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Friday, November 9, 2012

iStockphoto application Quiz answers, Updated 2013 Quiz

answers test application quiz

Even though the quiz may seem quite eazy, but if English isn't your native language, it could be very hard. To help you, I have prepared the good answers for you, but you still should read the Stock Photographer Training Manual, it is important that you know how to take good iStockphoto photographes. If you don't,  there is a chance your uploads will not pass cause you will not be aware of all the regulations of acceptance on iStockphoto.
Before you answer the Quiz, take your time to think if iStockphoto is really your best way to go for it is one of the biggest, but the one that pays the less. Personally, I prefer and use Shutterstock.com

1.             Files downloaded from iStockphoto (including yours once you pass this test) are offered with a royalty-free license, which describes how the image can and cannot be used:

When iStock clients download an image they must first agree to our royalty-free content license agreement. »

2.             iStockphoto images are downloaded under two different kinds of royalty-free licenses: our "standard use" license, which allows for all kinds of commercial, personal, and editorial uses, and our "editorial use only" license.


« iStock now has an editorial use only license in addition to our standard content license agreement. »

3.             All recognizable faces in images with the standard use license require a model release, including those in crowds:

            « All recognizable human faces require a model release, including public areas, crowds, self portraits and vintage photographs. »

4.             Logos are acceptable in wide angle photographs under the standard use license:

Any visible logo should be removed in royalty-free stock photography. »

5.             Identifiable design marks, such as the 3 stripes for Adidas or the Nike swoosh, are allowed in images under the standard use license if the name is removed:

« All design elements that are recognizable to a company may also be protected by trademark, and should always be removed for royalty-free stock photography. »

6.             Landmark buildings such as the Sydney Opera House require a property release to be used in images offered with the standard use license:

« Famously recognized buildings and modern architecture may require a property release. Questionable buildings should be researched prior to uploading. »

7.             A model release is required for a self portrait:

«  recognizable human faces require a model release, including public areas, crowds, self portraits and vintage photographs. »

8.             The photographer can witness their own Model/Property Release:

« The photographer can witness their own Model/Property Release: 
A model or property release cannot be witnessed by the photographter »

9.             A simple snapshot is acceptable; iStock does not require quality in composition: 


«  The iStock collection is a selection of the highest quality, both creative and technical, images submitted. Simple snap shots will not be accepted. »

10.          It is acceptable to protest a rejection in the iStock forums:

« To protest an image, it should always be addressed through „Scout“, located in the Support section. »

11.          It is acceptable to copy the composition of another photographer`s work 


« iStock respects the creative value of each original image and does not condone mimicking the work of others. »

12.          Photographs should be upsampled or interpolated to the maximum XXL size:

            « iStock will not accept images that have been upsampled or interpolated above their native resolution. »

13.          The above example contains:


« Compression can be spotted in a photograph by the „chunking“ of colors. »

14.          The above example is:

Unacceptable lighting 

« Harsh light or distracting shadows unintentional to the composition will be declined from the iStock collection. »

15.          The above example is:

Unacceptable texture detail 

« The use of noise reduction should never create a „watercolor“ or overly smoothed appearance. »

**If it appears that questions have been updated, please comment to notify me.