Are you a Group Leader or Event Organizer?
- Why not take (or get one of your members to take) some pictures of your group or event and
share them with the whole membership? We can show your pictures in three different ways:
- On our website
- In Active News
- On display boards at monthly meetings & other events
- We want to get the best quality pictures possible. Click on the headings below for suggestions about
taking and preparing your pictures. There is quite a lot - if you find it a bit mind-blowing please
- Remember you MUST not submit any photos for publication if there is any possibility this will result in copyright infringement.
Guidelines for taking photos
- Remember that you are taking pictures for viewing (mainly) by people who know nothing about
your group or event. Try to ensure there is visually descriptive material that gives an idea about
what is going on.
- Lots of detail shots are good but also include one or two that give an overview of the
activity being recorded.
- Aim to focus on the main point of interest of your subject. Most cameras these days
have a zoom facility so it could be worth trying several shots of the same subject at
different zoom settings so that you can both widen and narrow the field of view and
so achieve the best composition.
- To avoid filling the picture with the backs of people, particularly their heads,
don't be afraid to organise your subject sufficiently to avoid this. Just take charge!
A smiling or interested face can make all the difference.
- Don't overcrowd any one image with people if you can avoid it. And where you have
a nicely arranged group make sure they can all see the camera, in which case the camera
can see them. This can be helped by elevating the camera if it is possible for you to
stand that bit higher.
Preparing photos for publication
- Look at the picture on your computer - if it doesn't look good on there it won't look good on the
website so don't bother to send it.
- All pictures should be submitted full size - as 'they came out of the camera'. They can be
edited for colour, contrast, cropping etc at the submitter's discretion but should not be reduced
in size, that is, deliberately eliminating pixels.
- Each set of photos should have a short description of the overall event that is being recorded.
This provides a title for the album.
- If you wish to provide a longer description of the event and the people attending, send that
separately to the Webmaster. It will appear as a 'More info' button when that album is being displayed.
(See 'Elizabethan Experience - Outing to Londons Globe Theatre Oct. 2011' for an example).
- Each individual image should also have a short description of 'what you are looking at'. This
appears under the picture when it is being displayed.
Submitting your photos
- If sent by email they should ideally be added as attachments to an email. In the body of the email
include the overall title of the event and a short description of each picture.
- If you find it easier, feel free to rename the pictures such that the file name is effectively the
- Pictures can also be sent by selecting them in a folder, right clicking and then choosing
'Send to - Mail recipient'. This launches your email client in its Compose window with the pictures
already attached but to prevent it arbitrarily reducing the size please take the following action
depending on which version of Windows you have:
- Windows 7 & Vista - In the 'Attach Files' dialogue box that pops up, select 'Large' or 'Original Size'
in the Picture Size drop down, then click 'Attach'
- Windows XP - In the 'Send Pictures via Email' dialogue box that pops up, select 'Keep the original sizes'
then click 'OK'
- If you use Picasa as your image editor you can email directly from there - however it must be setup
correctly first. Please do the following (you only need to do it once - Picasa will remember the settings):
- Start Picasa, click 'Tools' in the menu bar
- Click 'Options' (at the bottom of the popup menu)
- In the Options panel that appears, click the 'Email' tab (along the top)
- Move the 'Size for multiple pictures' slider all the way to the right
- Ensure 'Size for single pictures' is set to 'Same as multiple'
- Click 'OK'
- You can now select and email your pictures.