Hi, I've always been skilled in photoshop with graphics, but I started [trying] to take my own photographs. I submitted a few photos [without really getting my hopes up] & [as they were rejected] I'm not arguing that they should or shouldn't have been rejected, but it seems like the response is a canned one [not specific to my photographs] which makes it difficult to  understand what's ACTUALLY wrong with my photos  know what to do to improve them and  if it's even possible to correct / adjust the existing photos or if they're so bad that it isn't worth spending the time to try to fix them.
I'm pretty sure once I figure out what's wrong with one or two, I'll be able to fix the others, since they're all similar photos. I've tried to read about different things but it's hard to put it into context without something specific to my photos.
This is the feedback I received for most of my photographs: " - Poor lighting due to lighting conditions (wrong time of day, dull skies, harsh shadows etc.) and/or camera limitations / Poor contrast or incorrect exposure. "
The photographs were taken indoors yet the feedback I receive for almost every photograph reference the 'time of day / dull skies. Then it's like and/or the camera's limitations and/or poor contrast OR incorrect exposure. That's a lot of ORs It would be nice to narrow it down. AND understand if the contrast / exposure etc is incorrect -- is it fixable in the image I have or should I not bother.
I tried taking the photographs with a lower exposure setting [brighter] but they were too bright to see anything clearly. I tried tuning the exposure in photoshop as well and haven't found the right combination of things to fix the photographs. I'm not entirely sure what's wrong with them. [Something is definitely wrong with his face -- I just don't know what exactly and/or how to fix it].
The original photograph looks almost too light or underexposed, but the comments make it sound like it was too dark, so maybe something I'm doing to clean the noise is ruining the photos.
I don't see somewhere to upload them to on the forum here, so I am going to put them out somewhere now and will add a link here shortly.
Thanks !! Dezi
- The composition of a successful commercial image needs to be clear and supportive of the image's main concept and primary subject. A good composition is one that does not limit designers' potential usage of the image (for instance, a tight crop). Engaging the classical rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, the golden ratio or a supportive use of negative space may help you to produce good commercial images. You may visit the Stock Photo Utilities section of our site or the message boards for more information on how to produce stock-oriented images.
In case I forgot to say, the photos are Editorial Photographs, I received the message at the bottom of the last post which is confusing because it isn't a commercial image and I don't think a designer is allowed to use the image, it can only be used as editorial.
It's pretty hard to get this kind of help on the public forum, cause fellow contributors here don't have access to your submissions, and we usually don't discuss refusal reasons on the message board, so if you don't fully understand the reasons provided, you should contact support and ask. Don't forget to include the IDs of the files, and you will receive a detailed answer from our editors.