Launching a Stock Photo Critique/Review Service

Today I’m excited to launch a comprehensive brutally honest stock-photo review/critique service. Details at the end of this article on how you may win a complementary review!

The idea behind this service came from the positive feedback I received from the dozens of reviews I provided as part of the offer when purchasing a copy of the Brutally Honest Guide. Many readers have requested further reviews!

I’ve also benefited greatly from having my own images critiqued. Sometimes we get so lost in our own work that we fail to see to see the wood for the trees.

Pine trees (shot by Alan Brentnall) (1)

What does the review service include:

  • Comprehensive review of commercial/editorial subject matter, always with the stock photography market in mind. This will include which agencies are best to target and why – some images may be better placed outside of Microstock;
  • Comprehensive review of key technicals, including: composition, lighting, focus, noise, etc;
  • Comprehensive review of existing caption & keywords, if any, and suggest accurate keywords to include so your images can rank higher and be seen by potential buyers. Since I’m not a keywording expert, I’ve teamed up with a professional keyworder, Clemency Wright, who has agreed to collaborate with me on this project.

Last but certainly not least, I will post-process the image(s) in accordance with how I feel would achieve the goal of being seen by buyers on those thumbnails and licensed regularly.

How much does the service cost?

The comprehensive review service costs:

  • $18 for 3 images ($6 per image)
  • $25 for 5 images ($5 per image)
  • $40 for 10 images ($4 per image)

General Terms:

  • Payment is via PayPal (alexandre.rotenberg@hotmail.com)
  • Delivery of work within 3 consecutive days of receipt
  • Full money back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service

Getting Started

If you’re interested in getting started, please send me an email to:

arotenberg@brutallyhonestmicrostock.com

and include your high-definition images (since I’ll be post-processing them). If they’re too large, please use the free WeTransfer.

An Example of a Critique

The following is one of the reviews I provided to Mirco Vacca, but I plan to go into even more detail in the paid service:

Pancake stand
Before
Pancake stand
After

Technicals:

Ok, since this an editorial, technicals don’t need to be as high as for commercial since the scene is more spontaneous sand there’s less flexibility in post-processing (editorial rules). However, you obviously have a powerful camera so I would suggest to crop much tighter here (see my example). Not many other changes other than a bit brighter and more contrasty.  

An important general lesson is that getting really close to the subject should help you better tell your story, which should translate into more sales. 

The fact that your subject is on her phone and not eating is a bit of missed opportunity…perhaps you have other shots of her or other people eating there, or can even return to the location. There is a disconnect between her busy on the phone and the food truck behind.

Editorial value:

Not much unfortunately because of the disconnect (stated above), but if I were you I’d still submit it as depending on your keywording, it may compete. Perhaps a buyer will want to search for that specific brand of food truck or that shopping centre.

Generally, these type of street shots may do quite well on Alamy as long as it’s captioned/keyworded accurately. Also generally, a newspaper may pick up on this image to illustrate a story about the prevalence of food trucks or perhaps something to do with about mobile phone addiction.

It’s a relatively versatile image. You may even go in the extreme and clone the woman out completely, as well as logos and make it a generic food truck parked on the street, then license it commercially. This would be a lot of work (because of distractions) and probably not worth the time – I wrote about turning editorial to commercial on my blog. A quick search on shutterstock suggests that there are few other commercial shots of a food truck and it appears to be a strong trend. 

Metadata:

Suggest to include the following keywords / phrases:

Caption: 

Woman using her phone and waiting for her order by a Nalesniki pancake vehicle stand in front of a shopping mall on August 2017 in Poznan, Poland

Keywords:

Nalesniki, polish poland, pancake, food truck, foodtruck healthy, nature, vegetable, organic, editorial, fresh, ripe, outdoors, vegetarian, salad, nutella, one person only, produce, diet, woman using her phone, 25-30 woman, ponytail, Poznan, fast food, lunch outside”

Limited-Time Offer Prize

First three people who comment below answering:

  • What aspect of submitting your stock photo images do you struggle with most?
  • How would a comprehensive image critique service help you achieve your goals?

Will receive a complementary review of three of their images! Then please reply with another comment on what you thought of the review.

All the best!


About Alex

I’m an eccentric guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images. I’m determined not to waste my life away as a corporate drone and have devoted five years to making it as a travel photographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others before it’s too late.

I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography

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