What makes a good Scoopshot photo or video?

The better the photo or video, the more likely it is to get sold (obvious really). It is therefore important to focus on quality.

If you’re participating in a task or a contest make sure your photos and videos meet the criteria. When submitting a general photo, the content should be newsworthy and properly tagged. Remember to include details when submitting to help photo buyers find your photos/videos, using hashtags like #fire #cat etc. Remember to avoid cropping or manipulating your photos with filters.

Including your name and phone number in your profile improves image authenticity, as the source of the content is known. Authenticity makes images much more attractive to buyers.

Do I need permission to capture images in public places?

Permission to capture images in public places may vary depending on location. Many countries, states or municipalities permit photography in public, which usually means areas such as city streets and buildings may be photographed. Please be sure to check policies in your specific area.

Am I permitted to photograph people?

If a person is in a public location, you are usually allowed to capture photographs or videos. However, it is always best to seek permission. If you are on private property such as a private residence or a commercial office, permission to capture images is always required. Please do not capture images of people in their homes, in offices, etc., to avoid invasion of privacy.

Can my photos or videos feature people who can be identified?

Unless the person is a well-known public figure, you must have the permission of all recognizable people in photos or videos that will be resold. All Scoopshot tasks that require model releases are identified as such, and the release is not optional. If you do not submit a model release when it is requested, the images cannot be sold. By accepting the Scoopshot Terms of Service you agree to comply with rules regarding model release.


How to shoot a great video?

Unless you are caught in the middle of action that requires swift recording, please take a moment to focus on the quality of the video. Once you’ve captured a great video, make your video readily available with a good description and relevant hashtags.

The same tips apply to both videos and photos: select an interesting, newsworthy subject and move in close enough to show details and frame your shot properly. Avoid shaking the camera. Most importantly, tell a visual story: What is happening, where, to whom and why, this is important.

Keep your video brief and to the point. Be sure to record horizontal videos unless otherwise requested or needed. If possible, go straight into the action instead of starting with 30 seconds of introductory footage with little action. Use audio to your benefit — sound supplements the story. Sometimes your audio commentary may work, depending on the scenario.

What is the maximum length for videos?

Maximum video length depends on your smartphone. With some models the length may be automatically restricted to one minute and other devices may not impose limitations.

Remember to capture the essential action and keep the video brief. This helps minimize transfer fees and time.

Why have my videos disappeared?

High-quality video requires much storage space and data bandwidth. As a result, Scoopshot may remove a submitted video when you uninstall or log out of the app. Therefore, upload your videos or export them (in supported modes) before logging out.