A little trick to make an image more commercially appealing

Hey there!

There was one image from my trip to Israel back in February that I knew from the moment I shot it, it would make for great stock. However, I always put off post-processing this image…until today!

Why is this a great image? Well, it was taken at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall and features an orthodox Jewish man reading the Torah (Jewish holy book). There’s lots of copy space, it’s a non-editorial BUT the background is really distracting.

Wailing_wall - Copy

Modified versions

Using Photoshop, I experimented with removing the backgrounds and inserting white and on black isolated backgrounds. On white is much better and would look great on a plain white website page.


Still not happy, I left out the wall which is hugely important to this shot and cloned out & using the spot removal tool the distracting elements. This is the result – voila!

Wailing_wall2 - Copy

Submission to agencies

I submitted all three of the images to both Shutterstock and Fotolia. Shutterstock quickly rejected the image saying that they don’t allow foreign texts, so I had a bit more work to do to make the pages blank. Still pending from Fotolia.

Due to the positioning of the man and more importantly, his hat, this is can be accepted as a commercial image. In another post, I wrote about situations when what seems to be an editorial image may be salvaged as a commercial image – check it out here.

How are my other images from Israel doing?

Well, not great to be honest. My most downloaded image so far is this one and you can clearly see why. It has been downloaded 34 times and once at Alamy ($48) for a grand total of $83.

soldier on wailing wall

One that is doing well and being downloaded more regularly (43 but only earning me $32) but for only subs is this one of the Holocaust memorial:


Anyway, as always, it’s a spring not a marathon so just gotta keep plugging away!

Until next time – shalom.




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