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Quality issues

New Here ,
Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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I thought I was ready for stock photos but I think I still have a lot to learn. These imaes were rejected for quality. I am all ears. DSC08391.jpg

 

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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1. Misty scenes such as this are difficult to get accepted, because when the Moderator zooms in to inspect for focus, it often looks like it's poorly focused. Additionally you have some very noticeable sensor or lens spots in the upper left corner.

2. Blown highlights 

3. Bird is not sharply focused 

4. Blown out overexposed background, and I see a lot of noise in the bird's feathers 

5. Remaining 3 birds also not sharply focused 

 

Additionally, watermarks are not permitted, but perhaps you just added them to your uploads here in the forum.

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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Thank you for the advice!

 What recommendations do you have for using the sharpening tool in Lightroom? Obviously it can't fix a bad photo, but sometimes it seems to add noise and other undesired effects. 

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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Sharpening always increases noise and noise reduction adds blur. So, it's always a tradeoff. For High ISO images, I'm using an external denoiser (DeepPrime), before even starting editing.

 

As for the rest, adding texture and clarity does add local contrast and that may also enhance the sharpness.

 

But there is no magic formula for correcting a missed focus.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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I've never been happy with the results from the sharpening tool in LR.  It's so difficult to get sharpening to look natural.  Topaz Labs sharpening application is well reviewed but I've never tried it. 

For the first photo I'd try setting the white and black points so that there is a tiny bit of clipping visibile at each end in the histogram.  Then in LR I'd either adjust the Clarity slider or the Dehaze slider (they more or less do the same thing) to reduce the mist and increase contrast.  Finally, I'd bring up the shadows and saturation modestly and see how that looks.  You may also want to increase the exposure a little while lowering the highlights.  Use a light hand on everything though or else it will look over processed.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 08, 2022 Oct 08, 2022

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 Then in LR I'd either adjust the Clarity slider or the Dehaze slider (they more or less do the same thing) to reduce the mist and increase contrast.  


By @John PDX

Texture, Clarity and Dehaze sliders all work differently. That's the reason, why there are three sliders and not only one. Occasionally, you can interchange texture and clarity. Texture works nicely on the skin, where clarity enhances the overall micro-contrasts. To quickly enhance the skin, I often move the texture slider to the left and the clarity slider to the right. 

 

Dehaze can be used in lieu of the contrast slider because basically that's what it does: it modifies the contrast of the image. You also may use curves for that. Frequently, I use a mix of all to get the edit I want.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Oct 08, 2022 Oct 08, 2022

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I didn't mean to imply they are identical, but rather work in a similar fashion.  Both are micro contrast adjustments.  According to Adobe:

"Both Clarity and Dehaze modify aspects of the contrast and, in some cases, the saturation of colors. After applying them, it’s a good idea to revisit the settings you’ve applied in the Light and Color panels to see if you need to fine-tune the look of the image."

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Oct 08, 2022 Oct 08, 2022

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I didn't mean to imply they are identical, but rather work in a similar fashion.  Both are micro contrast adjustments.  According to Adobe:

"Both Clarity and Dehaze modify aspects of the contrast and, in some cases, the saturation of colors. (...)"


By @John PDX

Clarity and Texture are using a different algorithm, but they are similar in some aspects. As I said, Texture works particularly well for editing skins.  Dehaze can be used as a different method to increase the contrast (even with no fog in the image).

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Expert ,
Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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Hi @Tchutes 

The first file is underexposed and noisy. 

The second file is not looking natural. Your photos should be as close to natural as possible. That file is a little overexposed. 

The third has white balance issues, noisy, underexposed and has color fringing on the edges.

The fourth and fifth are noisy and have color fringing visible around the birds.

The bird of the sixth file is out of focus and the photo is noisy.

The seventh and fifth files are similar.

To learn more about what Adobe is looking for take a look at the Adobe Guidelines. There are Seven tips here to help to help you get your files accepted. There are additional tips here that will help you improve the quality of your files.

Best wishes

Jacquelin

 

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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Thank you. The links provided are very helpful. 

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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You are welcome @Tchutes.

Best wishes

Jacquelin

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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Your first: the spots are really disturbing and well visible. They need to be edited out. The histogram shows missing blacks and partly also shadows, but also a tiny part of missing whites. This makes that flat look. For stock, you need to correctly expose the pictures.  In your case, this will increase the contrast.

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I suppose you are aware, that the watermark is not allowed.

Your second: Blacks are missing here. Check the histogram to correct that:

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This could pass with little editing.

Your third: Noise, out of focus and also blacks missing in the histogram. The bird needs to be crisp sharp for this one.

Your forth: Noisy, out of focus, and guess: blacks missing. If you take pictures at ISO1250, you need to have an excellent noise reduction.

Your fifth: noisy, out of focus.

Your sixth: You really need a nice sensor cleaning, as the eagle pictures also exposes sensor spots (I've seen at least 2).

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It's very out of focus, also noisy and this time it's underexposed as shown by the histogram:

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Highlights and whites are completely missing.

 

Your last: Playing a bit around with the exposure (highlight shadows, compensate the blacks) and adding a small amount of sharpness, texture or clarity and keeping an eye on the whites and the noise could get this image passing. Check for sensor spots, I think there are some hidden in the bokeh.

 

Please post next time only one or two images. After some counsel, you can mostly do self assessment on the rest. It helps us, and analysis on a single image may be more precise and extended.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Oct 07, 2022 Oct 07, 2022

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If you are new to stock, you should consider these resources: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/tutorials.html
Please read the contributor user manual for more information on Adobe stock contributions: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/user-guide.html
See here for rejection reasons: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/reasons-for-content-rejection.html
and especially quality and technical issues: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/quality-and-technical-issues.html

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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