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)

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Geometry”

I’m probably late for this theme of “Geometry”, but just took a photo last weekend where there were countless rectangles and triangles jumbled up in a photo. (Well it was actually a hastily taken photo while I was rushing between challenges in a photomarathon, but that is another story and will be told another time).

So the photo:

Actually, for the briefest of moments, I pondered over trying to submit this photo for microstock too (well, when you’re barren for submissions for over 5 months, almost anything you take you will start considering… haha). As such, I actually “cloned out” a security guard who was sitting there. Could you find where the security guard was originally sitting?

[P.S. BTW, I did submit two other photos to iStockphoto to try, pending results. I don’t have high hopes, but still hope that my next post will be with the “Upload Approvals” category instead of “Upload Rejections” one. **Fingers crossed**]

This is part of Weekly Photo Challenge (part of Post A Day 2012). If you want to see some microstock photo attempts instead, please do check out my approved stock photos by clicking here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Foreign”

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I wonder whether you would consider the paranormal as “foreign” and not belonging to our world? Do you believe in ghosts etc?

Below is just a photo I took last night of Halloween decorations and isolated on white (I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to trying to isolate objects, which by the way is a very important skill needed to build up a microstock portfolio. Something I have got to learn sometime in the future)

Below are also some other photos which I took yesterday and would not be able to qualify as stock either, so I probably won’t even be submitting:

This is part of Weekly Photo Challenge (part of Post A Day 2012). If you want to see some microstock photo attempts instead, please do check out my approved stock photos by clicking here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Silhouette”

Just a photo I took previously that matches the theme of “Silhouette”:

Similar to the photo of the theme starter, this photo was also taken at the Colosseum… but it was inside. Do you recognize the place? Have you been there yourself? I wonder if I could have been at the same place as Sara Rosso (or you) at the same time? Unlikely… but you never know.

This is part of Weekly Photo Challenge (part of Post A Day 2012). If you want to see some microstock photo attempts instead, please do check out my approved stock photos by clicking here.

Walkabout Photo Session

Anyone had that experience when, after a whole day of photo taking, you couldn’t even find one photo which you can be proud off ? Unfortunately for me, that is more of a norm than an exception. So what I do is, I place them all together as a photo collage because:

  1. Everything looks better when lumped together (kind of like “The Cheerleader Effect” in “How I met your mother”)
  2. Each individual photos end up more like thumbnail size so you can’t really see the flaws

I wouldn’t want to be doing this all the time since I’d rather take nice photos instead (saves my time making the collage as well), but its the workaround I’m stuck with at the moment.

So do any of you have the same frustrating experience? How do you deal with the large quantity of photos that don’t really make the cut but are taking up a lot of space as RAW images? Do you usually learn from your mistakes immediately or do you find yourself repeating the same technical / compositional faults time after time?

P.S. For those wondering, the photos are taken in Singapore where I currently live.
P.P.S How many people here watches “How I Met Your Mother” and actually know what I’m talking about?