How many kinds of reasons have you received about refused files? Did you really understant these reasons and do a well job to avoid receiving again? Undoubtedly, reading these reasons carefully is very helpful for you to avoid refusing and improve your acceptance ratio. Here is the complete list of refusing reasons which I collected before when my pics are refused. And some reasons are added for this time. So I call it vol. 2:) Maybe, some of them are too old to use, but I still hope this can be helpful for you, and for me, too:)
1.This is a very well covered subject in our data base or the subject of your image is too specific. We are looking for images that exceed the technical quality and creativity of the images already online. Please take a few minutes to browse through the best selling images online (on this subject) and go deeper, play, have a more creative, more personal approach to it, also keeping in mind the technical quality of the image.
2.Image is not RF stock oriented or its sales potential is too low at this stage. Please note that Stock photography is a commercial type of imagery, so, snapshots are not Stock. There are several vital requirements that an image must meet in order to be stock oriented. An image must serve a purpose, must have a concept, must have a good technical execution in terms of composition, exposure, light setting, optical performance. Creativity is a keyword for a successful stock image, as well. It is also very important to understand that Art and Stock are two fundamentally different categories of imagery, that only meet when an artwork can adapt to a wide range of commercial usage
3.The image contains elements that might be protected by copyright/trademark (logos, brands, specific buildings etc.) or could raise usage problems, therefore it doesn't qualify as a RF stock image. Analyze the photo closely and remove these elements if possible or try to obtain a property release. Read more: https://www.dreamstime.com/thread_148
4.The image includes recognizable humans. It cannot be accepted without a model release signed by your subject(s). Also, take note that, if the main subject of the image is a person, a model release is required even if the face is not fully visible. If the people within your photo are not the main subject but their faces are visible, then you also need a MR for each person whose face is visible. You can download the model release document from the following address: https://www.dreamstime.com/model_release.pdf
5.Lack of composition. Please visit the Stock Photo Utilities section of our site or the message boards for more information on how to produce stock-oriented images.
6.Poor color: this image has a low color profile and needs improvement in order to increase its sales potential. You can process your image with color enhancement software, such as Photoshop, giving it the appeal it needs.
7.Poor lighting due to lighting conditions (wrong time of day, dull skies, harsh shadows etc.) and/or camera limitations / Poor contrast or incorrect exposure.
8.Poor optical performance due to low lens quality, such as lens fringing, chromatic aberrations, uneven sharpness in focus area.
9.Distorted pixels due to poor sensor performance, image was interpolated, poorly scanned, upsampled or JPG was not saved at the highest quality.
10.White balance parameter was not correctly assigned.
11.We have reviewed your file and this is not quite what we're looking for.
12.Image is out of focus or too much of the subject is out of focus (DOF too shallow or DOF not justified) / Image is shaken. Use a faster speed or a tripod. Please check the files at 100% zoom before submitting them.
13.This image is overfiltered. Its use for the potential designers is limited because of this, therefore the image is disqualified as a RF stock-oriented image. Please upload the original instead.
14.The image contains a large amount of noise artifacts. Please fix this issue using noise-removal software and resubmit. You can also check this thread: https://www.dreamstime.com/thread_109
15.Image is overexposed/underexposed.
16.Poor background removal. There are strange artifacts left on the background / The margins of your subject(s) are distorted or look unnatural against the background.
17.you should use a softbox or other difuser for your lights in order to create softer shadows - especially for isolated objects.
18.Your image info contains one or more of the following issues: irrelevant or incomplete title, description/keywords/categories issues, similar/identical title and description, title/description written with capital letters(CAPS LOCK ON). Use only keywords that are the most relevant and specific to the image subject. All the info required for an image is important and has great influence on your sales. That's why you must take your time for each image and provide individual, accurate, relevant and comprehensive information. Don't just copy&paste words, don't rush. The more precise the info will be, the more efficient the search will be as well and hence your sales. Read more: https://blog.dreamstime.com/search-tag-keywords.
19. We consider the editorial usefulness of this image is rather low.
20. Lack of concept. Please check the following section https://blog.dreamstime.com/search-tag-concept for more information on how to produce stock-oriented images.
And another one:"Image subject is too specific or niche-oriented. The primary goal of a stock image is to be generic and match as many usage types as possible. Your image is not generic enough and will not generate significant sales."No need to be upset,all these reasons make us the best in stock, more creative and have more success in sales(is how it must).Just smile and go on:)Cheers:)
From the point of view of DT, they don't want editorials of single logo's, easy. Imagine how many people now think "I know I will photograph the Apple sign at a store, the golden Mcdonalds arches, Google, Facebook and other social media signs. The picture needs to be bigger and better and have a larger editorial context not just the logo. Pretty sure there is enough on DT now.
