Until the end of October, I’m providing a FREE STOCK PHOTO CRITIQUE SERVICE of any TWO of your stock photos. No cost. No obligations. Hassle free.
These detailed critiques are something that I have been doing as an extra for those who purchase a copy of my book, The Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography. If you do purchase a copy, I’ll provide a detailed critique of FIVE stock photos – more details at the end of the article.
Meanwhile, here are three examples of reviews I recently put together.
I just think that’s there’s too much going on and made one version with the food and another with the coffee. I’m not a big fan of the subject smack in the middle. Also, took away the background that was a little distracting (I didn’t do the best job as it’s just for you to get the idea, so I trust you’ll spend more time on this).
I then brightening it up and warmed it up slightly. Added a small filter of light coming from left to right. Try submitting this version.
A great concept stock shot. I cropped it a bit and did the opposite to cool it down and increased highlights (a bit risky since an agency may reject for lighting but worth a try). Also increased the red colour for it to stand out in the monitor. Great work!
Overall, great stock concepts. I would recommend to try to get some model releases to show more of the model as these would certainly add value to the image.
Technicals: Ok, this an editorial so need to be a bit more liberal with technicals as you have to act quicker. You obviously have a powerful camera so it’s OK to crop in post-processing (see my example). I also made it pop a bit more, I seem to be saying this a lot lately 🙂
Get really close to the subject which should help you tell your story. The fact that she’s on her phone and not eating is a bit of missed opportunity…perhaps you have other shots of people eating there or can go back. There is a disconnect between the phone and food.
Editorial value: Yes, could be depending on this brand and the shopping centre. I can’t comment much on this but these type of street shots generally do quite well on Alamy.
Include these keywords / phrases: almonds, banana, berries, blueberries, breakfast, dessert, pancake, food truck, healthy, green, nature, vegetable, transportation, group, color, fresh, ripe, summer, red, isolated, vegetarian, natural, fruit, people, produce, diet, woman using her phone, 25-30 woman
As per above, if you do include keywords (metadata) in your image, I’ll also provide you a review of such keywords and suggest changes/inclusions to make sure that clients find your image among the millions out there.
How do you get started?
Simply email me two of your low-resolution image (if you would like to watermark them, that’s fine) to:
I hope to reply to you in maximum two days. One tip would be to send images which you have not yet submitted to any agencies!
Purchase a copy of my book and upgrade to a detailed review of 5 of your images
As part of my offer when purchasing a copy of my book, I provide an upgrade of detailed critiques of 5 of your stock photos, together with fantastic advice on how to turn your stock photos into cash!
Take advantage today and until next time!