We want to publish your photos

Photos give us memories to treasure, and The Advocate Outdoors wants to share those memories, especially those for our young outdoorsmen.

There’s a years-long commitment here to acknowledging the accomplishments of youth hunters and fishers.

Every so often we need to remind families about what we need to publish these memories, and what they need to do to get those photos to us.

Most images today are taken with digital cameras, and that’s where we’ll start. Our Photo Department advises that a 5-megapixel camera is the minimum to provide the quality of the image we need to publish a photo, and in every instance, the digital camera needs to be set on the “fine” setting to get the best image.

There are settings to reduce “red eye” in both the young hunter and the animal, and in low light, make sure the red-eye reduction setting is used and there’s enough flash to give the subject the proper light.

We require an image size of 1 megabyte or larger to make sure the photo can be run at a size on the page that clearly defines why the photo was taken and why we will publish it.

Most folks like to share photos of young hunters: The rule here is that Advocate Outdoors publishes photos of young hunters ages 9 and older.

Next, make sure if the youngster is posed with a weapon and their newly earned trophy animal that the weapon’s action is open and pointed in a safe direction.

Then, pose the animal with the dignity due that animal and the opportunity that animal gave the young hunter. That means eliminating the blood, and please, if the animal is a deer, make sure it’s tongue is where its supposed to be. As a rule, we reject deer photos showing blood and an exposed tongue.

If waterfowl is the quarry, show the backs of the bird. This helps identify the species of waterfowl and makes for a better photo.

And, of course, make sure the photo is in focus. Too many times we get photos with the background clearly defined and the youngster and the animal blurry. Fill the lens with the young hunter and his or her quarry, and eliminate as much of the background as possible.

Finally, to submit a photo, go to The Advocate’s website: http://www.theadvocate.com. Find the red Advocate masthead, then find “Photo” and follow the instructions.

Happy hunting.