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Photo Submision Guidelines

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Photo Submission Guidelines

We allow and encourage our community to submit photography all types with exceptions, of course. We love to see new photography that captures creativity, expression and dynamic engagement. We accept images from full-frame DSLRs, film cameras, smartphones, and others. We invite the true professional and the novice. Our biggest ask is that the photos stay true to your personal vision and to what you captured. Please avoid heavy-handed processing. Although we do not intend to compromise the integrity of your artistic contribution, we ask that you limit the excessive use of editing tools. If your photograph is grossly manipulated, please describe your process or what was edited. Below are some basic photo guidelines.

Ethics

Publicity Magazine supports ethical photography that accurately represents the subjects in the submitted photos. We expect that the welfare of people, their privacy, and their environments take precedence over photography. In other words, don’t harm or manipulate the subject or its environment for the sake of creating an image. This also includes images taken where a photographer may be trespassing or in violation of the rules at a location. For example, if you are invading someone’s privacy or trespassing on private property, that can be an issue. We do not welcome “issues”. Ultimately, you, as the photographer, assume all liability for your submitted photos.

Caption

We insist on truth in captioning and expect full disclosure in the story behind the photo. The description should be complete and accurate. Not only does this establish trust and lend greater credibility to your photo, but it also increases the engagement of the viewer. No one likes it when their name is misspelled or they are caught with food in his or her teeth; HOWEVER, they rarely forget when someone refers to a person as “Partygoer, friend or attendee…” After all, they are excited to show off the fact they were “spotted” at an event SO give them the respect of knowing their name. Finally, if you cannot remember a subject’s name, we ask that you do not create one (I.e. Mr. Chuck E. Cheese). You may need to omit the photo or ask the event organizer.

Filters

We allow filters, including presets, on photographs. We ask that you please include a description of how the style was achieved and which filter or technique was used. Use discretion, however, as over-processed images are not ones that could make it into print publication.

Raw Files

To be eligible for print publication photographers must have a RAW file on hand to be turned over to our editors.

Stitched Panoramas

These are allowed only if the segments were all made within the same time frame. Don’t create panoramas with sections made at significantly different times. Do not change focal length while creating a stitched image. Do not stretch the meaning of panorama to include elements that weren’t in the scene as you saw it. If your photo is a stitched or stacked image, please indicate so in the submission.

Watermarks

Publicity Magazine credits the creator of a photo whenever and wherever it appears on the Publicity Magazine website, along with providing a link to their social media or websites. Because of this, there’s no need to watermark your photo. A small and subtle watermark is allowed but not encouraged—we want to see your photograph free of any distractions.

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Burning and Dodging

Brightening or darkening specific areas in an image is allowed but should be kept to a minimum and not done to the point where it is obvious. Your goal in using digital darkroom techniques should only be to adjust the dynamic tonal range and color balance of an image so that it more closely resembles what you saw and communicates the mood of the scene.

Cropping

Cropping is allowed, but composing the image in-camera is always ideal.

Cloning

Cloning is not allowed. Cloning is the process of adding to or subtracting elements from a photograph. An example would be removing a pole from behind a person’s head in a portrait, adding people to a crowd, or mirroring repetitive objects.

Drones

Photographs taken with drones have to be in full compliance with state and federal laws, including specifically aviation laws.

Black and White Photography

Converting your color photos to black and white is acceptable.

Composite

Composites are allowed. You can read our blog post that goes into more detail on the subject.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

These images are allowed on Your Shot. If your photo is an HDR image, please indicate this in the caption.

Inappropriate Content

Any content that violates our eyeballs or the law will be removed from the site with or without notification to you. This includes inappropriate, pornographic or offensive, or otherwise objectionable content, hate speech, and copyright violations. We welcome all notifications of the potential violations or  use of photos or profiles that may violate the Terms of Service.

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