Image Type Tags update
Published: 6 November 2016
To provide more detailed feedback to the contributor and to improve searching, the term Supplemental will no longer be used. All images will be assigned one of seven Image Type Tags (ITTs) by a moderator at initial moderation. The tags are: Geograph, Cross Grid, Aerial, Inside, Close Look, Extra and Reject. These tags will appear where the Classification previously appeared. A point will only be awarded for a Geograph, the criteria for which remain the same: see Geograph or Supplemental
There is no intention to alter the set of images that are Geographs. Considerations about Aerial, Inside, Close Look and Extra only come into play if a moderator has decided that an image is not a Geograph for some reason. Cross Grid is applied automatically (see below).
This change is effective from 14:00 10 November 2016. For the foreseeable future, any legacy image that is not a Geograph or a Reject will not have an Image Type Tag and so the various display fields on the website will appear either blank or as unknown. See below.
Note: Six Image Type Tags were first introduced in May 2016. One of them, Detail, proved unsatisfactory for some images. After consultation, Detail has been replaced by Close Look and Extra. This update offers guidance on all seven ITTs, with some examples of images to which Close Look and Extra might be applied.
Geograph or Supplemental
- A conventional close-up.
- A picture of part of a thing.
- A picture of the whole of a thing, which occupies most of the picture, but with insufficient context to make it a Geograph.
- A picture of a thing that is too small to be a Geograph, and where the rest of the image does not constitute a Geograph in its own right.
Note that the Close Look Image Type Tag does not imply anything about the distance between the camera and the subject. A Close Look can be obtained by a variety of technical means including cropping, use of a telephoto lens, or placing the camera close to the subject. It is desirable, where appropriate, for an image to have more than one Image Type Tag (e.g. many Inside images would also be Close Look). See examples below.
The following types of view may fall into this image type:
- Sunsets and sunrises
- Cloudscapes, sky, auroras, celestial bodies etc
- Things in the sky such as birds, aircraft, balloons etc. (where the thing in the sky is not shown sufficiently close to constitute a Close Look)
- Things on or in the sea that are not permanently fixed to the sea bed for extended periods of time such as ships, boats or whales (where the thing on the sea is not shown sufficiently close to constitute a Close Look)
- Images of a large area (so not a Close Look) but that have insufficient context to be a geograph, due to lack of any ground (e.g. top half of a skyscraper), darkness (night time or exposure) or the presence of large mobile objects. Images looking down at a roofscape will likely be geographs.
- Images with little or no land or freshwater shown in allocated square, either looking out of the square or out to sea. Allocation to an area of land shown well would make it a Cross Grid, and should be considered as an option when submitting. An exception is squares with only a sliver of land in at low tide, which will be geographs if the land is shown from within the square.
- Images of the coast taken from an 'all at sea' square, where the photographer position can't be entered easily (a moderator can make it possible, so it becomes a Cross Grid)
Note: The article Reasons for rejection makes it clear that images with no geographical content or context are candidates for rejection. Contributors should not submit such images unless there is sufficient information in the description to link the image to the geographical location.
- Doesn’t offer geographical content.
- Family snap – while people may be in the photo, they should not be the photo.
- Inappropriate image (nudity) or text (profanity).
- Image or description is substantially an advertisement.
- Technical / quality issue.
- Copyright issue.
- Other reasons for rejection.
As explained above, any legacy image that is not a Geograph or a Reject would not have an Image Type Tag and so the various display fields on the website will appear blank. Any contributor could use the current Tagging box to add Image Type Tags to their own legacy images, although no change of Classification would take place. It is envisaged that a software tool for bulk Image Type Tagging will be made available in due course.
2) Close Look
3) Close Look
4) Close Look
5) Close Look
Although the mile post occupies only a small part of the image, and hence it might be seen as having considerable context in relation to its size, it is still not a geograph.
6) Close Look
7) Close Look
8) Close Look
9) Close Look
This kind of picture might be a borderline Geograph, but if it is decided that it isn't a Geograph (because of insufficient context or cut-off of the chimney), it is a Close Look.
10) Close Look
This kind of picture might be a borderline Geograph, but if it is decided that it isn't a Geograph (because of insufficient context or cut-off of the top of the building), it is a Close Look.
11) Close Look
12) Close Look
This would have been a candidate for rejection had the description not linked it to an airshow. (This image is not a Cross Grid but, even if it were, it is still also a Close Look.)
13) Close Look
14) Close Look
Subjects that move are not geographical features. Images of them cannot be Geographs unless the part that isn't a mobile subject is a Geograph in its own right. In this photo the bits of track shown are not enough to constitute a Geograph.
15) Close Look
Subjects that move are not geographical features. Images of them cannot be Geographs unless the part that isn't a mobile subject is a Geograph in its own right. In this photo the bits of road and trees shown are not enough to constitute a Geograph.
It's hard to argue that this lacks context because if it were front-lit it would probably be a geograph. It doesn't seem to qualify as a Close Look. Silhouettes of this kind may be candidates for rejection for lack of geographical content. If it is accepted, it's an Extra.
Images of this kind may be candidates for rejection for lack of geographical content. If it is accepted, it's an Extra.
Silhouettes of this kind may be candidates for rejection for lack of geographical content. If it is accepted, it's an Extra.
Authors: Peter Facey, David P Howard and Robin Stott
Updated 15 November 2016.