This could be the nice counter-light giving unfortunately the impression of a bad cut-out.
I would do some minor corrections and then resubmit. But wait for others to examine your picture first. Especially ricky336 has a good eye for defects.
Thank you Abambo for an answer . I would really value feedback on why the attached photo was rejected. I would love to correct any technical issues if possible. Can you show me the way?
Hi - I’m not so much into technical problems. I like the colors in this image, but I still think one of the reasons it was rejected is due to oversaturation. In my view a huge problem with this image is a very poor composition. There’s too much going on and the main subjec - the bird - lies in shadows. The background should be darker or even blurred when shooting and the bird should be lighted significantly up. Imo. But I don’t know whether this is included in the rejection.
On my iPad it does not look oversaturated, but the iPad is not exactly a colour reference. But oversaturation consuidert as a technical problem as you can read here: Quality and technical issues rejected at Adobe Stock .
But I still stay with my first impression of a bad cut-out. If you are moving on fast with moderation, you can get the bad-cutout-impression.
There is some kind of halo (arrows) in the blue bg I would correct those and may be also the birds feathers-bg transition.
There could be exposure problems in the picture, but they are called out specifically. And as the bird could have some lightning, I do not feel this as the major problem.
Nice picture of one of my favourite birds and trees - a waxeye on a bottle brush, isn't it?
The problem here I believe is your white balance. It's too warm/yellow, - so you need to bring down the colour temp - add more blue - and add a bit more green in the tint slider. This will bring out the more yellow-green of this bird as well as increase the green of the leaves of the tree.
It doesn't look like a cut-out to me, the area pointed out by Abambo, is the bird's feathers, isn't it?
In my opinion, also, I don't think your composition is bad. On the contrary, I think it is well balanced.
You could also increase the red just a bit in the hue saturation slider to bring out the red flowers. (If you have Photoshop/Lightroom and I hope you work with a raw file.)
Thanks for all the great tips! Thank you ricky336 for show me the way.
Adjust your white balance and resubmit without further edits.
however, I stand by my assumption, that a overzealous moderator could dismiss the picture because he sees a bad cutout.
I think that the white balance is a subtle correction and would not end in a refusal for this picture.
The composition also is excellent. The bird could get more light, but this also is not that critical in this case and finally is a matter of taste. And when I can assert one thing: moderators do err sometimes, but they do not bring in their personal taste or some of my pictures would never be accepted.
The only time when they moderate on non measurable criteria is when they tell you that the picture has no commercial appeal for Adobe stock. That will be the case when you are sending in a picture that is like that multiple times in the stock database — flowers, sunsets, pets just to name those.
That does not mean that it is impossible to get sunsets or flowers or pets accepted. And that does not mean that they do no sell. It’s just that there is a saturated market for those and that your image should be special...
I have some of my dog and cat pictures and sunset pictures and plant pictures in stock and they sell. Not exceptionally well, but from time to time there is a buyer for those. And as I have the pictures ready, I see no reason not to try to enter them into the database.
And just to say: My most bestselling picture in numbers (wine grapes) has been refused on Adobe stock. So don’t let you discourage from a refusal. It does not necessarily mean that the picture is bad. It just does not fit the criteria of Adobe stock.
I say: bestelling in numbers because my bestelling picture in value is on Adobe stock. Because even when the numbers may be lower here, the reward is better. I prefer it that way.
Thank you Abambo.
I'm not good at English to say what I want to say.
I joined Adobe with the main purpose of improving the skills of working with photos.
I want to sell photos but I haven't sold any photos so far.
I will remake the image the way you commented and resubmit
Hope to have good results.
Your composition is fine. I like it. That which shouts at me as a flaw is the white halo around the fruits and stem. The leaves to the bottom of the left stem are blown out with light. Whenever you have any part of your images blown out with light, that's a sure technical issue rejection. As Abambo said the other adjustments are subtle and would not have caused a technical issue rejection. I'm not sure if adjusting light and highlights will do any justice.
I disagree with Abambo in that the moderator was overzealous.
Even though it may be a small correction, a correction is needed nevertheless - especially for Adobe Stock.
I do not see how a moderator could see this as a bad cut-out. I believe they know what they are doing and what they are looking for. (Most of the time.)
most of the time...
We've seen cases where the moderator made errors...
Glad you could correct it. You can see what difference it makes when you get the colour balance right!
Happy to help!