Snapwire Updates: January

In an effort to keep the community informed about software and product updates to Snapwire we post once a month about any new or big changes. Here are some of this month's big updates:

Request Pricing: From now on you will only see pricing that is relevant to you! This is a feature that has been asked for for quite some time and we finally got around to updating Snapwire so that if you're a photographer you will see the actual price that you are getting paid out. No more guessing or surprises once your photo is purchased. What you see is what you get. 

FTP Upload: In an effort to make uploading quicker and easier for users who are level Expert and above we have introduced FTP upload. This will allow you to upload large amounts of images (up to 1,000 at a time) and have all the meta data with your images automatically get imported as well. If you are below Expert level and would like access to FTP upload then please contact us so we can review your portfolio to see if you're a fit. To see how to upload via FTP read this post.

Photography Technique Isn't Everything

As photographers, we've all gone through the bombardment of basic composition techniques when we first pick up the camera: rule of thirds, leading lines, filling the frame...the list goes on and on.  But it's important to remember that these rules simply build a foundation, and are not meant for you to follow for every single shot you take.   

These rules are definitely a good start, but keep in mind that in the long run, it is possible that these rules may restrict you from reaching your true creative potential.   At the end of the day, creativity has no boundaries or rules that govern it. So next time you go out with your camera, try to forget the generic photography rules, and just shoot Surely, it'll take A LOT of trial and error, but you'll be surprised with what your own creative vision can create. 

 Photo by: Ajanta Bhuyan

Photo by: Ajanta Bhuyan

 Photo by: Yakashi Yasui

Photo by: Yakashi Yasui

 Photo by: Marin Stefani

Photo by: Marin Stefani

 Photo by: Sue Harper

Photo by: Sue Harper

Happy Great Outdoors Month!

June, the month before the extreme heat starts, is the month of the great outdoor! In honor of the end of June is approaching, here are some awesome pictures that feature our beautiful mother nature from different destinations among the world.



 Grand Canyon, Arizona, US.    

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US. 


 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.       

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 



 Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.   

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.


 island Koh Lipe, Thailand.   

island Koh Lipe, Thailand.


 Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.      

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.



Now, go out and explore some amazing outdoor scene before the summer heat hits!

10 Snapwire Users you Should Follow on Instagram

Did you know that Instagram was one of Snapwire's biggest inspirations? Each feed is a personal portfolio that displays the unique style of the photographer. We love interacting with our users on instagram. Here are a couple of our favorites!

1) Karan Bhatia @sendingstache: Last week Karan took over our instagram (@snapwire) and showcased his vibrant nature shots. If you are looking for travel inspiration, this is definitely the account for you. Karan always includes a short excerpt from his life in his captions, we love the personal feel of his feed!

 Check out Karan's snapwire profile  here

Check out Karan's snapwire profile here

2) Sandra Linnel @sannalin: Sandra is a creative photographer who takes ordinary objects and makes them extraordinary. Her feed includes some incredible close-ups as well as beautiful displays of light like the photo below.

 Check out Sandra's snapwire profile  here

Check out Sandra's snapwire profile here

3) Sam Ciurdar @samciurdar: Authentic, adventure-themed lifestyle shots. Sam's photos document his travels as a professional photographer and filmmaker. Check out his wife's feed (@amandaseeyoudarrr) as well!

 Check out Sam's snapwire profile  here

Check out Sam's snapwire profile here

4) Blake Bronstad @posesawkwardly: Santa Barbara based photographer and creative director whose serendipitous pastel images might make you consider moving to the West Coast.

 Check out Blake's snapwire profile  here

Check out Blake's snapwire profile here

5) Pasqual Amade @pasqualamade: Pasqual's photos are gritty and real, and depict the soul of urban youth culture. His style is unique and refreshing.

 Check out Pasqual's snapwire profile  here

Check out Pasqual's snapwire profile here

6) Julie Gebhardt @juliegeb: Julie is a contemporary photographer based in San Francisco, CA. Her focus is on taking photos of everyday life in the Bay city whose buildings show the history that are filled with so much color and life. 


 Check out Julie's snapwire profile  here

Check out Julie's snapwire profile here

7) @abrilliantdummy: A creative artist and urban photographer, abrilliantdummy describes his work to be just like him, very "minimal and simple." Through his use of color and subject matter he creates a depth in his photos that spark our imaginations.  

 Check out a Brilliant Dummy's snapwire profile  here

Check out a Brilliant Dummy's snapwire profile here

8) Connor Drummond @c.drum: Connor embraces his creative statement on Snapwire, "shoot daily." He is another adventure-themed lifestyle photographer that has is camera with him wherever he goes. His feed shows his mastery in choosing a creative angle depending on his subject. Just look at this awesome photo of this skyscraper below.   

