Photographer FAQ


What's this project all about?

Scopio helps connect photographers with companies and creatives looking to publish their authentic photos.

To build an authentic photo library, we turned to Instagrammers around the world and launched a portal where photographers can share their work. You can be published by companies and creatives across the globe to earn exposure — and in many cases, you can be paid for your work!

If you're any of these things...

1) Looking for ways to engage people, reach a wider audience and get exposure on your IG account

2) Wanting to boost your online following and inspire others

3) Curious about an easy way to earn extra cash

4) Creative at heart

5) Searching for ways to improve your content creation skills and use new techniques

6) Thinking about becoming an influencer

We'd love to have you take part! You can submit here.

Photo Submissions

What are Scopio's image requirements?
  • Please submit all images individually. Do not submit as a .zip (or other condensed) file type.
  • Please submit images of people or shots with a human element (hands, hair etc.). No flat lays or landscapes, please.
  • You will need to sign Scopio's contributor agreement and model releases for all recognizable individuals in the photos. You can do all of this through our submission portal. 
  • Minimum resolution is 4 megapixels, but 10 megapixels is preferred
  • No watermarks, heavy editing or logos (please edit out watermarks and logos)
  • The more you submit, the better chance you have of being a regular Scopio contributor
  • Lifestyle images have a higher chance of selling
We're here to help — please let us know at photographers@scop.io if you have any questions!
What kind of photos does Scopio want?

We prefer photos with people in them, especially with faces. Hands or other parts of the body are also okay for this.

The photos should also be natural. They should represent what’s popular in your region while retaining the authenticity that makes Instagram, well...Instagram! Think about what makes your city, town or country unique, and aim to show that in your submissions.

Please avoid landscape photos, flat lays, watermarks, logos and brand names, heavy retouching or facetuning and images without people. You can remove things like logos using photo editing software (more on this later).

If you’re not sure whether your photos would work for this project, we’re happy to take a look at your proposed submissions. Simply send an Instagram DM to @scop.io or email us at photographers@scop.io. We’re happy to help.

How do I know that my photos were submitted?

You'll receive an email asking you to send out and complete model releases.

Why should I do this?

Submitting your photos to Scopio opens the door for more chances to get seen and published. 

It's easy exposure if you're trying to grow your sphere of influence — you'll be right in front of everyday people, creatives and companies you admire. This also gives you the potential to expand your skills and get more opportunities to work with companies in the future.

We're also trying to help connect photographers with more people that are interested in their photos. Besides boosting your follower count, this can pave the way towards future relationships with other content creators.

What are the requirements for my images to be accepted?

Your images will be accepted if they include people, are model-released, are high-quality, do not have logos or watermarks and are not flatlays. If you're not sure whether your images will work, please send some samples to photographers@scop.io.

You're also free to submit as many images as you'd like to Scopio. This will only increase your chances of getting noticed and published.

Can I submit photos with watermarks?

Please do not submit images with watermarks. We are unable to promote these to businesses around the world as they would be unable to use them. Please send in original photos without watermarks whenever you're submitting.

Can I submit photos with logos?

Please do not submit photos with logos. We cannot sell these photos commercially, which means that you'll make less and will have less opportunities to distribute your work. Logos can be anything from a laptop emblem to a newspaper title.

If you have logos in your work, please edit them out before submitting to maximize your potential.

How can I remove logos in my photos?

There are a variety of tools you can use to remove logos in your photos and ensure that they can be sold commercially. This will make sure you can maximize your opportunities.

Try these approaches:

  • Edit your images with retouching software: Use a tool such as Photoshop to remove logos
  • Crop sensitive stuff: Crop logos out of your photos if you have space
  • Use an app: Using iOS? Try something like Snapseed or TouchRetouch. Aviary or TouchRetouch are apps that are available for Android. For desktop, try your favorite photo editing tools or something like Inpaint.
Will I receive credit for my photos?

Yes! Your images will be credited to you. You can see how your credit can look on the canva.com/photos collection. You can choose to add a credit for your first and last name and/or a credit for your Instagram @handle. This is a stellar way to get more eyes on your work if you’re trying to grow your following and influence, as your work will be visible to millions.

What will happen to my photos? What will Scopio users do with them?

If your submissions are accepted, they can be published for a variety of design purposes or in branded material. Your images will have the potential to travel the globe and power more human storytelling. Besides this, you'll build on your skills and portfolio.

How cool is that?

What rights do I have to my photos? Do I retain any rights?

You are signing a non-exclusive agreement, which is photographer-friendly. This means that you retain copyright to your images. You can re-use and re-sell your images under other non-exclusive provisions, so feel free to keep ‘em up on Instagram, too! 

Can I re-use and re-sell my photos?

Yes, feel free. Since this license is non-exclusive, you are free to re-use and re-sell your images under other non-exclusive agreements. It’s a very flexible agreement for you. You can also expand reach on your photos by placing them in Scopio’s library. 

What file format does Scopio need photos to be in (JPG, BMP, etc.)?

Please submit photos as JPG or PNG files.

What size do my photos have to be?

The absolute minimum is 4 megapixels, we prefer images that are 10 megapixels or above. Submitting images that are higher resolution increases the chances of your submissions being published. Not sure how to calculate megapixels? Enter your image’s dimensions in this calculator.

