The (late) results report

From my last post, I was supposed to report on my submission outcomes and the rejection reasons…. but who likes to report rejects (which explains the more than one month delay in the post)? Anyway, as promised, here are the reasons given out of the five six photos I submitted.

Photo 1

Rejected because of Noise / Artifact. Basically, means that when viewed at full size, can see a lot of coloured speckles where it shouldn’t be or can see pixelating due to compression to JPEG.

Actually, I don’t really see much of this in my photo, but since it was set as “do not resubmit”, so I let go.

Photos 2 & 3
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Both were rejected due to lighting / exposure problems which was fair since I basically had no properly lighting at the time (just having dinner at a dimly lit restaurant).

Photo 4
Actually this was ACCEPTED! To me honestly, this photo is pretty much the same as the previous two, so I’m not sure why it was accepted whereas the other two weren’t, but I guess it all boils down to different inspectors with slightly different criteria. Nevertheless, I’m happy for anything to get accepted (haha… talk about setting a low standard for oneself) 🙂

Photo 5
My son’s photo didn’t make it though. I guess as a dad, I’ll always end up loving his photo more than anyone else and affects my judgement.

The reason for rejection was Noise / Artifact and also Lighting / Exposure… so this one was pretty much a gone case.

Photo 6
This was also ACCEPTED.

The fact that I didn’t even mention this photo in my initial post was because of two reasons. Firstly, I’m not entirely proud of it. Secondly, since it was taken from my camera phone and I deliberately used a lot of ridiculous effects from phone apps to test the system.

Why would I take and submit such a photo? That’s because iStockphoto added a new category called “MobileStock” which is a collection of photos taken from mobile phones. I wanted to test what is the acceptance criteria for that collection (compared with the normal stock photos taken from DSLRs) and as expected, they accept a much lower quality. Although this is true, I can’t see myself uploading a lot of such photos since from what you see above, I’m no good with phone apps effects so I better stay away from it (I’ve seen people’s Instagram that looks way better than this).

So, the final result is only 2 out of 6 photos accepted from this round of submissions. Not too good since my average is coming down, but hope I can improve the next round.

Hope you learnt from my mistakes. 🙂



From my last post, out of the five photos I submitted, the two which I liked more have already been rejected. Sigh. Once all five results are out, I will post the reason for the rejections.

Could you guess which two I had slightly higher hopes for?

Now, to be honest, since the ones I had slightly higher hopes for have already been rejected, the rest should have no chance. However, if they were to pass, then it means that actually I have no clue what the inspectors are looking for. Haha… oh the dilemma, should I hope for the rest to pass and fail? 🙂

Microstock attempts… will any survive the inspectors review (onslaught)?

Well, to be honest, I personally don’t think I stand much chance, but since I’ve been lazy for so long, I thought I’ll just submit a few that I took recently. Actually these are all just snapshots from dinner outings and one was from the photomarathon I mentioned before where I took a bunch of random photos, so I don’t really have high hopes for them to pass.

Does it look likely that it will pass? What do you think? How many will pass / fail if you were judging based on what YOU think the standard of microstock photography is? Regardless of whether my photos actually pass or fail, this is probably a good gauge of whether YOU are overestimating or underestimating the difficulty of microstock. Try guessing and do let me know your prediction. (Of course, if it fails for technical reasons, then it is another matter since you cannot judge from such a small photo, but I think it will more likely fail for composition / creativity)

Who knows… if you are overestimating the difficulty, then probably it is high time you started stock photography on your own (click on the sign up button on the top right corner once the page loads) 🙂

(P.S. it usually takes max 2 weeks to get to know the results, so do check back to see if your guess is correct)


Well, it wouldn’t be much of a blog about photography if I only ever posted about photos that succeeded and don’t mention about those that failed. So to prevent this blog from being merely a platform for my bragging, here are some photos that I submitted directly after I got my first sale (in my last post) and got totally rejected. In truth, I also did not think these photos were technically adequate to make the cut, but since I did not have anything to post after almost 3 months of joining the iStockphoto site, I thought I’d give it a try. Anyway, enough with the excuses, here are the rejections (learning lessons for those who are also interested in stock photography):

Rejection 1 – Simple Doorway

Basically this was rejected for lack of clear subject focus and also failed to ensure uniform sharpness if it was a texture shot. This shot when viewed at 100% is really a bit out of focus so do take note when submitting your own photos for approval.

Rejection 2 – Church Facade with Stormy Skies

This was rejected for overfiltering which they described as over processing that affected the photo quality and also resulted in limited flexibility in the usage of the photo. Although I understood this before I submitted the photo, but since the photo itself before processing was quite bland, I was hoping to spruce it up to catch the buyer’s attention. Well, I guess I overdid it. They did allow me to resubmit this though, but I wonder if it will garner another rejection if I do. I’ll ponder a bit over this one.

These rejections were almost 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been busy and didn’t have time to take any more photos or post on this blog until now. Hope you learnt something too. So do you have any stock photography experience to share? Do you know any friends who just started on this as well? Do share your experiences here as well as I would love to learn from fellow enthusiasts.