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« on: October 15, 2011, 20:29 »
I rather like this photo an am thinking of submitting it to istock for one of the original three. What do you folks think?

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16375342/Iguana%20close%20up%20w%20watermark.jpg [nofollow]

Thanks for your help. :)


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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2011, 20:47 »
It's a cool shot but sorry, no. Way too much noise, not overly sharp, and other technical problems. Even if you fix the technical problems I'd question the saleability. Demand is probably pretty limited and unless this is some sort of rare reptile there are probably a gazillion reptile shots already.


« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 16:45 »
There are applications for noise suppression that work beautifully. I use Imagenomic Noiseware Professional and it would knock the noise right out of that shot.

Considering that saleability is not really an issue when applying, only superior image quality, I wouldn't worry about the marketability. Besides just because certain people on this site lack the imagination to see a use for an image doesn't mean there isn't one. If all you want are photos that sell 10000 times each you should re-think stock. It's as much about providing the unique (because you can never predict what a buyer might be looking for) as much as it is providing the same old S**t every other photographer does.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 17:24 »
Why ISO 800, when You could shot 1/250 or less ( OS?) for 230mm?

I have some dragonly macros and birds, and believe me: The saleability is extremly low. one sale for each file and over.

Wasn't You that "worked" on sports and such things? Why not editorial?


« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011, 17:35 »
- image has so much noise, I doubt that it'll be accepted even in the less pretentious among the low earner agencies
- it is also shaken, that's why is blurry
- white balance is slightly off
- also, piece of advice: shoot and work in sRGB, not adobe rgb
- other piece of advice: resize images to the smalles possible, when uploading your first 3.

Here's my take on your image, this is how I would have submitted it. No noise, sharper, but you can still see that camera was shaken:

quick 2 minutes work - remove noise (no plugin), resize, correct white balance, sharpen iguana's face. It's not perfect and saved at 70% quality, just to give you the idea.

I'll remove it after you look at it.

I'll also re-shoot this image.

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« Last Edit: October 17, 2011, 02:47 by Xalanx »


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