Snapwi.re Location Specific requests
In the past few months Snapwire has rolled out an updated version geographic requests along with a new partnership with Google. If you’re working on a computer you can toggle between the “All” (formerly “Concept”) or “Location” options. The “Location” option will bring up a world map and you can zoom in to individual locations. On mobile devices these requests show up in the regular request feed, which can be a bit cumbersome to navigate as there are hundreds of the geographic requests. If you’re new to Snapwi.re you can read all about how to get started on my original blog post here, you can also see my Snapwi.re stats here. Sign up for the mobile version of Snapwire here.
Location requests were originally image requests for specific restaurants to be featured in Zagat. A map would show up showing the number of requests in each area. Each restaurant was a separate request. It is my understanding that you needed to apply for these requests and once approved, you made an appointment with the restaurant to shoot specific food, beverage, and location images. I assume that they didn’t want multiple photographers calling each location. Those images were uploaded to Snapwire and purchased. Some of these requests are still on going.
The latest location requests were just rolled out in the past three weeks. Snapwire has partnered with Google to supply images of various tourist locations. The payout for each request is $25 per image. I received an email from Snapwire promising that there will be a lot of these requests over the next few months. Images must be extremely high quality (and a minimum of 4MP). But the great part is that you might already have some images on file. For example, If you’ve been to any of the Orlando theme parks you might in luck! Again, if you’re working on a computer you’ll need to zoom in on the map. Unlike the Zagat requests you’ll need to click on the big “G” button and then select smaller “G” buttons to see each request. Most of these requests have a 25-30 day timeframe, though some of them have recently been added with 10 day deadlines.
I was originally disappointed with the Zagat requests since there wasn’t any within a five hour drive (seriously, Detroit has some great restaurants Zagat – check ’em out!). But with the new Google requests there are requests all over the globe! And new requests are literally added daily.
I was excited to see some Iceland requests since we just got back from our first (definitely not last) trip there a few weeks ago. Okay, I was excited to see the requests and also a bit disappointed that these weren’t released a little sooner so I could have shot them all while there, bummer! But I did go to the Icelandic opera house, Harpa, while in Reykjavik and that was one of the requests! So it was good motivation to start processing my Iceland shots, like the one featured below.
I’ve found and submitted images to sixteen other geographic requests and in many cases I’m the only participant. Many requests have no images submitted. All of these geographic image requests are looking for realistic portrayals so this is not the time to play around with artistic filters or surreal post processing. As of today Google has not nominated any photos so it’s hard to get a read on exactly what they are looking for. Keep the focus of your image on the big picture and avoid small vignettes that may not showcase the main features of the request. And there is no indication of how many images they may purchase from each request or if they will select one at most.
I’m very excited about the new Google partnership as it opens up a lot of opportunities. Check back for updates as we progress through the first rounds, a lot of the first requests end in about a week! And start going through your images! Download the free Snapwire app here: