AVOIDING FILE REFUSALS AT PICTURENATIVE.COM
The Stock Image Contributor's Guide
AVOIDING FILE REFUSALS AT PICTURENATIVE.COM
PictureNative.com aims at providing local, native, African imagery. So themes so native to Africa are encouraged. eg. African food, fashion, clothing, hair, activities. Modern society like schools, city life, etc. should strictly be done with African faces and local setup in mind.
To ensure the best quality, variety, and responsive search for our buyers, our moderation team carefully considers the quality and metadata of all submitted files. Read through the guide below before you submit your photos. It will save both your time and for our moderation team and will help avoid file refusals.
Understanding the Market Value of your Imagery
To begin with, it’s always a good idea to know the intended end use of your images.
Research trending themes in stock photography and find your niche. If you include models in your shots, be selective and remember it’s better to work with people you can connect with, rather than stiff, difficult-to-direct models. Authenticity is key!
By storyboarding your shoot you can plan what type of images you are after. Remember to bring the necessary release forms with you to ensure the images are released, as you need to retain full rights of your image. When possible, try to avoid logos in your images, as they will have to be removed later in postproduction because this falls under editorial works. In rare cases, we accept work with logos for only editorial work.
Also, be aware of locations that are copyrighted (landmarks, public/private buildings etc.). Finally, shoot at the right exposure to ensure your images have enough information (not too dark or too bright) for not all things can be fixed in postproduction!
Once you have your images taken, be wary of invasive image manipulation, as this can potentially undo all your hard work so far. It’s better to have your images regarded as good photographs rather than good products of hours of postproduction. The following points are some features to be cautious of when manipulating your files:
Avoid excessiveness. Excessive saturation and/or excessive contrast are neither natural, beautiful or desirable in contemporary photography.
Beware of halos (the weird glow around edges of dark and bright edges) and inverted contrast in your files; if the grass is brighter than the sky you may have taken it too far.
Pushing the exposure limits of an image can also damage its quality as it results in colour noise/overly pronounced grain. It’s important to remember some customers license files that require use in large formats, in which cases colour noise/overly pronounced grain becomes very visible, rendering them unusable at a large scale.
When retouching people don’t take away every imperfection, as sometimes these features can be beautiful. People don’t relate to a post-produced Barbie doll figures, with glowing teeth and eye sockets. Refer back to the original image as you work to calculate how much retouching you’ve done, and to help you gauge how much more is needed.
While JPEG compression reduces the size of an image, it can also compress the quality of the image.
Images are composed of grids of individual blocks called pixels, each having its own colour value. The larger an image is, the greater the number of pixels present.
JPEG compression attempts to recreate patterns in colour values in order to reduce the amount of data to be recorded, thereby reducing the file size. In order to create these patterns, some colour values are approximated to match near by pixels. This evens out the appearance of the pixels, resulting in pixelization, where the image takes on blocky appearance. Nobody wants this. So, when saving files make sure you zoom in to make sure it does not have this blocky appearance.
Rights: Model and Property Releases
We only offer royalty-free licenses, which means any recognizable face or bodily feature (birthmark for example) requires a model release form. A minor model release in required for any persons under 18 included in your submitted files. This is to be signed by the model and their guardian for it to be accepted by our team.
This is also required for property releases for public buildings such as shops, bars, restaurants, or private buildings with distinctive features. This shows that the proprietor gave the photographer full consent to include their property in the photograph; without it we cannot accept the file.
Logos are not permitted, and need to be edited out of the files in post, or shot out of the frame where possible.
Try to avoid uploading masses of similar files, as it can be difficult to select the best ones when they all look so alike. Before submitting a series it would be in your best interest to pre-edit your works as our team will refuse images where there are only minor changes between files, such as a model looking with her hand on her hip, to her mouth, on her cheek, scratching her head, by her side, looking left, looking right, looking up, tilting her head…you get the picture. It’s better to send your best work of well-composed shots than the entire series of every minor variation, and alternative crop or colour edit of the same file.
Giving Keywords to your Uploads
Keywords should be in order of importance, and should be relevant. Files containing keywords that are not relevant will be refused. When it comes to stock photography, key wording is just as important as the images, it enables people to find your images.
Without the appropriate keywords, your images are buried in a plethora of photographs.
It is best to start with descriptive words and end with conceptual words. Describe everything visible in the shot, starting from the activity, to the physical attributions, and end with the feelings to image conveys. Remember to use variations of words as people search semantically e.g.: fish, fishing, water, food, natural, healthy, organic, and so on.
We hope these guidelines will help in submitting and building your PictureNative.com. As you know the stock market is highly competitive industry and we want tohelp you get your work accepted and easily found within our collection!