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Digital photos for print, yes or no?

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  • Member since
    January 2003
Digital photos for print, yes or no?
Posted by MarkW on Sunday, January 19, 2003 8:14 AM
OK, the digital submission guidelines have been in place since March 2001. But everytime I ask the question about submitting an article with digital photos, I keep getting "not yet". Last time I asked was Novemebr or so of 2002. Have things changed yet?

Has anyone successfully submitted an article with digital images? Can anyone from FSM tell me if Digital is accepted yet?

Again, once FSM starts taking digital, I expect their submissions will improve a bit. It is hard enough to be a good enough modeler to submit an article; don't force me to become an expert film Macro shooter too!
MarkW "If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war, and we lose it quickly." --Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery IPB Image
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 20, 2003 10:19 AM
Yes, we have accepted some digital photos very recently. It's becoming a matter of necessity, as more and more people trade in their film cameras for digital ones. Of course, our usual photo-quality standards for sharpness, contrast, depth of field, colors, etc., continue to apply.

We're probably still saying "thanks but no thanks" to a larger percent of submissions with digital photos than we do to ones with film photos. It's still better if you can submit prints/slides/transparencies, but we won't reject digital photos just because they're digital.

Digitals seem to work OK for the close-up in-process shots, but it's a stretch for current consumer-grade cameras to produce good, large article lead photos. Given the rate at which the price of pixels is coming down, that may soon change.

I should add one new word of caution about digitals: no retouching, doctoring, or "Photoshopping"; the photos we run in the magazine must show the model exactly as the modeler built it.

Hope this clarifies things. Happy modeling!
  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by MarkW on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 9:26 AM
Yes it does, thanks! I have some film shots that would be well augmented by some tight digital close-ups.

And happy modeling to you as well.
MarkW "If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war, and we lose it quickly." --Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery IPB Image
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