A Hard Learned Lesson

posted on 10th of september, 2011

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.

Comments (19)

Posted by Vithion on September 13, 2011
Thank u.Its helpful to me as a newer…
Posted by Pxlxl on September 13, 2011
good post!
Posted by Dinni on September 13, 2011
yes, make sense!
Posted by Arturoosorno on September 12, 2011
That's completely true.
Working with serious stock agencies like DT helps us to do better pictures.
Best wishes
Posted by Anhong on September 12, 2011
Thanks to share!
Posted by Nadezhda1906 on September 12, 2011
Thanks for good advices, very true!
Posted by Lobe on September 12, 2011
As it is familiar to me :-)
Posted by Wwycliff on September 12, 2011
It happened to me after getting 100% on my first submission, I got so excited that I rushed to submit my subsequent batches.
Posted by Wwycliff on September 12, 2011
It happened to me after getting 100% on my first submission, I got so excited that I rushed to submit my subsequent batches.
Posted by Lindsaybasson on September 12, 2011
Been there, done that and hopefully learned from it! It's always good to be reminded of these kind of things though, so thank you :) :)
Posted by Joezachs on September 12, 2011
Yes working under pressure can create errors.
Posted by Keki on September 11, 2011
Very true!! thanks for the reminder!
Posted by Mpw2penn on September 11, 2011
that is why i am very bad with clients who rush me. i just tell them to go away. if you need it this wednesday, you should have come 2 wednesday ago. i hate being given ulcers by someone else.
Posted by Physi28 on September 11, 2011
it has happened to me too, sometimes I don´t know why we enter into a frenzy of working fast as if there would be a dead line to it, it is then when we work badly and the rejections increase a lot!
Posted by Dgphotographic on September 10, 2011
Makes you "up your game". :o)
Posted by Luis2007 on September 10, 2011
True, we all do it sometime but sooner or later we all learn the hard way.
Posted by BCritchley on September 10, 2011
Good and very true advice :-)
Posted by Dark3y3s on September 10, 2011
It also happens to me from time to time, working in a rush and thinking that way I save time. And guess who's disappointed when seeing the number in the "rejected" section has increased :D
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on September 10, 2011
Both good points!

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