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Explorer ,
Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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Just submitted this, and it was not accepted. I think I know why, and I really did not notice this before,  it's the blown out subject matter in the upper right corner. This can easily be fixed in a reshoot.

But as usual, tech support did not specify WHY it was rejected, just that it had technical problems.

Does anyone else see what can be fixed or improved? Sure could use some critiques.

I'm learning very quickly to pay attention to glaring errors and all the little details. As a side note they did accept many other studio shots I did with similar lighting and subject matter.

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Community Expert , Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

Yes, the lights are extremely blown out. There are also problems in the shadows. The lower left area of the image is simply too dark. The subject needs to be more evenly lit without losing the micro contrasts.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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It might be that, if you get it technically perfect, you will get a rejection for IP. I think taking pictures of something that someone else made is a risk use of your time.

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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Thanks for your assist. I'll keep that in mind.

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Jun 28, 2022 Jun 28, 2022

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@Test Screen Name wrote:

It might be that, if you get it technically perfect, you will get a rejection for IP. I think taking pictures of something that someone else made is a risk use of your time.


It doesn't seem that coins have the same problem than bills. Coins get accepted and the US does not claim (c) on money. The only trouble is with the progress with colour printer technology, there is a legal restriction on how much % of a bill you can publish.

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Jun 28, 2022 Jun 28, 2022

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If coins are not the same IP than bills are, I'll then reshoot this. I did this still life just because it makes a great shot. I knew about not showing too much with paper money, but coins didn't seem to have that same concern. With the reshoot I'll overlap the coins more with each other. Thanks for the input!

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Some coins are restricted and some are not.  You need to educate yourself about what you can and cannot use in commercial photography. 

 

More importantly, the U.S. Mint has free images available for Editorial Use.  I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time on this.

 

 

 

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Yes, the lights are extremely blown out. There are also problems in the shadows. The lower left area of the image is simply too dark. The subject needs to be more evenly lit without losing the micro contrasts.

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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I realized this when I took a second look. I'll be more careful in future lighting setup. Thanks for your comments.

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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overexposed highlights and underexposed shadows. IP may be a problem.

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The lighting is definitely an issue, but when I zoom in to 100% or more the lack of sharp even focus also becomes detectable.

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Lighting sure is the issue. I'll keep a more accurate on my light placement in the future. Thanks for your assist.

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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Before you submit images of circulated U.S. coins, read this from the U.S. Mint.

https://www.usmint.gov/news/image-library

 

 

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Thanks for submitting this. I'll certainly take this under advisement.

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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Hi @SDT1954 ,

The issues I see are already covered. I would like for your to take a look at the list with known IP restrictions. Note in particular what is said about currencies.

Best wishes

Jacquelin

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Thanks. Was not aware of this for coins. I'll just withdraw the photo.

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