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I read several places that for the fist submission, to limit the megapixels to the minimum required by each stock agency in order to reduce an initial rejection due to slightly soft focus or minor defects when submitting.  Well, my first batch of images have been accepted by Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, and Alamy!    :D

Before I submit my second batch of photos, I hope to gain some wisdom regarding image size (megapixels).  Specifically, I am interested in your approach to sizing images for the five agencies listed above.


2 / New Dreamstime Contributor - Basic Questions
« on: September 14, 2016, 19:06 »
I am a new contributor to Dreamstime and fairly new to stock photography in general.  With the other stock sites, it is common for each photo to have a (descriptive) title and a list of keywords.  However, with Dreamstime, they require a separate title and description, then additional keywords.

I'm hoping someone can share the best approach to completing these fields to maximize effectiveness.



Lighting / Two Photos Rejected for Poor Lighting/White Balance
« on: September 13, 2016, 11:08 »
I just submitted my first photos to Shutterstock and three of the six submissions were accepted.  I am happy about that, but I have questions about two of the photos that were rejected (one is attached). 

Both of them were shot in my homemade light box and were rejected for "Poor Lighting--Image has exposure issues, unfavorable lighting conditions, and/or incorrect white balance" and "White Balance -- The incorrect white balance setting was used".  My light box is a fiberglass bathtub that I cut in half and painted with flat white latex paint.  The light source is a single 40w florescent bulb in a 16" galvanized metal reflector, with the light diffused by a white cotton t-shirt (I know, I know, but I live in a developing country in West Africa).  The photos were edited in Lightroom 6.

So, based on that, I have two questions:

1.  Is there anything I can do in Lightroom to rescue these photos?
2.  What do I need to change in my light box setup to improve my results and reduce post-production time in Lightroom?

Newbie Discussion / Generic Model/Property Releases?
« on: August 19, 2016, 09:30 »
I am just getting started in stock photography and have a question regarding model and property releases.  I am planning to sell photos on multiple stock sites and am hoping that I can use a generic release form that will be accepted by all.  Or maybe there is a release provided by one of the major stock sites that will be accepted by all the others?

Any advice?  Thanks!


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