Here at Fstoppers we pride on the fact that our readers all come from different aspects of photography and are insanely talented. We want to show our gratitude by featuring your work! Now that we have released the new website and more importantly the new Fstoppers community, it's even easier to get your work noticed and possibly picked for a coveted spot on our "Picture of the Day" section.
For over a year I have been personally handling the "Picture of the Day" section at Fstoppers. Yes, that means that every single day I scour the internet looking for stunning imagery to post on our website. I got the idea that instead of looking randomly on the internet for photos, why not reach out to our readers by having members of the Fstoppers Facebook group submit their best images and send me their stories behind the images in their own words.
With the release of the new Fstoppers community I will be picking images straight from the readers themselves. Hopefully these tips will help you improve your chances to be chosen as "Picture of the Day".
Above is one of my shots that is posted on my portfolio section of the Fstoppers community. This is a great example of what I am looking for in a great picture of the day. I am not just looking for amazing quality when I post the picture of the day. This image is nice (then again I am a bit biased), but looking beyond the quality of the image all of the information has been filled out.
When you upload your images to your portfolio on Fstoppers make sure you fill out all of the information about the photo. The EXIF data should be listed under the EXIF portion of the page, but most importantly the description is filled out with information about the photo. You know your photo best and who better to tell the audience about the photograph than yourself? Write about how you shot the image, about the subject, why you chose the concept, or perhaps write some background on the image (like the one I posted above). This is probably the biggest thing I look for when choosing photos to publish. Does it have good content attached to the image?
I also suggest to take your time and check your grammar when uploading your images and the description. While I'm not looking for perfect grammar, I will probably pass up a photo that has a poorly written description with obvious spelling mistakes and poor capitization - the easier it is to read the better. I also love it when a photographer expands on their description. Instead of just writing one or two lines of text about your photo try to elaborate. A good size is about four-five sentences long.
One thing I notice that photographers forget when uploading their images onto their portfolio is a title. Make sure you have a title for your image. I'll pass over those that are untitled for the most part. If I comment on your image asking to expand on your description along with a link to this article that's a pretty strong hint that I would like to post your image as Picture of the Day.
So, just to recap the only way to be chosen for the Fstoppers Picture of the Day section from now on is to sign up for our community and post your images in your portfolios. I do want to point out that you keep all the copyrights to your images and if for some reason you do not want to be featured just drop me a private message on Fstoppers or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to replace it with another image. Unfortunately I will not be able to choose any images that are NSFW (not safe for work) since they will be posted on the front page of the website uncensored.
I look forward to browsing the community section of Fstoppers daily looking for your amazing photographs to feature. If you would like to submit an image for consideration please email the link to your image to email@example.com or just drop me a private message on my Fstoppers profile. https://fstoppers.com/profile/rebeccabritt
EDIT: (July 30, 2014) If I comment on your photo with a link to this article that's a strong hint that you should fill out your information and description so that I can possibly make it Photo of the Day. Make sure you reply to my comment once you're done editing the information.
You can sign up for the Fstoppers Community here: http://fstoppers.com/community