Find and add pictures

What are the style requirements for pictures?
The style is totally up to you, as long as the pictures represents a spot well.

We recommend:

  • Including people in the picture, if possible
  • Taking pictures from the inside of a spot, not from the outside
    (there are many exceptions of course to this!)
  • Your picture is relevant for the current season.

What are the technical requirements for pictures?

  • Size: Larger than 600 pixels wide – preferably larger than 1200 px wide. This is usually more than 500 Kb (0.3 Mb).
  • jpg format
  • Landscape format (NOT portrait). Ratio between 4:3 and 3:2.
    – Minimum height: ratio 3 (width) x 2 (height) (min. 600px x 400px)
    – Maximum height: ratio: 4 (width) x 3 (height) (min 600 px x 450px)
  • No borders or collages of multiple pictures
  • Color pictures – no black/white or sepia
  • No image / author watermark
  • A bit of modification is ok, but not too much please
  • Sharp pictures, not grainy or blurry
  • A picture with people is usually nicer!
Great picture: by Kevin Ducheyne (Ljubljana)

Pictures on a “regular” camera are often much better than pictures taken with a camera phone, especially in low lighting situations.

Copyrights – whose pictures can I use?

  • Pictures you took yourself.
  • Pictures you are allowed to use taken by a friend photographer. Make sure you have written permission by e-mail.
  • Pictures you are allowed to use taken by the spot. Make sure you have written permission by e-mail.
  • Pictures from the Internet, that you’re allowed to use for “commercial purposes”

How do I know if I can use a picture from the internet?
Usually, you cannot use a picture from the internet.

You can only use pictures that have a Creative Commons license that allows commercial use. They usually include this icon:

Creative Commons License

Flickr.com is a large photo-sharing website with a lot of pictures of Creative Commons licensed pictures available.

You can use this link: http://www.flickr.com/search/?l=comm&w=all&q=eiffeltower&m=text to automatically select the “advanced search” options.

You must credit the photographer if you use a creative commons licensed picture.

Tip: send the people that permitted you to use their picture an e-mail to thank them, with a link to the article. Good for promotion!

I don’t get “ratio” – can you explain?
This guide & calculator explains the concept well and can help you resize.

If you’re lost, please contact Sanne (sanne@spottedbylocals.com). We  will send you a link where you can “drop” your files and we will crop / resize images for you!

Other questions you may have:

Do I have to ask for permission from a spot owner to take a picture?
No, generally not.

How do I resize or crop a picture?
Use http://cropp.me/ (simple), https://croppola.com/ or http://www.picresize.com/ (offers more features).

A desktop program available for both Mac and PC is Google Picasa.

If this doesn’t work for you, please contact Sanne (sanne@spottedbylocals.com). We  will send you a link where you can “drop” your files and we will crop / resize images for you!