You have to login first in order to be able to post messages.
Click here to login or register if you are a new user.


Page:
1
Showing posts 1 - 19 of 19

How to identify a photo good or bad?

Author Message
Hongtao926
112 posts
Message posted at 12/04/2012, 20:33:36 PM by Hongtao926
How to identify a photo good or bad?
Canon PowerShot S95, Nikon D7000 AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G E...

Uploaded files:245 | Total Sales: 78
Dudau
624 posts
76
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 03:03:23 AM by Dudau - member is an admin
Well, I think you're going to have to be more specific about that.
Canon 1D Mk III, Canon 7D, Canon 20mm f2.8, 28mm f1.8, 50m...

Uploaded files:3818 | Total Sales: 12496
Hongtao926
112 posts
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 04:23:46 AM by Hongtao926
Basic checks before submission of the photo, Noise, curves, color balance, brightness and contrast, I was a rookie, do not know how to check.
Canon PowerShot S95, Nikon D7000 AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G E...

Uploaded files:245 | Total Sales: 78
Miraclemoments
1254 posts
72
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 05:00:59 AM by Miraclemoments
The most important I think is does it have commercial value and then composition and light. After that you can do the noise etc. You can have a perfect image but if it has no commercial value no amount of adjustment is going to make it work for stock.

Composition and light are vital....a dull photo is of no use either.
Canon 60D I AM A SIGMA AMBASSADOR Sigma 8-16 f4.5-5....

Uploaded files:833 | Total Sales: 450
Parkinsonsniper
1093 posts
72
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 05:17:12 AM by Parkinsonsniper
If we specifically talk about dreamstime.com, I have to say that "they pay for art!" which deserves a big applause. Many other stock agencies don't accept artistic photos, but I have some really low quality, good composition artistic shots uploaded and accepted here...and they don't have that much commercial value. Here is an example...

   Female Portrait with Red Nails   

As an addition to what my colleagues mentioned above, you should leave some copyspace for designers and check the image for copyright protected buildings, products, brand names etc.
- 2x Nikon D300 - Olympus e-PM1 - Nikkor 20mm f2.8 ...

Uploaded files:637 | Total Sales: 2663
BCritchley
3763 posts
80
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 08:01:39 AM by BCritchley - member is an admin
If we are talking stock photo's then it's more important to know what sells over what does not, then worry about the quality.

Play stockrank on here and you will soon see which pictures sell and which do not. You can play it here : Stockrank
Canon 5D MK III & II, Canon 300mm F/2.8L, Canon L 180mm macr...

Uploaded files:2401 | Total Sales: 11759
Lisafx
837 posts
<10
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 09:32:28 AM by Lisafx
Agree about concept and lighting being the most important. Assuming you have that down, you must be sure to look at your images at 100%, and have a GOOD MONITOR.

When I started I got a lot of rejections for noise and focus and couldn't understand why. Then I upgraded to a better monitor and realized that there was a lot I hadn't been able to see on my old one.
Canon 5D, 40D, Various lenses, flashes, studio lights, light...

Uploaded files:7737 | Total Sales: 75409
Afagundes
3247 posts
<10
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 12:03:49 PM by Afagundes
Hongtao926, thats the million dollar question you are asking...

You may separate it in two so it gets easier to find a solution.

On the technical side, minimum resolution is 3Mpixels, the subject of the image has to be in focus, there should be no gaps in the histogram, no purple fringe, lens difraction or lens distortion.

On the composition, you should have a composition that add to the point of your image, and that´s the tricky part.

Consider Parkinsonsniper excample, if the subject is the nail polish, than the picture is perfect, if you are trying to sell lipstick, ... You should read some books about composition, Michael Freeman The eye of the Photorapher would be a nice one to take a look, for instance.

Now, the thing is, everything in the image needs to be focused on emphasizing your concept, so, even technical "errors" are ok if that´s the concept you are emphasizing, I mean, drunk with lack of focus, sparkling with some glare, speed with motion blur,..., I hope I am making myself clear here.

Now, since you are starting, is better to stick to the basics, I mean, make it plain and simple as a start, use the rule of thirds, fix the verticals, 3/4 lighting not harsh, than you add more complexity, backlight, side light, and other stuff, I tend to think it as an adding process.

I like to take travel images, normally I go first for the more basic stuff, so, I calculate the hour when the light will be good and visit the place, first basic images, than I start looking for diferent angles, wide angle lenses, a diferent foreground, relationship between the background and the subject, a reflection, etc. Many of those experiments end up in my trash can, but some are my favorite images!

If I dont do that, I will be back with some amazing "diferent" images, but the plain thing that sometimes is the one who sell more I wont have...

An example,    Palacio de La Moneda Santiago de Chile   

This is one of my best sellers, its an ok image, I have some others from Santiago do Chile that are much more thrilling though, but there is no way any magazine talking about Santiago won´t have an image of Palacio de La Moneda.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 17-40mm USM f/4L Canon EF 24...

