TIPS TO AVOID IMAGE REJECTIONS
Here are some tips to reduce image rejections:-
2:- Be aware of the copyright and trademark laws around buildings, monuments, and landmarks. For example, the Empire State Building in New York City is trademarked. Isolated shots of the building for Royalty Free stock are NOT allowed without a property release. However if your image is a cityscape shot, including the Empire State Building is allowed as long it is not the primary subject of the photo. See our Copyright and Trademark resource for more information.
4:- If the image contains an identifiable person, a model release must be attached. If the image contains a shot of the back of a person's head or in silhouette, a model release is NOT required. The rule of thumb is if you can identify a person in an image, a model release is mandatory.
6:- What about when you visit an art gallery or sculpture garden? ALL art is copyrighted. It is impossible for you to be aware of every copyright term for every sculpture on the planet, because of this, Image Catalog does not accept sculptures, figurines or hand made art objects without a property release from the creator.
8:- Do not submit images that have borders, text, and slogans applied from image programs. Generally the image should be clean of borders, text, slogans.
10:- Images that are not level or perpendicular, particularly landscape photos will be rejected. 1 - 2 degrees off kilter makes the images look amateurish.
12:- If the photo contains computers or electronics device, check for grime and dirt. Computer keyboards, calculators, phones, computer mice, keypads, that contain dirt and grime in the crevices will be rejected.
14:- Beware of dust spots on your image. We see beautiful landscape pictures ruined with dust spots on the blue sky. Please clone out your dust spots.
16:- Keep an eye on High ISO noise or over sharpening noise. High ISO is pretty obvious. It will take an exceptional camera to produce low noise under 200 ISO with dark areas in an image. Over sharpening will appear similar to high iso noise but sharper and grainier.
18:- Depth of field note. Most images will require a decent depth of field (usually f8 or greater), it takes a particular type of photo to pull off a shallow depth of field on a subject. Most macro type shots should have a decent depth of field to encompass most of the subject. Having an image with a leaf with many points and only a portion of a single point in focus is not acceptable.
20:- Do not submit many versions of the same image with slightly subtle changes. Ensure your composition has enough variation that a Designer could use. This includes the same image with different color filters. It is always best to submit the non-filtered color version as Designers are capable of altering their own colors.
Hope these tips help all of us to submit more images with less amount of rejections.