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Rejected again :( Not sure why, perhaps it was the Mantis, we'll never know!

At least they were efficient about it - I got the reply within about 30 minutes of submitting the photos.

Although flawed, the shots we discussed here are about as good as I can manage at the moment, so I think I'm going to leave it awhile before applying again (perhaps until the new year). Hopefully by then I'll be in a better position to make a succesful attempt. In the meantime, I'll keep selling on DT, SS and FT - that should keep me busy (and moving up the learning curve).

Thanks for your suggestions here, sorry it was to no avail!

"Your image is not focused quite how we would like it" would be the likely reply  ::)

It's a great shot though, of course! One of the other winners is a shot of a rabbit (perhaps a hare?) in mid-bound, running full pelt towards the camera - my favourite!

I had some shots shortlisted, but no cigar  :(

Is this any better?


I tried adding sharpness, clarity, contrast to the head (particularly the part between the eyes).

Honestly, the eyes really do look like that - if you're expecting sharp, well defined, black pupils then I wont be able to offer them up - this species just doesn't have them!  :-\

Thanks also for the advice on brightness - I'll brighten them all up a bit.

Just went back to Big Ben to look at the colours. Turns out all I did was turn down the luminance on the blue. Think I'll just leave it as it is!

Yeah, I did mess with the colours on big ben, perhaps I'll unmess them a bit...

I think we'll have to agree to disgaree on the mantis focus though. Looks good to me (focuswise, at least).

So, I did some work on Big Ben to remove the fringing (thanks for pointing that out):


I also worked on the isolation of the, Mantis around its feet (and added some edge sharpening):


Here's an alternative Mantis shot from the same series (any preferences for which of the two is better, or do you think I should I just avoid using this kind of thing altogether?):


Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 26, 2009, 02:56 »

lol that's really great advice - I'll bear it in mind  :D

Anyway, my next submission is early next week, so fingers crossed.

Thanks guys, at the moment then it's looking like Big Ben (I can do some work on the fringing), chess pieces and one other.

The Mantis' eyes are indeed in focus (focus point chosen on eye) - they have a milky/translucent quality though in real life, it's just what they look like up close. If you look at the edges, they're much sharper than the patterning in the eyeballs. No edge sharpening was applied to this shot at all - perhaps I should add a little? If I do submit this one, I'll be certain to work on the feet!



my next opportunity to be accepted as a contributor to iStockPhoto comes around in a few days from now. I'm hoping to get some advice and feedback on which photos I should (and should not!) submit. I've been rejected a few times now, so fingers crossed for this try!

Here are a few shots that I was thinking of including (I need to pick three).

#1 - A christmas decoration
#2 - Chess pieces
#3 - Big Ben
#4 - Money
#5 - Pray Mantis

Thanks in advance!


Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 25, 2009, 09:22 »
"Though I do think that going into iStock with the attitude that you don't like the site but you want to join because they sell well isn't a very good way to start.  You'll end up bitter and twisted about them like so many other posters I read here."

I agree it's not a good start, not for want of trying on my part though (multiple resubmissions plus detective work on other forums to try and fathom their idiosynchrosies). My experiance with SS, FT and DT so far has been better in each case.

"From what I can tell, the only reason you're annoyed with them is that they haven't accepted you yet"

Yes, that's right. And, in particular, it's the lack of clarity in the reaon for rejection which led to getting the same rejection more than once, wasting my time and theirs too.

It's also the time wasted working out the reason why I cant access their forum as suggested by members here that I should do. SS forum is open for this exact use, by the way.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 25, 2009, 02:44 »
Really? So everyone who has posted on the iStock forum with a view to having their submissions critiqued (i.e. the ones that they propose to submit to apply to become a contibutor) first had to buy credits (which they typically had no intention of using)? Wow, that really sucks!

Perhaps I'll try posting my next 3 here instead. I can re-apply in a few days from now. If it were not for the fact that they having a good reputation for earnings, I really wouldn't bother. My expriance with iStock so far has been the worst of any of the half dozen site I've used.

Thanks for your reply sj. At least you solved the mystery for me!

Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 24, 2009, 17:13 »
You really would think it would be as easy that eh? The thing is though, there is no Add Topic button!

Having wasted about an hour on this now, I finally noticed the following, at the bottom of a thread I was reading (it does not appear on the main forum page, which is why I have not noticed it before):

"Note: Your account is not yet eligible for forum participation, but feel free to browse our forums until your posting privileges are activated."

It would be nice if there some explanation as to why, how, when etc. my posting privileges might be activated. Grrr!!!

Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 24, 2009, 16:36 »
Ok, so my next question is... ...how do I post something (anything...) on the IS forum? Forum page lacks any means of making a new post. I joined iStock ages ago, have been able submit 3 times to be a contibutor, and yet I do not seem to have access to their forums. What is this???

iStock FAQs completely silent about theirs forums.

Forum has no search tool (perhaps only available once you can post?) so no joy there.

Would like to post at istock forum to ask how to post at istock forum, but cannot post at istock forum to ask how.

Why does this have to be like pulling teeth? Is this rest of iStock as user unfreindly?

Meanwhile, selling well on other sites!

Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 16, 2009, 11:01 »
I'll be posting my next 3 selections on the IS forum for sure.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 15, 2009, 04:43 »
@sgcallaway1994 - thanks, that's good advice. I guess they review each 3 shots in isolation, without looking at what came before. Hence they get the impression of a lack of variation. I'm really hoping to get it right next time, as the re-sunmission time just doubled to two weeks!


To be clear, none of the stuff I submitted so far was rejected on technical grounds. Also no mention of a lack of commercial value (and indeed, I intentionally picked shots that are selling elsewhere). So I'm not sure why people want me to post examples here - can't really see how that would help (other than to confirm that a parrot indeed is not similar to tower bridge in London  ;)).

Newbie Discussion / Repeated rejection from iStockphoto
« on: September 14, 2009, 17:45 »

I just my 3rd application to submit to iStockphoto rejected. Such is life.

All the pictures I've used to try and get accepted have been accepted and have sold at one or more of SS, DT and Fotolia. The usual story.

The rejection I get is that the shots are "too similar". This is annoying because so far I've submitted 3 wildlife shots, 3 isolations, and 3 travel shots. I can't see what is so simlar about a parrot, tower bridge in london, and a christmas decoration. This rejection is pretty idiotic therefore, IMO. I would rather they just said "not good enough, try again". At least that would give me something to go on.

The trouble is, I don't see how I can improve next time, given that the reason for rejection they give is so clearly BS.

Any advice?

Newbie Discussion / Re: why can't I start a new thread?
« on: September 14, 2009, 17:33 »
I guess that's me done too.

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