General Rules for submitting an
image of your buttons to the Depot Button Book Project.
- We are only looking for buttons recovered using metal detectors
at this time
- We will use the best quality image/button of each type/variety as
we get them
- Include with your submission as much info as you can on the
button, Albert's and or Tice number, # of stars, etc.
- At this time we do not want images of backmarks included
- We do want you to tell us the backmark info, with as much detail
as you can, including state found size etc
- We will give credit to finder with any pertinent info you wish
added, or anonymous if so desired
- Images should be the best quality you can get, as close a macro
as you can get.
- If you have a nice button but cant get a good shot of it with
your camera, maybe someone you know has a capable camera that you can
- Images of the buttons themself should be no smaller than 400X400
pixels, they can be larger and we will resize and crop as needed
- Try and keep as much of the actual button in the image, meaning
do not submit a 640x480 image with a 100 by 100 pixel button image in
- Try and use a plain background of the same uniform color, use the
back of your mouse pad, a towel without texture, or piece of felt etc.
- Try to keep the background as clean as possible, you don't want a
big cat hair or something ruining your nice button pic
- