Bad Quality and Rejection Help Please

posted on 12th of march, 2010

Hello all,

I need some help. I'm currently in college and work for a non-profit sailing organization. Thus, my disposable income isn't to great. I currently own just an incredibly basic Nikon Coolpix camera so low and behold when I went to upload my images they were all rejected for "Poor optical performance due to low lens quality, such as lens fringing, chromatic aberrations, uneven sharpness in focus area. " The place where I take most of my photos to provide a unique set is several hundred feet above the water on a stick aboard a rolling ship so a really nice camera is out of the question just due to the high risk of dropping it or crushing it or getting it soaked even while stowed below decks. Is there anyway to work around the image flaws in a lower quality camera or is there anything I can do to them after I have downloaded them to make them of better quality? If this is impossible then I still believe I have some types of photos not provided by most people that I would like to test the marketability of. Does anyone have a suggestion of other selling mediums where I could test the waters? Microstock obviously isn't for me.

Most tall ship photos only look like this one on the right and you can find thousands of these (certainly no offense meant to the photographer) but I believe I can open up another side of these beautiful vessels to the market

Here's some photos that were rejected. Any feedback on composition or tips or anything would be helpful. I can't post my rejected photos so I hope this might work. Take a look:


Comments (10)

Posted by Tan510jomast on March 13, 2010
there is really nothing else to tell you except that remember,
no matter what the circumstances, the buyer will want something clean, sharp, and well defined images for their use.
if you cannot make them, you can be sure someone else will.
so, to be honest, you have to be objective with your own work, and do your utmost to present your portfolio with images that are as good, if not , better than whatever you see here on Dreamstime.

then, when you do make those awesome images, you can put them here, or some other sites which will sell them for you.
whichever the case,anything less, will only be a waste of your own precious time.
so learn your camera well, and find the ways to get those clear, clean, well defined photographs. good luck to you.

try harder :)
Posted by Jdanne on March 13, 2010
Even with an expensive camera it is essential to use the raw format and post process it with photoshop or gimp (which is for free but you need a plugin for the raw format).

With such software you should take the raw format and (slightly!)
- increase saturation
- increase contrast
- check brightness
- sharpen (it's called "unsharp masking" in gimp)

and produce a jpg file with the highest quality.

You can reduce noise and other artifacts by software. There is a thread at DT how to reduce noise but the easiest way is to use a good camera and low ISO values - ISO 100 is the best for most cameras.

I never got a photo accepted when I did use the jpg photo directly from my Nikon D700 (which is really not cheap!).

Using the raw format and doing the post-processing seems to be essential - at least according
to my experience.
Posted by Jonvitalija on March 13, 2010
I think the same camera is not good enough and even with a better camera I'll recomend to do a photography course so you ll understand the fixtures you have. Is very important to put you ISO low, I use it a 100 and still getting noise also they very strict with focus. Micro stock agencies want 100% focus as may the buyer wants to do a big poster. Keep trying!!! I do still get some rejections
Posted by Mikesungood on March 13, 2010
If you need performance and you already started to enjoy the photography in general, you will end up buying a better camera and redo you photos, but you would might have not the opportunity again to make some shots you've liked.
I would buy at least the cheapest entry level camera (for instance Canon 1000D, which is twice as price compared to your actual camera). As you might shot some niche photos, you could be successfully enough to not care for that camera anymore if it is damaged, stolen or so...
Anyway, the sea conditions are harsh for cameras in general, so a weather sealed body and lens would be always a better choice.
Or try to lend or borrow some (if available), just to see if you are successful in this field.
Posted by Fotodesignjegg on March 13, 2010
Dear Jack,

i can only give you some general advices for picture quality, but not for your special subjects ships.

The most important things you must check, before you send a picture to a Microstock company are the following points:

- Is your image sharp. I mean really sharp. You can see that only in 100% view. If it is not sharp, especially where your focus should be, don't send it.

- check chromatic abberation (colour border at high contrast edges). If you have this problem, remove it with you image editing software. You see it clearly at 100% view.

- check the noise in your image. Normally you have the problem only with higher iso figures, but with compact cameras, you have this problem also at low Iso. Check especially the dark areas, the noise is there always higher. You can remove noise with specialised filter in your image editing software. Look at this problems also at 100% view.

- Exposure: Check if your image is right exposured. If it is too low, you have no...(More)
Posted by Danee79 on March 12, 2010
That means when some part of photo is over lighted for example on first photo- waves on left side of ship
Posted by Foremastjack on March 12, 2010
Thanks for the input, I'm pretty sure my camera is at the highest quality settings I could get it to for each shot but I will admit my knowledge is limited. Danee79, what do you mean when you say the white details are burned?

Oh well, I tried but I figure I'll just have to keep my photography on the hobby side of my life until perhaps I can afford a better camera or spend some time learning more on how to enhance what I have.

Posted by Danee79 on March 12, 2010
Firs photo -some white details are burned
Second photo- has to many noise
Third photo- I can't see I need larger photo but probably is again problem with noise and poor light
I haven't looked other photos

Camera definitely is one of the problems
Posted by Irisangel on March 12, 2010
Your images look good to me, but then again, there is no way to see them at 100% as the reviewers do. Have you made sure that all your camera settings are set for the maximum quality? Just a thought.
Posted by Luissantos84 on March 12, 2010
The photos look very nice, are they focus at 100% zoom?

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