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Seeking Feedback and advice on three rejected photos for Quality Issues

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May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

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Hello everyone!

 

I recently submitted three photos to Adobe Stock but unfortunately they were rejected due to quality issues. As an aspiring photographer I am eager to improve my skills and understand the reasons behind these rejections.

 

Now looking back at them i can point out a few flaws from these pictures like blurriness and white balance/color grading, but i am reaching out in the hopes of receiving valuable feedback and guidance on how I can enhance the quality of my photographs for example:

 

  1. Composition or framing tips that could enhance the visual impact.
  2. Lighting or exposure adjustments that could improve the overall quality.
  3. Any other general advice or recommendations for improvement.
  4. Any specific technical issues that I may have overlooked.

 

Kindly share any positive aspects or strengths you noticed in these pictures that I can find encouragement in, i would really appreciate all and any advice you give me.

Can't wait to improve my submissions!

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Community Expert , May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

MEOWGI_OYPT8885__May 17, 2023_1.jpg - oversaturated, too shallow depth of field, leaning horizon. Shooting in bright sunlight is always challenging because it creates harsh highlight and deep shadows. Keep an eye on the horizon as well as any vertical elements in the frame while you're shooting. Try to avoid large blurry objects in the foreground. Viewers expect foreground objects to be in sharp focus, and for the focus to fall off in the background. 

MEOWGI_IMG_2404__May 17, 2023_1.jpg & MEOWGI

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Community Expert , May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

More flowers!  😶

Stock has 29 million perfect flowers in every size, shape, color & species.

Even if yours gets accepted, your chance of selling one is close to zero.

https://stock.adobe.com/search?k=flower

 

Best advice, dare to be different. Do something nobody else is doing. Think outside the box.  See link below for inspiration ideas.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock-contributors-discussions/looking-for-inspiration-what-to-submit-was-hi/m-p/13554283#M53434

 

Subject matter aside,

#1 ha

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MEOWGI_OYPT8885__May 17, 2023_1.jpg - oversaturated, too shallow depth of field, leaning horizon. Shooting in bright sunlight is always challenging because it creates harsh highlight and deep shadows. Keep an eye on the horizon as well as any vertical elements in the frame while you're shooting. Try to avoid large blurry objects in the foreground. Viewers expect foreground objects to be in sharp focus, and for the focus to fall off in the background. 

MEOWGI_IMG_2404__May 17, 2023_1.jpg & MEOWGI_IMG_2401__May 17, 2023_1.jpg-  very little is in focus here, and the harsh light worked against you. Stop down the lens (choose a higher f stop number) to get a deeper depth of field and keep more of the object in focus.

 

Beyond the technical issues, while it's fun and educational to photograph and edit floral images, Adobe Stock is already overrun with such assets. There are nearly 29 million images in the database tagged "flower". Yours would have to be technically perfect and unique in some way to be accepted or ever sold. By all means, practice on them, but aim your lens at something more unique if you aspire to be successful at stock photography.

 

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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More flowers!  😶

Stock has 29 million perfect flowers in every size, shape, color & species.

Even if yours gets accepted, your chance of selling one is close to zero.

https://stock.adobe.com/search?k=flower

 

Best advice, dare to be different. Do something nobody else is doing. Think outside the box.  See link below for inspiration ideas.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock-contributors-discussions/looking-for-inspiration-what-to-submit...

 

Subject matter aside,

#1 has leaning horizontal, depth of field (focus) issues.

#2 #3 unfortunate long shadows, depth of field (focus) issues.

 

Read these links from Stock Contributor User Guide.

 

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

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Hello,

My advice is to read about photography, try to understand what it actually is - and it's not just pointing your smartphone or camera at an object!

There are many aspects - composition being an important one!


Composition:
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography/discover/photo-composition.html

 

 

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