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CGI, filters, composite, and non-photographic guidelines - what to avoid when uploading your images to Picfair

23 June 2021

Posted by Picfair

At Picfair, we’re proud of our open-door policy and we love seeing photographers of all skill levels from around the world upload their images to become part of the Picfair community–the only thing we ask is that you follow our guidelines when uploading your images. This blog post details what to avoid when it comes to our CGI, composite, filters and non-photographic guidelines, along with some visual examples - so you can make sure your images will be accepted every time you upload.


Non-photographic images:


To start with, all images uploaded to Picfair must  be photographic in the true sense of the word, and therefore we do not accept any of the following ( including  photographs of them):

-  CGI images
-  Illustrations or drawings

-  Paintings


Filters and edits:


Editing images is a major part of any photographer’s journey and we encourage photographers to enhance their images and upload them to the platform. However, we ask that the context of any edits remains true to the original photograph.

What we mean by this, is that we happily accept photographs with filters and edits applied which compliment the original photograph (such as contrast, colour and exposure enhancements made in software and apps like VSCO, Photoshop and Lightroom). However, we don’t accept images that have been edited significantly to the extent they no longer represent a likeness to the original photograph. We also don’t accept images with filters applied that transform the shot into what could be considered a graphic image, digital illustration, or render the scene to look like a drawing or painting.


We have this policy in place to help you make more sales – we understand that photography is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, from an image sales point of view, we know from experience that buyers prefer photographs that have minimal edits and look as close to the original image taken as possible.

Here are some examples of the types of filters and edits that we do not accept:

Images that have heavy filters applied to the whole, or part of the image, that take away likeness to an original photograph are not accepted

Filters that render an image to look like a graphic or wholly non-photographic are not accepted

Filters that make images look like pencil drawings and illustrations are not accepted

Filters that heavily distort the image are not accepted

Extreme colour edits in images that take away likeness to a true photograph are not accepted

Filters and edits to resemble a painting are not accepted


Composite images and collages:


Buyers prefer images that look and feel as natural as possible and therefore we don’t accept images that have been constructed from two or more different photos, as well as photo collages. This includes grouping images together in one frame (why not upload them all separately!)

Here are some examples:

Composites, such as placing a moon within a sky that renders the scene to look unnatural are not accepted

Composite images to create surreal scenes are not accepted

Like the above two images, any form of composite imagery is not accepted

Sky replacements that are unnatural to the original scene are not accpted

Diptychs and triptychs are not accepted - upload each shot as a standalone image and give buyers a choice of what they want to purchase

Montages and image collages are also not accepted


Borders:


We aim to provide buyers with a clean, text-free image that gives them the flexibility to use as and how they need for their projects and campaigns. Any additional text (more on this here) or heavy, intrusive borders can prohibit buyers from using the images as they would like, and therefore we do not accept these on the platform.

Adding a simple white, black or filmic border around your image (that doesn’t overlay the image itself) is fine but anything more than that will not be accepted. Here’s an example:

Any image featuring an intrusive border is not accepted


Of course, defining the level of editing and filters applied to images can often be a subjective process, and if you have any questions about whether your image might, or might not be accepted, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to provide guidance.


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