To help authors understand what we're looking for, we’ve put together a very detailed and comprehensive set of articles and requirements about what kinds of photos you should (and should not) submit, and how you’ll need to submit them. For the best chance of success, we strongly encourage you to read all of them very carefully, but here’s a brief overview to get you started.
General Rules for Uploading
- Photos only, please. We don’t accept hard drives of content, but we highly recommend our FTP upload system (find out how it works).
- Don’t upload any illustrations or vectors, even as rasterized images.
- Avoid too similar/duplicate photos with very minor differences. Please only submit your very best, unique shots! Spamming the market with overly similar images might hurt your account status.
- No added/overlaid text. Text that’s photographed in the original image is okay.
- No mature content. That means no nudity, violence, profanity, etc.
For more details on these upload requirements and policies, please see our full Upload Requirements & General Policies article.
We’re looking for high-quality photos. So please be sure to check your images at 100% full-resolution before submitting to inspect for any issues and ensure it meets all our technical quality requirements. This includes:
- RGB formatted .JPG files only.
- High resolution only (4.0 MP to 80.0 MP), without any upsampling.
- No unwanted noise, artifacts, spots or dust. Keep it clean.
- Proper framing/composition & focus/detail. Get rid of any distractions, and always be intentional with your shots.
- Proper lighting & exposure, without any overly harsh or soft light, shadows, or reflections.
- No unwanted distortion (fisheye and tilt-shift are cool if you’re into that kind of thing).
- Subtle retouching & processing are okay but don’t overdo it.
- In general, try to keep your photos as natural, authentic, and broadly useful as possible.
That sums it up, but there are also some unique types of photos where we intend to be a bit more selective and strict. So we’ve provided some extra requirements here for things like:
- Photographic backgrounds & textures (view requirements)
- Isolated objects (view requirements)
- Photomanipulations, digital composites including collages (view requirements)
- 3D renders (view requirements)
For more details on these specifications, and especially if you’re planning to submit any of the non-typical photos above, please see our full Technical Requirements article.
Photos must include title, description, and tag/keyword information. Concise, professional and accurate metadata will allow customers to more efficiently discover your items and likely lead to greater exposure and sales.
We’ve got some general formatting standards and guidelines for effective titles, descriptions, and tags that will get you started if you’ve never done anything like this before. For the detailed nitty gritty on how to correctly format and embed it in your images’ IPTC/XMP metadata, please see our full Metadata Requirements article.
Intellectual Property Requirements
Please don’t submit photographs containing trademarks, brands, logos, copyrighted products/artwork, or anything else you don’t entirely own or have the rights to sell.
That means no editorial content (photos for non-commercial, non-promotional use only, without appropriate model/property releases). If you submit photographs that depict recognizable human beings (even if the face is not visible) or identifiable buildings, you must include a signed release form.
For more details on these IP and release form requirements, please see our full Intellectual Property Requirements article.
But wait, there’s more!
Sure these requirements are super important, but we know there’s more to it than simply following the rules. We’ve gathered all our research and learnings on what customers want into this handy article on commercial demand along with plenty of tips and recommendations for achieving stock success with your photos.
If you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve also put together a guide to the most common submission mistakes we come across, including heaps of good & bad examples, as well as a lookbook with examples of the type of photos and quality we’re looking for to further assist and inspire you.