Rejected due to poor image quality

New Here ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Hello! 
This picture has been rejected because of poor image quality. Can anyone tell me where the problem is? I'd really like to improve it, if I can!
Thanks!

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Participant ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Hi,

 

From what I can see:

  • Not sharp enough
  • Not enough detail in the shadows
  • Light halo around the tree
  • Crooked (horizon not level)
  • Colors don't "pop"

 

It appears to have been taken with a cell phone or tablet, which will be very challenging to use for stock photography (although it is usually possible to use a phone/tablet, if you work within the devices limits).

 

Aside from the technical flaws, you would also need to submit a model release for each of the people sitting on the bench.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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In addition to the issues noted by madscica I think the white balance is too blue.

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New Here ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Thank you! The photo was actually shot with a Leica camera. I see your points, it probably doesn't fit as an item for stock photography. Just one thing: none of the people on the bench is recognizable, do I still need a model release in this case?

 

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LEGEND ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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I think you understand "not recognisable" differently from us. It doesn't mean "recognisable famous person" for example. It means "this person (or someone else) could identify who was in the picture". There are many ways they might identify themselves; face, hair, distinctive clothing, the combination of clothing of the full group, combined with the day and the setting.  The person on the right is sure to recognise himself, and may well remember the day, the company, and the speedboat. 

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Community Expert ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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Yes, you will need a model release as the people, especially the guy to the right are recognizable.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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  • Compare your work with other Stock inventory.  Is it as good or better than what's represented?
  • Who will buy this image? 
  • What will they use it for commercially?
  • Would you buy it?

These are important questions to ask before you submit.

 

Meanwhile, read these links:

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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