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Community Beginner ,
Nov 16, 2018 Nov 16, 2018

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I am new to Adobe Stock.  This was rejected because of exposure.  If I lighten it a bit the rocks are more pronounced and maybe I can re-submit it?  I have read and re-read the guidelines and just need a few suggestions.  Thanks for any help that you can send my way.

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Advisor , Nov 16, 2018 Nov 16, 2018
Hi kathleenshattuckhart,You have presented an interesting and difficult photo to try to reach a perfect exposure. However, this is how we all learn. In the shadow sits the sparkling water which is gray and could be lighter - in some areas -  but it also sits beside the dark black rocks and a tiny bit of very white area - perhaps a cloud. So, if this were my photo I would make adjustments and see which ones make me smile. When all things are at their best you will smile. Experiment! Several tools...

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Hi kathleenshattuckhart,

You have presented an interesting and difficult photo to try to reach a perfect exposure. However, this is how we all learn. In the shadow sits the sparkling water which is gray and could be lighter - in some areas -  but it also sits beside the dark black rocks and a tiny bit of very white area - perhaps a cloud.

So, if this were my photo I would make adjustments and see which ones make me smile. When all things are at their best you will smile. Experiment!

Several tools will give you a variety of changes. Perhaps even try a softer blue sky. Select the best of your experiments and resubmit.

Use the Camera Raw pull-down under filters. Then look at the extremes in the Histogram. You have extreme darks and lights side by side in this and fixing it will teach you more than hints. Also, try the Exposure slider. I might even select the water with a lasso tool and adjust that to brighter look. Do not be afraid to experiment but always save the original. Once you know what you want to do - then take a copy of the original and work your magic on it.

I think ricky336 and Abambo will have a few things to tell you also. So glad to hear you did study the guidelines. Study the Adobe Stock of similar subjects to see how the photos that are accepted are presented. Best regards, JH

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Thank you very much, I will try all of your suggestions!

Kathleen

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Nov 17, 2018 Nov 17, 2018

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Hi, this is the main problem:

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The water is burnt out here. There is no detail that can be recovered.

I think you can try to replace the overexposed water using the content aware filter in Photoshop, if you don't have this, then you can edit it out, using a clone tool or something like that.

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Nov 17, 2018 Nov 17, 2018

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Thank you Ricky. I will use your suggestions to try to improve my photo.

Kathleen Hart

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My hint for you is to bring back a little of structure in those areas:

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I do not know, if you shooted this raw, but if not, cosider next time it.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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