Posted Mon Apr 15 2:29PM
I'll use this photo as the example as it's representative. I have two others that got this same rejection notice. I'll copy the entire notice below. What I don't understand is that the rejection is for composition, which usually means (I think) the inspector just didn't think it was a subject that had any commercial value or there were already just too many in the collection and this one wasn't quite up to par. OK, no problem. They have always come with a no-resubmit. Seems logical to me.
BUT, these came with that rejection, but with a resubmit. In that case, can someone tell me what I could/should do to this to fix it? Tighter crop perhaps? I know we're just talking about this pic, but maybe it will give me ideas for the others.
We regret to inform you that we cannot accept your submission, entitled Whole green beans wrapped in bacon ( https://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/23735132/2/stock-photo-23735132-whole-green-beans-wrapped-in-bacon.jpg) for addition to the iStockphoto library for the following reasons:
We're sorry, but we found the overall composition of this file could be improved. With the rapid growth of the iStock collection, we give valuable consideration to each file but unfortunately cannot accept all submissions. Please don't take it personally. This isn't necessarily a reflection of your photography or skill, rather a decision by iStock to determine commercial applications for your images as royalty-free stock.
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(Edited on 2013-04-15 14:34:04 by kelvinjay)
Posted Mon Apr 15 3:26PM
That rejection notice is boilerplate which gets used with any image which just overall doesn't cut it. It's not necessarily saying that only the composition is the issue.
The lighting is poor.It's overexposed to begin with, the colors are washed out. That's not always fixable in post. The light seems to come from straight overhead and is a bit harsh and clinical. It doesn't render the food appetizing at all...which is critical for food photography.
The almost-but-not-quite straight down perspective just looks rather snapshot-ish. Had you shot square on from directly above, or gotten lower/closer for a more interesting perspective, that would certainly have helped. Here we see some extraneous and not particularly appealing details along the edges, such as the unattractive pan and random spots and stains. It would probably benefit from some kind of crop if you can improve the lighting & color.
Posted Mon Apr 15 3:36PM
The framing is very awkward with not enough of the auminum pan shown to be of much use. The angle of the shot, although a bit "artsy" doesn't work and it is difficult to see how the photo might be worked into a presentation. Backing off to show the whole pan might be a better choice.
Maybe squaring by cropping to show only the bacon wrapped beans would work better.
I agree that a resubmit on a "not stock" rejection is a departure from the norm. I have never seen such a rejection with a resubmit.
(Edited on 2013-04-15 15:37:58 by gladassfanny)
(Edited on 2013-04-15 15:39:01 by gladassfanny)
Posted Mon Apr 15 3:41PM
OK, thanks. How's this? I cropped and rotated it more and played with colors. I had brightened it probably too much before cause I'm always afraid IS will think it's not bright enough.
edit--oops, forgot to put in link
(Edited on 2013-04-15 15:43:14 by erniedecker)
Posted Mon Apr 15 3:48PM
gladassfanny, I was working on it while your post came through. Didn't see it til after I had posted my revision. I thought about cropping it a little tighter like yours, but just didn't quite go that far. I like both versions.
Yeah, that's the first I'd gotten a resubmit like that and it kinda threw me...
Posted Mon Apr 15 4:00PM
Bob's crop works better.
Lighting is still an issue to my eye though.
Posted Tue Apr 16 9:05AM
What stands out to me is that you have a photo that looks flat (even though it's not shot straight down from overhead), but the LL and UR corners go OOF. DOF and bokeh effects seem to work well in food shots when the shot has an interesting angle or is a macro/closeup. But when the photo falls within the "flat" range, the OOF areas look like mistakes.
Otherwise, the dish itself looks yummy!