Some Pointers For Picture Contributions
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Do you have a collection of good pictures that you would like to see posted on Hank's Truck Pictures Web Site?


Here are some pointers that I would like you to read before submitting pictures.

When sending me pictures, whether scanned or from a digital camera, I prefer that all pictures be sent to me in JPEG or JPG format. Sending me images in BMP format are not practical because the file size if very large even though the size of the picture may be small.

If you did not take the pictures that you are sending me, please ensure that you have permission to post them on this web site.
I have had to remove pictures from the site because some people haven't had the proper permission. This is really important.

Digital Camera Pictures Scanned Pictures Scanning Slides No Scanner or Digital Camera


Digital Pictures

Most of the digital cameras now make it really easy for posting pictures on a web site. In most cases they are "web-ready" straight out of the camera. But sometimes they may need a bit of tweaking.

If your digital camera is a 2 mega pixel or better, I would prefer the pictures to be at least 800x600 pixels in size for the web site. Sometimes I have taken pictures as large as 1024x768. This is also okay.

Leaving the digital camera image naming is fine. But I do need a description or caption for each picture. This may seem like a lot of work for you, but it definitely makes the viewing of the collection a lot more interesting to read a little about the picture.

Example of describing a digital picture:
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  Location: Seattle, WA
  Date: September 2003
  Truck: Freightliner FLD
  Description: CF doubles parked at their terminal

Captions


Scanning Pictures

Scanning pictures can be a bit tricky, but once you've done it for a while and know how I would prefer them, it will come easier.

If you are scanning newer pictures that are 4"x6", these can be scanned at 150-200 dpi (dots per inch). You will need to do a preview scan of your picture(s) first and then crop out any white space around them. This is needed so that the file size won't be so huge and all you will be sending it the picture and not all the white space.

If you preview the pictures on your screen, they will look enormous. But trust me, these can be made to look great on a web page. The reason I prefer the images to be scanned like this is so that it gives me a bit more to work with before putting them on the web site. In a lot of cases, I edit every one of the pictures that I receive. You can imagine how much time I have had to spend on this web site.

Now with the software that came with your scanner, I will need you to resize the image to 800 pixels wide. LEAVE THE HEIGHT ALONE, as the software will compensate for the proper proportion.

Now when saving the scanned image, I sometimes let the scanner software name the images. If you scan a whole bunch of them, the file names will be something like: file0001, file0002 or scan0001, scan0002 and so on. This will make it easier for me to put the links on to a page and also make it easier for you when you are giving me captions for the pictures.

Once you have done the above steps, the picture is ready to email to me. I would suggest to only email me about 3-4 images at a time. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it may take too long to send more than that. You will need to attach these images to an email along with the captions for the attached images.

Example of describing a scanned image:
file0001
  Location: Seattle, WA
  Date: September 2003
  Truck: Freightliner FLD
  Description: CF doubles parked at their terminal

Captions



Scanning Slides

There are only certain scanners which will scan slides properly. Check to make sure that you have a scanner that will scan slides before attempting this.

Slides should be scanned at about 1200 dpi (dots per inch) because of the small size. Most of the scanners that will scan slides will either give you a preview and then you select only the slide one at a time, or some will automatically crop the slides for you.

Now with the software that came with your scanner, I will need you to resize the image to 800 pixels wide. LEAVE THE HEIGHT ALONE, as the software will compensate for the proper proportion.

Now when saving the scanned image, I sometimes let the scanner software name the images. If you scan a whole bunch of them, the file names will be something like: file0001, file0002 or scan0001, scan0002 and so on. This will make it easier for me to put the links on to a page and also make it easier for you when you are giving me captions for the pictures.

Once you have done the above steps, the picture is ready to email to me. I would suggest to only email me about 3-4 images at a time. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it may take too long to send more than that. You will need to attach these images to an email along with the captions for the attached images.

Example of describing a scanned image:
file0001
  Location: Seattle, WA
  Date: September 2003
  Truck: Freightliner FLD
  Description: CF doubles parked at their terminal

Captions


No Digital Camera or Scanner?

If you do not have a digital camera or access to a scanner, and if you would really like to have your pictures posted on this web site, you will have to mail me your pictures. Along with the pictures I would prefer a description for each picture you send. So if you either type or in very good writing, number the pictures along with a description for each as outlined above.

I would also like return postage for the pictures as well. I am able to mail direct with US and Canadian postage, so if you are from another country, please include a US money order to cover the return postage.

My mailing address is:

Hank Suderman
14358-78A Avenue
Surrey, BC
V3W 9V9
Canada

Mailing Instructions

If you do not live in Canada, you will need to be sure that you have a Customs declaration on the envelope. This is only to let the people at Canada Customs know what is inside. If there is no declaration sticker on the envelope, they will have to open the envelope to be sure that the contents are nothing dangerous. This will also slow down the mailing of the package too. So please make sure you do this.

Multiple Trucking Companies and Truck Picture Subjects

If you have many different types of pictures or multiple trucking companies, that you will be sending to the web site, please include the name of the section you would like the pictures included in. Just for clarification, if you have some moving van photos, put "Moving Vans" as the subject of the email and attach the pictures. If you have more pictures from another topic, like heavy haul trucks, put "Heavy Haulers" in the subject of the email and attach the images.


Send your pictures to:Hank Suderman

PLEASE READ THIS
When you are sending me pictures, please be aware that this is a one man show. It may take me quite a while to get all the pictures on the web site, because of the huge amounts that I receive. So if you have a huge collection, don't be tempted to send it to me all at once. I prefer a few at a time and then add them to the site as I have time. Sending them all at once won't mean that they will all get added sooner.

I usually include the person's email address at the bottom of each page of pictures in the collection. If you DO NOT want your email address included on the page, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Then I will not include it.

Also because this is web site is a labor of love, any financial contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Thank you for wanting to share your collections and contributing to Hank's Truck Pictures.