do I scan pictures for YP&M?
If you have a scanner (or digital camera for that matter) then emailing
your pictures to us is the easiest method. The details on how to
do this are in this page below...
do tell us what you can about the pictures and why they mean something
to you. Information such as where they were taken, when and maybe
even who appears in them. This is important. To help us, please
add comments or explanation within your email to tell us which article
the images belong to and where in the article you want them to appear.
It’s helpful too if you include a comment in the article itself
which tells us where to insert the image…. e.g. [put
picture of my ship in here]
email your pictures to us at:
The editorial team will then add your pictures to your article
/reply when it goes up on the website.
But read on...
If you are considering sending pictures that you do not own, you
should be aware of copyright issues. Click
here for more details about copyright and Intellectual Property
What we need:
Ideally we want you to send us pictures no wider than 500 pixels
at 72 DPI and in JPG format, preferably with a file size lower than
If you're not sure what this means, how to do it or would like help/information then read on…
Hints on scanning pictures for the web:
An image acquired straight from your scanner will have a fairly
large file size. It will also be considerably larger both in pixel
size and DPI (dots per inch) than it needs to be for presentation
on the web. (see below). Large files take quite a long time to send
by email. This is very inefficient and very wasteful of your online
time. You can streamline the images first so they are smaller in
Kb and will travel by email much more quickly.
Most scanners tend to default to a scanning resolution of 150
DPI. This is around double the DPI figure required for screen viewing
on the web. For example a postcard sized photo scanned at 150 DPI
will typically produce a file of around 900 pixels wide by 600 high
- i.e.1.5Mb for a BMP or TIFF, or around 60Kb for a JPG. This can
be reduced dramatically. The objective is to reduce the file size
as much as possible without causing a noticeable degradation to
the picture. As a rule, web images are usually prepared at 72 DPI.
The largest width we can display on YP&M is 500 pixels. If you
send us larger ones, they'll be reduced to this maximum width anyway.
How's it done?
There are many readily available software tools for manipulating
images. These range from the very expensive "industry standard"
tools, to simple freeware or downloaded "try-outs". Chances
are you've already got some software on your computer that can crop,
resize and to some degree, optimise pictures. The terms "crop"
and "resize" are self explanatory but what is meant by
"optimise"? When you optimise a picture you encode the
data in a compressed form so that the number of kilobytes used is
reduced. The more compression you apply, the more quality is lost
in the picture. Just how much compression you can use depends on
each individual picture. You can often afford to lose a surprising
number of Kilobytes of information before the degradation becomes
visually unacceptable. If you haven't got any software that does
this then there is a plentiful supply which you can acquire online
without even leaving your seat. Here are a few pointers that might
get you started...
There are many sites where you can download freeware or shareware
imaging products. These will vary in features and functionality
and probably won't be as powerful as the big established named products
but many of them will do all that you need - and they're free!
Here are just a few such sites that you might look at to get you started:
Producers of established brand-name imaging software usually have free downloadable "try-outs" which are similar to the full programme but are cut-down. Some may also have a time limit on the trial period.
Here are just three such websites that you might visit:
There are also some websites which will resize and optimise images for you "while you wait". These are becoming very popular.
There's help and advice on optimising images at:
And there's more...
The few addresses suggested above are literally just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of places on the web where you can get help and downloads or take part in discussion groups etc. Try going to a search engine and type in "Image Optimizing" as your search clue.
Important note: The web addresses listed above are just a small sample of a vast online resource comprising many products and brands. Their appearance here does not imply in any way that the BBC recommends, favours or endorses them.
There is an excellent BBC "Webwise" article about scanning
which goes into more detail.
photographs you send to us must be your property.
The copyright must not be held by a third party.
conditions about submitting pictures