Seems like machines doing the rejection.

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kachadurian
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:47AM

I keep getting the same rejection notice on many files, but it has no relationship to the images submitted.


-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


In every case the files are carefully lit, exact in white balance (I shoot product catalogs), no flare, in short, nothing technically wrong.


It almost seems like they don't want it but don't want to say why. I can handle the rejection, but the reasons are baffling.


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Is it that the colors need to be oversaturated? Do they want extreme contrast? Is it that shallow depth of field throws them?


Who is looking at these files? Are they imaging professionals or just people with a sheet of guidelines?
esp_imaging
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:05AM
No
Posted By kachadurian:

I keep getting the same rejection notice on many files, but it has no relationship to the images submitted.


-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

^ The "lighting" rejection could be any of these possible causes, or maybe something else.

Posted By kachadurian:

Is it that the colors need to be oversaturated?

Do they want extreme contrast?

Is it that shallow depth of field throws them?

No to all these 3.

Istock just prefers images that are a little bit brighter than the shots you have posted.
Don't take it personally. just make shots for istock a bit brighter than you might normally. I believe that brighter shots tend to sell best, so why not?
CHBD
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:12AM
Istock just prefers images that are a little bit brighter than the shots you have posted.
Don't take it personally. just make shots for istock a bit brighter than you might normally. I believe that brighter shots tend to sell best, so why not?



Agree, I started using my son as a model, it took me a while to really get it, on the funny note now when I look at him I think ha has an anemia...he is sooo pale Brightness and vibrant colour are the key.


Regards


Chris.
kelvinjay
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:20AM
Hi,

If you'd like a critique then please read and follow the instructions here:

| > PLEASE take 5 minutes to READ THIS FIRST before starting your first Critique thread < |

Once you've read and understood what's written there, feel free to come back and start another post, preferably without the same attitude. The inspectors are well trained and highly respected, no need to insult them.

Thanks.

(Edited on 2013-01-23 08:03:21 by kelvinjay)
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