Similar images - how to upload and how much is too much

posted on 2nd of september, 2009

Very often, good images are refused based on similarity issues. Contributors submit technically perfect (and usually sellable) images and get frustrated when they are refused.

Imagine a boy laughing photographed. One image should be enough, not ten of them. No matter if the photographer moved 2 meters to the left, the concept is still the same.

Similar images in Dreamstime's acceptance represent the content that fits a single concept, has small variations in composition OR model expression. Usually it's the kind of content where the designer/buyer can choose any image from that series without changing the visual message of his design.
This issue happens more often at studio images but applies for any kind of subject.

Price wise, this kind of series will...

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Posted by Slugmonkey on June 12, 2014
I just started with stock photography and so far have learned a lot. My issue seems to be with cropping too tightly. Giving some thought to this problem I am starting to understand that these photo's need to be different than the pictures I am used to taking. I have been very pleased after reading some of these blogs about the number of picts I have had accepted as I have had about 50 reviewed and have 5 that have been accepted which from what I am reading sounds pretty good. My initial thoughts were that my technical skills would be lacking and perhaps keep me from getting images accepted. I appreciate blogs like this as they help me further my knowledge of what will be accepted and what will not. I am shooting with an older Cannon Rebel and have also decided that I need more pixels as although all my images have been just composed in the camera I have begun to learn photoshop so I hope to use that to up my acceptance and sales. I was wondering if anyone had a thought as to single item...(More)
Posted by Livingstonatlarge on June 09, 2011
Hahaha.....I wish I had read this yesterday.....Good to know for future submissions.
Posted by Picturesbyme on January 17, 2011
I only saw this blog now and while it has - generalized - good points, I disagree with some. I don't mean to hurt ppl and won't put links here. Also, I hope my images won't disappear accidentally but I just have to say this:
Advising people to delete their images from the cam. is ..well, a bad idea. I only started stock lately but 3 of my top5 most sold images (70x, 20x, 18x) on another site are ones I almost deleted. Unless it is technically imperfect keep it, even then you might will like it and/or will sell it somewhere else, not on the stock. HDs are dirt cheap.
You must be very critical of course and I think most photographers are. I keep usually 5-10% for my site.
The other thing why I read this is bc I had technically good images refused for being similar. OK. then how come when I browse among DTs photogs I see almost identical images from them as their latest uploads. Some has 5-10000 photos. I don't want to put links here but it's easy to find them. So if I cannot upload similar,...(More)

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