Before we look at selection and submission of photos for publication, we offer a caution. Take care of your originals. The Library of Congress offers advice on how to do it at http://www.loc.gov/preserv/care/photolea.html .
In choosing your photos and selecting the ones you want to include in your book there are three important guidelines
- Sort for quality of the image
- Faded, torn or scratched photos generally don’t make good illustrations in a book
- When possible limit choices to good or excellent quality photos
- Sort for historic value
- A damaged or poor quality photo may have historic value
- Historic value trumps quality – include historically valuable photos
- Sort for relevance
- Photos should be closely related to the stories you want to tell
- Do photos guide or supplement your stories?
When you’ve made your choices and its time to scan your photos for submission to your publisher make sure:
- The digital image is at least 300 dpi
- Most common formats including .jpg, .psd, . tiff, .eps, or .pxr will work fine
- However, .bmp or .gif won’t print to high enough quality