Posted Mon May 13, 2013 5:06PM
Hello all, I am Hugh Scott been shooting pics since 1986, sold some then, used a 35mm Canon AE1, had a 4x5 Speed Graphix also... I got back in the wagon as of 2007 with website pics for my website and others with a Canon Rebel XT. (I still do BW with the AE1)
After taking a decade or two... plus off raising a family, it seems photography has changed a bit.
I grew up by Sedona Arizona around photographers trying to match the like of Ansel Adams, they seemed to be a dime a dozen in those days. These days it seems they are 2 dozen for a dime with the point and shoot digital setups.
I am looking for honest suggestions and ideas as I expect my first round of photos to be rejected.
I am not old...only 45 but my mentor in the 80s was in his late 50s very old school, we did some great work together including, Motorcross, fairs, movie set promo photos for budding stars, like Van Damme, Lundgren etc.
Todays formats it seems they are looking for a view I am only getting used to. I see things in publish that I don't perceive as good photography, I know I must adapt, so I am counting on advice from todays generation.
Some of my photos can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78991377@N02/
Some here: http://jpgmag.com/people/Viewpoint
Please critque... perhaps I will do better on round two, here.
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013 12:13AM
Just a quick thought. It might be more useful to look at the guidelines for this forum, and make available (watermarked) full-sized versions of your rejected images, for critique. (You refer to 'round 2', so I assume you have had your first set of application photographs rejected?) Also, look at the other posts here, where people have put up their application photos for review before submitting them.
iStock is a bit of a mixed-message site. On the one hand, it supplies stock photography to the world. You may need to pay attention to the photographs that are used in magazines, leaving space around the subject so that designers have more to work with, leaving space for text...those sorts of issues.
There is another side of iStock that strongly reflects its owners, Getty. You will see this in 'Agency' and 'Vetta' images, images in special collections that have style and sell at a higher price point. It takes a while to get used to all the ins and outs and yes, now and again, the Earth does move.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013 12:26AM
Broadly speaking well executed pictures of people doing everyday things sell well.
If you are starting out again to re-boot your photography looking at the Vetta/Getty collections will be inspiring but also be daunting,choose a simple subject and try and put a new twist on it to illustrate it and do the best you can.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:00AM
I'm not going to spend time browsing image collections to look for individual photos to critique for istock suitability.
How about you choose 3 shots that you think are of strong (saleable) subject matter and are technically well executed as a potential submission here for approval as a contributor and ask us to critique them.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:27AM
AS Roger (Whiteway) says, you'd be better off putting links to the specific images rejected, rather than a PF of images.
Basically for application you need to show diversity of subjects, (a landscape, a person doing something and a still life are often suggested) and some understanding of what stock actually is. Images should show some sort of concept where possible. Also show a reasonable level of technical abilility. Shoot just for application. Don't go through your hard drive looking for images.
If you post the specific images here you intend to submit for application, someone here will give you some feedback on how suitable they are.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:29AM
If you'd like to provide some direct links to the three images that you are considering uploading, we will be happy to provide critiques on their suitability. Please make sure the files are available for us to view at their 100% full size, with a watermark if you think it's necessary.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013 5:18PM
Nothing has been rejected as of yet, it still shows pending.
My hesitance concerning potential acceptance is based on what I have seen since I posted them.
I notice the suggestion was for landscape or a still life, when I signed up here they implied that these two styles were not encouraged.
I appreciate the input from you Whiteway concerning borders, had not thought about that.Question; what direction could you point me to for a good watermark program.
Clarkandco, I have been doing as you suggest, trying to get a feel for what is popular, your comment is spot on.
Dify, I concur in hind site....after I posted my app, I then started thinking as you are saying I should have shot just for application.I did exactly what you said...searched my Mac for what I assumed would be accepted.
i guess I will wait it out and if I get the rejection I will post the images.
Thank all of you for your input, my links are directed at sites I am sure most of you are familiar with, I being unfamiliar with the format and layout of this site was not sure the best method so I used what I knew.
I look forward to more suggestion as I await the outcome of my app.
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 12:27AM
Posted By Carolindiphotos:
I appreciate the input from you Whiteway concerning borders, had not thought about that. Question; what direction could you point me to for a good watermark program.
Most of the usual photo-processing software from Adobe, Corel, even free programmes such as The Gimp and Irfanview, are sure to have a facility for adding a watermark.
Not everyone uses Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photo Elements; but if you do then an easy way to make a watermark is through using two layers, putting large text (your watermark) on the top layer, then blending the two layers together.
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 2:45AM
You can use the same watermark technique in the Gimp. If you use the Gmic plugin it also has a "quick watermark" facility.
Those particular types of images are just one suggestion. I imagine a lot of people have been accepted using that formula. Whatever you shoot you do need to show diversity of subjects though.
Good luck with your application.