It’s hard to imagine Drop Inn without the photographs of our projects.
Guidelines for taking photos
- If you plan to take photos for use on our publications, consider bringing a DSLR for quality and ease of transfer.
- However, if professional equipment isn’t possible to bring with you, it is possible to get high quality photos on a smartphone:
- Take photos and videos in landscape, unless you are shooting portraits specifically.
- Take care in framing your photos and videos. See rule of thirds.
- We recommend storing and sharing via Google Photos / Drive or DropBox using the highest resolution you have.
- If you can, name the file in a way that describes the photo, eg. jane-meeting-sponsored-children-in-koudougou-jan-19.jpg
- Don’t share the photos in Word or Pages documents (if you are writing a report). If you want us to use photos in a report, supply them separately (again via a sharing service like Google Photos / Drive or DropBox.
Guidelines for using photos
If you are putting together a social media post, report or a leaflet and wish to use photos, please follow these guidelines:
- Photos or videos should be those taken for Drop Inn
- Avoid using photos from other sources. Never mislead your reader into thinking a photo is from one of our projects when it’s not.
- If you are using stock or library photos – from unsplash or news organisations, credit the source or if it’s for illustration purposes, make that clear.
- Avoid putting graphics on top of photos. If you feel you need to do this, consult the Drop Inn Media team.
- If you are using logos from other organisations, take care in adhering to their guidelines.
- Lastly, the photos you use should have an impact. But the order of preference in choosing photos for your publication is:
- Original (photos from Drop Inn’s own projects)