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Hello,

 

I am new to Alamy. My first submission failed. QA failed for the following reason:

  • Soft or lacking definition
  • Noise
  • No metadata

Can someone please suggest how to fixup these issues? I checked the guide but I am not sure I understand that correctly. I am looking for more simpler explanation. My submission included one sketch that I draw, should I submit a scanned image?

 

Thanks in advance for support and guidance.

 

Regards,

Pooja

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4 hours ago, poojaravi said:

Hello,

 

I am new to Alamy. My first submission failed. QA failed for the following reason:

  • Soft or lacking definition
  • Noise
  • No metadata

Can someone please suggest how to fixup these issues? I checked the guide but I am not sure I understand that correctly. I am looking for more simpler explanation. My submission included one sketch that I draw, should I submit a scanned image?

 

Thanks in advance for support and guidance.

 

Regards,

Pooja

 

Have you read this? https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-how-to-pass-qc.pdf

 

Mark

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Thanks Mark. I have read it. But I do not know how to click or scan my pictures so that these issues do not appear.

 

Regards,

Pooja

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6 hours ago, poojaravi said:

Thanks Mark. I have read it. But I do not know how to click or scan my pictures so that these issues do not appear.

 

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Pooja

 

Alamy may not be for you until you have learnt some more...

 

Mark

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47 minutes ago, poojaravi said:

Thanks Mark.

 

For your first submission of 3 images-

Use a good digital camera with a sensor that is APSC size or above, and a good lens. Pick something relatively large (i.e. not a macro shot) and flat to photograph which contains clear sharp features (not a sketch) and a range of colour and contrast. Shoot in good light with medium aperture f/8 to f/11, ISO of around 200. Be careful to ensure accurate focussing and to avoid camera shake. The camera will automatically include the meta data with the image that Alamy need for your first submission. Don't try submitting scanner images of sketches for your first submission.

 

Mark

 

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Thanks a lot Mark. I will try as you suggested

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when you open your images in your editing programme, (lightroom, photoshop etc) you need to CLICK on it (select it) and SCAN it (with your eyes) at 100% zoom. so actual pixels size. You need to check the whole image to ensure no faults. the list of reasons for rejection are in the submissions guidelines.

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On 22/07/2020 at 15:41, poojaravi said:

Hello,

 

I am new to Alamy. My first submission failed. QA failed for the following reason:

  • Soft or lacking definition
  • Noise
  • No metadata

Can someone please suggest how to fixup these issues? I checked the guide but I am not sure I understand that correctly. I am looking for more simpler explanation. My submission included one sketch that I draw, should I submit a scanned image?

 

Thanks in advance for support and guidance.

 

Regards,

Pooja

Hi Pooja,

Something else to think about, you mention trying to take a picture of a drawing that you've done. I'm not sure this is the case, but if you are trying to sell copies of your artwork, I wouldn't imagine that a stock photo agency is really the best place to do it. Customers will generally not be looking for artwork (drawings/paintings) on a stock website. There are other types of website that specialise in that kind of thing.

 

Regarding your failed submission, you do need to have a basic knowledge of photography with a dslr or equivalent camera to pass Alamy Quality Control, and you should ideally be using photo editing software too, i.e. you should be editing the raw files from the camera rather than just submitting the JPEGS directly.

Steve

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Thank you Steve. Do you have any suggestions for selling the artwork?

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41 minutes ago, poojaravi said:

Thank you Steve. Do you have any suggestions for selling the artwork?

Fine Art America? https://fineartamerica.com

 

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9 hours ago, poojaravi said:

Thank you Steve. Do you have any suggestions for selling the artwork?

 

Hi Poojaravi,

Here's a few suggestions:

https://artplusmarketing.com/the-15-best-websites-to-sell-art-online-b0ea6fd8ffd5

 

I would strongly suggest you do some more research before trying to sell your own artwork, or copies of your own artwork. Art - paintings and drawings - is generally not used a huge amount on the web. It tends to be printed out (from a scan or photograph), or simply the original artwork is sold, and then hung on walls. So you need to ask yourself, why are you trying to offer photos of your artwork for sale - what is the purchaser going to do with a digital photo of a painting or drawing once they've bought it??? You should be looking at selling prints of your artwork - where a company prints the painting or drawing at large scale onto high quality archival paper or canvas (there are options to print onto plastic and metal too) and either sends to purchasers on your behalf or where you keep hold of the prints and sell them as you wish. But to allow a company to make prints you first need to have a very high quality scan or photograph of your artwork done (which you also need to research). I would also recommend that you have your own website for selling artwork. Anyway good luck, this isn't really anything to do with stock photography so I won't write more!!

Steve

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I'm curious to know what kind of camera you are using that you tried to submit images from?

 

The reasons for QC failure almost sound like it is something old/compact or a mobile phone, but then the lack of EXIF data is intriguing, and they do require that for your first submission.

 

I'm unsure from the end of your post if you tried to submit an image from a scanner or you are asking whether you should.

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On 24/07/2020 at 21:34, Steve F said:

 

Hi Poojaravi,

Here's a few suggestions:

https://artplusmarketing.com/the-15-best-websites-to-sell-art-online-b0ea6fd8ffd5

 

I would strongly suggest you do some more research before trying to sell your own artwork, or copies of your own artwork. Art - paintings and drawings - is generally not used a huge amount on the web. It tends to be printed out (from a scan or photograph), or simply the original artwork is sold, and then hung on walls. So you need to ask yourself, why are you trying to offer photos of your artwork for sale - what is the purchaser going to do with a digital photo of a painting or drawing once they've bought it??? You should be looking at selling prints of your artwork - where a company prints the painting or drawing at large scale onto high quality archival paper or canvas (there are options to print onto plastic and metal too) and either sends to purchasers on your behalf or where you keep hold of the prints and sell them as you wish. But to allow a company to make prints you first need to have a very high quality scan or photograph of your artwork done (which you also need to research). I would also recommend that you have your own website for selling artwork. Anyway good luck, this isn't really anything to do with stock photography so I won't write more!!

Steve

Thanks a lot for your suggestions Steve. I might be misunderstanding the concept of selling artwork. I am doing it just as a hobby and was looking if it can help me earn. I really do not understand the details you are right I should try to do some research and learn it first.

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On 25/07/2020 at 00:54, Cal said:

I'm curious to know what kind of camera you are using that you tried to submit images from?

 

The reasons for QC failure almost sound like it is something old/compact or a mobile phone, but then the lack of EXIF data is intriguing, and they do require that for your first submission.

 

I'm unsure from the end of your post if you tried to submit an image from a scanner or you are asking whether you should.

I am using Nikon D5100. May be I am not good at clicks.

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3 hours ago, poojaravi said:

Thanks a lot for your suggestions Steve. I might be misunderstanding the concept of selling artwork. I am doing it just as a hobby and was looking if it can help me earn. I really do not understand the details you are right I should try to do some research and learn it first.

Hi Poojaravi. I think most of us are doing stock photography as a hobby more than anything else these days with the fees we get now! My response to you is that the amount of money you will earn is proportional to the amount of time you put in. If you put in very little time and don't understand the market you're trying to sell into, you will probably have very little success and will become disheartened.

 

I'm not quite sure what your misunderstanding is. I think if you want to sell your artwork, you should either sell the originals or get high quality prints (copies) made and sell the prints. I don't see much success in trying to sell digital photos of your artwork.

 

By the way, I have sold artwork for years on and off and even did it full time last year. But it's a lot of work running around finding clients and marketing etc.

Steve

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4 hours ago, poojaravi said:

Thanks a lot for your suggestions Steve. I might be misunderstanding the concept of selling artwork. I am doing it just as a hobby and was looking if it can help me earn. I really do not understand the details you are right I should try to do some research and learn it first.

 

3 hours ago, poojaravi said:

I am using Nikon D5100. May be I am not good at clicks.

 

 

Hi Poojaravi

 

It seems like there is a bit of a communication problem in this thread. Really it is very simple. To sell photos on Alamy you need to be able to produce images that are of a professional quality. You don’t have to be a professional photographer but you do need to be able to produce images that are suitable for publication in newspapers, magazines, news websites, textbooks and so on. If you have not reached that level in your photography then you should focus on learning how to take good quality images and process them on a computer before you think about selling pictures. There are numerous resources online for learning photography. 
 

If you are an experienced photographer then it is just a communication problem and you need to read the instructions very carefully. If you are trying to sell your own artwork as in drawings or paintings, then there are better places than Alamy as Mark has pointed out with Fine Art America. 
 

 

 

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20 hours ago, poojaravi said:

I am using Nikon D5100. May be I am not good at clicks.

 

my advice would be to join a photography forum and post some samples of images you're taking. It may be that your technique is causing the soft images (wrong aperture, out of focus, shutter speed too low) or there may well be a fault with the camera like back or front focussing lens. You should be able to take adequately sharp images no problem even with the kit lens, in fact I would say any even remotely modern lens should do the job as long as the focus is nailed. Once you nail the technique or rule out a fault it will become much easier.

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Make sure your export program doesn't eliminate the exif data.  

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Thank you everyone for your inputs and guidance. I am trying again and hoping the QC is passed this time.

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