Dealing with Rejection - Dreamstime
Having been with DT for nearly a year I have experienced a range of highs and lows. Something I suspect most of us have to deal with is the rejection of images. In trying to analyse patterns in the rejections I have had I have noticed that they generally come in one of six forms;
1. Uploading too many similar images to your portfolio
This is something I did a lot of early on and unfortunately did not learn my lesson quick enough as I had quite a few rejections early on. Quite righting, similar images within your portfolio compete with each other and mean you don't get the higher levels.
2, Uploading images that are very common in the database
There are certain images that I suspect a lot of photographers like to take. Flowers, babies, pets etc. Problem is that because loads of photographers like them there are literally hundreds of thousands of images already uploaded. This means the probability of the 'me too' images uploaded will not sell, so I try not to waste my time.
3. Non Stock Orientated Images
A number of the images I have taken, whilst technically competent, had no real 'purpose'. Taking images that do not have a clear and definate subject make the images impossible to find and unlikely to sell.
4. Poorly Specified Images
The rejections in this category are where I have not described the image adequately or used excessive or potentially misleading keywords. This is an easy one to fix normally but still impacts on the overall acceptance percentage.
Editorial Image Issues
This is a problem area that works two ways. I have put forward images as editorial where there is very low editorial value, for example I shot an image of a toy Napoleon Bonaparte. What was I thinking putting it forward as Editorial? More commonly is leaving objects such as logos, names, faces and other editorially biased subjects in the image and then submitting it as an RF image. I have learned to check every image for logos and recognisable/protected factors and either crop or blur them out or submit as an Editorial.
6. Technically Flawed Images
The last of my rejection groups can be classed as technically flawed. Common issues are poorly lit, excessive noise, too much of the image out of focus and poorly removed backgrounds. Whilst I have got a lot better at these there are still times when I am not sure and as a friend says, if you get a 'feeling in the water' that an image won't be accepted I often won't take the risk.
This doesn't mean I don't still get rejections but by analysing each and every rejection and acting like an elephant (as in an elephant never forgets what they have learned) my acceptance ratio stays high even as my portfolio grows.
I would welcome your hints and tips on avoiding rejections.
Photo credits: Mark Eaton.
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