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Guidelines – your WOW shot

Before you send your photos to Kiss From The World, take a look at our guidelines, which highlight which photographic techniques you can use (and more!):

  1. Format
  2. Captions
  3. Dodging and burning
  4. Solarization, mezzotint, duotone, etc…
  5. Black-and-white images
  6. Hand-tinted images
  7. Cropping
  8. Stitched panoramas
  9. Fish-eye lenses
  10. High dynamic range images (HDRI)



JPG or JPEG file format (ex. YourImage.jpg or YourImage.jpeg)
At least 2,200 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 2,200 pixels tall (if a vertical image)
Total file size must be less than 8 megabytes (MB)


Captions are always a good way to engage others in your photography. So take the time to write about the place, time, setting, and situation – though captions may be no longer than 500 characters. We trust our users to give accurate caption information, so we do not research or fact-check their captions. However, if a photo is chosen for publication on Kiss From The World’s ad campaign, it will be fact-checked.

3.Dodging and burning

Dodging (to brighten shadows) or burning (to darken highlights) is OK, but it should be minimal. Do not overdo it. Your goal in using digital darkroom techniques should be only to adjust the dynamic tonal range of an image so that it more closely resembles what you saw. And don’t oversaturate the color.

4.Solarization, mezzotint, duotone, etc…

No. If you use one of the myriad alteration “filters” available in your digital photo software, please stop.

5.Black-and-white images


6.Hand-tinted images

OK, but only if you’re experienced in this art.


OK, if it makes the photo better.

8.Stitched panoramas

OK, but only if the segments were all made within the same time frame. We don’t want panoramas with sections made at significantly different times. Do not change focal length when you create a stitched image. Do not stretch the meaning of panorama to include elements that weren’t in the scene as you saw it. If your entry is a stitched image, please indicate this in the caption. (A stitched panorama is created from multiple images, each taking in a different angle of view from the same position, then combined using digital techniques. It results in a wider view than can be achieved with most wide-angle lenses).

9.Fish-eye lenses


10.High dynamic range images (HDRI)

OK, but like panoramas, only if the combined parts are made at about the same time. We don’t want final images where the foreground was shot at noon and the sky at sunset. If your entry is an HDRI image, please indicate this in the caption. (An HDRI image is created from multiple images of exactly the same scene, made rapidly but at different exposures, then combined using digital darkroom techniques. The final image, when done successfully, allows one exposure for shadows to be combined with another for highlights to produce a final image that has a greater dynamic range than is possible with a single exposure).


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