How to Get More Stock Images "Approved" So You Can Sell More Stock Photos

In most cases, stock photo inspectors review the photos you submit. When your stock images get "approved," you have a chance to make sales. 

Here are tips Catherine's learned on her journey as a stock photographer. These are drawn from real examples of feedback from stock photo inspectors.

We hope these tips help you get more images approved, and as a result, earn you more money!

Tip 1: View your image at 100%. How is the "focus" of your main subject? The focus must look as sharp and crystal clear as possible.

In a "cross image" Catherine took, stock photo inspectors expressed the focus wasn't good. Though Catherine loves the image. It's more like "fine art" photography instead of a sharp, crystal clear stock image. (We'll include the image in the near future.)

Tip 2: Keep your description brief. Say what's needed about the photo, then stop.

Catherine learned this lesson on an "Easter background" image she took. She wrote a description that was "too long" and it got rejected. Yes, rejected just because the description was too long. Ouch.

She asked the agency if she could re-try submitting it with a shorter description. A customer representative said yes. Yeah! We're still waiting on the results there once Catherine re-tries submitting it. (We'll also share the image with you soon, too, and the "before and after" description.)

Tip 3: Watch for "noise." Noise is the digital term for what used to be called "grain" in film. It's a sandy-like texture (or like lots of little dots in your image that aren't supposed to be there). It generally means your photo isn't exposed well.

Catherine's "green cupcake" cupcake was rejected for "noise" in some agencies, yet it got accepted in others. It's a repeat seller too. Still, Catherine learned the lesson from the agencies that did reject it for "noise" and continues to strive to improve and reduce "noise" in her photography.

(Well include a sample photo for you in the near future.)

Tip 4: Is the composition strong? In Catherine's image of our "kitty Buster sitting by a window," one agency felt the composition wasn't good. Yet, most others approved the image, and sales have already started. 

Sometimes composition might boil down to "creative" opinion. But it's still a good point to reflect on. Can your composition be improved upon? If yes, and you can re-take the photo, it's worth it in the long run.

(We'll include the image in the near future.)

This page is still under construction. But we look forward to adding to it in the near future!