Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:23PM
I am trying to become a contributer to IStockphoto. I have passed the written exam and I am now garthering together some potential pictures for upload approval. I would very much like a critque of these photos before presenting them to the site. Any comments you can give me are greatly appreciated. I am of course mostly concerned about their acceptability and what would I need to do to fix them (if thats possible). One is titled Little Red Riding Hood at Night In Forest. The other is Sultry Woman in foggy Alley at Night
Thank you for your help
(Edited on 2013-04-24 14:26:53 by donald_gruener)
Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:45PM
-She's not in focus
-There's not enough light on her. The dramatic directional light and deep shadows are fine, but part of her still needs to be correctly exposed. She is underexposed compared to the fog in the background.
-The pose and expression are unconvincing; overall there doesn't seem to be any clear concept. What is being expressed by this image and/or how could it be used commercially?
-The "fog" is just a single artificially-generated looking cloud floating in the background which has a bluish tint to it, so it kind of looks like a massive cigarette exhale or a car that's burning oil. It doesn't look anything like a foggy night, where the fog would envelope the whole scene. This further erodes the concept.
-It's a bit noisy/artifacted in some shadow areas. Not necessarily fatal by itself but combined with all the other flaws, it's one more strike against.
Red Riding Hood:
-On the plus side, she's better lit. But:
-Again, the pose and expression look arbitary and unengaged.
-Conceptually, nothing about this says Little Red Riding Hood. Just a woman in lingerie with a red cape outdoors at night.
-I like the idea of the light in the background illuminating the "woods" but it's a bit too obvious and draws attention to itself, rather than creating some mystery; we can even see the red light on the back of the flash and make out the silhouetted shape of the flash unit. This should be more obscured and set at such an angle to not totally blow out what's right in front of it.
I personally don't think either are probably good candidates for your application, sorry. Maybe some other contributors will have additional insights to post.
Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:48PM
Posted By donald_gruener:
Maybe some other contributors will have additional insights to post.
just this ... keep it simple for your application because you are trying to show that you understand stock
take a studio shot of your attractive model doing something (wearing a headset, or reacting to a computer screen, etc)
then take a few shots of your dinner and make it look even more delicious than it probably is
then, think about your work or hobby and think about the unique access or perspective you may have to create images in that theme - and shoot a few that capture that perspective
that's it ... after you are accepted as a contributor you can do all the artistic stuff you want - but when that stuff doesn't sell you may come back to simple concepts
(Edited on 2013-04-24 15:51:14 by tomprout)
Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:52PM
^ That's excellent advice.