For displaced, misplaced, and nostalgic ex-Brooklynites

ADDING YOUR PICTURE TO THE BROOKLYN BOARD'S CLASS PICTURES GALLERY



  • WHAT PICTURES ARE ACCEPTABLE?

    Photographs must be of a class, group (such as the Chorus), or an athletic team from a Brooklyn school. Preferably, the photo will be the type taken professionally and sold to the students. Yearbook pictures may be accepted, but only when scanned with special handling. (See "Scanning Specifications" below.) Typically, yearbook photos are not accepted.

    Photos of single individuals are not accepted.

    Photographs should be at least 10 years old. Exceptions will be made when the subject matter merits it.

  • HOW DO I GET THE PICTURES TO THE BROOKLYN BOARD?

    Your picture must be scanned using a flatbed scanner.

    Scanned photographs should be emailed as separate, binary attachements to:

  • CAN I TAKE A PICTURE OF THE ORIGINAL WITH MY DIGITAL CAMERA OR CELLPHONE?

    No. This method doesn't work because it distorts the perspective and doesn't provide even lighting. Also, most cellphone cameras generally do not provide enough resolution.

  • WHAT ARE THE SCANNED IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS?
    Size:At least 800 pixels wide, and no more than 2400 pixels wide. The height should be proportional to the width.
    Density:300 dpi (dots per inch) minimum
    File format:JPG or JPEG (pronounced "jay-peg")
    Slightly higher resolutions and slightly larger image sizes are acceptable; lower resolutions and significantly smaller image sizes are not, because they appear blocky and blurry when displayed online.

    Because of the variety of scanners and their supporting software, you'll have to figure out how to achieve these results on your own. It is very much worth your while to learn how to use your scanner software to modify these settings!

    The ONLY file format we accept is JPG or JPEG (".jpg").

    Please do not email any other format, such as "bmp", "gif", or images stored within word-processor documents ("doc").

  • IMPORTANT SCANNING TIPS AND GUIDELINES

    1. Trim or crop the area being scanned! Please don't include the unused scanner background with the image you send.

    2. Is your picture black and white? If so, make sure you save the image as a "grayscale" image, and not as a full-color one. This will reduce the size of the resulting file. This holds true for sepia-toned prints or those that have turned brownish with age. Save them as grayscale files.

    3. Scans of pictures from yearbooks, magazines or newspapers pictures require a "descreening" filter in your scanning software to remove the little "dots" produced by the printing process (called "moire"). If you can't do this, please don't send yearbook, magazine or newspaper scans.

    4. Please do NOT scan any text that might surround the original photograph. Scanned text will drastically increase the size of the resulting image file. It will be edited out completely if sent.

    5. If your original photo is too large for your scanner, then simply scan it in two or three parts. Make sure there is always an area that is common to any adjacent parts, and scan each part with the identical settings. Send the parts and we'll reassemble them for you!

    6. Please do NOT edit the scanned image by overlaying it with text to identify the students! This effectively ruins the image we wish to preserve!

  • IDENTIFY WHAT YOU'RE SENDING!

    Photographs should be accompanied by a narrative that includes at least your name, the school name, the year, and the class. Other details are welcome. If you know the names of any of the students, feel free to list them. Please send your narratives as TEXT only - no MS Word or other word-processor files, please!
    For Example:

    PS 345, 1933, 3rd Grade, Class 3-99
    Top Row: Joe Smith, Fred Mertz, Mary McGee, Chris Terfor
    Middle Row: Tom Thumb, Sue Mee, Flip DaBird
    etc...
    Submitted by Jane Foxworth, Sweetland, Texas
    

  • IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE?

    Unless you request otherwise, your name and city/state will be included in a "submitted by" caption along with the photograph.

    We can't guarantee that your picture will be published in the gallery. Acceptance is entirely at our discretion.

    Photos are subject to editing, cropping and other manipulation necessary to make them conform to gallery standards.

    Depending on the volume of submissions, it may take anywhere from an hour to a few weeks to process your picture. You'll receive an acknowledgement when your submission is received, and another message when it's either accepted or rejected.