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« on: February 12, 2008, 19:50 »
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All,

To help myself and future applicants to Shutterstock ...

I would like to see any of your photos that were initially approved to help you meet your 7 out of 10 requirement for your shutterstock application ...

Thanks !

Mark



« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 00:00 »
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Hey Mark, just follow my link to my SS port and choose oldest first and the first 8 are the ones.
Jorge
« Last Edit: February 13, 2008, 00:03 by jorgeinthewater »

DanP68

« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 00:25 »
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Yes, you can do that with any portfolio.  Still though, I don't see the usefulness of such a venture.  The same rules apply to submitting anywhere.  Shoot interesting, usable subjects with good exposure and sharp focus.  And in the case of Shutterstock, absolutely no noise whatsoever.  I don't think there is any secret formula to getting into Shutterstock.  It's tough, and it generally takes a few tries before you get it right.

« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 01:20 »
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Standards are constantly changing so even looking at the oldest in someones portfolio you can't be sure that they would be accepted today.  Go to the SS forums and look at the oldest images by people who have recently joined.   The date they joined is written next to the post.

« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008, 01:36 »
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I think I posted this for you in another thread. I got in there two weeks ago, so may oldest 8 are the one that got accepted. I think I also pointed out the 2 that were not in the your thread (with links to them on other stock sites).

I think you need to find someone with subjects closer to yours as the standards differ for different subjects. For example food is easier to get in than flower or generic architecture shots. They also like people, so that's easier to get in.

For me they are extremely picky on lightning and not noise (everyone is speaking about nice, all images I got rejected were rejected for poor or uneven lightning but that may be my specific problem).

« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008, 02:53 »
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Yes, you can do that with any portfolio.  Still though, I don't see the usefulness of such a venture.  The same rules apply to submitting anywhere.  Shoot interesting, usable subjects with good exposure and sharp focus.  And in the case of Shutterstock, absolutely no noise whatsoever.  I don't think there is any secret formula to getting into Shutterstock.  It's tough, and it generally takes a few tries before you get it right.

DanP,

I did not realize that shutterstock shows their images in chronological order?

If this is the case and the first image are actually from the application (I was under the impression that after being accepted you had to submit the images once again and they could still be rejected the 2nd time (I read this somewhere but it could've been in reference to a different site)) then I can and will go to individual portfolios and look at those images.


« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008, 04:53 »
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You were probably thinking of Istock, the 7-10 SS ones go straight into your portfolio once you pass the approval. Just do the search by newest first and as I said earlier pick portfolios of new members to get a better idea of the current standards.

« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008, 12:33 »
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You were probably thinking of Istock, the 7-10 SS ones go straight into your portfolio once you pass the approval. Just do the search by newest first and as I said earlier pick portfolios of new members to get a better idea of the current standards.

Thank you sir ! I will do that ...

Yes. I knew there was a site that didn't post your application photos. It must've been iStock I had it confused with ... Thanks for the clarification :)

Mark

« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008, 13:40 »
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Mark that would be useless since SS requirements went up a lot since 2 years ago. I got my third batch approved in a week, 9/10. One was rejected for the "focus" thing. The noise monster never catches me again, not because SS is more lenient on old folks like us, but because we simply adapted to the SS standards steadily.

It has to be said that SS reviewers have a very good eye for sellable stock. About 92% of my port was ever sold, and that percentage is much higher than at other sites.

« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2008, 13:57 »
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Thanks Flemish !

Mark

« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2008, 06:40 »
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I had two batches rejected when applying at Shutterstock (both missed by on picture - 6/10). Some of the previously accepted images have been rejected in subsequent attempts - but overall they have been pretty consistent. On third attempt (and knowing what they pay attention to) I got 8/10 and got my foot in :)

I would suggest that maybe you should try couple of nice isolations (takes care of noise), shoot with good light on atripod (to produce sharp image at small aperture and good depth of field). They are also quite open to conceptual type of images - provided that the pics are clean, sharp etc. (but this is not news).

« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2008, 06:42 »
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Here is one example (I am just trying, I'm not sure if it will come up, if it does - I will post more links)

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-8846017-timber-container-with-aromatic-huon-pine-chips-carved-from-a-piece-of-timber.html



 

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