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Wednesday
Oct152008

Istockphoto Diary #2: One From Seventeen (!)

Oh dear. This is harder than I thought.

But hey, I'm a "my glass is half full" kinda guy, so lets look at the one acceptance, some of the multitude of rejections, and see what we can learn.





Heavy Green Wooden Door With Padlock: Accepted.



This image didn't get accepted first go - the reviewer said that it was rejected because of:

"The overuse of a noise reduction process /application/ RAW settings has too severely degraded quality and removed detail."

and included this part of the original photo as an example of the problem:



So I sent them the original image from my camera, without a pass of Noise Ninja, and it got through.

So by using Noise Ninja to reduce noise I could be introducing problems into my photographs - perhaps a better strategy will be to just rotate and crop, and not try any noise reduction at all. I have uploaded another batch since this lot, but I have still used Noise Ninja, because at 100% zoom it does seem to reduce Noise and Artifacts.

What this did teach me is that if I do get the above rejection notice, it means that otherwise the photo would have been accepted, so I'm pretty sure a better camera would help. Time for a dSLR perhaps?

Rejected: We found the overall composition of this file's lighting could be improved. Technical aspects that can affect the overall quality of lighting are: flat/dull colors, blown-out highlights, harsh reflection, shadows or lens flares. These can all limit the usefulness of a file.



Looking at this photo I realise that it really needs to be taken with light shining on the turret - perhaps sunlight, or I could use some flash, to make the colours vivid.

Rejected: We found this file over filtered from its original appearance/quality.



I'm not too sure about this one. The only "filtering" I did was a pass from Noise Ninja, so maybe it's another lesson that I should only be rotating and cropping (or actually getting everything right in-camera), and just uploading a totally "clean" photo.

Rejected: This file contains artifacting when viewed at full size. This technical issue is commonly created by the quality settings in-camera, in post-processing or in RAW settings. Artifacting may be the result of other factors such as excessive level adjustments.



Again, the only post-processing I did was a pass of Noise Ninja. My camera was at the highest quality settings (7mp F), but the ISO may well have been too high - this was taken at ISO 400. Lesson learnt, I've gotta stick with 64 or 100 with my Fujifilm S5700.

Rejected: This file contains artifacting when viewed at full size. This technical issue is commonly created by the quality settings in-camera, in post-processing or in RAW settings. Artifacting may be the result of other factors such as excessive level adjustments.



The above was taken at ISO 200, again with a pass of Noise Ninja.

Rejected: We could not find a clear center focal point for this file.



I guess the above was a bit abstract, perhaps I should have centered the window, or made it a lot bigger.

Conclusion

Good lessons learnt here:

I should only take my stock photos in better light - perhaps not direct sunlight, but at least on Sunny Days, and avoid drab, grey days.

I should stick to the lowest ISO settings in my camera, maybe only ISO 64, to get the best quality images possible from my Fujifilm S5700.

I need to study more of the images on Istockphoto already to get a better idea of which subjects are popular.

The juries still out on the use of Noise Ninja. On the batch that I've just uploaded, I think Noise Ninja made the photos look better (when zoomed in to 100%), but we'll see. Getting everything right in-camera seems to be the best path.

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (2)

That's two in the bag!

Nice to show the rejections and comments Rob.
Most people would 'brush them under the carpet', whereas you have shared that learning experience.
Well done again.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Thanks Victor, we live and learn as they say!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

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