Uploaded files:10468 | Total Sales: 15788
Hongtao926
112 posts
Message posted at 12/05/2012, 19:32:44 PM by Hongtao926
Thank you for your answer, great help to me. Thank you very much.
Canon PowerShot S95, Nikon D7000 AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G E...

Uploaded files:245 | Total Sales: 78
Jirsak
28 posts
74
Message edited at 12/07/2012, 00:59:55 AM by Jirsak
I think best way to identify photo is good or bad, is look on your own photos like a buyer. Even better is think about photos like potential buyer before taking photos.

Then I have one practice. I don't look at my photos only in 100% enlargement (my favorite is 300% scale). During selecting and retouching photos, I am looking on small thumbnail and many other scales (thank this I see different levels of details). But looking at the thumbnail size is especially important, because I see how photos see buyers at first time. When I look on thumbnail size, I must be able recognize message of photo. If I am not able recognize message, buyer will not be also.
Canon EOS 5D mark II, Canon EOS 400D, Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8,...

Uploaded files:1378 | Total Sales: 9024
Djk
520 posts
75
Message edited at 12/06/2012, 21:26:11 PM by Djk
Who Knows??? Aside from the technical advise already given, it's a crap shoot. When I was first starting here, I got so frustrated getting rejections on what I thought would make a good stock photo I uploaded this one as a kind of joke. To my surprise it was accepted and is now a level 5!!!! Keep submitting and, maybe, you will get a clue as to what makes a good stock pic. When you find out, please post your findings. Good Luck!!

   Horse's Ass   
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000

Uploaded files:1116 | Total Sales: 2244
Lisafx
837 posts
<10
Message posted at 12/07/2012, 09:29:06 AM by Lisafx
LOL! ^^Great image! I'd never have thought of it, but I can see how it could be useful in a lot of situations ;D
Canon 5D, 40D, Various lenses, flashes, studio lights, light...

Uploaded files:7737 | Total Sales: 75409
Godfer
1495 posts
76
Message posted at 12/10/2012, 10:28:26 AM by Godfer

Originally posted by Djk:
Quoted Message: Who Knows??? Aside from the technical advise already given, it`s a crap shoot. When I was first starting here, I got so frustrated getting rejections on what I thought would make a good stock photo I uploaded this one as a kind of joke. To my surprise it was accepted and is now a level 5!!!! Keep submitting and, maybe, you will get a clue as to what makes a good stock pic. When you find out, please post your findings. Good Luck!!   Horse's Ass   


WOW I just did a reverse image search on this image to see how it was used and almost every result showed misuse of the image with the DT watermark still on it!!!!!!
Canon 5D MK II

Uploaded files:1818 | Total Sales: 32769
Wisconsinart
1581 posts
80
Message posted at 12/10/2012, 12:07:33 PM by Wisconsinart

Originally posted by Djk:
Quoted Message:  Horse's Ass   


I used to work for him. Didn't know he was into modeling.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

Uploaded files:2009 | Total Sales: 11154
Bradcalkins
2551 posts
84
Message posted at 12/10/2012, 14:33:38 PM by Bradcalkins

Originally posted by Wisconsinart:
Quoted Message: I used to work for him. Didn`t know he was into modeling.


LOL
Olympus OM-D EM-1: 12-40mm f/2.8, 75mm f1.8, 25mm f1.4, 50-2...

Uploaded files:3806 | Total Sales: 27238
Djk
520 posts
75
Message posted at 12/10/2012, 16:56:38 PM by Djk
Godfer, how did you do that? I suspected this one was being misused :) How do you do a reverse image search?
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000

Uploaded files:1116 | Total Sales: 2244
Djk
520 posts
75
Message edited at 12/10/2012, 22:15:56 PM by Djk
I just typed in the title on google images and it was the first one. Anyone can copy it. What is my next step? The link to it had no DT watermark but it has a link to copy it. Also found it on another blog with logo on it. No DT watermark on google images.
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000

Uploaded files:1116 | Total Sales: 2244
Jirsak
28 posts
74
Message posted at 12/11/2012, 02:00:13 AM by Jirsak

Originally posted by Djk:
Quoted Message: Godfer, how did you do that? I suspected this one was being misused :) How do you do a reverse image search?


On Google Images, there is searching form. On right, there is a small gray icon of photo camera. Click on this small icon. There is new form where you can paste URL adress of image (JPG file, not HTML where image is) or upload image.
Canon EOS 5D mark II, Canon EOS 400D, Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8,...

Uploaded files:1378 | Total Sales: 9024
Djk
520 posts
75
Message posted at 12/11/2012, 09:36:56 AM by Djk
Thanks, I tried the drag over image but didn't work. I'll try the JPG file now.
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000

Uploaded files:1116 | Total Sales: 2244
Page:
1
Showing posts 1 - 19 of 19
Current Server Time: 11/23/2014, 13:18:07 PM