Generally, include no more than three in a story. If you want more, you can include a slideshow.
The first photo needs to be horizontal.
Your images should be 675px. This is large enough for a widescreen image that will display across the full width of your story. In WordPress you can also make a smaller version — reduce it to 60% and wrap text around it (align right).
The style for the Photo Caption is: Caption in one or two sentences. Photo: Name Here. Normally the name is yours, but optionally another person or an organization that has authorized use of the photo. In this case: Photo courtesy: Name Here
Using Photoshop CC
- Open a photo from a digital camera or other source
- LAUNCH Photoshop (from the icon in the Dock). Don’t double-click on the photo file — it will open in a photo viewer program such as Preview.
- From the File menu choose “Open”. Navigate to your photo files. OPEN the photo.
- Crop it
- Rotate the image if necessary (Under the Image menu, choose Image Rotation -> Rotate 90° CW/90° CCW”).
- USE the Crop tool to draw a TIGHT box around the part of the image you want to use. DOUBLE CLICK in the middle of the photo to complete the crop.
- Make it look good
- Under the Image menu, choose: Adjustments -> Levels…
- Look under Input Levels at the visualization of colours in your image. If the black area looks like a mountain, bring the outside black and white sliders to the base of the mountain. This will make the blacks and whites stand out. If needed, fiddle with the middle grey slider to adjust the mid-range tones.
- Reduce the size
- A photo out of your camera is much too big for the web. Go to the Image menu and choose Image Size…
- ENSURE “Resample” has a beside it.
- If the story photo is horizontal:
dimensions -> Width = 675 (height will auto-resize, usually around 450)
If the story photo is vertical:
dimensions -> Width = 225 (height will auto-resize)
Beside Dimensions, watch the image size drop to a fraction of its original size.
- Slideshow photos should all have EXACTLY the same width (675px) and height (about 400px).
- Sharpen it (if necessary)
- Sharpening can make an image look more focused by brightening the highlights. Use only if needed.
- Under the Filters menu, choose: Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask…
- Start with the values shown at the right. Adjust as necessary.
- SAVE AS a JPG
- CHOOSE Save As from the File menu and save it with a new file name. A one-word, lower-case, simple name – no spaces, no punctuation. (Note where you’re saving it to!)
- After you click Save, you’ll be presented with the JPEG Options dialog box. Set Image Options to 9. You’re unlikely to see a visual difference with 10-12, but your file size will decrease substantially, making it a quicker download.
- Make sure Format Options is set to Baseline (“Standard”) .Click OK.
- Keep a copy of your original, high-resolution file in case you have the opportunity to sell it later!
Here are some sites that offer “free” photos. Use them carefully. Some sites have conditions on the use of photos (i.e. crediting the author). Also, when you use the photo, pay attention to the tags to avoid misrepresenting what it is (i.e. don’t say it’s a baby kangaroo if it’s really a wallaby).
- Google Image Search (Advanced): Set “Usage Rights” to “Only images labeled for reuse”
- Flickr: At the bottom, search “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content”
- Wikipedia: Most images associated with an entry are available for republishing under the CreativeCommons licence
- CanStockPhoto: Not free — but a big collection, with small and medium sizes costing < $4