Study Groups

PJD Study Group Guidelines

Definition of an Acceptable Image

Photojournalism shall consist of pictures or sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable. The only editing that can be done includes cropping and color correction that could be done in a darkroom.

Preparing the Image

  • Height and width with a maximum of 500 pixels for either dimension
  • Image should be edited on a non-jpg photo file and then saved in the jpg format with a medium compression level (use the Save As or Save for Web command for Photoshop users).
  • Maximum file size of 75 kb, preferably less than 40 kb
  • Give the image a title
  • Write a brief descriptive explanation about the image, how it was taken and the particulars, where, what, how, when, with what lens etc.
  • Send the explanation and image's title as part of the email message to the Administrator
  • Send the image file as an email attachment to the Administrator

Tips for Compressing the Image

  • Complete all digital editing before saving as a jpg and selecting a compression amount, because it is said that repeated saving as a jpg results in multiple compressions with subsequent degradation of the image quality.
  • In Photoshop 5.5 and later versions, use the Save for Web option.
  • Before sending the image file to your Administrator, check the file size: for a Windows PC user, right click once on the file's icon, select Properties, and make sure the file size is less than 75 KB. For a Macintosh user, highlight the file's icon and choose Get Info
  • If the file size is more than 75 KB, go back to the finished original, non-jpg image and do a Save As a jpg with a lower compression setting.