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Daniel J. Macy

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  1. I agree with the above view. I have had an increasingly high approval rate over the past year but things have changed lately--I've gotten some strange rejections. Not that I expect to get everything approved, but I just can't help notice something's changed. I do OK on SS-- out of 1,400 editorial images I get an average of 5 or 6 downloads daily. Encouraging enough to keep me submitting more. But recently.... it seems like there might be a certain reviewer or a couple of them, who are having a bad day and taking it out on my submissions. I would get nonsensical rejections of images that based on my experience would sell. And isn't that the whole point? I've noticed the apparent arbitrariness more and more lately, and I began to get frustrated. So, I thought I would run a little experiment. I deleted my top 3 sellers. Then, I resubmitted 2 of the top 3 sellers I had taken down, along with 6 other images that I felt were fairly likely to be accepted based on my year of SS experience. They were all rejected. Strangely, the top seller was rejected for about 4 or 5 different reasons, some of which just didn't make sense to me: "extremely overexposed or underexposed" was one. This very image had been posted for maybe about 6 months and had gotten at least 40 downloads. I attached it to this post. Another image I had submitted for the first time was a simple shot with clear lines, solid composition, good colors and great lighting and based on the past, was likely to sell (McDonalds sign). It was called "out of focus" by the reviewer. If anything was wrong with it, I just didn't see how focus could be it, again. It just didn't seem right. I'm sure a purist reviewer could take every one of my images and find fault with each one-- there are a million things you can do wrong in photography. But they sell. Why would SS want their gatekeepers to apply ridiculously stringent criteria to submissions all of a sudden? Did they change their standards or have they noticed trends changing? Then they should say so. I don't want to waste any more of my time or creative energy.
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