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Hipcamp Photography 101

Hipcamp Photographers are camping aficionados, outdoors-lovers, and, most importantly, talented visual storytellers. Their work not only beautifies our website, listings, and marketing channels; it also enables us to tell Hipcamp’s story and connect thousands of people with nature.

Want to apply?

We’re looking for professional photographers with a love of the outdoors to apply for our photography program. We’ll need an online portfolio and Instagram account to review your work, so if you’re interested in the program you’ll want to curate your photos to reflect your ability to tell stories in the outdoors. If you do not have an online portfolio or Instagram, you can submit a Google folder of your files in lieu.

We do not require any specific photography gear, however, all professional photographers are expected to uphold a high visual quality standard—flip through these examples to get a feel for what we’re looking for.

Check all of these boxes? Great, apply here.

Note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide individual feedback on your portfolio.

How does the photography program work?

01. Trip Prep

Before you go, review the photographer shot list, so you know which shots you’ll need to get.

Plan your arrival ahead of time: while we encourage Hosts to provide accurate directions, remote destinations often mean bad service, GPS fails, and a little bit of adventure. Plan to arrive way ahead of nightfall to be sure you’ll be able to adequately shoot and experience a property—this means no later than early afternoon.

02. Tell The Land’s Story With Your Photos

Your photos will shape the way someone views a Hipcamp listing, so tell an engaging story with them.

This could include photos of friends chatting with the Host, playing music by the fire, exploring the nearby forest, or making your first cup of coffee as the sun rises. Get creative with it, and do your best to tell that property’s story.

03. Editing and Uploading

You’ve seen the photographer shot list so you know what we look for in a photo. Here’s a quick review of our style and content requirements:

  • Always opt to have people in photos
  • Keep your tones bright, warm, and true-to-life (no beigey-oranges, grey-greens, or moody blues)
  • Make sure your photos set realistic expectations and are accurate

Here are the main things to avoid:

  • Black and white
  • Providing mostly vertical images
  • Too moody / use of dark, purple tones
  • No processing at all

Now that you’ve edited your photos to Hipcamp perfection, it’s time to upload them:

  • Go to each listing page and click “Add Photos” to upload 10 at a time
  • Write captions to help fellow campers better understand your experience
  • Photos must be under 10MB. If you’re having issues re-sizing your photos, check out our photo sizing guide.

04. Trip Completion

Once we receive your work, we’ll review and curate the photos, read over your review and recommendation, and lastly, send you and the Host an email letting you know that the property has officially been “Verified”. We’d love for you to share some of your images on social!

From there, you should receive payment within 30 days, which completes your photography trip.

Have more questions about the Hipcamp Photography program? Check out our FAQ or email us at support@hipcamp.com.

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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