Working with Stock Agencies can be more challenging than working events. The quality standards are demanding. In events, customers do not usually have the professional knowledge and they do no inspect images at 100%. As a result, they can be happy with results that agencies would not accept.
The main benefit I have found in these agencies is the learning perspective, the challenge, and getting used to rejections without "dropping the ball"
This week, I learned the hard way that working tired or in a rush can dramatically cost you a decreased approval ratio.
I had my summer holidays in Cuba and brought some pics that I thought would be a hit. I also had learned new techniques in Photoshop so I mainly focused on them. I worked in a rush, almost as if my time were limited and as a result, I made two silly mistakes:
1) I did not properly clean the background from spots and dust.
2) The word "isolated" slipped into the keywords without being true.
The great majority was rejected.
The moral I would like to share is that never take this work lightly or think that a pic deserves being approved on its own. Take time to take care of details and above all, never work tired or in a rush. Let the work aside two or three days and re-inspect it before submitting.