Are my pics any good??

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  1. kevholt

    kevholt TPF Noob!

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    Hi all
    I have been taking pics for a few years when traveling and really have fun taking them and trying to make a good one,
    I'm new to putting my pics on the internet and tryed twice now to join istock to try sell them. I'm not a designer and maybe I'm not taking pics that a designer would want but I thought they are quite good!!
    Any way I would love to hear what you guy's think...
    I got rejected the first time with......

    http://flic.kr/p/8wNzff

    http://flic.kr/p/8wKyaK

    http://flic.kr/p/8wKxyF

    and had to wait 3 days till i could try again
    so tryed with......

    http://flic.kr/p/8wNx5w

    http://flic.kr/p/8wNBNL

    http://flic.kr/p/8wNAyw

    and still I got rejected :(

    and advice would be good...
    Thanks Kev
     
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  2. Jack Haggerty

    Jack Haggerty TPF Noob!

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    I love the last one. Great capture.
     
  3. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Selling stock images is getting more and more difficult by the day because of the proliferation of digital cameras. You may have simply been rejected because there was nothing there that interested them. A few thoughts:

    1. Detracting bright area image left, deep shadow around the stems and the far cap is soft.

    2. Too dark and lack of ground-level detail.

    3. Under-exposed and the dreaded 'rolled condom' bokeh.

    4. Blown highlights on the building image left, deep shadow around her right eye.

    5. Too much sun; it's blown and uneven.

    6. A little under-exposed near the bottom, lacking detail in the feathers.

    Overall, I agree, they're nice photos, and the points I've mentioned are very minor, but getting into stock photography today means getting them pretty much perfect.

    Good luck!

    ~John
     
  4. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What product or service would be using the pictures you are putting up? Who is the intended purchaser?

    Stock photography is not about putting up a nice image. Its about finding a target market and making images that suit their needs.
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    85% of all the images that sell, for anything, have people in them.

    For stock houses today, any image with people in them require a properly executed model release form each person in an image.

    for instance, if you make an image of only a portion of someones arm, but they have a scar, blemish, or tatoo on that part you photographed, that makes them recognizable and you'll need an ironclad model release before the photo will be accepted.

    Be sure and compose you photos so there is space for ad copy.
    Be sure the image is made so it can be used in several different aspect ratios, including double truck ads (across two facing pages, including the gutter).

    The hottest stock images right now are of old people. The least accepted are nature, animals, landscapes, sunsets.
     
  6. DanFinePhotography

    DanFinePhotography TPF Noob!

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    i think the watermarks are quite distracting.
     
  7. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    +1

    First image I saw I thought the watermark was part of the image in some sort of ad campaign
     
  8. kevholt

    kevholt TPF Noob!

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    Thanks me to.....is a cheeky chicken haha
     
  9. kevholt

    kevholt TPF Noob!

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    I have been looking at a lot of images on istock and i know you are wright saying about people in them but I see a pic of a 'cow' with over 1000 downloads and a 'wall' also over 1000 downloads, so I guess anything is used if it is needed.
    I got pics of old people to!!

    http://flic.kr/p/8x8f7C

    I know its over exposed It was a quick shot as i walked past him!!
     
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    Love the blue door:)
     

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