Taking Photographs for Submission to the Magazine or eNewsletter
Here are some tips to help you take digital photographs for submitting to the eNewsletter or to the magazine.
Setting Up Your Camera
It is important that you take digital photos at the appropriate settings so that the images will reproduce correctly when printed or posted to the Internet. Begin by checking the settings on your camera before taking photos of your project. If you are uncertain of how to do this, consult the instruction manual.
Whether you are submitting the images for publishing in the magazine or in the eNewsletter, set the image size on your camera to its highest digital setting. On a lot of cameras this will be 1200 x 1600 pixels. Also set the image quality on your camera to its highest setting, which will be either "High", "Best" or "Fine".
We will reduce the size of the image, crop it and color correct it.
Saving and Sending Your Photos
Most digital cameras save files in a TIF or JPG (or JPEG) format. JPG is the more common format, but you can use either of these formats.
Do not import and save digital images into your text document. We will not be able to process these files, and will have to return them to you.
Do not insert the images as 'pictures' into an email. We cannot use images that are embedded in an email.
Rather, send us your images as 'attachments' to your email.
Taking Your Photos
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- Imagine what the picture will look like in the magazine or on the Internet.
- Use an uncluttered background as much as possible. Remove anything that will take the readers view away from your project.
- Don’t cut off any part of the your project. If you have a zoom lens on the camera try placing yourself far back from the project and use the zoom to focus in on the project.
- Where possible use natural lighting. Open up the blinds or curtains. Take several photos with the flash turned off.
- If you have a tripod, use it.
- If there is some interesting detail on your project use the zoom feature on your camera (if one is available) to focus in. Again, use a tripod if you have one.
- Use props where appropriate to give scale and function to your photos, but don’t over do it. A book, reading glasses or other relative items that convey purpose is always a good idea. Try some shots with and without props. As well, take several photos from different angles; always look at the project through the viewfinder ‘normally’, like you would if you were viewing it yourself without a camera.