Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:46AM
/Yesterday I applied for the second time and I was already rejected.
As a feedback I got following message:
"At this time we regret to inform you that we did not feel the overall composition of your photography or subject matter is at the minimum level of standard for iStockphoto. Please take some time to review training materials, resources and articles provided through iStockphoto. The photographs provided in your application should be diverse in subject matter, technical ability and should be your best work. Think conceptual, creative and most important think Stock photography. Try to avoid the average eye level push the button perspective of a common subject. Try and impress us, we want to see how you stand out from the crowd."
I feel that I need some constructive criticism to improve my skills.
This are those rejected photos:
What do you think about them?
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:14AM
I'm not viewing on a calibrated monitor right now, so this is not very technical.
1: I like the pencils, but I'm not sure if it wouldn't be more useful to designers without the pencil shavings in there. That space on the left could be very handy copy space for text without the shavings. Also, the arrangement of the pencils seems poor. They're neither randomly placed or neatly and carefully lined up. I'd try make their placement look more deliberate.
2: The shoe on white looks weird. Firstly, if you are shooting isolated on white then you massively reduce the appeal if the object breaks the frame, as the shoe does here. That really limits the usage for a designer. The shoe itself lacks detail or interest and could do with being a bit more brightly lit. Also, there are a few white specks on the shoe, which don't look right. All in all it's not a subject with much commercial potential or appeal. I'm not saying that there are no designers in the world looking for shots like this, but there's certainly not many.
3: The photo of the woman looks like a rather stiff portrait. She looks like she's smiling because she's been told to. It's not natural and neither is her pose. Chopping the head stock of the instrument off on the right doesn't help either. Maybe a shot of her just playing the instrument whilst sitting under the trees behind her could have worked better, but just standing there so formally doesn't work and the light is pretty flat and dull, which sometimes works for portraits but I'm not sure it helps here. A tiny bit of fill in flah may have helped add some sparkle to her eyes.
For your next application, I'd suggest that you post here first and let us have a look at what you're planning to submit. We may be able to help you choose stronger subjects or images from a series. Also, do more searching to see the kind of work that wells here and especially look at the portraits to see how you might improve the lighting. Good luck with your shooting.
(Edited on 2013-04-17 04:49:34 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:14AM
OK here's my thoughts.
Pencils: Done to death subject. Chipped paint on pencils. Bits of hair and random dust on background. Background is printed wood (It's showing what looks like a pattern.) Not particularly sharp.
Woman with guitar: Her smile isn't natural and pose is "wooden". End of guitar cut off. Background messy. Not particularly sharp again, focus on eyes missed.
Shoe: Lighting. Undexposed, colour balance is off greenish/yellow. Shoe has lots of spots of white. OK it's before cleaning, but probably better after. The composition doesn't really work for me as it is.
So. Shoot the guitar lady in a more natural pose and with a better background. Find something less common subject wise to shoot for a still life. Watch image hygiene (dust scratches etc.) Shoot something completely different for the third shot. A landscape for instance. Personally I'd stay away from isolations for application shots unless you are experienced at doing them. Watch the focus. Use single point focus, not auto select.
I'd post here again before resubmitting if I were you.
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:37AM
Posted By kelvinjay:
... Maybe a shit of her just playing the instrument whilst sitting under the trees behind her ...
(Edited on 2013-04-17 04:16:26 by kelvinjay)
I'm not familiar with that, Kelvin. Is it a technical term?
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:48AM
Yes. That's totally what I meant. Ahem.
Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:09PM
thank you every comments , I'll try it again and I'll post in forum before next application.
(Edited on 2013-04-18 23:10:01 by Chanisorn)