Field Scouting 101

Field Scouts 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 Field Scout program. We’ll need an online portfolio and Instagram account to review your work, so if you’re interested in the Field Scout 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 Field Scouts 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 Scouting work?

01. Trip Prep
Before you go, review the Field Scout 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 Field Scout shot list so you know what we look for in a photo. Here’s a quick review of our style and content requirements:
The brighter, the better
Always opt to have people in photos
Keep your tones warm
Make sure your photos set realistic expectations and are accurate

Here are the main things to avoid:
Black and white
Only providing 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.

03. 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 “Field Scout 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 Field Scout trip.

Have more questions about Field Scouting?
Check out our Field Scout FAQ or email us at fieldscouts@hipcamp.com.

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