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PHOTO: Please help, application rejected twice

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:14AM
Yesterday my second application has been rejected

I need some critique to help me pass next time, please.

Here is the feedback of my first rejection

Two or more of these images are very similar in subject matter, perspective or style. We would like to see a demonstrated range of diversity in technical ability and a variety in subject matter. So if you have anything else you can show us we would love to see it. We welcome you to return after the number of days specified and upload fresh samples of your work and we will re-process your application. Please note that you will not be able to upload new samples until this waiting period has passed.

Here are the photos:


Here is the second feedback:

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. 

Here are the photos


Thank you guys



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:53AM

Sorry to be so blunt, but I wouldn't have submitted any of these. The standard advice given is to shoot a person doing something, a still life, and a landscape for your application to show diversity. Shoot just for the application. have some sort of concept in mind before you shoot. The images need to be well composed, well lit, either by natural or artificial light, and technically competent in that focus is correct and the correct aperture shutter speed and ISO has been selected for the subject in the given conditions.

Briefly regarding the images you have posted:

The first bird shot is badly lit, and the subject is far too small and out of focus.

Sunset, not in focus, overuse of NR, not that interesting compositionally. The frames are the most interesting part of the shot, but are lost in the image with all that background to the left.

Night. not in focus, too much NR. Not enough of interest in shot. No "focal point" of interest.

Circle. Focus soft again. Bad chromatic aberration. Lighting not that good. Part of subject cropped off. Subject is a sculpture, and so wouldn't be allowed in the collection without a property release. A PR isn't essential for an application shot but putting a subject like this in your application set does show a possible lack of understanding of IP.

Wood and fabric. What is it? What would it be used for? I wouldn't use an abstract for an application myself.

Edge. Again subject is too small. Soft focus.  Bad lighting with bright areas and distracting shadows.

I think you have to stand back a bit, and have a look at what stock actually is, and the standards of work here. You can see that by looking at images already in the collection.

As always put your images here before sending them to allow people here to help.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:51PM
Thanks for the comment, I will try harder next time.
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