I just joined the other day and have submitted my first photos. Right out of the box I had a photo refused due to "over processing and filtering". I store my photos in iPhoto and over the years as computers change etc they have been spread around and different family members have enhanced them etc. I cannot find the original photo to revert back to the original. Does anybody have any ideas as to how to make a photo like this acceptable? In the future I plan to keep my original unedited photos on a hard drive. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
iPhoto is a program, not a storage area. You can't store your photos in iPhoto, you store them on your computer or a cd/dvd or a drive and open them in iPhoto to view them. Without the originals you won't be able to revert to an unprocessed or unfiltered image. You will have to shoot new things or find images that have not been altered. Back-up is a great idea.
Red, Thanks for your reply and advice. So, I have tons of images that may or may not be considered over processed; I have no idea if they have even been enhanced. The photo that was refused does not appear to be processed or filtered. I have no idea how to tell before I submit more. Any ideas on how to fix the image that was refused? Thanks again.
One thing to learn is the rejection messages are canned. Reviewers have some kind of list to choose from and will select the appropriate message. At the same time, it's not very helpful.
It could be you're using a point-and-shoot and zoomed in a bit with the optical lens. You could have exposure problems which will create noise in the darker areas. You might have cranked up the color saturation too much. Or the contrast too much.
You may have not done anything to the image because you don't have photo editing software. It's imperative to have good photo editing software. And then invest the time to learn the software.
You may need to calibrate your monitor so you're looking at true colors and not skewed.
Write to support and ask the Reviewer exactly where in the image they are seeing issues. That will help to identify what to look for.
Welcome to the world of commercial and professional photography. I don't have access to the Dreamstime database but I would estimate at least 75% who join here quit and give up.