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Photo Requirements

The main requirement to upload photos to YV400 is that the main subjects in the frame are scale aircraft models, airport dioramas, ground service equipment, or any other object of similar nature.


The models don’t have to be of any particular scale or material, and they can be presented in multiple settings such as standing alone, in a diorama, or in a display cabinet.

The photos don’t have to match the quality of those taken by professional photographers, but in general they should conform to the standards outlined below:




There should not be excessive dead space around the subject. In most cases the subject should also be leveled with the horizon. 


The background of the photo should be clean and uncluttered.




A good light source should be used to illuminate the subject, but be aware of harsh light and excessive reflections. Backlight is generally not acceptable to showcase a model, but it can be used to create scenes with dioramas, or for artistic purposes.




The photos should be properly exposed. This is to avoid excessive digital noise and/or the image being out of focus in low light conditions, and to prevent the image from being excessively dark or bright.


As a general rule, photos taken in auto mode or with built-in cellphone cameras need a good light source for the camera to expose properly without sacrificing quality.




The main subject must be in focus.



The resolution should allow for all relevant detail to be appreciated without having to zoom in.


Avoid over editing:


Editing can help enhance an image, but too much of it, can take away from the subject’s natural beauty. Replacing colors or altering them excessively can make the subject look substantially different from what it looks like in person. Such image processing is not acceptable.


Avoid excessive alterations:


In general, the only alterations that are acceptable include:


  • Erasing model stands and other supports to create in-flight scenes.

  • Adding lights with software.

  • Adding rain and other environmental effects with software.

  • Minor modifications to simulate landing gear retraction.


When altering a photo please ensure the results are as seamless as possible.


Watermark considerations:


Users are free to add their own watermarks and name/copyright logo to the images they upload to YV400, as long as they are not too invasive and do not prevent visitors from appreciating the image.


If you have any questions regarding YV400’s photo requirements email



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