PHOTO: Strawberry Field / Garden-Bed: Rejected for the overall composition of this file's lighting could be improved

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dnaveh
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:16AM
Any suggestions as to why this was rejected?

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/108269751/D7K_7769P.jpg


 


We regret to inform you that we cannot accept your submission, entitled Strawberry Field / Garden-Bed ( https://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/23439275/2/stock-photo-23439275-strawberry-field-garden-bed.jpg) 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
- Distracting lens flares
-Incorrect white balance

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http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=95

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http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=40

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(Edited on 2013-03-16 11:35:57 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:52AM
In common with your other recent posts, the subject here is of limited commercial appeal. There are a lot of distracting and ugly elements within the frame, such as the things that look like black plastic refuse sacks. The area that is in focus, the strawberries, takes up a tiny portion of the frame and there is clutter around them. The lighting is pretty harsh sunlight and you have a harsh shadow across the only strawberry that is in sharp focus.

The over all exposure seems a bit lacking in brightness too, as can be seen from the histogram:

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I think you need to really examine the process you are using to choose what you think would make a good stock photo upload. For stock usage, you really need to tell a simple tale with an image. If it's about strawberries, make sure the frame is full of them. Fill the frame with the subject or create something beautiful. Think like a designer. Imagine what someone would be selling to need a photo like this.

I think you should consider how an image would be keyworded and then do a search here to see the kind of standard you need to meet. For example, this is what we have for growing strawberries already in the collection. That may provide a few ideas on better ways to capture this subject.
dnaveh
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:34PM
Thank you, I very much appreciate the detailed answer. I was trying to do someone different, but I certainly understand your point.  It would be helpful if the original rejection would mention limited commercial appeal when that is the case. 
kelvinjay
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:14PM
The thing about images having commercial appeal is kind of assumed as we are all generally here to sell photos. If you upload a photo of something beautiful or something rare or something with strong commercial appeal, then the inspector may be willing to over look some slight technical defects in an image. But if you upload random shots of things around you, scenes that are not nicely composed or subjects that don't have much of a market, then any defect, such as poor lighting, may well be deemed to bad enough to reject the file.

Don't lose hope and keep at it.

(Edited on 2013-03-16 13:15:37 by kelvinjay)
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