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First photo rejected: Excessive post-processing and/or noise

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Hello,

I've made my first try on uploading stock photos to sell and got two rejections out of three images, and I don't fully understand the reasons so here I am looking for some guidance to succeed in future.

Here is a photo that was rejected because of excessive post-processing and/or noise:

adobestock-photo-anssikumpula-20160809-1053-5013.jpg

I do have under-exposed the photo a lot to capture that background light behind the glass a bit better and to get some details on the laptop screens, and later raised the exposure in Lightroom with some adjustments in shadows and highlights. Other than that I've just adjusted white balance a bit and lowered the saturation in blues. Some answers would help me:

  1. Is the noise really too much for this kind of photo to render it unusable?
  2. Is the post-processing really too much for this kind of photo to render it unusable?
  3. Is there something else I'm not realising —like the glass is a bit dirty, that would affect as "post-processing"?

I'm shooting with two Nikon D700 bodies and this one was shot at ISO 1100 which would still be on the safe side generally on noise with the D700.

The other photo was asked property release for. Is it because of the yellow chair or something else?

adobestock-photo-anssikumpula-20170809-1415-5535.jpg

Thanks for any help! These are my first ones.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018
Hi,Your top photo has noise, both colour and luminance. And no wonder if you shot this at IS0 1100! I would be careful about using high ISO if you want to submit here for stock. The result is what you can see! If you underexposed a lot, and then try to correct it in Lightroom, this can introduce noise.You need to be careful when taking the actual exposure. You can of course recover exposure in Lightroom, but here I think, you may have underexposed too much and tried to recover exposure in Lightr...

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Hi,

Your top photo has noise, both colour and luminance. And no wonder if you shot this at IS0 1100! I would be careful about using high ISO if you want to submit here for stock. The result is what you can see!

If you underexposed a lot, and then try to correct it in Lightroom, this can introduce noise.

You need to be careful when taking the actual exposure. You can of course recover exposure in Lightroom, but here I think, you may have underexposed too much and tried to recover exposure in Lightroom too much.

For these kinds of shots, you could try bracketing your exposure, and then merging them in Lightroom or Photoshop.

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You have noise in this area as well:

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I think the reviewers were referring to these kinds of things.

For your questions, my answer is probably yes to all, and not only the chair, but also being inside a building - this may also require a release.

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Thank you very much ricky336 and oleschwander for your help and comments. I didn't understand correctly that those noise levels would already mean possible rejecting. I made a new version with heavy masking done on sharpening to reduce visible noise but do you think it's worth re-submitting? Is it even allowed to re-submit photos?

adobestock-photo-anssikumpula-20160809-1053-5013-2.jpg

My background is in shooting events (this photo is from a corporate event) so it's always been more about capturing a moment for me than perfecting exposure, and I guess that shows. You're right if I would be properly making that shot I would have been more careful with the exposure and lightning the scene. I think I should reconsider how much work stock photos seem to require as customers buying these will not care about the circumstances I've been in but expect exceptional technical quality for all kinds of usage and tight cropping to pixel levels.

Thank you, this really helps a lot!

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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You can resubmit. You can try with your photo, see what happens. IT can be hard at times to know what will pass and what will not. You are not losing anything in trying - apart from time for some people!

The only thing I will mention, is the writing on the comp screen. It just might come under IP rights, ( I don't know) BUT, it is out of focus, so it should be ok!

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Thank you again, helps a lot to have experienced opinion on the matter. I will do that and see what happens. I consider what can be read from the screen and can't read it myself so I think it should be fine. Thank you!

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Mar 19, 2018 Mar 19, 2018

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Got another reject because of "Artifacts Problem". So it's a no-go for me.

Thank you ricky336 and oleschwander for your comments and guidance. Too bad stock photography is maybe not for me since no direct way to communicate with reviewers to help understand requirements better. Stock photography is a though job I recon!

Good luck and cheers!

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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ISO 1100 is way out of line!!! You have to shoot at most 400 - best around 100-200.

The image with the chair look lige it’s inside a private home or a company.

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The chair is from inside a corporate building so I guess it's it, then. Should have understood to considered it before submitting. Thank you!

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