My biggest frustration… stock reviewers.

This subject was an idea from Alexandre Rotenberg the other day after commenting on one of my posts. I think the below is something everyone can relate to.

After spending a lot of time thinking of good images, taking them and editing them to upload to a stock site.

Then having a reviewer reject them for things you know not to be true. Or it may be just me and my eye for detail needs to improve in the stock game.

I recently uploaded 40 images in one go to ShutterStock. Maybe this doesn’t help with acceptance rates. Most of these photos were taken under well-lit conditions as I was using continuous lighting in doors.

Using a white back ground I took 8 various shots of the same thing different angles and what not.

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Camera setting stayed the same through out shooting roughly at 1/200 shutter 400 iso and around f4. But only 2 out of 8 was accepted. The 6 that was rejected was due to excessive noise. What a load of bull. None of the other images had noise what so ever. They were editing exactly the same as the ones that were accepted. I really do not get these reviewers. Maybe they thought the actually bean texture was noise who knows.

I really liked the images I took. Other people may disagree and I need to improve my work (Which I do I’m still learning this stock game and I believe i’m improving).

It just really does my head in. But. You just need to brush it off and move on and not let it discourage you (See this post I did ‘You will be rejected‘).

I will wait to see what happens with the other sites but I believe they will accept them all (Maybe). I may start to look at another site I have seen other people use ‘Alamy’ as my 4th stock website. At least then I will have a wider market to reach and hopefully this will increase my sales through out 2019.

Maybe I should have only uploaded a few of the 8 at a time and wait for them to be accepted first.

I think that is what I will do from now on. Even if I uploaded them all in one go I will not submit every image until they have been reviewed. Just randomly select a few of the same categories. Then once they have been approved I will submit another batch.

Hopefully this approach of frequent small batches will increase the images in my stock portfolio quicker. Rather than waiting until the weekend to upload all in one go after editing throughout the week.

  • What are your biggest frustrations with stock photography?
  • What do you think results in your own images been rejected even though you believe they should have been approved?
  • Or what do you think helps with a higher success rate?

Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Or any tips to help improve acceptance rate.

Enough of the rant.

Hope you all have a great Christmas. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Watch out for up coming posts.

2 thoughts on “My biggest frustration… stock reviewers.

  1. What are your biggest frustrations with stock photography?
    Subscriptions.
    What do you think results in your own images been rejected even though you believe they should have been approved?
    Rejections don’t really bother me so much. Just re-submit, otherwise move on. Since I submit to 14+ agencies, as long as it’s for sale somewhere, it’s fine.
    Or what do you think helps with a higher success rate?
    Inspect images at 100%

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