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Tips From Shutterstock

Posted on: 16 February 2009

In their January newsletter Shutterstock provides a couple of suggestions and insights into how to get your photos into microstock photo sites, particularly theirs. First,

Why Images Get Rejected for Focus
Rejection Reasons #9
Whether you’re shooting food, a portrait, a landscape or something else altogether, you may have selectively focused on one area of your shot while allowing the rest — the foreground or background — to be out of focus. Or perhaps nothing in the image was in true focus. As a result, you received this rejection reason:

Focus. Your image is not in focus or focus is not located where we feel it works best.

Like some other rejection reasons, being rejected for focus can particularly sting for the level of subjectivity involved, i.e. what you may believe to be in focus, or a particular area of your photo with the focus emphasized, may not match Shutterstock’s opinion of where the focus works best.

Read the rest of the article.


Submission Tips from a Shutterstock Veteran
By hhltdave5, Shutterstock Submitter
David P. Smith is a longtime Shutterstock submitter and co-author of the Beginner’s Guide to Micro Stock Photography and the soon-to-be-released Beginner’s Guide to Food Photography. David recently offered up some useful advice on submitting to Shutterstock, as well as some other helpful insights for perfecting images. You can view his gallery here. For those new to the world of online stock photography, one of the most common issues people face is not knowing what stock photography specifically entails. In a nutshell, stock photos are those that help sell or promote a product, concept or idea. As a fledgling photographer, it is best to avoid sending in shots of any old thing that crosses your path.

While it does help to take lots and lots of photos to hone your photographic skills, you should always be selective in what you will send in to Shutterstock for approval. I recommend the following tips:

Read the tips here.


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