It occurs to me that a large percentage of the photos posted here as rejected for "technical reasons" were taken with cell phones.
Would Adobe be better off requiring intact EXIF info in uploaded photos, and automatically rejecting those taken with cell phones and other small sensor devices? I know of at least one other agency that will not even consider photos unless they were taken with a "camera suitable for stock photography".
Yes, I know it is possible to get acceptable photos with a cell phone under ideal conditions, and rejecting cell phone photos would reject some suitable images, but overall the reviewers would have to wade through fewer unacceptable images (reducing their workload and Adobe's overhead expenses), and a higher percentage of uploaded photos would be acceptable.
Just a thought...
There are many persons successfully uploading phone pictures to their contributor account. The problem is not that phone pictures are bad, but that people don't understand why their pictures are bad. If that was a workload issue, Adobe would probably do something against. Moreover, in my experience, most users let their EXIF data intact.
I don't know, exactly, how the moderation process works, but bad pictures are mostly easy catches.
A lot of people use their smartphones as point and shot - a modern version of the compact camera - but better as you can keep it in your pocket. However, to get a good picture from a smartphone, one needs to know the conditions it is capable of. Stock photography is not a 'point and shoot' moment' (as some people may think) or in the days of film when Kodak was popular - 'A Kodak moment'.
(These days 'Kodak moments' are on smartphones!) So, I think smartphones can be used. One just needs to know its limitations.
It IS possible to acquire acceptable images with a late model cell phone camera under the right lighting conditions, so it wouldn't make sense for Adobe to automatically screen those out.
I am going to respond here for Jacqueline because I didn't have possibility to respond to her recent statement.
This is a fragment of the message, I apologize that I didn't respond promptly. The reason is I didn't receive any email of your responses to my email account.
"Also, you'll benefit from these additional tips. No matter the formal training you get, it's never complete. Experience will always add to your education, and that's an ongoing process that makes you more rounded when you are willing to accept new ideas, suggestions, and requirements from multiple institutions, sources and people. This takes humility."
Yes guys, that is why I asked here about Smartphone photography because I was just starting, and I hope you will take Jacqueline advice into consideration and learn something new from the link I just provide.
Happy reading and peace to you all.
If you don't agree with this expert conclusions, contact him not me, I apparently have no idea what you are talking about.
This link is from December 2022,
Peace & Love
Thank you for all help and advice,
The topic of this 1 year old discussion was Smartphones for Stock Photography.
"There are some minimum requirements that stock photos must meet to be accepted. Besides being pleasing to look at aesthetically, the photograph needs to be of perfect technical quality regardless of equipment.