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I'm new to Shutterstock and I would love some constructive feedback on these photo's. Thank you! 

These are already approved by the way ?






Hi Maureen, 

There are people more qualified than me to judge these images, but what I would say is, if you want to make sales you'd be better off taking pictures of yourself baking a cake, or making a cup of tea. If you do anything more interesting, then even better. Just showing hands is often enough to add the people factor. 


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Dear Maureen,

First of all, welcome to Shutterstock.

As for the image:

1.  There is no description of what I am looking at nor where it was taken.  It is a decaying leaf of some plant

2.  What is your market for this image?

3.  The next time you take a picture ask yourself this question:
"Why will a buyer select my image and not my competition's image?"

4. Scan Shutterstock for 'leaves' (trees, bushes, scrubs, etc) to see what your competition is doing

5.  Review 'key words' from your competition for your next photo shoot.

6. Add people to your images and submit as 'editorial' if no release is available.  People bring life to images and catches buyers attention.

Hope this helps.  Cheers, Paul

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Welcome Maureen! Gotta start somewhere, right? ? 

Personally most everything I know about photography and post-processing I learned after I became a contributor, so by asking for a critique, you're off on the right foot. Half the battle is learning what will be accepted and what won't and why.

These are good solid shots for just starting out at Shutterstock. Looking at your photos in more detail, I can see positives and negatives. Positives are even lighting, basic composition, backgrounds that suit the image.

Negatives are specific to the photo.

In the yellow rose photo, I can see green chromatic aberration around the edges of the petals where it touches the black background. Chromatic aberration happens in some cameras when a light area blends with a dark area. It can be removed in Photoshop or a similar program and turned to a grey color that blends better.

In the pink rose photo, there's a lot of noise (aka grain that looks like little speckles) in the soft focus parts of the photo. I don't know how strict Shutterstock is about noise these days, because I haven't had an image rejected for noise in years, but if it's rejected for noise, they are referring to those little speckles.

The berries are a little on the soft side. You can shrink the photo size a little bit to sharpen it. Just make sure the size doesn't go below 4MP (approximately 2000px by 2000px). If it's still a little soft at the minimum size, sharpen it in your editing program, but just a little bit. Too much and you'll introduce new problems to the photo.

Being honest, don't expect these photos to sell right away or a lot. There's TONS of better shots of flowers on Shutterstock that will grab a buyer's attention. Don't let that discourage you. There's one photo that tells me you have a unique eye, and if nurtured and explored, can possibly set you apart from the rest. That's the purple hydrangea photo.

I love the composition! It reminds me of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, because it's half a dome. I just think that's cool. LOL If you want to shoot more "Half Dome" flowers, try shooting them in different settings with different backgrounds in different lighting...and see what happens. 

Keep playing. Keep experimenting. Keep discovering yourself as a stock photographer. 

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My favorite pieces of advice:

1. Don't "take the shot" -- MAKE the shot. 

2. Think is there a commercial value to your picture? Or is it a shot like EVERYBODY else would have?

3. Shutterstock is an education -- I still do my homework; especially on what stock photography buyers are looking for



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Im gonna go a different way with the leaf. I would punch up on the concept Of Plant/Tree diseases with this adding the correct keywords and description. Could be a good specimen Example for a Plant Book.I like it.

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