Click on “Become a Member” on the top right above the menus. Fill in the form with the information required
– email address, username desired, password, country and city are mandatory - and check the free or premium account type
box. The next step is to read the Terms of Service (TOS) and check the appropriate field. Press [Send] and you
will be forwarded to “My Photofolia Account”, from which you will have access to innumerous areas of the Site.
From then on, use the "Sign in" option.
Only one account per member is allowed. We expect our members to be honest and open about this.
What if I forget my password?
If you forget your password you just have to go to the very right top corner and click on "forgot your password" and follow
Photofolia is quite eclectic with regards to content. Nude photos and photos with offensive content (prejudice, criticism of
others´ culture, religion, moral values, and pedophilia) are not acceptable and will be removed.
How many images can I upload?
Any PF member is allowed to upload one image per day.
Which size should I upload?
The image's width is to be set equal or less than the following values:
Horizontal image: 800 pixels
Perfectly square image: 800 pixels
Vertical image: 600 pixels
If the width does not exceed these values, the image will be uploaded without any changes. On the other hand,
if the width values are exceeded, the image will be resized automatically, and the image might lose sharpness
as well as its embedded EXIF data.
The file size must not exceed 2MB.
How do I upload a photo?
From the menu at the top of any page, click on Add New >> Photo. Choose the image in your files
and click [Upload Photo]. Please provide as much technical information as possible. Select one or
more categories which fit to your photo. Select the country, state and the location
from the drop-down menus. If you do not see an appropriate location to be selected,
click on the button [New city or location] and enter a new location.
Members are requested to provide a note about the image. This can be factual or
background information, an explanation of why you took this shot, or a question
regarding technical issues related to this image.
If your photo file contains exposure data embedded into it as EXIF information, the
exposure data as well other camera information is automatically shown in the
corresponding fields if you upload in the recommended format. If one or more values
in the EXIF data section are missing, you are encouraged to enter them manually.
At the bottom of the page there are some additional optional choices.
If your photo is intended for the current “Theme of the Month”, you need to select
“Yes” for the question. See detailed instructions in “About/Theme of the Month”.
You also have the choice whether or not to allow workshops on your image.
For premium members only, there are further options at the bottom of the page to
upload Complementary and Panorama images. See the FAQ sections for them.
Which characters are allowed in a title
Because of optimisation for search engines, (SEO) certain less common characters and emoticons are not accepted in titles.
The common French and German accents are accepted but if you are thinking of using less common characters, it is better to avoid them,
as it may not allow your image to be opened. Please also do NOT include emoticons in titles for the same reason.
How do I delete a photo?
Go to My Menu >> My Gallery. You can either edit the information you provided or delete the image.
Please bear in mind that, by deleting an image, the whole content (EXIF, your text, critiques
and replies) will be deleted too.
I uploaded a photo but changed my mind and I want to post another photo. Can I upload the
desired photo immediately after having deleted the first one?
No. Once you have uploaded one file, you will not be able to upload your next image until 24 hours
later, UTC (effictively GMT). However, if a premium members finds
an error in an upload, they will be able to re-upload an improved version using the
Joker feature. (See Joker in FAQs) In the case of workshops, basic members can
upload one image per day; there is no limit for premium members.
The feature JOKER is available for Premium members only. It was conceived for those occasions when the user notices a mistake
after uploading, but does not want to wait 24 hours to post again. It is available for main images in ordinary posts, series
and inspiration posts.
How do I upload a Joker image?
Click on [Edit] under the relevant image. (if it is an earlier image, go to My Menu >> My Gallery to find the image.) Upload
the new image on the edit page.
The page "Editing Photograph's Data" will appear with the original photo and the new one. Please use the note area to explain the
changes you have made and keep the original note.
Uploading a JOKER does not prevent you from uploading your daily post.
How can people see that I uploaded a Joker?
When you see the JOKER icon active in orange below the image, it means that THAT image has a re-upload.
The images will not appear in the main gallery: they are placed in a dedicated gallery available in the main
horizontal bar Galleries >> Joker
Are there any Restrictions?
Yes: Please bear in mind the following points:
The new image has to be the same as your previous upload, but with a new post processing;
The map view function available in Photofolia offers additional information, which
often helps the viewer to better understand a photo, a point of view or a situation. To
provide this information to the viewers of your photo, you need to add the location
coordinates during the upload process. The coordinates can also be added and
edited after uploading by clicking [Edit] under a photo or under a thumbnail in “My
What if my camera has a GPS feature?
