What are the style requirements for pictures?
The style is totally up to you, as long as the pictures represents a spot well.
- Including people in the picture, if possible
- Taking pictures from the inside of a spot, not from the outside
(there are many exceptions of course to this!)
- Your picture is relevant for the current season.
What are the technical requirements for pictures?
- Size: Larger than 600 pixels wide – preferably larger than 1200 px wide. This is usually more than 500 Kb (0.3 Mb).
- jpg format
- Landscape format (NOT portrait). Ratio between 4:3 and 3:2.
– Minimum height: ratio 3 (width) x 2 (height) (min. 600px x 400px)
– Maximum height: ratio: 4 (width) x 3 (height) (min 600 px x 450px)
- No borders or collages of multiple pictures
- Color pictures – no black/white or sepia
- No image / author watermark
- A bit of modification is ok, but not too much please
- Sharp pictures, not grainy or blurry
- A picture with people is usually nicer!
Pictures on a “regular” camera are often much better than pictures taken with a camera phone, especially in low lighting situations.
Copyrights – whose pictures can I use?
- Pictures you took yourself.
- Pictures you are allowed to use taken by a friend photographer. Make sure you have written permission by e-mail.
- Pictures you are allowed to use taken by the spot. Make sure you have written permission by e-mail.
- Pictures from the Internet, that you’re allowed to use for “commercial purposes”
How do I know if I can use a picture from the internet?
Usually, you cannot use a picture from the internet.
You can only use pictures that have a Creative Commons license that allows commercial use. They usually include this icon:
Flickr.com is a large photo-sharing website with a lot of pictures of Creative Commons licensed pictures available.
You can use this link: http://www.flickr.com/search/?l=comm&w=all&q=eiffeltower&m=text to automatically select the “advanced search” options.
You must credit the photographer if you use a creative commons licensed picture.
Tip: send the people that permitted you to use their picture an e-mail to thank them, with a link to the article. Good for promotion!
I don’t get “ratio” – can you explain?
This guide & calculator explains the concept well and can help you resize.
If you’re lost, please contact Sanne (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will send you a link where you can “drop” your files and we will crop / resize images for you!
Other questions you may have:
Do I have to ask for permission from a spot owner to take a picture?
No, generally not.
A desktop program available for both Mac and PC is Google Picasa.
If this doesn’t work for you, please contact Sanne (email@example.com). We will send you a link where you can “drop” your files and we will crop / resize images for you!