The photo policy of your favourite café
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1. Illustrations: technical side
- 1.1. Photos must be a minimum size of 1000 pixels.
- 1.2. The pictures should not be too large. For example, an image of 4000 pixels will be too large and that will automatically slow down the download speed of your article.
- 1.3. The photo must not be too big. For example, a photo that is 4000 px will be automatically re-sized and it will slow down the download speed of your article.
- 1.4. Just because a photo is bigger than 1000 px, doesn’t mean its high quality. Make sure that the photo’s quality is high enough that we don’t see the pixels.
- 1.5. The photo should not be too dark.
- 1.6. The photo must be creative commons. If this isn’t the case, you must have the rights to use the photo (either you are the photographer or you have written permission from the photographer).
- 1.7. The person shouldn’t be too small in the photo. For example: if it’s a photo of a man cutting grass, the photo must not be taken from too far away.
- 1.8. The photo must be a ‘.jpg’ (make sure it is saved in lower case letters). Other formats will not load onto the site.
- 1.9. Where to find beautiful photos: we use the sites http://compfight.com, https://www.flickr.com or even https://wikimedia.org.uk/ and we search for photos using key words. If you are looking for public figures (Angela Merkel, Cédric Klapisch, Erlend Oye etc.), think of using official websites or official Facebook pages. Warning: in every case, make sure you have permission to use the image (c.f. 1.6).
2. Illustrations: editorial side
- 2.1. Cafébabel targets a young audience who is connected, mobile and open-minded – so it is these people who should be at the heart of cafébabel’s photo policy. Try to place humans at the centre of your photo. Give a preference to information instead of pathos: avoid photos of children, animals, or people who are too old. For aesthetic and legal reasons.
- 2.2. Give a preference to images that evoke movement, dynamism, and mobility. Because you’re worth it.
- 2.3. Finding a photo that speaks to both a Lithuanian and a Spaniard at the same time? It’s possible. No national symbols: at cafébabel we avoid everything that is flags and national symbols. Our photos try to show the significant parts of our generation’s identity above all. Your identities, not those of institutions.
- 2.4. We aren’t the spokespeople of European institutions, so avoid yellow stars on a blue background and grey people dressed in suits and ties. If you have to show politics, opt fordynamic and funny photos (if possible). It’s quite incredible to say, but even though cafébabel is a European magazine, we don’t have to look like an official European site.
- 2.5. Don’t use your photo to repeat your article: the photo should bring an additional dimension. More than an illustration of your article, the image is the first thing the reader will see. Take care of them!
- 2.6. The photo must speak itself; so avoid banners and signs and text on your photos. If you really must, add a clear explanation.
- 2.7. In case of a concern about the sense of the picture and the respect of our photo policy, our editorial team edits images published in the magazine section. As with the titles and subtitles, if your article’s photo doesn’t respect our publication criteria, it will be changed.
3. Illustrations: advice
If you have any questions regarding your photo choices, please contact our graphic designer
Pierre Constantin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Document updated on February 11th, 2015.