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« on: November 07, 2023, 23:02 »
I think Ive been getting a better idea overall of what gets accepted as illustrative editorial. In fact, the majority of my IE images do get accepted at AS. However, there have been a few surprises in recent times. For example, I have a photograph of an electronics store with the brand name clearly visible on the building. Additionally, there are no people in the image. I thought that this would be ideal as an IE image. But it was rejected by AS for not meeting the IE guidelines. A few weeks later, I submitted the same image again with a modified description and it was rejected again for the same reason. I also have a photo of an accountancy firm with the name of the business visible on the building. Once again, there are no people in the photo. And this one was also rejected for not meeting the IE guidelines. I admit I'm really puzzled by these particular rejections for these images. Mat, can you offer any insight?

« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2023, 02:20 »
It's always like this with Adobe. No one really understands their editorial illustrative guidelines. I have firmly come believe that the reviewers do not understand them themselves.

I have photos of souvenir shops in my port that were accepted - others get rejected for not meeting the editorail photo guideline, yet I cannot see the slightest difference in them. They are all photos that clearly show licensed products and no people. Then I have a few brand products photographed - some images get accepted, others get rejected. Again, same brand, no people. There is absolutely no sence behind this.
I have given up.

« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2023, 03:01 »
Thank you for sharing your experiences. The inconsistency of the reviewers for these kinds of images is crazy. Previously, I thought I was starting to get the hang of this EI thing as in which images would be suitable. Though yea I now think there's some luck involved. I'll keep submitting newer images to this category but if some get rejected, I'll just have to accept that and move on.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2023, 03:07 by dragonblade »

« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2023, 20:17 »
Actually, I just remembered that you can see pictures of advertising on the electronics store that features people. Though there are no living, breathing people in the photo. I didn't consider that before - pictures of people within a photo. Maybe we can't have pictures of people within an illustrative editorial image. Previously, I assumed the rule applied to living, breathing people.

Regardless, my accountancy firm photo features no people at all. And Her Ugliness, it sounds like your submitted editorial photos are the same - no people. So yea I guess we have to rely on a little luck to see if these photos get accepted.


« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2023, 22:26 »
I have seen similar inconsistencies with Editorial submissions as well. It would be helpful if they gave a specific reason for the rejection.

« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2023, 03:48 »
I've also experienced similar inconsistencies. I've had times where I've submitted two images of the same subject from a different angle and/or crop, and one is approved but the other doesn't meet the requirements. There is no rhyme or reason to it.

« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2023, 08:08 »
What exactly is 'illustrative editorial'? You mean just taking a picture of a building with logos would be fine as a photo submission?


« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2023, 08:30 »
The different agencies have different requirements. Some don't want people in the photo, some don't want photos without people. It's kind of weird. The best thing to do is to look at the individual agency's requirements.

« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2023, 19:46 »
What exactly is 'illustrative editorial'? You mean just taking a picture of a building with logos would be fine as a photo submission?

You can review the Adobe Stock guidelines for illustrative editorial submissions here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/illustrative-editorial-content.html

Good luck,

Mat Hayward


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