Photo Submission Guidelines

Photo Submission Guidelines

How to submit photos to Witches&Pagans.

We love to receive photos from our readers and contributors, but recent advances in photography make this process trickier than in the past. If you wish to cover a crone event, submit a photo for a potential article, or if you are submitting a photo of yourself as a writer or columnist, please keep the following in mind:

It use to be that with a snapshot taken with a film camera, it was pretty self apparent what the size (4x5, 5x7, 8x10 etc.) and quality of the photo was. These days, photos may be from a traditional film camera, a digital camera, a scan of a snapshot, or from a web site. Photos from non-film sources may look good on screen, but their resolution (and thus, suitability for printed media) can be difficult to judge.*

Web and screen resolutions use photos at about 72 pixels per inch. Print media needs 300 pixels per inch or about sixteen times more photo data than web media.

Minimum file size for photos used in Witches&Pagans are as follows:

Photo Size in Magazine

Dimensions in Pixels
at 300 pixels per inch

File Size
Un-compressed
4x5
1200 x 1500
1.8MB
5x7
1500 x 3500
5.25MB
8x10
2400 x 3000
7.2MB
9x12 (full page)
2700 x 3600
9.72MB


TRADITIONAL SNAPSHOTS ARE BEST. If you send us a black and white or color glossy from film, we will scan it at the appropriate resolution and if the original is sharp we'll be able to use it at the same size of the original.

DIGITAL PHOTOS are much trickier to get right. In general it's best to make sure you digital camera is taking your shots at the highest possible resolution. Many cameras give you a choice of resolutions, lower rez for web photos and the highest resolution for demanding applications like print. Naturally the highest rez photos take up more room on your camera's memory card, and therefore you want the camera setting that stores the smallest number of photos on the memory card.

Some digital cameras also give you control over the compression quality of the stored photo file. Again, the setting that uses up your camera's memory card the fastest will result in better quality photos. Set the compression to the highest quality the camera allows. There are two main types of compressed files .jpeg (or .jpg) and .tiff (or .tif). Tiff files are the best and even if compressed they maintain the original quality of the photo. Jpeg files are more common and are always compressed and always loose quality every time they are re-saved. You can vary the compression of jpeg files and the more compression (smaller file size) the more loss and damage to the photo.

LIGHTING is very important to all cameras and it is crucial to digital cameras. Digital cameras need more light than traditional cameras, dark lighting and colors generate noise that can overwhelm an already dark photo. Try to shoot in daylight with the flash turned “always on” or if you are indoors keep the camera with in 6-12 feet of the subject unless you have a professional-quality camera and external flash.

WEB PHOTOS are rarely suitable for print, due to low resolution and/or quality. Please do not send images downloaded from the web without consultation with the photo editor, Alan Niven at alan1 (at) bbimedia.com.

INKJET or LASER COPIES from digital or scanned photos should be avoided.

Our preferences for photo submissions are as follows:

  1. Traditional photos are best.
  2. Digital cameras must be set to the highest quality mode which will make the biggest file per photo possible. Bigger file means better quality
  3. Always use you flash, even in daylight. Stay close to your subject if indoors to maximize the brightness (not overexposed) of the photo.
  4. Send us the raw file direct from the camera. Most special processing by the camera or you will be counter productive and reduce the quality. Leave the processing and adjustments to our pre-press department.
  5. If you do need to "Photoshop" you image save it in a compressed tiff file.
  6. Don't send us images downloaded from the Web.
  7. Don't send any file that is less than 1MB in size.
  8. Don't send images printer from an inkjet or laser printer.

Photo files can be sent to us by CD-ROM or DVD-ROM through the mail or the web by either FTP or email attachment, send a message to Customer Service (see menu link) and tell us how many photos and their appoximate size in bytes and we'll send instructions for easy web delivery.

*Photos must be much higher resolution, measured in pixels, than is need for viewing on a computer screen or even needed for an inkjet print you might make at home. The reason for this is that a printing press can only print black and white, where as a computer monitor or inkjet printer can vary the intensity or size of a particular color at a certain spot. To print shades of gray or colors on a printing press a photo is broken into small spots of ink called a halftone.

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