Standards are set for submitting photographs


SUNSET ON THE PRAIRIE  — This spectacular shot of the sunset was taken last Tuesday just north of Conrad. The tips of the clouds appeared to look like they were brushed with color to complete this gorgeous site to see.  I-O Photo by Barb Endler




Technology is a wonderful thing and today, because of the vast improvements in digital cameras, they are almost like TVs, cell phones and personal computers, everyone has one.

And because of that The I-O is inundated with digital photographs. It has come to the point that standards for digital photographs need to be set to insure the highest quality production for the newspaper.

Resolution must be at least 200 dpi at reduction size. A chart of widths is available on the I-O website at .

We prefer to work from the original camera file or scan.

Your modifications to the file may look good on your screen or printer, however, for reproduction in a newspaper, the settings are different.

If you bring in a print that originated on a digital camera, make sure it is as big as possible.

The production crew prefers to have the unedited camera file as each generation adds to the degradation of image quality.

If you have printed a digital file and we need to scan it, reproduction will never look as good or high quality as e-mailing or bringing in the file.

Technology is a wonderful thing, nevertheless, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” We cannot make a poor image good.

If there is any question as to the reproduction quality of an image, please bring the original in to the   I-O. If we have to scan a print, depending on the workflow, we may be able to scan your original and return it directly to you.

If you are taking pictures with the express intent to bring them to the newspaper, especially if they are group shots, please take more than one. Remember, the extra “I don’t need that shot,” can be deleted from the memory card.

That extra shot allows us to chose the best photo, more smiles, more eyes not closed and so on.

A people (group) picture does us no good without names of who are in the photo. Do not assume we know everyone. People need to be identified from the left to right, front to back with the correct spelling.

If you are doing a picture that involves awards, please, no exception to this rule, place the recipients in order, left to right, first, second, third. Like in any business, there are standards and policies to follow and this is one.

If you are submitting a photo either by email of bringing one in to us, we ask that you leave a name and phone number in case we need to contact you for more information. Even if we know you, it makes it easier to have your name and number for a contact or more information.

Another reason we require a name and phone number is that the individual submitting a photo is not always the one who took it.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call the newspaper and ask for Barb Endler in production or Buck Traxler, editor. We can be reached at the newspaper at (406) 271-5561 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are here to help you and publish the best looking newspaper possible. If you need a photograph taken, call us, this is what we’re here for.