HowTo: Guidelines for photographs for Cetacea
Here are some suggestions for submitting photographs:
- Don't be camera shy; include yourself in a photo!
- Can't include yourself? OK, then include the kids.
- No kids? We'll settle for a babe in a bikini :-)
- Views on the trailer or at the dock are nice to show specific elements
of the boat or interior, i.e., close up of the console or cockpit.
- Even better are views underway.
- Best views: you're surging through a huge wave...can be tough for the chase boat, though.
- The boat should be the most prominent part of the scene, unless
you're rounding Cape Horn.
- The secret to good photography is lighting. Worry about the lighting first.
A famous photographer said he only took pictures in the first hour after sunrise
or the last hour before sunset.
- No scanner? Just mail an extra copy to me. Send e-mail for my postal address.
- If scanning a continuous tone photograph, use a resolution of at least 300 lines/inch. It is better to have too many pixels than not enough.
- If scanning a typical 4x6 inch "Jumbo" print with 300 lines/inch resolution, you
should have an image of approximately 1200x1800 pixels. That is 2,160,000 pixels,
each of which has an 1-byte value of Red, Blue, and Green, producing a file that
is appoximately 6.48 Mega-Bytes!
- After scanning, save the image as a JPEG file (highest quality setting).
This should reduce the file size to approximately 300-400 Kbytes.
- If shooting with a digital camera, use high quality settings. Often the image is
cropped such that only a third or a quarter of the image is actually used, so
many of the pixels are discarded. Put more in at the beginning so there are
enough left at the end!
- E-Mail the image file using MIME attachments (.JPEG or .JPG or .JPE).
- Send one or two images first, to confirm the entire process
is working, before sending a huge e-mail with megabytes of attachments.
- Send multiple images as attachments to multiple e-mails. This makes it
easier for me to extract them. If I get an e-mail with 5-Megabytes of attachments,
my e-mail software often blows up! Better to get five messages with 1-Megabyte
attachments to each.
- [IMPORTANT] Do not send attachments of files in proprietary file
formats. Files MUST be sent in standard image formats like JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or BMP.
I do not own any software from Microsoft. I cannot open any document
that is sent in a WORD rich-text format. I do not own OUTLOOK or any variants
of it. I cannot read attachments sent in .DAT format. I do not have PUBLISHER
and I cannot read any of its file formats.
- Do not send files in compressed-archive formats, like .ZIP. It is better to
send images as separate attachments. Images in JEPG format are already compressed.
There is really nothing to be gained by saving a few bits in the transmission process.
- Include information about your photographs:
- BOAT: Year/Model/Length/Engine
- HISTORY: Original owners, previous owners, original price., etc.
- FEATURES/MODIFICATIONS: Let me know if you've added or subtracted something.
- LOCATION: Where are we?
- STORY: Include a little story about the picture
Follow all these suggestions and you've created the perfect picture for Cetacea!
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