 Check out Connor's snapwire profile  here

Check out Connor's snapwire profile here

9) Benjamin Lee @itchban: Benjamin is a content creator that specializes in digital production and social media. He has been able to combine his knowledge of technology with his newly found love for photography. His feed really encompasses his finesse with both.

 Check out Benjamin's snapwire profile  here

Check out Benjamin's snapwire profile here

10) Aundre Larrow @aundre: Aundre describes himself as a storyteller and portrait lover. He moved to New York to immerse himself in creativity. He believes that the "visual legacy we leave is becoming increasingly important in the visual age," and strives to make his mark with his photography. Aundre will also be taking over our Instagram soon so stay tuned for that.   

 Check out Aundre's snapwire profile  here

Check out Aundre's snapwire profile here

What's Selling- Insight On Getting Your Photos Sold

We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration! 

Congratulations to photographers:  Sebastian Luna B,  Shawn Dechant, and Hance Taplin for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 

Music Festivals


Sebastian's photo won the "Music Festival" challenge because of its dramatic composition and dreamy lighting. As the focal point of the picture, the young woman standing in front of the golden setting sun seems to radiate with energy.  The blurred crowds in the background serve as a stark contrast to the individuality of the woman.  The photo makes the viewer feel an emotional connection with the woman's music festival experience. 

St. Patrick's Day

The "St. Patrick's Day" challenge garnered a wide variety of photos of babies, adults, and pets celebrating Irish heritage.  From the submissions, Shawn's  photo was chosen for its timelessness, simple composition, and identifiable content. The precious boy in the photo exudes the holiday spirit without being over the top. 

Latte Art

The "Latte Art" challenge sought photos of inventive latte art designs including the barista, the foam, the details, and the ingredients. With authenticity in mind, Hance's winning photo is latte art portraying a basketball player making a slam dunk.  Against a white background with blurred sneakers, the composition is clean and crisp. 

A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for authentic visuals with human elements. Each image has its own unique story to tell. Buyers are seeking out photos like these because they evoke feelings such as celebration, individuality, adventure, and success. 

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots of seniors enjoying life to our new challenge:  Senior/ Mature lifestyle !

Object Series: Succulents

On tables, bookshelves, shop windows, and trendy lays on Instagram, succulents are everywhere. These cute water storage plants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, and require very little care in terms of watering and pruning. While twenty years ago they were only desired by drought-stricken gardeners, they are now hot commidities. 

 Photo by: Michael Campa

Photo by: Michael Campa

Succulents are having their moment. The Instagram: "succulove" has over 167,000 succulent obsessed followers, Etsy has an overwhelming selection of succulents varieties, and Urban Outfitters sells stylish hanging planters and terrariums that you can place your succulents in. They are even becoming popular in weddings, with Brides Magazine posting an article on how to incorporate succulents into wedding decor. So what exactly is it about succulents? What makes so many people become obsessed with decorating their house with these tiny plants?

 Photo by: Audrey Rotermund 

Photo by: Audrey Rotermund 

Plants have always been objects of fads throughout history, so succulent mania is nothing surprising. The most extreme obsession over plants happened in Holland in the 17th century when people became so enamored with tulips that they were sold as stocks. When the tulip bubble burst many people were left bankrupt.  Then, in Victorian England there was Pteridomania which was the obsession of owning ferns. Upper-class owners of estates were so fearful of fern robbers that they employed guards to make sure that they remained firmly in the ground. Luckily our love of succulents has not reached such levels, although there are some ways that they're being used that are pretty wacky

Photo by: Luis Velazquez

Yes, the succulent craze can be explained by the bandwagon effect which fuels any major trend, but there could be other reasons that succulents have gained such a mass following. First, it has been proven that the presence of plants increases productivity, creativity, and promotes happiness. Houseplants such as succulents can remind urban dwellers Next, many succulents follow the fibonacci sequence which are similar to fractals, never-ending patterns consisting of the repetition of a similar shape. A study by Richard Taylor concludes that  people's brains change to the alpha state ( one of meditation and conscious awareness) when they view fractals patterns.

Lastly, succulents are a representation of how lazy we can be as humans, since they are the closest living thing we can own before succumbing to plastic. Someone really has to try to kill a succulent. Therefore with minimal effort,  succulent owners can feel like they are somehow connected to nature when they are surrounded by their plants. 

As with all trends, pictures of succulents sell well on Snapwire. Whether it is an image of a succulent garden or a succulent next to a coffee mug on a wooden table, you can't go wrong with including them in your photos. Check out what we have in our library here if you need inspiration. Happy shooting :)

Pick of the Litter: XI

If you would like help finding a specific image you have seen above do not hesitate to contact us or the photographer. 

