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« on: February 26, 2010, 19:21 »
I am a beauty/fashion photographer new to microstock. I just submitted 10 shots and have had acceptances at FT, DT, 123, waiting on others. After the 1st 3 shots, IS asked to see more diversity, so I sent 3 more beauty/fashion shots from different shoots. IS is still asking for diversity, which in my case, I guess means non-beauty/fashion???

Here is my new DT port (basically the same shots IS saw):
http://www.dreamstime.com/Jmcab_info [nofollow]

I don't have much current stuff that is not beauty/fashion, but here are four images that show diversity, though I don't really think they are stock-type shots. Would some of you be willing to opine, if any of these three would be useful to send to IS at this point, or should I hunt for more?


« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2010, 19:26 »
But You don't have to send Your STOCK images, they want see diversity then send Your other great photos even not stock oriented - i did it this way. Just try it.


« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2010, 19:43 »
I would keep the image of the man talking to the girl and the one of the child.  I don't think the images of doors will get you accepted. 

Your work looks very good to me.  I am sure you will be accepted.


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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2010, 19:49 »
I agree with Lisafx....the first and last photos are a little less fashion. The ones in the center probably wouldn't make it....besides they would reject them for the vender's names being posted with out a property realease. Do you have any landscape or even say food shots??

Oh and I think your skills are excellent and really do love the shots.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2010, 19:50 by donding »

« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2010, 20:11 »
During an application IStock don't care about model releases or logos, trademarks and that's why they don't put those images  straight to the portfolio.These need to be uploaded again.
I've submitted a portrait without MR and it passed the exam.

« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2010, 21:22 »
I wouldn't use any of those.  You may actually have to go out and specifically shoot something stock worthy for your application.  That kind of thing you posted on DT doesn't really sell well anyways, so you may want to get in the right frame of mind.

« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2010, 22:35 »
I think first one is really good _stock_ image. Do not drop it from candidates!


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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2010, 11:23 »
I can see why they want to see that you can do different stuff, but it's largely irrelevant, since they don't force you to do different stuff once you're accepted, and some people specialise quite tightly.

« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2010, 12:13 »
I like the man talking to the girl too. You clearly know how to use your camera and your lights so just do a couple of simple shots of anything stock oriented but preferably not too technically demanding (until you have more experience on what they tend to reject on). Some simple still-life shots of food or drink or a reasonable landscape would give you diversity.


« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2010, 12:32 »
If you specialise in only one type of photography and yet the standard submission process is asking you for diversity I'd bypass them and contact someone direct in management and explain the situation, I can't see the point of asking a specialist to submit ten different type of photos that they don't normally take and wouldn't submit anyway, the inspectors have a rigid set of rules that they have to follow and I think you've just fallen foul of that side of things.

« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2010, 04:56 »
During an application IStock don't care about model releases or logos, trademarks and that's why they don't put those images  straight to the portfolio.These need to be uploaded again.
I've submitted a portrait without MR and it passed the exam.

Yes, people images without MR's are fine because you can't submit MR's during application process.

But I think (I don't know for sure) an image like the second one would be rejected because a contributor submitting this image didn't read the copyright section of the Training Manual carefully enough. That's part of the iStock approval process as well, isn't it? I wouldn't submit an image with lots of post cards with other people's motives because I have doubts it would be accepted.

If my theory is right that copyright/trademark questions are part of the approval process, the first image would also be a question mark because of the prominent Nike logo on the shoe. That one would never get through regular inspection, I am not sure if it passes application review.

Maybe you can also come up with one or two cityscapes or landscapes to show your abilities to shoot photos without people as well. Besides that, those images look good from composition, light and colors. Though it's impossible to say from these thumbs if there are technical flaws in the little details when seen in 100%.


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