Here is another one "Images that contain single logos that are not in a larger editorial context can no longer be accepted". My concerns are ... larger editorial from which point of view ? From the US market point of view or somewhere else ?
28. Illustration is too simple - this illustration contains few elements or the subject is too simplistically represented. Adding more elements or improving the existing ones in terms of creativity and overall appeal will increase the sale potential of your image. Please note that long series of subjects like alphabet letters, world flags, web buttons and other such illustrations will not be accepted separately but only in sets. Please do not resubmit your work unless you improve it according to the above mentioned.
Last week I have submitted 6 files, 5 of them refused with the same template reason " - Poor execution, please pay more attention to the details. For illustrations, please look for: poorly traced/auto-traced and scanned images, noise and innacurate texturing on 3D renders, too simplistic works, faceted curves, aliased/jagged lines, open paths (vectors), noise/distorted pixels on various textures and images used within the illustration, moiree due to downsampling. For collages, please improve the technical execution (distorted pixels, noise, blendings, etc) in order to best serve the concept of the image." Its OK, I could correct the issues if I understand which one. Is it noise? Pixel distortion? Poor execution? Innacurate texturing on 3D renders? Too simplistic? Faceted curves? Open paths? Which one? And have in mind that i have cheked the images at least 30 times at 100%, 200%... But the strangest thing is that another big agency with high quality requirements approved them without...(More)
26. Image subject is too specific or niche-oriented. The primary goal of a stock image is to be generic and match as many usage types as possible. Your image is not generic enough and will not generate significant sales. Please try to recreate/rephotograph the scene differently and/or use this info for more generic images in the future.
25. We are looking for images that exceed the technical quality and creativity of the images already online. Lighting and composition are very important in creating a good quality stock image that will have good chances to sell. This is a very well covered subject in our data base and the image does not exceed in quality, composition and technique images that we already have online.
24. - Please remove all logos (if available) and submit this image as regular, as it has a bigger commercial potential rather than editorial. Note that this doesn't ensure that your image will be accepted, a separate review will apply. If you plan to submit it again, ensure you select the appropriate tab for licensing, on the submission page.
23. This image does not meet our current requirements in terms of technical quality, composition, lighting setup, color, or overall attention to detail. Please take time to browse through our best selling images on this particular subject and adjust/reshoot the image in order to maximize its sales potential.
22. - The composition of a successful commercial image needs to be clear and supportive of the image's main concept and primary subject. A good composition is one which does not limit the potential use of the image by designers (by being tightly cropped, for example). Engaging the classical rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, the golden ratio or a supportive use of negative space may help you to produce good commercial images. You may visit the Stock Photo Utilities section of our site or the message boards for more information on how to produce stock-oriented images. Image subject is too specific or niche-oriented. The primary goal of a stock image is to be generic and match as many usage types as possible. Your image is not generic enough and will not generate significant sales. Please try to recreate/rephotograph the scene differently and/or use this info for more generic images in the future.
21. - Too many photos/illustrations on the same subject or from the same series. Your submission should not duplicate content already in your portfolio or content which you plan to upload separately in the future (ie. collages based on your images). Please be more selective and choose only the best shots or illustrations. Avoid submitting simple variations on the same subject or duplicating content already in your portfolio (including from collages). You can create sets of similars (several shots included within the same image). That will help the file sell better and generate higher royalties via our level-based system.
I agree that they're useful and help us to make a better job and take better pictures,but sometimes is frustrating to get one of them refused and then search around and see that something similar is selling alot,that's what makes me angry. Expecially if the reason is like the 2 or 11,which you can't do much for.
According to me, the worse is the "11" one. Specially when you went through all the other to correct your picture... and after the third, the fourth etc... submission you ended up with this one which, basically, means "no way". Most of the time, I wrote to the support and gave my point of view regarding the refused picture for the 11's reason. more that 50% of time, the picture has be accepted and got sales quite rapidly.
As you get towards 2000 images you are more upset when you've maybe spent an hour on an image and it meets rejection. And sometimes you feel it's simply a conflict of opinion and you cannot win. But you must learn to accept rejection and smile. David.
I have had a few of those! However it is reasons 11 and 19 that I find the worst. The others reasons that I have had all all due to poor quality - i.e. I should have know better than to try and submit it, but those two can be returned at any time and impact you acceptance ratio.
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