Photography / Image Guidelines
Guidelines for Most Custom Designs
- Shoot all images in the best quality, high resolution and keep them full size; web designer will optimize and correctly size photos.
- All photos should be horizontal in orientation.
- Most photos must be wide and narrow - website photos span to reach the largest monitor and resize smaller. Think banner style when setting up the composition / shoot.
- Shoot a variety of close-ups and distance to best provide the site designer with material that will work well for all pages/applications.
- Shoot a series with a consistent area of white space, or copy space (blurred background), in mind. Many website designs have textual or navigation elements over the images.
- The ideal focal point for home page images tends to be about at the ⅓ point - either right or left.
- Plan some images where the focal point is centered
- Know that your far right and far left edges of the image will often not be seen on smaller size screens
- If shooting for a school, plan a series of shoots with students in school colors (spirit wear shirts, athletic/team wear, uniforms, etc.). The rest of the photos the subjects should be in neutral colors. Avoid clothing with graphics (other than school mascot/athletic wear).
- If shooting for a school, shoot in a variety of locations that includes some of the classrooms and other environments to provide site visitors with a feeling of being on campus.
- Background environment / location may be important. Be sure to obtain the subject's emotions but shoot a series that provides insight into what your location looks like.
- Don't disregard "candid" photos - they can often be edited to work well for inside pages and galleries, etc. Review the overall quality and size; any image that is in a 300 dpi format is likely a good enough quality to work with on your website.
- Focus photography shoots and resources on your home page. You'll likely obtain enough great shots to use for any landing pages or inside page needs.
- Create a list for your photographer that includes the settings, age/people groups, etc. that you want reflected on your website.
Specifications & Requirements
- FaithWebsites requires all images to be a minimum of 2800 pixels wide, 72 dpi - however, that may not work the best for your particular design. Please send us the original size 300 dpi images, as a standard JPG format. We will not accept RAW images, but we will consider other formats (tiff, eps, png, etc.)
- You need to provide at least twice the number of images that are targeted for your home page - typically a minimum of 20 images for home page and then another 10 to 20 for interior pages.
- FaithWebsites will provide you with a Dropbox folder to exchange the original photo files. You are responsible to organize the images for your website project. If there are specific images you want considered for the home page, vs. the landing pages / inside pages, create subfolders with applicable labels, or rename your image files to provide clear communication of your instructions.
- FaithWebsites will crop, edit, recolor and use any other photo editing techniques in order to create the most stunning and integrated image with your new home page website design. Please be sure to maintain a copy of the original photos. FaithWebsites is not responsible to maintain the original images.
No graphic design will start until FaithWebsites is in possession of the final, approved photographic images for your website home page. It is the customers responsibility to provide these in a timely manner; any delay longer than a week may result in moving your project out of our queue until we have all the images to proceed again.