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Below are some guidelines to help you maximize your photo acceptance rate at RailPictures.Net!

Size Requirements:

Photos must be at least 800 pixels in width x 600 pixels in height for horizontal images, or at least 750 pixels in height for verticals. Photos not meeting these requirements will be rejected. Optimal size for uploaded images is 1024-1200 pixels wide at between a 3:2 and 16:10 aspect ratio.

Text/Copyright Limitations:

Copyright text is allowed as long as it kept to a single line and is not distracting from the image (meaning that it must not be visible in the 200px thumbnail once the image is uploaded).

Manipulation:

The purpose of our website is to display genuine, authentic photographs of trains and railroad related scenes. Bearing this in mind, digital manipulation of photographs (beyond standard post-processing techniques such as levelling, sharpening, dust removal, etc.) is not permitted on photographs submitted to RailPictures.Net.

Roster Shots:

Properly exposed, non-front coupled roster shots are accepted and welcome. Front coupled roster shots (engine coupled to another engine or cut of cars) are not accepted unless the subject material is rare or unusual.

General Composition Issues & Guidelines:

We encourage creativity in our submissions. Please avoid uploading the standard 3/4 wedge shot; we would much rather see a nicely composed angle instead.

Going away shots are generally not accepted unless they are composed in a creative/artistic manner or depict an unusal set of power or train.

Cloudy day shots of standard and common power are typically rejected. Exceptions are made for photos featuring interesting or artistic compositions, or where clouds/fog/etc. are used for artistic effect.

The view of the train/engine should be clear and unobstructed. Photos which have foreground clutter will be rejected unless it is deemed 'artistic' in nature. Additionally, photos containing too many shadows on the train also fall into this category. If the subject is cluttered up with shadows, it will be rejected.

Make an attempt to level the horizon on any photos which appear to be tilted to the right or left. Use objects in the background of the photo that you know are level (such as building edges, poles, etc.) to determine if the horizon is level

Please avoid similar angles of the same train from the same location. Generally one shot is enough of a train at a particular location. If you must photograph it again, please attempt to find another location which offers a different view of the train

Image Quality Guidelines:

Please scan at the highest resolution on your scanner or set your digital camera on the highest quality setting. This will provide for the best quality in your uploads.

Dust, dirt, and hairs are commonly seen on scans from a flatbed scanner. Please make sure your scanner is clean of these obstructions before scanning (or remove them with photoshop).

If uploading a scanned image, please make sure you have cropped off all of the scan edges produced from scanning the image.

Please try to only upload photos which have been properly exposed. If you are unable to bring the exposure to an acceptable level in a photo editor, do not submit those images.

- Most importantly, remember, Quality is more important than quantity!

This database is used by various publishers in their attempt to locate publishable-quality images. Rather than focusing on uploading everything you've shot, focus on the shots you feel best represent your abilities as a photographer!
 

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