Rejected for excessive post processing and/or noise. I rather like this picture, partially for sentimental reasons, a beautiful early autumn experience in Nova Scotia and It makes a lovely print on aluminum. I wondered if it can be rescued for stock quality. I can see an obvious fringe where the features meet the sky, and wondered what else I should be looking for and how to deal with it. Also, Is the composition any good; is it too blue; is the resolution and detail poor; if faults were removed, would it be worth resubmitting? I welcome any critique, comments, suggestions, advice, and help. Thanks in advance.
From your camera information, the Canon Powershot SD400 has 5 megapixels which maybe a bit too small resolution, even though the requirements are a minimum of 4 megapixels. And as you can only record in JPEG, you are already compressing the image. This is why being able to shoot in raw format has a great advantage - especially when wanting to upload as stock images.
In your photo, there are signs of compression which can seen when viewed at 100%:
I think the reviewers are referring to these kinds of problems. So, I think that the resolution is rather too low for stock photos (generally speaking). I think your composition is fine though!
I do like the photo, If you can see problems at the horizon line then there are problems that cause rejection. rickey336 offers good advice. Don't forget the Adobe Guidelines for Stock Contributors. Worth reading if you are going to continue to offer photos for review with Adobe. Know your client's needs and requirements. Best regards, JH
Thank you joanh22203655
Both you and rickey336 have confirmed my suspicions regarding the Peggy’s Cove picture. I realize that the original was taken at a fairly low resolution for stock, and as rickey335 points out, the in-camera processing into jpeg already compresses and modifies the image file. I have since moved up to cameras with RAW capability and higher resolution, and I will try working with them for stock submissions. The image does look nice on a glossy aluminum print even at 20” x 30”, but, of course, viewed from a normal distance. It really enhances the water and reflections, but since have my “nose rubbed in it” I can’t help picking up on the light fringing on the roof lines. (I understand that there are clever tricks in Photoshop to mask this type of fringing, and I may have to learn them if I do more prints of this picture.)
With regard to your advice to "know your client’s needs and requirements", I am just starting to try stock submissions and only have the stock photo acceptance requirements in mind, and should go over them again with greater attention. From your experience do you have advice on the other types of client I should consider for this type of picture i.e. landscapes?
This photo is good for magazines of the area, Chamber of Commerce, boating hobbyists, and so many others. Just look around you and try closer to home for a while. Postcards markets in the area might be interested in this one too. Do see Adobe good tips and Infomation for New Stock contributors. Seafood Resturants might like a large print on their wall. Best, JH