PHOTO: Trailers at the Kibbutz: Rejected for overall composition of this file's lighting

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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:43AM

I took this RAW at ISO 100 f/11 shutter 1/90 at 20 mm.

In development added sharpness, increased contrast, and a little vibrance.

Looking for help as to why it was rejected - anything I could do differently in postprocessing or shooting?


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We regret to inform you that we cannot accept your submission, entitled Trailers at the Kibbutz ( for addition to the iStockphoto library for the following reasons:

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
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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:08AM
The shot is underexposed and looks very flat and grey, probably due to too much shadow recovery. There's an awful lot of green / purple fringing around the edges and the shot also has a fair bit of grain from sharpening.  The makers plates and other details need cloning out.

More than anything else though, who is going to use this shot and for what purpose? It's not a great subject, doesn't have any real concept as far as I can see, and is cluttered with the other trailer, and cars and trees etc in the background. I'd just let this one go and move on. Sorry to be negative but I'd say there are better subjects. Try to get shots right "in camera" keep processing to a minimum and leave sharpening alone.

(Edited on 2013-03-15 05:10:17 by Difydave)
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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:28AM
Honestly, this is barely even a snapshot. The lighting is bad, the cropped trailer on the right is distracting, the subject has no commercial appeal, the setting is ugly, cluttered and the background distracting. I'd recommend that you move on and shoot something that has a better chance of rewarding your efforts with some sales.
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