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« on: September 19, 2012, 09:01 »
Hi all,
the following 3 photos where rejected by istock and shutterstock for poor lighting:

Please help me understand what I could have done better.
critique regarding other issues is also very welcome.

« Last Edit: September 19, 2012, 09:03 by itayuri »


« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 09:03 »
We cannot see the images, please try again.

Update: no, wait, links work when copy/pasting in new window. I'll take a look.


« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 09:17 »
Alright before we go any further (focus, composition, subject matter, etc) you need to get the lighting fixed.

You are making it very easy for reviewers to reject them for bad lighting/hard shadows ;)
So soften the lighting, even if you have to use a thin piece of white cloth to dim the light or use white paper as a reflector to light up the shadow area, but fix that first.
I also suggest before submitting to any agency you already know what quality to provide.

So ask first, SS critique forum is also a 'good' place for guidelines, then submit.

Good luck and welcome to MSG!


  • Carl Stewart, CS Productions
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 06:26 »
I concur.  If you're gonna shoot setups like this, you'll need a light tent of some sort to eliminate the shadows and get soft, even lighting.


« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 07:25 »
Are you actually seeing the images? In firefox I see nothing in the OP but the text, in Safari I get little image missing icons. I had to view source and copy and paste the links into the browser to see the images.


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  • Location. Third stone from the sun
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 17:49 »
There is nothing here!

Perhaps it is nothing more than a bunch of Polar Bears in a snowstorm ;D

« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2012, 06:28 »
Light is as said not good, the shadows are confusing, and the light parts are burned out, almost.
The red cloth, does nothing good to the picture.
They are not really sharp.
LCV probably also
Composition?: objects too small in the fram and too random.
+ and what is it?


  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2012, 06:37 »
+ and what is it?

@OP: Take a look at the Okra pics already on iSt and SS. It's hard (around here anyway) to get really good looking Okra, but there's no point in submitting anything else.)
That's your competition.

BTW, the iStock search took almost a minute.  :(
« Last Edit: September 21, 2012, 06:44 by ShadySue »

« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2012, 06:54 »
Pardon me. I would suggest you put it together in a more tasteful way, arrangements and everything and thats before worrying about lighting.
At this moment even if you get the light correct your images are not commercial enough to warrant any side works.

« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2012, 13:27 »
Thank you everybody, all of your comments were very helpful.
BTW what is the reason I can't post links?

thanks again


« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2012, 14:05 »
I think there is a minimum requirement of posts.  You have only 2 and I believe the requirement is 5?

« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2012, 03:26 »
I had similar problems with lightning. If you use a flash, you should not put it directly towards the objects. Use a softbox or reflector, so that you can get indirect light.

Your images look like you did flash directly, so you get all light regions too bright (loosing details) and you also get hard shadows.

I'm using a walimex pro vt-300 studio flash with an umbrella reflector, and I still get images rejected because of lighting. Sometimes you may need a second light source to light up the shadows. In most cases you just can place a simple reflector on the side, to light up these, if you don't want to use a second flash.


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