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11/11/2005 05:31:17 PM · #1
I've decided to try a submission to Getty Images (I must be insane), Since my photography business is primarily freelance assignments and portraits, I thought I might actually get accepted (outside chance).

Their submission guidelines are very simple. They want maximum of 15 low res (72 dpi) images either emailed to them or an email with a link to their web position.

Here are the shots I'm considering for my submission - What 'cha think? Getty Samples

I haven't hit SEND on the email yet, I'm scared! :P

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Edit of original post... look down 2 years, I finally made it. :)


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11/11/2005 05:34:38 PM · #2
Worst they can do is no. ASMP put a warning out about getty though. Seems they like to have there staff photographers shoot the reshoot the shots they like instead of taking on the photographer who has the images in the first place.

Originally posted by idnic:

I've decided to try a submission to Getty Images (I must be insane), Since my photography business is primarily freelance assignments and portraits, I thought I might actually get accepted (outside chance).

Their submission guidelines are very simple. They want maximum of 15 low res (72 dpi) images either emailed to them or an email with a link to their web position.

Here are the shots I'm considering for my submission - What 'cha think? Getty Samples

I haven't hit SEND on the email yet, I'm scared! :P

11/11/2005 05:43:59 PM · #3
Originally posted by Brent_Ward:

Worst they can do is no. ASMP put a warning out about getty though. Seems they like to have there staff photographers shoot the reshoot the shots they like instead of taking on the photographer who has the images in the first place.


That's a nasty practice if true. But I guess I can understand it, it seems things are a little saturated in the photography job market... or is it just me?
11/11/2005 05:50:31 PM · #4
If I remember right, several photographers left Getty due to their biz practices.

Originally posted by wavelength:

Originally posted by Brent_Ward:

Worst they can do is no. ASMP put a warning out about getty though. Seems they like to have there staff photographers shoot the reshoot the shots they like instead of taking on the photographer who has the images in the first place.


That's a nasty practice if true. But I guess I can understand it, it seems things are a little saturated in the photography job market... or is it just me?

11/11/2005 05:56:52 PM · #5
Uhmm, what are Getty images? Stuff for the Getty museum in LA? Or soemthing else?
11/11/2005 06:00:45 PM · #6
Sorry, should have said for those who don't know. Getty Images is one of the largest providers of stock/assignment photography in the world. Here is their website Getty Images
11/11/2005 06:02:52 PM · #7
Originally posted by idnic:

Sorry, should have said for those who don't know. Getty Images is one of the largest providers of stock/assignment photography in the world. Here is their website Getty Images


Ah, cool, thanks for the info and link
11/11/2005 06:04:48 PM · #8
Originally posted by idnic:

Sorry, should have said for those who don't know. Getty Images is one of the largest providers of stock/assignment photography in the world. Here is their website Getty Images


Yes they are Cindi and they are clients of ours as well :)
11/11/2005 06:40:20 PM · #9
No comments on the shots? :( Would your company buy images like these, Rikki?
11/11/2005 06:55:56 PM · #10
When I open the link most shots look over-neat-imaged or oversharpened to me. I like the girl at beach in B&W the most.
11/11/2005 07:01:59 PM · #11
Originally posted by Azrifel:

When I open the link most shots look over-neat-imaged or oversharpened to me. I like the girl at beach in B&W the most.


Thanks for looking and your comments, but none of these shots used Neat Image (or similar program) and only 2 have any sharpening. Most of these were also used for my Alamy submission and they don't allow sharpening. Very little processing done on any of them (exception: girl's 1/2 face and bodybuilder both have been quite processed).
11/11/2005 07:13:36 PM · #12
i agree re sharpening, could be the way your camera is set
11/11/2005 07:36:22 PM · #13
My biggest concern with trying to get in with a big agency is meeting the number of submissions/month, quarter or year requirements.
11/11/2005 07:41:33 PM · #14
Good luck.
11/11/2005 08:03:17 PM · #15
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

My biggest concern with trying to get in with a big agency is meeting the number of submissions/month, quarter or year requirements.


