Microsoft Photo Editor got me approved

Have you ever had a photo rejected due to poor lighting or contrast issues? The phrase usually reads, "Poor lighting setup, poor contrast or incorrect exposure." I have and I'm not really surprised either.

Living on a budget, I am stuck working on cheap non calibrated monitors that are not very good for photo editing. So I don't always get the lighting, contrast, and exposure to a place where they are acceptable to DT.

This week I had two photos rejected for that very reason. Since it was the only reason I wondered what if there was a quick fix?

I know there are other programs that have buttons that say, "Auto, Auto-levels, etc..." but the computer I was on at the time I noticed my rejections only had a program called Microsoft Photo Editor. MPE was a program that came with Microsoft Office 97–XP and was recently replaced by a program called Microsoft Office Picture Editor. I had a thumb drive on me that contained the original images and decided to give MPE a try. I opened my images, clicked on "Auto-Balance," saved and re-submitted the image.

The next day, both images were approved. I know my images were not too far off from being at acceptable levels but if you are submitting an image on this site you ought to realize if it is close. Moral of the story is, I will never let this particular rejection message stop me from getting an image online. Sometimes you only need a quick and easy fix.

The two photos above were the ones originally rejected. The two below were shot the same day but were accepted on the first try.

Photo credits: Elephantopia.

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July 23, 2009


Thanks for the kind comments! I'm glad someone found this "useful."

July 22, 2009


I have monitor issues too, so I know where you're coming from with lighting/contrast problems. I really like your image with the statue in the foreground and the building behind. Thanks for sharing :0)

July 22, 2009


Halient, 2007 is too new to have MPE. You might have Microsoft Office Picture Editor or maybe it didn't come with your package. I believe you can find MPE as a free download. I've never used Vista so I can't answer about that. Try to do a google search and check it out.

July 22, 2009


I like that capitol building. That last one. Great image. Glad it was accepted!

July 22, 2009


To be honest, I never resubmit a rejected image.

July 22, 2009


Good question, I updated the blog to say Microsoft Office 97-XP. Wiki link

July 22, 2009


i looked at 2007 enterprise and it doesnt have anything like this, do you know if there is a new vista version

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