Posted Fri Mar 29 3:12PM
Hi all, before I moved into the world of DSLR I took lots and lots of photos using a Nikon P80. I travelled the world with this camera and I took some great pics with it at 10MP and considering submitting some of them. I would like to know if anyone has had any experience of uploading to iStock from cameras that aren't DSLR.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can give me.
Posted Fri Mar 29 5:59PM
Istock will accept non DSLR photos. Many people here do their entire work with point and shoot cameras or semi professional point and shoot cameras. You might have to downsize your photos in order to get them accepted though. Depends upon how many megapixels your sensor has. All photos should be run throuh a noise reduction program like photo ninja. Hope this helps. Good luck.
(Edited on 2013-03-29 17:59:23 by Coast-to-Coast)
Posted Mon Apr 1 6:24AM
Most of us start out by dusting off our pre-iStock "gems" ... but few of them get accepted and even fewer sell. The reason is not that you may or may not be a decent photographer - it's just that when you took those vacation grab shots you were not aware of the standards needed for a site like this, nor of the commercial value of what buyers want to buy.
I'm not trying to discourage you ... but your time may well be better spent thinking of stock concepts and executing those well.
Posted Mon Apr 1 12:56PM
Just to note what you probably already know (but what I learned the hard way, as usual): I'm guessing that camera only recorded in JPEG. If so, you should first convert image to TIFF before doing and 'saving' any adjustments in PS. Set original jpeg image aside as your 'original'. Then when totally finished adjustments, can convert final product to JPEG to upload to IS. Reason is that adjusting and 'saving' can deteriorate the quality of the original JPEG, perhaps causing IS rejection of an otherwise acceptable image.
(Edited on 2013-04-01 13:00:00 by Royer)
Posted Sun Apr 7 12:26PM
Thank you for all your replies.
Royer, yes I kept all my original JPEGs before I editted. At the time I used Aperture to edit JPEGs but now use Lightroom since moving to DSLR. Would start again in Lightroom if I'm submitting any.
Also, Coast-to-Coast, I do all my noise reduction in Lightroom now so would use that.
tomprout, thanks, I understand perfectly where you're coming from and this has been on my mind and hence the post. Any pre DSLR submissions would be have to be stunners as the quality is just not on a par with a DSLR. The shots may look good but I'm slightly worried about the built in lens and it's artifacts, could be more trouble than it's worth. I may have a week submitting my weekly limit just to try it I suppose.
Thanks again everyone.
Posted Mon Apr 8 12:59AM
Rather than wasting your precious upload slots, why not post a couple of the non DSLR images in the "Critique Request" forum and let the friendly and helpful individuals who frequent that forum give you advice on whether they will "cut the mustard" here.
Just a thought.
Posted Mon Apr 8 7:07AM
I got accepted one JPG from Imperial Savoy camera - 620 mm, so I guess there is no big problem. Just upload and wait for inspection to do their job.
Posted Mon Apr 8 7:14AM
Posted By cunfek:
I got accepted one JPG from Imperial Savoy camera - 620 mm, so I guess there is no big problem. Just upload and wait for inspection to do their job. :)
The OP was asking about older non DSLR digital cameras, not film cameras. There are separate queues for digital and scanned images and there has never been any issue with uploading film scans.
As for digital uploads, iStock doesn't have an approved camera list. Each file is inspected and judged on its own merits. So long as the files meet all of the creative and technical standards, they may be accepted. Obviously the better the camera the fewer technical hurdles may be placed in your way, but even point and shoot cameras can provide acceptable results when used carefully and correctly. You may find though that downsizing is your friend when using a less capable camera.
(Edited on 2013-04-08 07:15:35 by kelvinjay)