I looks ok to me, maybe it needs just a little bit sharpening
Stock agencies have high standards because they receive so many images that they can be highly selective. One of the easiest aspects of image quality on which to make a decision is subject sharpness. Because businesses are a major purchaser of stock images (ie, for presentations, business publications, advertising), usually, they want the subject to be entirely sharp, not "artsy". Stock agencies, of course, will accept some images with soft focus and/or narrow depth of field, but most are pin-sharp.
With respect to your image: (a) no one can possibly tell just how soft it really is because you only posted a screen shot (which you then further down rez'ed). My estimate is that we were effectively viewing your image at well under 20% magnification, whereas Shutterstock guidelines carefully state that you should examine your images at 100% or 200% magnification.
That being said, the pattern on the subject's dress definitely looks soft to me. OTOH, I assume you sent a full rez image to the stock agency, so it would be trivial for them to tell exactly how soft it is and if it meets their standards. If you want a real evaluation from us, crop out the bodice area from the full rez image and post that here. No screen shots, please... at least for this sort of task.
PS - I presume you have studied these pages from the Shutterstock website carefully?
pls go step by step what u did to make like this edits?
As the last sentence in my previous email said, "NO SCREENSHOTS, PLEASE". Screenshots can be misleading when one is attempting to diagnose focus problems.
AGAIN: Please send the actual cropped file if you want help.
Also, in my previous email, I requested that the cropped area be the bodice of the dress. However, now that I see the eye, please send two cropped files: The first being an area around the bodice (as I requested earlier), and the second being an area around the eye.
Also, do NOT strip any EXIF or other metadata from the file. I would like to see the file exactly as it comes from the camera, before you have done anything to it except the requested cropping.
If, by some chance, you have your camera set to produce RAW files, not JPGs, and you work from the raw files, send the whole raw file not a cropped version because raw files can't be cropped without baking in some of the de-mosaicing and other settings.
Since RAW files are usually too large to be uploaded here, upload it to one of the file transfer services (eg, Dropbox) and just post the link here.
2. adjusted the colours with selective correction (i dont if its called that way in english XD)
3 added contrast with expostion tool
4 play a little with nick collection : White neutralizer, Classical soft focus,Pro contrast, vignette (to remove the darker borders) those one's is personal taste, you can add and experiment with what you like or the style you want to add to the photo.
5 Corrected the little lens dirt on the sea XD.
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