Do you feel rejected and don't know what to do?
So, I am going to talk a bit about this otherwise forbidden subject and I hope that when I finish this those of you who read it will think differently.
As editor when I come to work in the morning first I answer a few messages while I download your images.
The next thing on the list is going through the resubmission files and I am sorry to say this but more than 50% of them are identical to what was rejected. Those images will not be accepted this time around either. Moral of this part of the story is, if you can fix it than resubmit but don't lower you approval ratio by insisting on the same mistake twice.
After resubmissions end, review of the normal pending line starts. In my case most of rejections I give are for images not being stock oriented. That mostly includes snapshots: from parks, vacations, from a moving car, even of roadkill. Keep in mind that if you want to be taken as a serious stock photographer you must upload images that have a stock oriented subject.
Other very frequent mistakes for which images get rejected is the lighting. Images taken outside with too strong sunlight, images that are underexposed (especially sunsets and sunrises), that have completely black areas, overexposed images with blown out areas ... and so on. A good stock image has a well defined by light subject with no harsh shadows or highlights.
Composition is next on my list of rejection reasons. Dead center subjects, cut out trees or buildings, subjects that are simply swamped by the surrounding scenery, people shoot from strange unappealing angles, these are some of the few situations encountered and that you should avoid by all means. Sometimes a simple cropping in an editing software would solve the problem, sometimes nothing would.
Uploading too many images from a series is also a big issue. An apple can only be shoot from that many angles and should only be uploaded on landscape and on portrait orientation. You be the judge of your own images and choose your best from a series when uploading.
These are the main issues that a stock photographer must understand and avoid.
Put yourself in the editor's shoes when you choose the images you will submit and furthermore do resubmit when you can fix the problem but remember that issues like "not RF stock" or "not quite what we are looking for" can not be fixed.
In the end we all get upset when we get rejected, it's human nature to feel a bit depressed when that happens (and yes, I get rejections too, if don't believe me my AR is 89%) but that also makes us realize that we can be better.
My only advice for you today is not to give up and to learn from your mistakes.
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