Some cameras nowadays have a GPS feature and the coordinates are saved
together with other exposure data into the EXIF information in the photo file. The
automatic EXIF data retrieval process of PF also retrieves these coordinates and you
do not need to enter them yourself unless you want to point another location than the
camera location itself. In such a case the location can be specified using the
provided map ([Get from map] button) or by entering them manually directly to the
Ho do I use the map to find the coordinates?
The upload/edit page has a button [Get from map]. Clicking it opens a map with the
help of which you can pick up the coordinates quite easily. The map opens centred
at the country which is selected for the photo or if not selected yet, at the uploader's
The idea is to move the map "under the
red marker" from the start location by dragging it until the red cross is at the place
you want to show (the POV or a building for example). The marker coordinates are
shown while moving the map. Use the zoom controls and change the map mode to
Satellite or Terrain if needed to help you to position the red cross.
Once the right position is found, click [Save location]. The coordinates are copied to
the "Coordinates" field of the form and the map closes. Clicking [Cancel] just closes
the map without copying anything.
How do I use the place name search?
Enter a country name, city name, street name or any name, which should exist in Google Maps,
into the field "Name" and click [Find]. Note that same names may exist in many
places on the globe, and Google makes a guess, which might not be the right one. In such a case
add more information into the search field (country, state, province, city)
Maggio -> a street near Buenos Aires
Maggio Italy -> a highway in Liguria
Maggio Lecco -> a village near city Lecco
No separators are needed between search words. The search is case insensitive. Note that the
results are somewhat randomly prioritised and the starting point and map scale has an effect too.
Google also knows countries and many bigger cities in several languages, although the map name
is in the local language. For example: "Cologne" finds Köln. This simple search
is not perfect, but is of good help in many cases.
What if I already know the coordinates?
If you know the approximate coordinates (for example those of an another photo) you can utilise
them to specify the location. You can enter valid coordinates to the "Coordinates" field prior to
clicking [Get from map], and the map opens centred at that location. Alternatively
you can enter the coordinates into the field "Coordinates" on the bottom of the map and then click
the rightmost button [Find]. Then proceed as described in "Working with the map".
What is the coordinates format?
The coordinates format to be used in the alternative method is decimal degrees separated with
a comma (,) (Latitude first, longitude second). Latitudes south from Equator and longitudes west
from Prime Meridian (longitude 0°) are preceded by "-".
How do I add a complementary image to my main post?
The upload process is very easy and intuitive. Once you have downloaded your main image and filled
out the note, EXIF, location and so on, at bottom of the page you will encounter the option
"Complementary Image". Click “Yes” and the space to browse and upload will open. The
size regulation is exactly the same as the main image.
The complementary image will show up as a small thumbnail below the main image and to see it
just click on it.
Go to Add New >> Photo and upload the smaller version with a maximum width of 800 pixels.
Further down, on the same page, check the button "yes" for panorama and a box will appear for you
to search for your panorama file, with a maximum of 2500 X 800 pixels.
The panorama image will show up as a small thumbnail below the main image and to see it just click on it.
What if I uploaded the wrong panorama file?
Go to My Menu >> My Gallery. Find the photo you uploaded, click on [Edit] and on the
bottom of the page right of "Panorama image" click on "Search File". Search the right version
of your panorama file and the click [Send]. The new file will overwrite the previous file.
There are two different types of images that can be uploaded:
An Inspiration Lesson, or an image which fits to an already existing Inspiration Lesson.
A new Inspiration Lesson needs a prior approval by the Inspiration moderators.
To obtain an approval you need to send all your images and a detailed explanation of
the concept being presented and describe step by step how you reached the results. Any member
who reads through your explanation once your lesson is published needs to have a very clear understanding how he/she
can achieve the same results of what you did. The purpose of this
feature is sharing, teaching and learning.
There is no prescribed format for an inspiration lesson, but the following are a few major
items that should be discussed:
Shooting parameters and setup. Go into some detail how you setup the camera in the
field or studio for the expected results. A few things to consider: equipment used and/or
alternative equipment that can be used to achieve the results.
Post Processing. What did you do to achieve the visual results? Discuss your software
used, use of plugins, or other special techniques. Your goal is to teach and help everyone. If a
skill level is required make sure you state it right up front.
References. Cite books or website’s that helped you learn the technique described. On
line references are by far the best and should be made as a hot link in your discussion.
Don’t forget some form of encouragement to get members to try the technique.
