We’re often asked how long our review process takes or why a photographer wasn’t moved to a Shooter on the first try. While technique and skill as a photographer are our most important deciding factors, sometimes people aren’t leveled up to Shooter because of basic mistakes. Here are a few things to pay attention to before you submit your photos:
Watermarks: We watermark every photo on Snapwire to ensure its safety. When it’s bought, the buyer receives a watermark-free photo to use. Buyers can’t use photos with a personal watermark because they’re usually trying to promote their own brand with the photos they purchase. If we see that your photos have a personal watermark, we are less likely to level you up.
Borders: Much like personal watermarks, borders limit how a buyer can use a photo. If a buyer wants to add a border after purchasing the photo, they can, but if a photo already has a border, the buyer has fewer options. As with watermarks, when photos have borders, we are less likely to accept them.
Heavy Filters: Photo buyers come to Snapwire to find photos for everything from magazine features, to ads, to images for blog posts. If a photo is heavily filtered, it impedes the buyer’s ability to edit it for their own needs. Light filters are fine, but too much editing takes away from a photo’s versatility. A good use of natural lighting is key. You can enhance your photos lightly with apps like VSCO or Snapseed. Take a look at the photos nominated in each Snapwire Challenge for an idea of what kind of edit our buyers typically go for.
A great rule of thumb when it comes to submitting photos for approval is to think about maximizing the photo’s usability for the buyer. We never want you to wipe out your own creativity, but by keeping in mind how the photo will be used, you’re more likely to level up on the first try!
Still having trouble getting approved? We’d love to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org :)