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5 Tips for Portraits
What sells in Microstock isn’t always a sure thing. Being successful in Microstock
requires attention to market trends, timing, and most importantly an understanding of
“purpose”.

However, knowing what kind of photo sells is only the first step. You still need to take
that photo, and make sure it’s perfect so that Photokore will accept it. Here are 5 tips to
follow to make sure that your photos get accepted, with errors demonstrated on a photo
that actually got rejected by Photokore.




Let’s start with the obvious flaw in this photo. The sheet of paper that the two models
are sitting on is filthy and torn. Sure, the designer who buys this photo could touch that
up in a program like Photoshop, but that’s a lot of extra work that could have been
avoided if you had replaced that sheet of paper with a new one. Remember, your
photos are meant to save potential buyers the trouble of taking their own photo. Making
more work for them will only make the photo less appealing to buyers.


Tip #1: PROPERLY ISOLATE THE SUBJECT

The advantage of taking a photo against a solid background is that the subject that you
are taking can later be isolated, cut out, and used in a variety of different ways (inserted


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into a different background, a collage, and more). However, in the example photo, the
sheet of paper that the models are sitting on is dirty, whitish in some places and gray in
others. This makes it extremely difficult to isolate the models. Make sure that if you take
a photo with intentions of the subject being isolated, that the background color is solid.


Tip #2: USE PROPER WHITE BALANCE

Whites should be white, not grey, yellow or blue.

The easiest way to avoid this problem would be to set the white balance on your
camera directly before taking the photo. Remember, the white balance changes
whenever the lighting changes. If you are working in a studio with constant lighting it
shouldn’t be much of a problem, but you should especially pay attention to white
balance when you take photos outdoors where weather and time of day cause the
lighting to change.

Don’t panic if you forgot to set the white balance and your photo’s colors look awkward,
you can also fix the colors by adjusting them in an image editiong program (such as
Photoshop, for example).




Tip #3: EVEN SKIN TONE & BLEMISHES

Unless you’re specifically aiming to shoot a photo that could be used to advertise
skincare corrective products, clear skin
is a must. You can even skin tone and blemishes using programs like Photoshop.

Tip #4: GET RID OF REFLECTIONS AND GLARES


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Reflections and glares, unless used in a meaningful or artistic fashion, are not
acceptable. In the case of this photo, there is an unsightly reflection in the model’s
glasses. This problem can either be avoided by using a polarizing lens, or you can
touch the photo up later, but the problem shouldn’t be present when you upload to
Photokore.


Tip #5: THINK LIKE A DESIGNER

Putting yourself in the shoes of a designer is a must. “How is this photo going to be
used?” “If I were to put text on this photo, where would I put it?” “What idea am I tr ying
to convey with this photo?” Asking these kinds of questions before taking your photo will
help you avoid making the same kind of errors that were made in this example photo.
The more you think like a designer, the more likely your photos will sell.




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© Photokore Co., Ltd. 2010                                                                   3

				
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