I just hunted through my collection for shots that I'd uploaded to istockphoto, acceptances and rejections, and uploaded 17 photographs, 9 of which passed inspection. Lets take a look at the ones that got in, and some of the ones that didn't...
Photographs that got in.
Signing up for Bigstockphoto was simple, as you'd expect, but what's really cool is that you can upload photo's via FTP, a quick, painless method that is miles better that using your browser to upload the photo's one by one.
Obviously I have no idea at the moment if I'll sell any of these images, bit if you check out Microstock Diaries, by Lee Torens, he compares all the popular microstock sites. Lee earns on average about
The reason why I've stopped uploading to iStockphoto is that almost all my photographs from my budget Fujifilm S5700 / S700 Digital Camera were being rejected due to technical reasons - usually noise or "artifacts". I tried edited versions and uploading "virgin" files, straight from the camera, but they still would not pass inspection.
Hopefully Bigstockphoto won't be quite as stringent, and I can get a few more photographs for sale so I can start saving up for a dSLR....
Now lets look at some of the rejections, to give us an idea of what we shouldn't be doing...
Wooden Gate Against Blue Sky. Reason: Poor composition/Cropped subject: Chopping off part of subject makes photo harder to use generally :-)
Funnily enough, the above one got accepted by istockphoto...
Dscf5187. Reason: Poor composition/Cropped subject: Chopping off part of subject makes photo harder to use generally :-)
Seems obvious enough.
Priddys Hard Slipway With Lamp Post. Reason: [[Poor composition/Cropped subject: Chopping off part of subject makes photo harder to use generally :-) thanks]
Exposure problem: Image is too dark or too light, not properly exposed. You may be able to try using 'Levels' control in Photoshop to fix depending on how bad the issue is. Thanks.
To get accepted into Bigstockphoto you've got to read their photographers tutorial and take a short test, which is simple enough. There's a photographers forum, but as ever one of the best ways to come up with ideas of what to shoot is to just browse through their existing catalogue.
So why not sign up to Bigstockphoto, I'm hoping to earn a little cash towards a new camera, watch this space!