In your contributor portal you can update and strengthen your images captions, titles, stories and keywords. We've given you this power to adjust your image information with the goal of getting your images seen by the world!
How does our system tag and title your images?
We tag, title and caption every image using artificial intelligence (A.I) - this allows us to work with speed so that your images are featured - faster! However, A.I is not accustomed to seeing such diverse and unique images, which is why you might see inaccurate descriptions for your images.
If you notice any description or keywords that are not correct, please take this time to update them now.
Why is it important to update your image details?
Our goal is to get your AMAZING images seen by the world and by adding in the correct descriptions, keywords, captions, etc... you will help to ensure that our subscribers are accurately accessing your images for downloads and use.
Follow these Guidelines for Updates
Please only write in English.
*If English is not your native language please use a resource such as Google Translate to help you with your message.
- A brief explanatory phrase of what appears in the image
- Keep caption/title concise and simple (between 50-70 words).
- Keep added keyword count simple ( between 10-15 words)
- Must describe what’s in the image, objectively.
- Descriptive (not subjective) adjectives.
*A good rule of thumb is to look at the image and describe exactly what is your eyes can see.
- If you are aware of any additional details or defining characteristics such as a brand name, a breed of dog, an age, ethnicity, relationship, etc... please include these details in the caption and keywords.
- Add 5-15 keywords that are related to the image.
- Place keywords in order of importance.
- Place important keywords from the title as keywords for relevance.
- Descriptive adjectives, example: 'big' 'small' 'fluffy' - NOT subjective adjectives, example: 'cute' 'beautiful' 'hungry'
- Keywords for people should include:
gender or pro-noun (if known)
ethnicity (Asian, Middle Eastern, White, Black, Pacific Islander)
age related terms (child, teenager, adult)
relationship or role (father, mother, teacher, sister, brother, friend)
appearance (hair color, brunette, blonde, braids, facial expressions, frowning, smiling, etc...)
clothing (shirt, pants, scarf, hat, sunglasses)
concepts (happiness, family, shared moment, teamwork, playing)
See a clear and concise example below:
As you can see - the keywords and title are descriptive - explaining only what is happening in the photo.
Following these guidelines will help your images to appear more on the search - ultimately leading to more downloads.
Assign 1 - 3 categories that the image falls under. You can choose these from the dropdown menu.
Doing this allows us to sort and categorize your images more accurately.
Background story of the image, including where the image was taken, the context of the image. We encourage stories to be personal to your experience. All stories should respect all cultures, beliefs, and orientations.
*Please remove any items that no longer serve the purpose of the story - if you submitted the story for a custom project with us and used a ‘#hashtag’ for reference, and that project has ended, then please remove that so it no longer appears on the site.
A good example of this is:
Please avoid using additional #hashtags in the story line - the appropriate place to add these is in the 'keyword section'.
The story helps users to relate to you and your experience as a photographer - we also share the stories in our social media, email marketing and our 'story of the week' on our homepage. Please be sure to share the details!
The story here humanizes the photographer experience and creates builds trust between the artist and the subscriber. This trust and relationship is important to build in order to be contracted for any exclusive projects down the road.
- Include the exact location of the image (if known) including the name of the city, state, provence, country, continent.
- If the image was taken in a well-known location please cite this - some examples include, national parks, touristic sites, famous landmarks.
The legal agreement between the photographer and any recognizable person in the image, including
- yourself (if you capture a self-portrait)
- hired models
- any other recognizable person in the image
A model release is required for all recognizable people in the image in order to be sold under the 'Commercial License' (see below).
Images in taken in public or commercial spaces where you cannot get the model or commercial release will be marked under the 'Editorial License' (see below).
The License type:
Please choose the appropriate license type for your image. Keep in mind the following guidelines when choosing.
The Commercial License supports image usage in products, merchandise, services, marketing, ads, blogs, websites, educational content, and more.
If these images have recognizable people in them then they must have a signed model releases to be eligible for the commercial license.
If you cannot get a model release then please mark them under the 'Editorial License' (see below)
The Editorial License supports images that are newsworthy, or of public interest including sports, entertainment or cultural events, in any type of publication, whether print or digital, such as books, articles, newspapers, magazines, blogs.
Images with recognizable people DO NOT need to have model releases to be placed under the 'Editorial License'.