I've recently submitted to the most popular microstock agencies a small batch of 5 images. These pictures aren't masterpieces of the microstock kingdom but I'm going to use them to show you, especially to the beginners, how can be different the acceptance policy of the different agencies; also we have to say that there is another strong component that models the policy: the inspector subjectivity that can't be inspected ;-).
First of all, I'm going to introduce the batch giving my personal – and humble – opinion about technical quality, aesthetic and commercial value, with a number representing my expected percentage of agencies that will accept that photo.
Now let’s see the real world…
I’m going to show you the feedback sent by the main agencies and the overall percentage of acceptance (considering the 6 first agencies, for the list consult Stock Agencies list)
Some final considerations:
- iStockphoto is generally the agency that better explains the rejections
- the soft focus issue was confirmed by the most of the agencies
the lighting/composition of the cows photo wasn’t good as expected; BigStockPhoto often rejects cropped images (“Chopping off part of subject makes photo harder to use generally 🙂 thanks”)
- Dreamstime is sensible to series of similar images, accepting just one of the two puppets