|For print production,
a photo's resolution should generally be 300 dpi. If you don't have
available means of checking, here are some general hints and guidelines.
1. Photos taken from
web pages (or processed for use on web pages) are not usable.
These are generally just 72 dpi, and the file size is most often 20-50
KB. (On a PC, use the "Details" view to see the size of
2. If you are using
a picture-viewing application to initiate the email, make sure
you use the highest-quality setting. (The default usually creates
smaller versions of a photo, meant only for on-screen viewing.)
3. If possible, try
to locate the original photo file on your hard disk and attach
it to a fresh email. Check the size of the file first ("Details"
view on a PC). If it is under 75 KB, it will be unusable for the newspaper.
From 75 to 150 KB may be OK for head-and-shoulders (portrait) photos.
Other kinds of photos should be significantly larger (over 300 KB,
as shown in the "Details" view).
4. If you are sending
the original image file and the file itself is still small according
to the guidelines in #3, your digital camera may be saving images
at a reduced size (in order to store more photos on the memory
card). You can change this setting on virtually all digital cameras.
For photos that meet Voice printing requirements, cameras should be
set to save images at the highest quality possible. Consult your manual,
if necessary, or talk to a more experienced photographer.
5. Also bear in mind
that photos of large groups are less likely to be used, since faces
are hard to distinguish at normal newspaper sizes. Furthermore, photos
depicting activity are more likely to be used than posed photos of
people standing in a line.
6. Include in your
e-mail the full names of each person in the photo (from left to
right), the name of the event with date and location, and the sponsoring
parish, school or organization. If the photo was requested by a Voice
staff member, please note the staff member's name and the topic of
the story for which the photo will be used.
Submissions for the Datelines (Calendar) page should go to:
Submissions for Around the Diocese should go to: