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Copyright and permissions

Make sure that you have correct permissions to use images. Here are the most common cases for image use on HifiZine:

  1. You created the image yourself e.g. by taking a photograph or screenshot.
  2. You obtained permission from the image owner to use it. For example, product photographs to embed in a review may be provided by the vendor. (Although to be honest, we would prefer it if you took your own photographs of equipment as well.)
  3. An image qualifies as “fair use” within the context of the article. For example, a 300×300-pixel image of a record cover can be considered fair use in an article discussing that record.
  4. The image has been explicitly licensed for use by the image owner. For example, it has been placed into the public domain, or use is allowed with attribution. The Wikimedia Commons is one source of such images.

Note: just because an image is on the web, that does not make it “public domain.”

  1. Photographs should be provided in JPEG format. If you do have RAW files, by all means, send those instead.
  2. Please do not perform image adjustments – rotation, sharpening, contrast and levels adjustments, and so on. Just send us the original files please.
  3. Minimum resolution should be 1200 pixels in both directions. This is because we will often crop out small sections of an image. Ideally, just send the images in the full original resolution.
  4. Please do not crop images. Let us do that. Wherever possible, provide some “room” around the subject of a photograph – images that are already framed (or cropped) tightly can be very hard to use, as they may not fit a desired location in the layout.
  5. Use meaningful file names. Good: 01. The doodad in its received condition.JPG. Bad:DGWT30475872346_h77iw.JPG.
  6. If taking your own photographs, please take care with lighting, and use a tripod. Remove extraneous objects from around and behind the object being photographed. Clean the surroundings if necessary to remove dust.
  7. Please do not provide images via sites such as flickr, photobucket, etc, as these sites resize and compress images and it’s not possible to recover the lost quality. Email is best, and services such as Dropbox can be used to transfer numbers of large images if necessary.
Diagrams, screenshots, and graphs
  1. Provide diagrams, screenshots, and graphs as PNG files.
  2. If the image can be embedded directly in the text, the width of the image should be no greater than 640 pixels. If more detail is needed, i.e. a larger image is required, then the image must be no greater than 920 pixels wide. Larger images will be resized down, but this does not always work very well for this type of image so it’s better if you can provide it in the right size to start with.
  3. For technical articles, please number images (in the file name). For example, “Figure 1. The left side of the doodad.PNG” is a good filename.