Once inspiration is posted, respond to any notes, critics, and questions posted on the
technique. Remember that learning is a two way street of knowledge sharing.
If your intention is just to share an image, but not to teach particularly in how you
reached a certain result you might prefer to post this image as a regular post for which
you do not need any approval.
For prior approval you should submit your application to the moderators via
How do I access the Inspiration gallery?
The main menu offers two ways to see Inspiration images:
Gallery >> All Inspirations - which will show you all Inspiration
images (the lesson image as well as all images fitting to an existing lesson)
Learning >> Inspiration - which will show you all existing lessons. (This is the easiest access to a lesson)
Clicking on the thumbnail of an Inspiration lesson will take you a page showing the main
image of this lesson as well as all thumbnails of images which were inspired by this lesson. From there you will be able to open the lesson itself and navigate to the original post.
Clicking on the orange inspiration icon will reveal the other images which accompany the lesson.
Furthermore, by clicking on the main image you will be take to the lesson.
Thumbnails marked with the orange camera icon are Inspiration Lessons.
How do I add a lesson?
Once you have the moderators approval you will find the upload page at Add New >> Inspiration
Upload the main image for your lesson.
In sequence you will find two questions:
"Is this a NEW Inspiration lesson?" Answer it with YES.
"Was this NEW Inspiration lesson approved by the moderator?" Answer it with YES.
Fill out all the remaining fields along the instructions provided at the upload page.
You can add up to 10 additional images to your main image which will allow you to present
your lesson in a more comprehensive manner.
How do I add an image which fits an already existing Inspiration lesson?
Go to Add New >> Inspiration.
Upload your first image.
In sequence you will have to answer two questions:
"Is this a NEW Inspiration lesson?" Answer it with NO.
At the drop-down menu "Inspiration title": Choose the title of the Inspiration lesson which is
leading you to do this particular upload.
Fill out all the remaining fields along the instructions provided at the upload page.
You can add up to 10 additional images to your main image.
Why cannot I read the entire text on the Inspiration lessons?
Basic members have a limited view (the first 120 characters) of all Inspiration lessons. Once a you upgrade from Basic to Premium you will see the entire text.
EXIF data is very useful for other photographers to understand how a photo was captured and learn from it. In keeping with PF's learning
policy it is recommended that your posts show this information. Among other things, the EXIF data includes the camera settings used to take
the photo. The EXIF data is embedded in your image file and accompanies the image to your computer or to your editing software.
When you upload an image to PF, the EXIF data is automatically retrieved to be shown with your post and only the lens used data cannot be retrieved
and must be entered manually on the upload page.
This automated retrieval is only possible if the EXIF data is still present in the photo file after post processing and saving.
How do I save my images to retain the EXIF Data?
In photo editing software it is possible to lose EXIF data if the finished image is not saved appropriately. For example,
the widely used program Photoshop does not save the EXIF data if you use "Save for web" or "Save for web and devices" as your saving method.
You have to use "Save as" as the saving method to keep the EXIF data still embedded in the photo file.. Additionally, check
in the preferences that "Ignore Camera Date (EXIF)" is not selected. In Adobe Photoshop it is located in the preferences pull down:
File >> Preferences >> File Handling. Similarly with other photo editing programs be aware which
settings allow EXIF data to be included and that the saving method is correct.
You can verify that the file to be uploaded still contains EXIF data with many picture viewing programs for either Windows or Mac.
You can also use tools available in the Operation System; In Windows Explorer right click on the filename and select "Properties"
and then the "Details" tab and on the Mac Finder right click on the thumbnail and then click on "Get Info".
How do image dimensions affect the EXIF Data?
Always upload photos which comply with the width restrictions given elsewhere in this FAQ and also in the upload page itself.
If you upload a photo, which exceeds the width restriction even with one pixel PF automatically resizes the image and that results
in losing the EXIF data.
A personal theme, as the name suggests, is for you only. Anyone can add images to a group theme;
Give the theme a title of your choice;
Describe your theme;
Finish it by clicking on [Send].
Important detail: Your new theme will only become visible to other members once you have added an image to it.
How do I add a posted image to the theme?
Open the image you want to add to your Personal Theme or to a Group Theme;
Below the image and just under the File Information section, you will find the Add this
image to: section. Select either "MyThemes" or "Group Themes". In the case of the first image for the theme, select "My Themes",
for both a personal or a group theme you set up yourself. No-one else can add to your group theme until you add the first image.
