wisdom behind rejecting too many

posted on 1st of april, 2010

Those of you who has followed my blog will know that most recently I have attained my first Level 3 image . This is the one shown here aside .

I also noticed that as the Level increases, the earning for each download increases accordingly. An XS which used to be 1 credit, jumps to 3 , then to 5 ,etc..

This may seem unimportant to those who are selling a lot here and there via quantity portfolio. But for someone like myself, who is unable to mass produce stock photos, due to the lack of time from having full time day/night business, it can make a difference to earning to a faster payout if one plays it smarter.

Smarter in what way... you ask?
Well, a while back, I had a rejection from a site for having too many "similars". I think Dreamstime also has that policy, which I recall reading Achilles mention of this somewhere, a while back as well.

When I first got that rejection notice. I thought this was yet another one of those outrageous excuse to reject someone's hard work.
The image was well produced. I maintain a very hard standard
with my work, and most times, when I do get a specific objective rejection from a reviewer as to "artifacts", "noise", "poor isolation",etc during my beginner days, I don't rant about it.
I can see it for myself.

But something subjective is hard to swallow some times,
when one reviewer accepts the rest of the shoot and another rejects an odd one.

So, naturally, I was curious to read what Achilles had mentioned about "similars". Also I wrote a handful of the old experienced top sellers to ask them if this is bull or valid.

Sure enough, they said, they agreed with Achilles.
(Ha!ha!... I can see Achilles with his grin from ear to ear here!.
April fool!.. no, this time it's serious. It's 6 minutes to April 2
here by my computer watch, so no more April fool, I promise, lol)

ANyway, closing thought.
With my Level 3 image, I now understand fully why those who preached the wisdom of not giving out too many similars in your portfolio .
For example, say I am a buyer of a building image for construction with a red dumpster. Seen here.
Or an image of a solar panel Seen here too. One closeup and one a little wide .

If I see 12 identical or similars with little variations other than what you see here as a Portrait and Landscape format choice of two, which buyers will likely be happy to have such choice.
Or one of telefoto, and another of wide angle, which again is being considerable to a buyer's need.
What do you think would likely happen if I have 12 similar images instread of just these two?

Maybe you will get one here, one there, two here, two there,
from different buyers or even the same return buyer.
But if you only gave me a choice of two, or even one.
You could end up with 12 dls for one item, instead of 1 dl for each of the 12.

Result ? a faster escalation to Level 3 for your single image.

Makes a lot of sense , doesn't it?

Remember this , the next time you shoot off too many similars.
Your reviewer may be actually doing you a favor to reject your truckload of same old same old.

Cheers for reading as always.
Happy sales to all of us.... No April Fool this time :)

And a very good night to one and all. I need my beauty sleep if I am to look good enough to steal Angelina Jolie from Brad Pitt, ha!ha!

Comments (9)

Posted by Tan510jomast on April 07, 2010
Ehcks , good point. DT is quite liberal for this, but some sites do reject you for leaving too much white space or if you pan back even a bit more.
Thus, perharps for those who bulk upload their work to all the sites at the same time, it could explain why they crop more tightly than preferred by buyers like yourself. Quite a dilemma , isn't it? Rejected for too much space. Client , on the other hand, wants more space ?
Posted by Ehcks on April 07, 2010
As a designer my biggest complaint is things being cropped in too close. Often the image would have been perfect if the photographer had panned back a bit. Remember it is easy for us to crop things in close the way we want in photoshop.
Posted by Mani33 on April 02, 2010
I agree! But not to mention the duplicated images in the data base! Phew!
Posted by Lcjtripod on April 02, 2010
Agreed! I limit myself to a max of two shots of the same shooting. One horizontal and one vertical (with rare exceptions.). If I was to add one more it would be square. I have noticed that buyers buy one version and then the other as they go up in price. -Larry
Posted by Rosedarc on April 02, 2010
Agreed, it's good to have a bit of variety, like a horizontal and a vertical shot, but too much has a negative effet. Software like Aperture allows to compare closely similar shots and to keep only the best one. Useful blog!
Posted by Wildmac on April 02, 2010
I totally agree with you on this, too many similar images is boring to wade through. I would much rather have a small portfolio full of a variety of high quality, higher level images than 20,000 similar images at level 1 in a huge portfolio. So far I got the small portfolio part sorted, I just need to work on the high quality and higher level part lol :))))) Take care, Carol :)
Posted by Starblue on April 02, 2010
I fully agree - too many similar in the best case, the earning will "spread" among all the similar. In the worse ... after a while a client can be bored seeing many, many similar. Great blog, written in a great way!
Posted by Cednik on April 02, 2010
Why to upload tens of almost the same photos?. Upload the best and you will avoid the rejections. Many similar photos are just doing the mess in search resoults.
Posted by Ospictures on April 01, 2010
Sure, this is not beneficial to someone's stock portfolio submitting the same images but with slightly different angles. This is something like you are selling the same image twice and the summary of the downloads of them could make you the 3d level. This is wise not to submit the similars. I totally agree!

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