What Is Shadow Banning On Instagram And Is Your Account Being Affected?

If you are an avid user of Instagram - whether as a photographer, marketer, or art director- you have probably noticed a few months ago that your overall engagement and reach has dropped with little explanation. This affliction has been coined "shadow banning" by the online community at large as it seems to be affecting thousands of Instagram business accounts. This blog post is to help you understand what exactly shadow banning  is, how to know if you are a victim, and a plan of action to regain your account! 

Shadow banning is when Instagram reduces or removes the visibility of your account by making your hashtags unable to be seen by users who aren't following you. While you can continue to use your hashtags, their purpose is deeply undermined because new users cannot tap into your brand's message when they search for your used hashtags. Since you think that everything is okay on your end you continue posting but are only met with a decrease in likes, comments, and stagnation in new followers. 

Instagram has responded over the confusion and anger over hashtag search issues saying that they are working on improving the system and that businesses should "recommend focusing on your business objective or goal rather than hashtags."

So how can you know if Instagram has shadow banned your account? The easiest way to find out is to ask a few  friends (who are not following your Instagram page) to see if your posts are appearing on your intended hashtag pages. Try out a few hashtags and if your images do not show up it is safe to assume that you have been shadow banned. You can also check out this link to test out your account. 

If you have determined that your account has been shadow banned don't freak out! There are different ways you can fix this and get your account back to normal. It seems that the reason most accounts are shadow banned are because they are violating Instagram's Terms of Services and are abusing the purpose of the app. If you are shadow banned or scared you might be in the future, follow these steps to make sure your account is safe:

1. Stop using bots, automated growth tools, and buying followers

Instagram can tell when you leave automated comments on profiles of potential users and follow and unfollow many users in one day. While these methods increase followers they keep engagement painfully low. Even if you haven't been punished for using these methods you're hurting the reputation of your brand. 100 dedicated followers is always better than 10,000 users who don't care about your content. 

2. Change up your hashtags up

We all get into the habit of using the same old tried and trusted hashtags for our brand. Get into habit of refreshing your hashtag lists often. There is a list here of hashtags that Instagram has banned due to spanners. Make sure that you aren't using any of the ones on the list. 

3. Avoid all growth hacks

Now is not the time to be breaking Instagram's Terms of Service as it appears that Instagram is in crackdown mode. Some users adding 30 hashtags to a comment and then 30 hashtags to their caption so that they can have 60 hashtags on one post. This isn't super effective but it is a loophole that many users are getting around to up Instagram's hashtag limit. However, if you simply follow Instagram's rules you do not need to worry about the possibility of being shadow banned. 

4.  Take a break for a few days

If you've decided to ditch automated bots,  delete broken hashtags, and forget about growth hacks, you will need to take a break for at least two days in order for your account to reset. Once you reset you will need to manually engage with your audience if you want to see growth. 

5. Follow the trusted "3 likes, 1 Comment Formula"

This is a method that bloggers and marketers have created to drive engagement. Its premise is that you have to engage with others in order for them to engage with you. Start off by finding users through relevant hashtags and location search. When you like and comment their photos you will show that you have genuine interest in their lifestyle. While this takes time it can bring you followers that find value in the content you push out. 

This is a relatively new development so facts are coming in everyday. Make sure to stay up to date to keep your account visible. Remember that social media platforms are based on algorithms and bots that are largely out of your control. What you can control is forging genuine human interaction and connection around your brand. So go out there and talk to your potential followers and your current followers, offer them your attention and time without demanding something from them first. 

What's Selling - Insight On Getting Your Photos Purchased

We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration! 

Congratulations to photographers: Seniad Kasupovic and Melissa Hope for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 



 Photo by: Seniad Kasupovic

Photo by: Seniad Kasupovic

Seniad's photo won the "Drinks" challenge because of its wonderful composition and stylization of a bartender holding a gorgeous cocktail drink. The drink is truly mesmerizing due to its  bold colors and the usage of a textured glass. Also, the tattooed forearm of the bartender adds the perfect touch of edginess to the photo. 


 Photo by: Melissa Hope

Photo by: Melissa Hope

The "Gardening" challenge sought photos of people tending to their gardens, the tools they use to do it, and their beautiful garden designs. With simplicity in mind, Melissa's winning photo perfectly captures a woman harvesting her veggie garden. The rich green colors of the vegetables show the success of the woman's hard work. 

A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for visuals with stellar composition. Buyers seek out photos like these because they have a clear focus that can be translated into a story. The photo of the drink could be the start to a fun-filled nights with friends and the photo of the freshly picked veggies could portray the start of a bountiful harvest. These are all unique stories that can be told by photo buyers in their campaigns. 

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots of Spring to our new challenge:  Music Festivals