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Submission Guidelines

What we accept:

• JPEGs saved at a high quality setting: If you use Adobe Photoshop, the JPEG file should be of level 10 or above.

• Alpha-numeric file names ending in .jpg: This means that your file name can contain alphabets and numbers only and should be in the .jpg format.

• RGB files: Your images should be in the RGB color mode, and not in single channel grayscale, or the CMYK mode.

• Cameras: Proper DSLR Should be used. No Digicam to be used for any photograph.

• Images sent as compressed files, such as .zip or .rar files are not acceptable. We recommend that the files should not be interpolated to more than 55MB. If your camera is capable of producing an uncompressed 8-bit, TIFF file of over 48MB, then choose that option.

 

What we do not accept:

 

• Images that contain glamour or pornography, or images which infringe upon the rights of any third party.

• Images that solely feature a logo or trademark. This is an infringement of copyright or trademark.

• Identical images, meaning a series of similar images with almost identical compositions, or slightly different exposures.

 

Reasons for image rejection:

Camera shake:

• An image that is blurred or soft is often the result of an unsteady hand (i.e. camera moved when the picture was taken). We will reject the image if we believe that it was not artistically intended or that it is unsaleable.

• Tip: Try using a faster shutter speed, a steady hand or a tripod.

• Colour cast:

• Some colour choices can be seen as artistic and by design. However, if the image is tinted with an unwanted colour that has been caused by incorrect white balance on your camera or scanner, it will be rejected. Your image will be rejected if its colour cast makes it unsaleable.

• Tip: Attune your monitor regularly to help avoid colour casts.

 

Compression artifacts:

 Images that are boxlike, patchy or blockish in appearance caused by excessive compression will be rejected. You can notice these particularly in areas of flat colour, such as skies. These can appear as JPEG "bubbles" around the edges of the image. 

 Tip: Work on your images in raw or TIFF format and save the image in JPEG format only once, to minimize this error.

 

 

Using a digital camera not suitable for professional use: 

 Images taken with a digital camera below our recommended specification will be rejected: a pro-level camera with a "true" (non-interpolated) resolution of at least 12 megapixels. This will give an uncompressed, 8-bit file size of at least 34MB. The image shows a number of problems such as intrusive coloured (chroma) noise, degradation of image detail and/or interpolation artifacts.

• Blemishes - Dust, scratches or sensor dust:

  Blemishes are small dark circles on an image, a common characteristic particularly noticeable in areas of flat colour, such as skies. Your images could get rejected on these grounds.

 Tip: To reduce the possibility of this happening, make sure you clean your camera's sensor, or the material you intend to scan. You can remove unwanted marks using the healing brush or clone tool in Adobe Photoshop.

 

• Excessive sharpening:

 We reject images where there are unappealing artifacts visible or if the image appears “edgy”.

 Tip: Do not sharpen images more than once. Image sharpening is best done at the reproduction stage.

 

 

• Excessive similarity:

 We will reject a series of similar images which have almost identical compositions or those that differ very slightly in exposure. A series of images is acceptable only if the images have very different angles, framing or model's expressions, and so on.

 Tip: Edit your images closely or else your images will not appear high up on the search results. Keep in mind that customers look for images as close to their requirements as possible and do not want to spend time editing your work.

• Film border:

 Borders must be cropped out. We do not accept any images with borders, whether given by design or from film scans.

 

• High contrast:

 We reject images with high contrast, i.e., images that have the highlights blown out and have shadow details crushed.

 

 

• Interpolation artifacts: 

 When you interpolate an image beyond the capabilities of the camera from which it has been taken the image exhibits artifacts that are rather intrusive, and shows degradation of detail. This results in an overall soft look, having spots or shows patches on colour.

 

• Noise:

 Chroma noise gives a speckled, distorted effect that usually contains green and pink/purple colours. You will often come across this problem on skin tones, skies and shadow areas. Electronic chroma noise is distortion within a digital image, usually caused by using high ISO levels when shooting.

 Tip: Some cameras are better at reducing the appearance of noise than others, but you should always try and shoot on as low an ISO level as possible.

 

 

• Noticeable retouching:

 Your images could get rejected, if the retouching is obvious, as you can see in this image.

 Tip: You should retouch images at actual pixels. Then, double check to ensure that the retouching is not visible. Retouching at more than 100% is problematic, because the image is too enlarged to see any detail or mistakes.

 

• Orientation:

 Incorrect or improper orientation is another reason why your images could be rejected. For instance, if it is inverted, upside down or at an angle. As you can see here, the image is not the right way up for viewing on a screen.

 

• Out of focus:

 An image that is not artistically intended to be out of focus will be rejected. Also, it must look out of focus at thumbnail size, so that it is obvious to our customers.

• Over-manipulation:

 This image is clearly over-manipulated. Examples of over-manipulation are excessive use of "levels" or "curves", which leave an image looking like a poster, "blocky" or with distorted colour.

 

• Poor exposure:

 Images that have poor exposure will get rejected. This image appears rather flat or washed out. Correct exposure ensures maximum tonal range in an image. With very few exceptions, we expect the black point of your images to be 0 and white to be 255. However, we will accept images that are within 5% of this limit, that is, black at level 12 or below, white at Level 243 or above.

 Tip: You can check and adjust the exposure using the histogram in Photoshop.

 

• Soft due to size:

 Images that are soft as a result of over-interpolating (upsizing) images beyond their capabilities will be rejected

 

• Soft or lacking definition:

 The image may appear soft and/or lack definition because it has been interpolated beyond its limitations (that is, if the camera used is not as per our approved camera list and is therefore not suitable for Picturesarena"); software has been overused to remove blemishes, dust or scratches such as "Digital ICE"; the scanner is of poor quality; or, the camera lens is of poor quality, which affects the clarity of an image. Tip: Use software selectively and sparingly to remove blemishes from images, taking care not to degrade the image to an unacceptable degree. Also, use a scanner with good quality optics a designated film scanner for 35mm negatives gives the best results.

 

• Unsuitable material:

 Although your work may be of good technical standard, some material is not suitable for picturesarena's target audience. This includes, but is not limited to glamour, pornography and images that infringe the rights of any third party. For such content, you should try alternative sales outlets.

 Notes: We strongly recommend that you edit images yourself before submitting to picturesarena.com. WE DO NOT EDIT IMAGES.

Quality Control policy :

 We will reject images that do not meet our submission guidelines as listed above. Therefore, it is advised that you check the quality of each image before you submit.

• Test submissions: We check all the three images that are sent as part of your test submission. All three have to pass the Quality Control for your submission to be accepted. Please do not submit any additional images until your initial test has passed the Quality Control. For images that do not meet our Quality Control criteria, we will provide you with the reasons for rejecting the image.

 Tip: To avoid rejection, check your images at 100% before submission, using software such as Photoshop. 

Query: For further queries, contact us