E. Uploading photos and vector graphics

E.01 Uploading JPEG photos

Your JPEG photos must meet following requirements:

Picture size:minimum 6 megapixel pictures
(corresponds, for instance, to A4 at 300 DPI)
File format:JPEG only
Colour space:RGB only (we recommend Adobe RGB 1998)
Bit depth:8 bits
Compression:Level 10-12 only (maximum)
IPTC dataphotographers name, short caption and a minimum of ten keywords in English
no umlauts or special characters in the keywords

E.02 Uploading vector graphics (EPS files)

EPS files are uploaded just like normal photos via FTP. Zoonar doesn’t process AI files, please upload EPS files instead. Once you’ve uploaded your EPS files all other formats and thumbnails are generated automatically. The resulting pictures don’t have any metadata and keywords yet.
You can upload matching JPEG files with the same file names as the EPS files which include all metadata, e.g. keywords, title, caption. You need to upload the JPEG and EPS files at the same time. If the JPEG files are uploaded hours later the system will process them as normal photos and they will either be rejected because of the size or they will enter our database as regular photos.
The conversion process on our server from EPS files to JPEGs might cause a slight color shift compared to the colors you see in the original EPS file on your own computer. Different programs rasterize EPS files slightly differently. This is something Zoonar can do nothing about at the moment.
Some other agencies offer you to upload a corresponding JPEG thumbnail to match the colors you want. However, Zoonar doesn’t offer this method at the moment.
There can also be some problems with transparency. Since JPEGs don’t include any transparency information all transparent areas from the original EPS file are usually replaced by the color white. This might result in your converted EPS files showing the color white where it was not supposed to. If you want to make absolutely sure that your EPS files are properly converted into JPEGs don’t use transparency in your vector graphics.
You can upload your own converted JPEG files parallel to your EPS files. This way a customer can see the original colors and they can also buy the JPEG version of your illustration. If you want to upload your own JPEGs please do so hours after your EPS file upload or else the server will think that the JPEG file is merely a container for the metadata and will delete it after reading the metadata from your JPEG file. It’s best to also change the file name of your JPEG file.

E.03 What subjects can my photos and illustrations have?

You must be the creator of the works you upload. You work must not violate any trademarks. Furthermore, your work must not have any picture frames, copyright notices, signatures or logos.

E.04 Model release

You need a model release if a person is clearly identifiable in your photo. You need a release for each person that is the subject in your photo. If the person is under age you need the written consent of their legal guardian.

E.05 What photos can I offer with a royalty free (RF) license?

A royalty free license gives the customer the right to use your photo multiple times for diverse uses. The customer is not required to give us the uses. Royalty free photos can be used for commercial purposes. Photos with people in them can only be sold with a royalty free license if you have a model release for each of the persons in the picture unless they are only accessories to the main subject in your photo (e.g. pedestrians crossing in front of a landmark).
You need a property release for all photos which show trademarks and copyrighted designs such as fashion logos, watches, manufacturer logos, cars, packaging etc.
Apart from that you can sell photos with a royalty free license if they are not sold through other agencies with a right managed license and if they are not already licensed.

E.06 Why was my photo rejected?

A rejection can have many reasons. If the technical requirements are not met (e.g. the photo is too small) your photo won’t be processed at all. Our editors will reject duplicate photos. We also reject all photos which show pornographic content, photos which glorify violence or show trademarked objects and any other illegal content. This may include buildings, artwork or personal belongings. We also check photos for their commercial value and overall picture quality. We delete all photos which have been edited too heavily or which can’t be licensed. See also section G.

E.07 Uploading

There are two ways to get your photos to Zoonar. Firstly and foremost via FTP transfer and secondly via DVDs or hard disks which you send to us. The latter only makes sense, however, if you have a very large collection of more than 10,000 photos at least. You can find your FTP login data under “My profile” as soon as you register as a supplier.

E.08 Photo review process

We review your photos within 1-4 days after the upload. It may take longer during peak times.

E.09 Keywording

We can’t license and sell photos without keywords. You can apply keywords to your photos and vector graphics after you upload them.

E.10 How do I keyword my photos?

Suppose you have a photo of a bathing dalmatian. If you enter “dog, bathing, dalmatian” as keywords the photo will only be found if the customer enters “bathing dog” in our search engine. If he searches for “bathing animals” or “dog bath” he won’t find your photo. Good keywords in this case are “dog, dogs, bath, bathing, animal, animals, dalmatian, dalmatians, pet”. If the dog looks funny you may also include keywords such as “funny, fun” etc. This way someone who looks for “funny animals” will find your photo of the bathing dalmatian.

E.11 IPTC metadata

All relevant metadata info, such as keywords, caption, title or author name are included in the IPTC fields. You can edit the IPTC fields and enter your keywords and other information with photo management software like Adobe Lightroom, ACDSee, Apple Photos or Aperture. The IPTC information is processed during the upload and is applied to your photos in our database.