Chapter 7: Technical Image Quality

The best subjects are of little use if the technical image quality does not comply with the requirements of the stock agencies. Photographers who already upload their images regularly can easily skip this chapter, though.

If you have never chosen images according to the agencies’ criteria, here comes a summary of the technical characteristics they use to evaluate image quality.

7.1  Technical Requirements

Which criteria does the image have to fulfill to be suitable as a stock photo?


One of the most important settings must be adjusted ahead of any shoot. Most DSLRs offer the choice of shooting in RAW or JPEG format – or in both at the same time. Here’s a rule, and there’s no exception: ...

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