Really look at the details

posted on 9th of january, 2012

When it comes down to trademarks it is really important to look at the details. I found out just how much detail recently on a submission where a patent number, barely visible but still there, held things up.

I never noticed it until I really got zoomed in on the image and there it was. little things like this will make or break a stock image. Two solutions are available for this problem.

If it's a generic enough item in the photo then remove any identifying symbols, logo's, numbers, letters, or anything at all that can be linked to an identification. If this can't be done or the object is a recognizable piece, building, monument, artwork, or anything you can say, "that's a (place name brand here)" then you'll need to get a property release signed.

Honestly this is an extremely important legal step that must be done. If you miss the detail you can bet the reviewing editor won't and the image will be rejected. Take the time to check, recheck, walk away and then check a third time. In the long run it is better for you and DT.

Happy shooting.

Comments (4)

Posted by Zenonk on January 10, 2012
been there, done that :)
I recently got my AR to over 60% and then missed a bump on models hand, as you mention the reviewer did not miss it and rejected the photo.
You really need to look at all the details when submitting to stock.
Posted by Silent47 on January 10, 2012
I guess that you want to say:Quality instead of Quantity.Great blog
Posted by Peanutroaster on January 09, 2012
Those pesky markings! Thanks for the tip.
Posted by smartview27 on January 09, 2012
Thanks for sharing .

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Mark Birks lives in Ohio and works as a freelance photographer. He has recently begun creating and selling fine art and portrait photography and is currently working on a series called “Visions of Black and White” While having done his own work, Mark has also done commercial shots, portraits, and still life’s. Mark has also won contests by The Newark City Library and Create magazine. He was also featured in Photography BB online magazine in 2009. Mark’s clients have included Boy Scouts of America, Deanabirks.com, Sterling Accessories, Mistral Images, and Create Magazine.

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