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Is this kind of pictures acceptable in RGBStock?

1. saavem16 August 2014, 18:37 GMT +02:00

Hi, I would like to know if this kind of pictures are acceptable in RGBStock. I know this kind of pictures generate a lot of noisce, but I love the final result.
Here are some examples:
I would like the opinion of everyone, but specially of the responsables of image apporval proccess.
Thanks in advance

2. xymonau18 August 2014, 10:14 GMT +02:00

I think they are fabulous. Not sure of the approvers, but I see no reason for them to be rejected.

3. saavem18 August 2014, 14:14 GMT +02:00

Thanks Dez, but they are full of noise and I would like to know the approvers opinion. I really love the final result!

4. micromoth18 August 2014, 19:26 GMT +02:00

Stunning colours and great atmosphere! I'm not sure about the vignette effect on the coastline shot - maybe better without it? Yes, the shots are very noisy; if that can be cleaned up then you have some real winners.

5. xymonau18 August 2014, 22:53 GMT +02:00

If you look at the images on here, you'll see that there are a lot of noisy ones. I know that is a fault and means printing may be out of the question. But sometimes they are accepted for artistic merit or other reasons. Stock images are used for lots of things. Have you got a good noise remover? If so, how do they look without the noise? Just upload them. The worst that can happen is they will be rejected.

6. crisderaud18 August 2014, 23:45 GMT +02:00

Typically speaking the images are over the top with contrast and saturation. The amount of color noise is intense. They can be cleaned up (somewhat) with noise reduction software. I tried Topaz Denoise 5 at the strongest setting with debanding and it smoothed the details so surfaces looked flat and simplified, losing the details and still had lots of color noise.

When the images are assigned a higher gamut color space (Adobe 1998) the colors get blown out like this http://www.screencast.com/t/vU7tj4rp

I would say that these images are stylized and it's not the kind of style we want for our stock image site.

7. saavem19 August 2014, 13:08 GMT +02:00

Thank guys:
When you print the pictures in small size (30x20cm) the result is really good. I'm sure that there are a lot of purposes that permit the usage of this kind of pictures. I really would like the opinion of approvers before upload this kind of pictures.
I agree you Cris, when I remove the noise, I hate the final result. It's very nice you tried it with Adobe 1998 or Topaz Denoise 5, but remember I only use GPL software. If you know some software from sourceforge or another free source it would be great.
I agree you again Cris, this kind of pictures is not the tipical in our stock image, but I really think the usage is wide and the result is lovely for me.

I received a message from Zela (approver) with this text:
Sure we do accept files like that! Please watch out for too much grain/noise. These are not appreciated for print.

But I printed it and the reults are amazing even the noise, my living room is full of that kind of pictures with great succes with the vists. A lot of my friends printed it too for decoration usage in his houses and they are very happy.

Thanks again

8. saavem19 August 2014, 13:11 GMT +02:00

I really appreciate your comment, the shots are usually dark and with not the better atmospheric conditions, I love the cloudy sky, but the noise is intentional and the general grunge aspect is great for me. Maybe I'm the only one who likes the result here, but I bet it isn't this way.
I have a big dobut about to upload or not the pictures (I have a lot).

9. saavem19 August 2014, 13:23 GMT +02:00

I printed this recent shots in arround 90x30 and the reult is amazig for me:



I really believe this kind of pictures have a lot of usage in the net or even in decoration.


10. crisderaud20 August 2014, 5:58 GMT +02:00

She left instructions that we can and will accept images in this style and process. She said these are HDR images, but perhaps they have an HDR filter applied.

Nevertheless, we are accepting these colorfully bold images because they have widespread appeal and are in demand. We are here to give people images that they want so lets do it!

They do look good printed and displayed. They can bring a lot of color and cheeriness to a room. :)


11. saavem20 August 2014, 12:21 GMT +02:00

It's great Cris, I will upload some files, but after reediting the files.

12. crisderaud20 August 2014, 20:25 GMT +02:00

@7 I am guessing you are using Gimp "... but remember I only use GPL software. If you know some software from sourceforge or another free source it would be great."

I am guessing you are using Gimp or something similar Miguel.

I see that Newegg is selling version Corel version 16 for as little as 18 bucks like in this ad I got in the email http://www.screencast.com/t/652FgnH76HC

That is almost nothing. Perhaps you could find a similar deal on it where you are at.

13. crisderaud21 August 2014, 0:37 GMT +02:00

i sent you an email Miguel.

14. jazza21 August 2014, 9:04 GMT +02:00

I am not sure if this is GPL but here is a link to a online photo editor:

15. crisderaud22 August 2014, 20:56 GMT +02:00

Best free noise filter (and other functions)

Helicon Filter
5 Star Rating: 4.5
Product type: Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
This is not just a noise reduction software, it enables you to adjust and correct your image in many other ways.
For thirty days it is fully functional, but then some of the filters and actions will stop. This doesn't make it any the worst as it's excellent free software.


16. xymonau24 August 2014, 10:03 GMT +02:00

Cris - will you still be left with the noise reduction bit after 30 days? and why do you think it's the best. Have you compared it with Noise Ninja and Neat Image?

17. crisderaud25 August 2014, 5:22 GMT +02:00

I found this suggestion at Gizmo's Freeware (for the benefit of those that need a free noise reduction filter)
Noise reduction is left after the thirty day free trial period is up.
I haven't tried it, but Gizmo's does thorough testing on the software they compare and recommend.

Noise Ninja and Neat Image are good but expensive, especially if you get them as a plug-in.

The best plug-in is Topaz Denoise and you don't have to pay for major version upgrades. It leaves the most amount of detail and the settings can be adjusted. Topaz has sales often on their software for 50% off. I would watch for their sales.

18. micromoth26 August 2014, 16:24 GMT +02:00

@16 Dez, the free version of Neat Image is size-limited. It won't deal with the entirety of a large image, only a small part of it.

19. xymonau27 August 2014, 4:14 GMT +02:00

Okay, thanks, guys.

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