Posted Tue May 21, 2013 1:35AM
I got rejected two times and it is very weird since i think my photos are quite ok for stock photography and i have them all accepted on 5 more websites.
this is the reason:
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 images:
Images are sharp, no noise, no artifacts.
What do you think?
(Edited on 2013-05-21 03:00:49 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 2:06AM
I think they're pretty good - if I'd uploaded these photos I'd expect them to be accepted. If I were nit-picking, I'd say that focus should be on the nearer eye of the girl - rather than the eye slightly further away. And the swan photo won't attract sales.
iStock's bar must be raised a lot higher than I thought. You MUST be close to getting acceptance, surely? It'll be interesting to read what others might think.
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 2:19AM
I think these are down to subject matter and composition - who would buy these and why?
Technically they are good, although the horse has a strong colour cast. I does seem that istock is being quite choosy now.
Womans smile / expression is a bit strange, not really smiling or surprised or...?
Horses shot is obviously cropped to miss the wagon they are pulling, so weak concept
Swans are such brain-dead subject matter (sorry, but this subject matter didn't take a lot of imagination, did it?)
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 2:45AM
There is just 'something' wrong in each case. It's becoming more common now for new members to upload their application photos to this forum first, so the critique comes before the possibility of a rejection.
1: Nice photo, probably can be improved with a more regular, stock-focussed composition – not such tight cropping.
2: Stock photos usually benefit from more space surrounding the subject. Strong cropping can reduce usefulness.
3: Nothing wrong with swans as subjects! But they need to stand out from the crowd. This one is a snapshot.
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 2:58AM
Woman: cropped a little too tightly but not bad over all. If you had three shots of this standard then I'd expect you to get accepted. I like the expression, it's a kind of "hey!" look, which could work well for a stock image.
Horses: poor composition, weirdly cropped, I checked a few times to see if I was seeing the whole shot,wondering what had happened to the left hand side. Subject matter is pretty weak in terms of commercial appeal. I'm not saying there is no demand for phots of horses in the park, but it's a rather limited market.
Swans: poor composition, the interaction of the head and body are awkward, the angle too high and it's a swan. The application set of images needs to be impressive, it even says in the blurb somewhere that you need to wow them with your creativity. All this shows is that you took your camera to a pond one day. It's not stock.
If you put together another set of application images, I'd definitely shoot another studio portrait but don't just have them gawping to camera, have the model interact with a prop so that they are on the phone, texting, listening to music, having a spa day or whatever. Try to have some however basic concept behind it. For the other two, I'd avoid shots from the park, unless you have something incredibly strong and commercially appealing.
Good luck with your future uploads and please do post here before you submit your next application set.
(Edited on 2013-05-21 03:11:48 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 3:01AM
/I think it's become fairly obvious from more recent application threads that application images now need to have some sort of concept, and also need to show some understanding of what is "stock". So I agree with all the above. The woman isn't really doing anything, and there is no apparent reason for the smile. The horses are an awkward crop, and the swan is an overdone subject.
I'd also have a look at the advice given in other recent application threads here.
A bit more thought on the subject matter and composition will do it I reckon. Good luck.
(Edited on 2013-05-21 03:09:19 by Difydave)