Does Alamy have requirements like that? Reading the Alamy - The Challenge posts have got me dreaming about doing that one day. My little Olympus (not to mention my skills!) isn't quite up for the task, though.

Edit: added link and fixed grammar

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11/11/2005 08:15:16 PM · #16
is that a mandy turner shot on their homepage?
11/11/2005 08:16:49 PM · #17
I think they are all wonderfully professional and have a generic look with the exception of the girl in the pink skirt and the ocean fencing scene. I'm only guessing, cause I have no experience with this, that they want photo's that would appeal to the masses. The girl with the pink skirt is nicely shot but it looks like portrait her family would like. Good luck, you have some great shot's here.
11/11/2005 08:24:09 PM · #18
Cindi, you have a beautiful set of shots. The best of luck with Getty and wherever else you may submit them.
11/11/2005 11:06:51 PM · #19
Thank you so much for your kind reviews, I really look forward to this challenge and will keep you all posted.
11/11/2005 11:20:18 PM · #20
Originally posted by saintaugust:

is that a mandy turner shot on their homepage?


The picture changes - which one?
11/11/2005 11:54:59 PM · #21
Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by Azrifel:

When I open the link most shots look over-neat-imaged or oversharpened to me. I like the girl at beach in B&W the most.


Thanks for looking and your comments, but none of these shots used Neat Image (or similar program) and only 2 have any sharpening. Most of these were also used for my Alamy submission and they don't allow sharpening. Very little processing done on any of them (exception: girl's 1/2 face and bodybuilder both have been quite processed).

Maybe what is bothering people are the compression artifacts? You can see them quite clearly around the little girl on the beach, in the sand in the beach-fence photo, and all over the money photo. I dragged those to my desktop to check their file-size, they are all very small, 25-50KB. Generally speaking, you shouldn't try to compress images of this size (around 600 pixel wide) below 100KB. At least not if they contain lots of fine detail like these do. If filesize isn't strictly limited and you want to be sure to not loose visual quality, never go below the 80% quality setting in JPEG compression.
11/12/2005 12:47:14 AM · #22
all the shots look really great... if i had to be knit-picky i would say

- the shot with the eye and hair is blown out in places
- the beach shot with the railing and shadows is blown out in places, might have purple fringing, and looks snapshot-ish
- the money and credit card shot doesnt have good lighting... looks compressed or blown out.

but i really love the first girl in the studio and the girl on the beach, those are really wonderful images.
11/12/2005 01:29:32 AM · #23
Originally posted by idnic:

No comments on the shots? :( Would your company buy images like these, Rikki?


Hey Cindi. Unfortunately we don't use stock photography much. We're an architecture and interior design firm although we also do branding and graphic design :)
11/12/2005 05:56:57 PM · #24
Magnus, you may have saved my submission. After reading your comment, I went back and rethought the way I had loaded them to my website. I am certainly no web genius, but after a bit of trial and error I realized what I had actually imported was an "extra large thumbnail" - thus the compression. I reloaded all in a slightly downsized version of the originals. They do look much better, thank you.

I didn't change the images themselves, however, because I've already recieved confirmation from Getty of my application. It goes like this:

Thank you for your introductory submission to Getty Images.

Once we have completed a review of your imagery, we will be in touch with you. However, please note that due to the very high number of queries we receive from photographers and illustrators interested in working with us, it may take up to one month to review your submission and contact you.

During this period we regret we will be unable to reply to any queries


So the wait is on. As they say: Here goes nothing! :)
11/12/2005 09:15:12 PM · #25
Originally posted by idnic:

So the wait is on. As they say: Here goes nothing! :)


Good luck, and keep us posted...

Out of curiosity, where on there site did you find information on joining up with them? I had a quick surf and could only find info on buying images, not selling them... I was thinking some of my local sports stuff might be useful for editorial use.

Cheers, Me.

edit: Your samples look a lot better now as well.... :-)

Message edited by author 2005-11-12 21:16:24.
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