Geograph Quickstart Guide
Published: 4 July 2007main manual as well, when you get a minute. Thereís much more information there!)
- An alternative starting point: Geograph Introductory letter
There are two major categories for accepted images.
Since few squares comprise a single type of landscape, more than just a single geograph is likely to be needed properly to represent a square. The more the better!
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A picture which further enhances the information available for the square by showing:
1) Closer detail of what may be seen there. This would include close up pictures showing flora and fauna; pictures of buildings or other structures or items, or parts of these, which donít show the context of the area in which they are located.
2) A view taken from outside the square for which it is submitted. This would include pictures taken from a distance so as to include the whole of a feature, eg. a mountain, or building, where it is not possible to do so from within the square, and general wide sweeping views covering several squares which could not be sensibly attached to any particular square. Of course, a picture including a distant view, but showing a substantial part of the square from which it was taken, would be a geograph for that square.
3) Images such as interior shots; underground images; aerial photos, or any other picture which adds to the general impression of the square but which may not be classed as a geograph.
So why canít a supplemental image get the point for being the first submission to a square? Well, the main purpose of the site is to gain a geographically representative photo of every grid square. Geographs therefore get priority in statistics so that progress can be tracked to see how the aims are being met. Whilst a supplemental image certainly provides information about the square, it may not necessarily be geographically representative of that square or, importantly, easily identifiable on the map.
The distinction between geograph and supplemental image is also made to ensure that there will be consistency of resolution across the site. In other words, so that each square may be illustrated at a similar scale to every other. Hence the requirement for a geograph to be taken from within the square for which it is claimed.
For these reasons, only the first geograph, rather than a supplemental image, can earn the point for the square.
However, since much additional, useful and interesting information can be gleaned at other resolutions, (eg. extreme closeups, or at greater distances, for instance to show the whole of a mountain) supplemental images can enhance the information provided by geographs. Supplemental images are valuable, and valued pictures which complement the geograph images.
1) The image has been digitally manipulated in a way that is likely to have significantly devalued the geographical information.
2) Itís a family snap type picture, where family/friends are the main subject. People can be in the picture, but they shouldn't be the main subject.
3) We are not looking for technically perfect pictures, but anything too small (fewer than 480 pixels along the longest side), blurred or so underexposed that the detail canít be seen properly is likely to be rejected. Pictures with distracting reflections (eg. having been taken from inside a building or vehicle) may also be rejected. Very often a bit of judicial editing will improve the picture and it can be resubmitted. Pictures with date stamps automatically added by the camera may be accepted if it's not too obvious, but such images are STRONGLY discouraged. If possible, please turn the date stamp feature off when taking pictures for Geograph.
There are a few other reasons why a picture may not be accepted. These are detailed in the main Geograph Guide.
Oh, and another little point. In order to keep the site looking neat and professional, it helps if all titles and comments conform to the Geograph Style. Have a look at the Titles & Comments Style Guide to see how to do this.
Going back to supplemental images. Some people may be a little concerned that they are not really as good as geographs. This is not correct. Do not worry if an image is classed as supplemental. It is on the site, and available for the world to see, just as geographs are. Your admiring viewers are not going to care how itís been classified. They probably wonít even notice what is, after all, only a technical distinction.
Look at it this way. Geographs are the bread and butter of the site. Supplemental images are the icing on the cake!
We look forward to seeing your pictures!