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« on: November 14, 2012, 02:41 »
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Hi people, I have uploaded for the 5th time to istock, again to only get rejected. The first time I've uploaded, highly poor images, and after much research and shooting I was able to do some great stock quality shots only to be rejected. All the reasons for rejection are the same from the first time to the last time. My photo applications gets reviews within one hour. Ive uploaded to dreamstime which is very hard to get approved, and had approval only to get rejected by istock. Now a 3 month wait before I can re upload.
Am I able to post up my images here, if someone can have a look.

Thank you in advance


« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 06:09 »
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put them up so we can see. Provide links and things.

Else, dont worry too much, there are other agencies.

Microbius

« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 06:24 »
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Sounds like you have been learning from your mistakes and can see what you did wrong on the first attempt. Take faith in past history; you can do the same again and will be able to see the flaws in your latest uploads in a few months too. If you keep getting better you will get in eventually!

Post them up here and you will get lots of advice to help you along that path.

CD123

« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 08:01 »
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Over 2 years of trying and still not approved, but approved at all other notable sites. I do not despair, just do not care (any more)....  ;)

« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 10:32 »
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Consider it a blessing.  You won't make any money there, and you'll get frustrated. 

« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 11:22 »
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Consider it a blessing.  You won't make any money there, and you'll get frustrated.

Obviously everyone's experience will vary, and I can't speak to how things would be if I were to get started at iStock now (versus have a portfolio that has files spanning multiple years so that when best match lurches occur, there's almost always something that will sell), but IS is my number 2 seller (after SS) and is multiple times what DT is earning - for September, my partner program earnings alone were higher than DT's income.

All the agencies are frustrating in one way or another - if we walked away from all that bugged us, we wouldn't sell microstock at all. There are a few people whose type of work (certain raster illustrations, certain types of vectors, heavily filtered/Photoshopped images) just isn't what IS is looking for, but other than that, I'd say keep trying. Use Dropbox to host your files (watermark them) if you don't have a web site or other place to post images. Post links here and people will give you their thoughts on what you should try next

« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 12:57 »
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What I meant was, I don't think a new independent with a few photos will make any sales, given the current situation (whatever that is) at IS.  The few you may get won't begin to compensate you for the hassle and aggravation of dealing with IS.  Better to start with other agencies.

But, as always, if you really do have something new and good, things will happen.

« Last Edit: November 14, 2012, 15:31 by stockastic »

tab62

« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 13:58 »
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I don't agree. Why is iStock rated #2 on the Poll Results if there aren't any sales? I know I want into iStock when I can apply- I have failed 5 times so far myself. Each company that you are able to submit to has the potential to produce sales thus worth the effort to upload. Yes, you have a chance to sell even against the big fish! Do I shy away from taking people shots due to Yuri having pics on the site? No! some of my best (regular sellers) are people shots. Just post your pics that you want to submit to iStock (like I will do next time) for application and let the pro's on this site tell you if they think they are good enough...

T

CD123

« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 15:14 »
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I don't agree. Why is iStock rated #2 on the Poll Results if there aren't any sales? I know I want into iStock when I can apply- I have failed 5 times so far myself. Each company that you are able to submit to has the potential to produce sales thus worth the effort to upload. Yes, you have a chance to sell even against the big fish! Do I shy away from taking people shots due to Yuri having pics on the site? No! some of my best (regular sellers) are people shots. Just post your pics that you want to submit to iStock (like I will do next time) for application and let the pro's on this site tell you if they think they are good enough...

T

+1 What he said.

When did you get so wise tab62?  :D

« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 16:07 »
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Point is....
That Istock has a great sales potential, or used to have.

IF you could produce pictures of high quality and high commercial relevance.

If you empty your harddisk of kittens and children in swings, you wont have many sales.
Only the best sells at iStock.
But it sells much.

Shutterstock is different. Everything sells on shutter, but only a few times, then the quality/ stockworthyness rule sets in.

It is possible to have steady sales on shutter with a port of kittens and children in swings, if you keep uploading in an increasing pace.
That is not possible on Istock, unless you are exclusive.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2012, 16:10 by JPSDK »

ShadySue

« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 16:31 »
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Point is....
That Istock has a great sales potential, or used to have.
Sadly, that's the sum of it.
Where are the November sales?

tab62

« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 20:00 »
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Thanks CD! When I fell out of bed this morning and hit my head I became a 'Wise' Man...

fritz

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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2012, 20:07 »
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I don't know about you but  my stats for November are:
iStock 250 dl
SS      400dl
translated into $$$ IS is 2x better than SS for me. Same port size (2200)
You judge!

ShadySue

« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2012, 20:16 »
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My iStock stats:
Nov 2007 (11 months after I started there): 342
Nov 2008: 565 (BME)
Nov 2009: 269
Nov 2010: 173
Nov 2011: 165
Nov 2012 (counting today's pathetic 2dls): 52, one day short of halfway through.

I'll judge.  >:(

tab62

« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2012, 20:32 »
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one sale for me on iStock is better than 0 since I am not in the club. Are the good days over? For sure! I will not argue that fact.  Business models change all the time thus time to re-adjust my efforts to include some additional jobs (co-workers needing family portraits, table top for friend's companies)...

« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2012, 02:33 »
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This is 2 of them the other is coffee but cant seem to uploaded, accepted on dreams time. Any suggestions would be helpful. I thought this is stock - thought focus, composition etc

« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 03:23 »
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Dunno what the rejection was for but the top one looks a little over sharpened and the flowers look like you may have brightened them exposing some noise in the shadows.

Suggestion: get some strobes or speedlight and watch your histogram. Keep it to the right without clipping. Shoot some simple stuff on a tripod. don't submit flowers!! shoot something interesting and a little unique. show some creativity. do not over process in photoshop. get it right in the camera. i think your processing is what is killing you.

good luck

« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2012, 03:25 »
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That's just a zoo shot, and a backyard flower.  You need to plan out and shoot some well composed, lit and conceptualized images.

gillian vann

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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2012, 03:58 »
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not that I'm an expert but I would say those pics are probably in overfilled categories.
At college we were allowed to submit only ONE flower pic throughout the whole course, most of us submitted NONE cos it's just so overdone and you have to be truly wow to impress anyone. I think your work is fine.
another hint: don't do fruit/veg! zoo pics get rejected often and some agencies won't touch them at all.

« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2012, 04:15 »
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I think the bar has been raised especially for applications. You need to shoot something more saleable than a flower.

You need to show that you can operate a camera and know to shoot something that will sell. Not just snaps. You need to create a photo, not just take one in the backyard or roaming the street.


« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2012, 05:23 »
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Can't tell much about them technically from these thumbs apart from that the lighting's nothing special on either of them.
Subject, composition and lighting wise these are nowhere near for application shots. Do what Sean (sjlocke) says above.

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2012, 05:37 »
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These are snapshots. The application is looking to see if you "get it" when it comes to stock photography. Most stock photos are used for advertisements, corporate websites, etc. What would a buyer use these to advertise?

And even if you could figure out how to use these for advertising, there are likely to be a gazillion flowers and zoo animals which means your these images need to be unique or amazing for a buyer to notice them over the other gazillions.

Half the game is getting accepted. The other half is producing images that sell. Think like a buyer.

« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2013, 23:37 »
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usually sites do take time to accept your photos and its natural. Be patient Hope your photos get approved


 

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