Isolated in Stock Language
I'm not a big fan of photographing isolated objects, but from my experience as a buyer for three years, I feel pretty qualified for writing on this subject. So here it is:
"Isolated" in Microstock Language means plain, shadowless, easy to remove background. So, when you're using this word in your title, description or keywords, you must ensure that you have submitted a well-lit and good contrast subject on a plain, solid color background.
"Isolated" means that the buyer can delete or expand the background in less than 2 minutes.
And let me remind you about the excessive blank space issue: White space that should not be white
"Isolated" does NOT mean small shadows, or small reflections under the subject, nor subjects on real life backgrounds (clouds, water, grass and so on)
These are not easy to remove in just a few clicks by inexperienced designers. And, as the microstock market grows everyday, we don't sell anymore just to experienced designers. Try to make your work available to more buyers, by properly isolating those "isolated" subjects.
You can find lots of tips and tricks for isolating subjects if you browse trough the blogs section, or even on message boards. Just to point a few:
Shure, a nice, small reflection under the subject can make your photos more appealing sometimes, but the main quality of a successful stock image should be its usefulness. Try to focus on that, because nobody will buy a nice picture if it can't be used.
In very short time, we will proceed to a suplimentary review for the "isolated" pictures already accepted in our database. So, an useful task for everybody would be: search your own portfolio for "isolated" and update the titles, descriptions and keywords if necessary. If the images are not properly isolated, remove the word from all the fields (title, description and keywords).
This will bring more relevancy to the entire database, and hopefully, in time, more new customers and more sales for everybody.