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So I had submitted photos yesterday trying to be approved. I thought I had some great shots. Some of my shots were criticized for the very things that I felt made them great. Does any one have any tips on what type of photos work best, subject, lighting, and photo release stuff. I didn't realize you couldn't use pictures of cities showing buildings. Any helpful tips you could give would be great. Thanks everyone!

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Stock needs to be able to help sell or promote a product concept or idea and they need to be clean, noise free, free of any distractions, razor sharp at 100% viewing, the lighting needs to be perfect all the way across the subject and they need to pop, SS does not care much for harsh shadows.

When it comes to shooting for stock on SS they are looking for perfection across the board, lighting, exposure, WB, Focus and composition in the images.

The subject/image in the photo must stand out and be strong and free of anything that takes away from or distracts from the subject.

As for copyright everyone should have been taught this back in grade school.

 

Here are some links.

 

 {COPYRIGHT}
http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=122124&highlight=bible{BIBLE}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=149433{BIBLE}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=107047&highlight=(CAMERA)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=102295&highlight=cameras

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=128866(CAMERA Rejection reason)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=127193&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124326&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=89896&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=141415&start=0{NATIONAL TRUST}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=126363&highlight=sheet+music

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124843&start=0(wrapping paper)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=123791&start=15(Boots are restricted)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2385437&highlight=shoes#2385437

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125166{SHOES}

http://www.editorialphoto.com/resources/6-05_LegalNews-%20right_publicity.pdf

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72887Photo restrictions

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=110200&highlight=army+vehicles

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72597(COPYRIGHTS)

http://www.copyright.gov/

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72853(Ideas)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=73387(Buidings)

http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ41.pdf(Buildings)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=80843&start=0{buildings}

http://propertyintangible.com/?p=1456{HOUSE LAWSUIT}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=131699{HOUSE LAWSUIT}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72887(cars)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=57357&highlight=vehicle+ford

http://submit.shutterstock.com/newsletter/145/article1.html

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=80843

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=76361

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63537&highlight=tattoos

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html

http://www.artquest.org.uk/articles/view/old-photographs1

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124011

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=107047&highlight=(CAMERA)

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=102295&highlight=cameras

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=128866(CAMERA Rejection reason)

http://www.danheller.com/model-release-copyrights.html

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125840&start=15

http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/legal/stock-photo-restrictions

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124273&highlight=maps

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=111802&highlight=maps

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=120088&highlight=maps

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=127193&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124326&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=89896&highlight=graffiti

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=122124&highlight=bible

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=132384&start=0{PIZZA}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125850&start=0{PHONES}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125156&highlight=phones

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124812&highlight=phones

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=126817{INTERIORS}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=128301&start=0{FENDER}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72597&start=0{KENNYS COPYRIGHT LIST}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=123791&start=15{BOOTS}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124628&start=0{RED SHOES}

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=131652&start=0{TATOOS}

http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/what-contributors-should-know-about-vehicle-images{VEHICLES}

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I did... nice!

 

Also would suggest this one, which is part of those, but this deals with Editorial and that seems to be a common question.

 

http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/submitting-editorial-content-part-2-documentary-editorial

 

Since I shoot mostly documentary editorial, I've been dealing with these rules and restrictions for years. It might be new or helpful for someone who gets an opportunity for an event to read the information in the link. Especially about credentials.

 

Here's the bottom line for most of the rejections.

 

Post-Processing

Only traditional photographic post-processing techniques can be used to enhance documentary editorial content. For example:

  • Cropping
  • Dodging / Burning
  • Color Toning

Major editing alterations are unacceptable for documentary editorial content. For example, we do not allow:

  • Removing elements from a scene, like removing backgrounds or cloning out objects.
  • Adding elements to a scene, like incorporating additional photos to form a composite, adding digital text, or adding objects.
  • Collages

I don't do color toning, I do check levels and lighting for shadows. Cropping of course, that can make a reject into a sold file. I don't do dodging or burning, but consider shadows and highlights the same thing in the end.

 

The underline part is my addition for emphasis.

 

Shooting reality can be just as much fun as making creative images. It's also generally unscripted and catch as catch can. Miss it and it's gone.

 

My most successful shots will not be the same as anyone else's.

 

Also if someone knew the top ten of all time here or somewhere else, I can assure you, there are thousands of imitations of those same shots. I'm not going to voice an opinion at this time, different subject, but maybe we could have some fun with that question? I wouldn't think that more versions of the most popular would do very well. That's my point.

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