Tips & Trends
  • Poor Lighting
  • Not having read legal docs
  • Not adding release forms when appropriate Image quality too small.
  • Composition
  • Noise
  • Trademarks/Logos/brands
  • Focus


“Composition” issues describe an image that is framed, cropped, or composed in a way that limits its editorial and commercial usefulness.

Dust & Scratches The “Dust and Scratches” rejection pertains to images that have sensor dust, scratches.


“Noise” happens when over-sharpening, film grain, dust, shooting with improper exposure, insufficient light, or other artefacts.


When you take pictures that you intend to sell as stock, you absolutely must not include any distinguishing visual trademarks or logos


“Focus” issues describe unintentional or inappropriate blurriness in an image, either caused by lack of focus, motion, or poor lens quality. Intended to be separate from the intentional or artistic use of motion blur, “selective focus,” and depth-of-field.

Precise focus allows you to direct the viewer’s attention. A lack of focus can be distracting and can undermine the likelihood an image will be accepted or downloaded.

How to solve focus issues?

  • Be precise in your focus, shoot test images, and use a tripod.
  • Learn how to use depth-of-field properly.
  • Buy quality lenses, and micro-calibrate them to your camera body if that feature is supported.
  • Learn how to use Photoshop
  • sharpening tools such as “unsharp mask judiciously.”
  • Never oversharpen.
  • Shoot at a sufficient shutter speed to prevent blur.