Images - Advice For Bands Submitting Them

This article pertains to images which will appear in the magazine and not here on the website.

Criteria:

Here is the criteria the Regional Editor requires of the images we email to him:

They must be 300dpi.
They must be submitted as a jpg file.
They must be around six inches long or tall, whichever is the greater dimension.
They must be credited with the name of the person who took the photograph.

Dpi:

Dpi stands for dots per inch. It's the quality of the image and gives it either perfect clarity or a poor, grainy effect. The closer together the dots, the better quality the picture. If you start lowering the dpi, you also begin lowering the quality of the image in relation to its size.

A 300dpi image is what is known as 'high resolution' or 'hi-res' and it doesn't matter if you have spent £300 on top of the range imaging software - if your camera has taken an image at 72dpi, your software cannot improve upon that resolution. So, before you take an image using your camera, you should always have a flick through the instructions and find out how you can set it to take hi-res images. You will usually be able to tell if you have the right settings by the number of images your memory card is saying it will store. For instance, your camera might dictate that you can take 24 pictures at 300dpi but 56 at 72dpi - have a play around with it. It's always worth having a good hi-res shot handy for when publications like The Fly need it.

72dpi is the standard dpi for screen viewing. If you have ever cut and pasted an image from a website (as if you would) or uploaded one to a website, it's usually a 72dpi image. An image for viewing on screen does not need to be stretched for publishing and the person viewing your image would have to wait a fair while longer for a hi-res shot to download, so 72dpi is more than adequate for on-screen viewing. If a 72dpi shot does have to be stretched (you may have seen this if you've ever tried to enlarge and print an image from the web) it looks grainy and the quality is poor.

Jpg:

With regards to the file extension of an image, it's fairly unlikely that any image you submit will be anything other than a jpg by default. If it isn't a jpg, we can convert it our end. Same with the image size. It might be worth noting that gmail doesn't cope well with large images. If problems occur there is another way: www.yousendit.com



Photographer attribution:

With photographs used in the magazine, there is no leeway - we need a name. Even if it was taken by your mate's dad, we still need his name. A lot of unsigned bands enlist the help of local photography/fine arts/media students to help take pictures. Stuart Leech is Picture Editor for The Fly Wessex website. Professional looking images don't have to be expensive. To find out how he can help your band or event, please see Stuart's page by clicking here.

Software:

Most digital cameras come with some kind of editing software, but if you bought it second hand or the software is very basic (as is all too often the case), we recommend Irfanview. Irfanview is a small program, simple to use and deals with all the basics you'll need - best of all it's free. You can download it here or read about it here.

Other Advice:

In this instance, the best pictures are ones with low detail backgrounds. If your background is too busy it detracts the eye and the purpose of the image can be lost on smaller pages, as with The Fly. If it's a live picture and you have a drummer in your band, try to remember they exist - you'd be amazed how many shots miss the drummer out because it's too dark or the image wasn't taken at the right angle. Shots of band members with missing limbs and/or heads are only any good to us if the band member is missing them in real life.

Where to send your image:

For details please see the CONTACTS page by clicking here.