In order to submit my work into iStock it needs to hold in several different requirements:
Image Format and Size:
All of my images are in RGB JPG files, they are also all larger than 1600 x 1200 pixels (5184 x 3456), which fits the criteria set by iStock.
When taking the images I’ve made sure to stick to the lowest ISO I could in order to avoid noise in the images and keep them as sharp as possible. As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve kept all editing and image manipulation to the bare minimum as Getty and iStock have clarified they do not approve photographs that have been heavily edited.
For all of the images taken I’ve obtained model release forms from the models, including the images not used in the end.
(phone numbers and addresses covered to protect privacy)
I made sure that all of the images fit with the Getty images and iStock legal guidelines, making sure the images do not have any nudity or offensive symbolism on them, I also made sure to avoid any branding, both of different companies and also did not add any watermarks of my own. As the images were made in my own house I did not need a property release.
Getty Images and iStock needs:
My photographs fit the need of Concepts and Visual Metaphors. iStock describe it as: “Go beyond the literal, and help a designer explain something in a new way.” Which is the direction I was going for because as I’ve mentioned before, although I imagined them as a perfume campaign, they could be used for much more and I would be happy for them to be used for any concept a viewer might attribute to them.
Title, Description, and Keywords:
I will title all of the images in a simple way that is relevant to the images such as:
“Woman in Water With Roses Looking Up”
“Woman in Water With Leaves Closed Eyes”
My titles will all be in the same format as per request by iStock.
My descriptions will be:
“A women in a bath tub with flowers/leaves around her. Photographs taken with a Canon 7D/60D in a colour format.”
My keywords will include:
woman, women, flowers/leaves autumn/spring, summer/winter, water, bubbles, woman only, one person, bath, bathtub.
The keyword of the season will change based on the image of course.
All of these keywords will help my images be found more easily by users and thus be more likely to be purchased.