Over the past few years and into the future, our Photo of the Day feature continues to be a cornerstone of Fstoppers. Featured on the front page as well as being published out over our Twitter and Instagram accounts, Photo of the Day’s goal is to give enthusiastic attention to the creative talent found throughout the Fstoppers Community. Fstoppers has the greatest readers and we love showing off the incredible work you create. If you are interested in having your photo featured as PotD, here are some guidelines to keep in mind for how they are selected.
Every day, Fstoppers writers including myself comb through the photos that have been added to our Community members’ portfolios. We are constantly being blown away by the creativity displayed across all genres of photography. The photos that our staff loves end up on the Editors' Picks list. Additionally, I personally make the selections for Photo of the Day and also feature a lot of top-notch work on our Instagram as well (follow us @officialfstoppers).
The main secret, if there is any secret, to getting your work chosen as Photo of the Day is this: write a good photo description. When we see a stand-out photo, we immediately are eager to know more about it. Take the time to write out a few sentences about the photo. Whether it’s something interesting about the setup and details of the shooting location, the story of how the image came together that day, how you chose to process it, the inspirations behind the photo, anything that brings a person closer to the image and your thought process is highly encouraged. If you are photographing a model or if there is a whole team of people that contributed to the final image, here is also a good place to credit them for their efforts. These compelling and informational photo descriptions are what we love to share with other readers when we place your image on the front page. If you include three to five descriptive sentences with your photo, your chances of being selected as Photo of the Day automatically skyrocket.
Other important things to pay attention to when you’re adding images to your portfolio are including a title and either having the EXIF data embedded in your photo or adding the shot details afterwards. You can make changes to this information by clicking the “Edit” button on the photo’s page or when you hover over an image on your portfolio overview page.
Finally, check out your Fstoppers profile page and see that your Twitter and Instagram accounts are added in there and the usernames are up to date. I sometimes come across void usernames or information not there when in fact you are on these social platforms. Remember that we tweet out your Twitter username and tag you on Instagram along with your photo, so having your social accounts filled out is a good idea.
How to Get Featured On Instagram
If you already follow us on Instagram, you know that I’m putting up a number of posts every day featuring a range of excellent photos from the Fstoppers Community. There really is no difference in how these are selected from how Photo of the Day operates, only that there is a little more slack for missing information. Even so, images with completed descriptions will still take priority; we regularly get Instagram comments from people who appreciate the additional details behind the image. I should also note that photos posted as a Featured Photo on Instagram and not as Photo of the Day are not necessarily out of the running for PotD. It usually more often than not has to do with the inherently limited number of photos we can choose for PotD. In some instances I wanted to declare the image as Photo of the Day but it lacked the necessary photo information filled out as outlined above.
Images that are not safe for work (NSFW) are unfortunately ineligible to be selected to as Photo of the Day or posted to Instagram. This is due to the uncensored photo being displayed on the front page for PotD, and because it would go against Instagram’s Terms of Service.
Keep in mind that you do keep all copyrights to your images. If for any reason you’d like your photo removed from Photo of the Day or Instagram, please let me know by sending a private message through my Fstoppers profile and I will get it replaced.
Now that you know what it takes to be featured as Photo of the Day, I look forward to checking out your revamped and rocking portfolios. If you would like to submit one of your photos for consideration, whether it be a new addition to your portfolio or a photo you recently updated with a good description, please send the photo link to me in a private message through my Fstoppers profile.