the shot would have probably come out worse.

iPhone Plane Shot - Re-saved, Watermarked, 2448x3264

(Edited on 2013-01-18 12:22:26 by MikeCherim )
donald_gruener
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:38PM
I'd agree that overall the quality is entirely reasonable for a mobile device. This level of noise/artifacting COULD potentially be accepted...if the subject/lighting/etc were compelling enough.

But yeah, you've already realized what the issue is. The commonality of the subject, combined with the pretty heavy blow out at the sun/clouds...even shot with a DSLR, this one would be tricky to get through.

It's far from a bad shot. We're really seeing some iffy random junk in terrible light trying to become legitimate via Instagram filters. And we're seeing some impossibly overprocessed chunky artifacted stuff that makes your shot look like French Silk pie. So hopefully there's a little solace there.

The whole MobileStock thing is - in the framework of iStock - still in its infancy and everyone's still kind of learning as we go, both in terms of how the Content team handles this material and how the contributors make use of this new avenue. At this particular moment in the process, I'd say the Inspector has handled the file in way he/she has been instructed to do so.

The artifacting itself is within reason...on the right shot.
MikeCherim
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:57PM
Thanks. I'm out for a few days. I'll check back to this next week. Have a nice weekend.
slobo
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:01PM
Posted By MikeCherim :
 I did have my good gear in an overhead bin, but the shot would have probably come out worse.

no it wouldn't! I have number of high quality, full resolutions shots through airplane window with my 5D and 5DmkII cameras.
TheRealDarlaCLOSED
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:02AM
I don't know of a stock site that is interested in shots that were obviously taken from a commercial airplane window.  There are millions of similar images already available, and this one doesn't have anything new to offer.    Technically, it's crooked.  The least little problem is enough to get such an image rejected from ANYPLACE.
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:28PM
Mmmmm...French silk pie...
ChaoticHouse
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:01AM

What is the size restriction on mobilestock photography??... I have lots of images taken on my iphone4 that would be ideal for backgrounds etc.. Is there a separate upload area? I'm going round in circles here!!!:-/


 
kelvinjay
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:13AM

Posted By ChaoticHouse:

What is the size restriction on mobilestock photography??... I have lots of images taken on my iphone4 that would be ideal for backgrounds etc.. Is there a separate upload area? I'm going round in circles here!!!:-/


 


Photos produced on all devices have to meet the minimum file size which is 1200x1600 pixels, which equates to iStock's medium size. All photos are uploaded via the regular web upload link or via Deep Meta, regardless of what camera or phone they were shot on.

Mobile uploads need to meet the standards that iStock set but may catch a slight break on some technical flaws if they capture something rare or spontaneous. Backgrounds often sell at larger sizes, so ones downsized to medium may not be that useful to many buyers and due to the massive supply of backgrounds, they need to be well executed.

(Edited on 2013-03-25 09:17:14 by kelvinjay)
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