Posted Thu May 16, 2013 2:53PM
Hello everyone. I recently used these photos for my application and all three were rejected. If possible, can you all shed some light and maybe guide me in the right direction? Thanks in advance for your time and advice.
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 12:20AM
Were you given specific rejection reasons? It helps if we know.
I won't mention image quality here, since that seems pretty much OK (at a glance).
1. The house. You have pretty much a 50/50 split between foreground grass and house + sky, an awkward balance. Space for text is fine, but this doesn't look organised. Because of the angle of the shot, the house looks slightly tilted. You might do better to stick with regular, straight-on views for now, which are probably more useful for stock anyway. Leave the more imaginative work for later.
2. Nice image in principle, but you have placed this lovely lady in front of a most distracting background. Try to make your subject stand out cleanly.
3. Not the worst isolation I've seen (I can do much worse, myself). Possibly a criticism on exposure (might be brighter), and/or focus.
Don't forget to watermark your images before you upload them to Dropbox.
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 2:24AM
For quality, I think you're just about there.
As Whiteway says, you've got a very lovely model (2) - you just need to think a little more about what the customer would want. A good, clean image where the subject stands out (as she deserves to!). Personally, I'd have upped the contrast a bit to put more colour into her hair, cropped less - so that her hair and right hand are in the shot. I like the lighting.
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 3:28AM
I agree with what's already been said. I don't think you're far off, but all these images are missing "something" IMO. The house is just slightly "flat" as is the light meter, both could do with a touch more contrast. The house doesn't have much "wow" factor in the shot to me somehow, composition as noted by Roger could be better, and the big chunk of tree and shadow on the left is distracting. The lightmeter needs a good clean, it's very dusty. You need to clean items like this before shooting.
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 3:42PM
First image needs a little more contrast and color vibrance.
Second image is not that bad, I don't know why iStock didn't accept it as an application image? It is true that you could frame it differently (less crop on a model) but still...
Third one has somewhat flat light but even more importantly; do not crop when isolating! Choose something else to isolate.
Posted Sun May 19, 2013 5:55AM
First took look a little to dark in the shadows for my liking. Makes them look a little to flat. Try lightening the shadows sligthly before adding a little more contrast... could do with some more highlight in the first one