I have friends that might like to contribute. How can I refer them?

Community is key! You’ll get $10 for each person you refer that has their work published by one of our clients. Send their names and Instagram @usernames over to us via DM (we’re at @scop.io), and we’ll reach out with the project details. We’ll be sure to pay you your referral if their work is chosen.

Will I know where my photos end up?

First, your photos will be submitted for approval. After they're approved by our team, they might be added to Canva's image library as well as published by many other savvy brands.

Your photos will also be added to Scopio's library, which is becoming the world's largest photo gallery featuring real-life people. Savvy brands and companies across the globe will be able to search out and use your images. It's an amazing opportunity if you’re trying to get your work out there, become an influencer and give your portfolio a boost.

There’s potential for long-term partnerships, too; Scopio’s users will also be able to see your image credit if they’d like to work with you directly. We will also let you know the most popular image categories in case you'd like to submit more in the future and increase your influence.

How do I sign the licensing agreement?

You can sign the licensing agreement after you upload your photos to Scopio. The steps will walk you through this automatically.

Model releases

If I'm the photographer, do I need to sign a model release for myself?

Yes. If you are the photographer and you appear in your own image, you will need to sign a model release for yourself.

Will I be notified when my models sign the release?

No. But if your model releases aren't completed, we'll try to reach out to you via DM or email to let you know what has been signed and who you need to send a reminder to. It's best to ask models to inform you when they sign the release.

What is a model?

A model is anyone that appears in your photos, including you! Each model has to fill out one model release in order to maximize your photo submission and have a better chance of getting scoped out.

How many model releases do I need to fill out if I’m the only person in the photos?

Please fill out one model release for yourself each time you submit, unless the photos of you from all submissions are from the same shoot.

What is a model release?

A model release is a legal agreement that allows photographers the ability to license images of other people. If you appear in a photograph that a photographer is trying to license (and you are recognizable in the image), you will need to sign a model release for it. And if you're a photographer, you'll need to get all of your models to sign releases. If you are a photographer and you appear in your own images, you will need to sign a model release for yourself.

How many model releases does a model need to sign?

Each separate model needs to sign one model release per shoot. If you have separate shoots with the same model, have them fill one out for each shoot.

How do I access the model release? Do I need to get a copy online?

We provide the model release for you so that it's an easier process. After you finish uploading your photos and click submit, we'll create a special model release page just for you where you can view the images you submitted send out releases to your friends to sign. Your browser should automatically refresh to this page.

Make sure you create a bookmark of this page so you can go back to it later. If you lose track of your special model release link, just email photographers@scop.io.

Who signs a model release?

Recognizable people in images should sign model releases if the photographer is trying to license or publish photographs of them.

You might need to sign multiple model releases if you appear in more than one photo. 

If you're the photographer and you appear in your own images, you will also need a model release.

My friends aren’t models. Do I need to have them sign a model release?

Yes, they would need to sign a model release. In this case, model simply refers to a photo’s subject — not just those Gisele Bündchen types.

My model does not want to sign a release. What should I do?

You can submit images that are not model released, but they can only be published with little uses. In this case, we suggest also submitting images of people who do agree to sign a release. This will increase your chances of being published and paid for your hard work.

How do photographers and models sign the model release?

Like the licensing agreement, the model can access the model release online through our web-based submission portal.

Payment

Am I paid for each image I submit?

We will pay you if any images you submit are purchased by one of our clients.

How will I be paid?

If your images are purchased, we’ll reach out and pay you using Venmo (if you’re in the US), PayPal (if you’re not in the States) or even with Bitcoin if you’re a crypto fiend.

How much will I be paid?

You’ll be paid up to $500 USD per image that is purchased. Receiving credit on your images in Scopio's library also opens the door for more sales and connections for you. If you publish your images in Scopio’s library, clients will be able to publish your images for digital and social uses. 

Another way to increase your payout is to refer photographers to us that might be interested in submitting. Simply DM us on Instagram @scop.io or shoot us an email at photographers@scop.io with their Instagram handles (and yours), and we’ll reach out. We’ll pay $10 per person you refer that is bought.

When do I get paid?

Rest assured that we will email you to set up a payment if your images are purchased. From submission to payment, this shouldn't take too long.

How can I increase my chances of getting paid?

You can increase your chances of being paid by:

  • Ensuring that all images have people (or a human element like hands) in them, and that they have a candid and authentic feel
  • Making sure your submissions are the highest image quality possible (10 MP or above is ideal)
  • Submitting as many photos as you have available for this project. A wide variety gives us more to choose from.
  • Featuring elements from your distinct region or culture
  • Ensuring that all your models sign releases for all images they are featured in
  • Ensuring that all images aren’t edited heavily or Facetuned
Will I receive royalties?

No, royalties are not included in payments. However, you will receive credit for your images (see examples on canva.com/photos). This opens up the door for future connections and projects galore. It's also a lot of fun! 

About Scopio

What’s Scopio?

We're a high-tech company based out of New York. Scopio helps brands find and license true-to-life Instagram content and spark relationships with micro-influencers to humanize storytelling.

We're committed to the creatives of the world and want to help them create long-lasting influence and partnerships with brands and creatives. 


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Got more questions? Email us at photographers@scop.io or DM @scop.io on Instagram