In the case of a personal theme click on “My Themes”. You will be forwarded to your
personal theme gallery. The words “[Add to this theme]” precedes each theme description.
Scroll down to find the appropriate theme and click.“[Add to this theme]” A message appears
that states, “Your request was performed successfully,” press the [OK] button.
In the case of a group theme set up by another member, click on “Group Themes.” under the
relevant image. You will be forwarded to the ALL THEMES gallery.
You can either type the title of the theme in the search bar, or scroll down until you find the
theme to which you want to add the photograph.
Once you have found the desired theme, click on [Add to this theme] A message appears
that states, “Your request was performed successfully,” press the OK button.
Upload the first image and fill the blanks as you would when uploading a single image;
After you click [Send], you will arrive at your Series gallery;
Click on "Series" under the thumbnail and you will be redirected to the upload series page;
Fill in the title box, this populates the image name for the “i” icon above your series
Search for your file by pressing the “Search File” button;
Don’t forget the description box, as this further populates the “i” icon above your series
Choose the sequence of your uploaded photos;
Do these last four steps for each image you want to add to the series. You have a maximum
of 10 images.;
Click [SEND] and you will be forwarded to the main gallery.
How do I review my Series?
You can review your series at any time and as often as you want. You can delete and also add images (up to 10) for each series.
You can also change the title and note for each image in a series.
Go to My Menu >> My Series
Click on [Edit] to review the data and note of your first image;
Click on [Delete] to erase the whole series;
Click on [Series] to edit the images and to write a note for each image in the series.
Click on [Edit] by each image for which you want to edit the title and the text. Below the image you will see the space for
the title and note. Keep the description as short as possible. Click on [Send] when finished. You can only edit one photo at a
To change the order of the images in a series, simply drag and drop the image to the desired position click [Send] and you
will be directed to the main gallery;
As the name already suggests, it is an internal message system that works like an email to a specific PF member who you want to contact privately. You need to log in to PF to send and receive messages.
How do I activate the IMS feature?
Proceed to your profile page My Profile >> My Intro;
Check the "YES" button in "Allow Contact?" (otherwise you will not be able to send nor receive any messages).
How do I send a message?
Let us assume that the potential receiver has her/his IMS activated:
Go to the receivers profile page and click on "Contact Me";
Write your message and click [Send].
How do I RECEIVE/ REPLY a message?
1 - As soon as you are logged into PF, a darker layer with a list of new messages will appear on your screen;
2 - To reply to a message, just click on "more details" and you will be forwarded to the message page.
3 - Click "Reply", write your reply and click [Send].
If you check a message "Mark as read", the reply does not appear in the alert overlay the next time you log into the site.
If you want to reply to your messages later, just navigate to My Menu >> My Messages (Sent/Received).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The IMS is intended to offer a fast and reliable means of communication between members. It`s NOT an on-line
chat. Thus, you will not receive a new messages alert while you are already logged in (browsing or writing comments/texts in the
forum), but you can check your messages at any time by navigating to My Menu >> My Messages (Sent/Received). The new messages
alert appears only when you newly log into the site. We recommend that you check your received messages as soon as you log in.
What if there is no "Contact me" link on the member's page who I would like to contact?
If you do not find the "Contact me" link on the potential receiver`s profile page it simply means that this member does not want to allow contact or she/ he forgot to activate it. You might write a critique of one of her/ his image and add a short line asking for other means of contact.
What are the differences between free and premium accounts?
With a Free Account: you will be able to upload one image per day and have an unlimited total amount of
images in your gallery. You may write 20 critiques and perform one workshop per
day. You are able to mark your favorite pictures and favorite photographers. You are
also able to create personal themes for your photos. You can add your photos to the
monthly themes, use the internal message system and participate in the forum.
This account is completely free.
With a Premium Account you have the following addition features:
If you wish to make changes to your image after posting, premium members may
use the Joker feature. You can upload one complementary image per day and one
panorama image per day with your main post. You will have the possibility of writing
an unlimited amount of critiques and performing an unlimited amount of workshops
per day. You will have a statistics page to view activity on your gallery. Travelogues
and Series are popular features available to Premium members only. You have the
possibility to upload a photo, which fits an existing Inspiration lesson and you have
the possibility to compose a new Inspiration lesson after acceptance by the
The differences of these two accounts can be seen here.
No, there is not. Photofolia´s goal is to allow its members to engage in a learning process about the world and photography and not to support any kind of competitions. However, premium members have some statistical features to allow him or her to reach some conclusions regarding the popularity of his or her individual photographs.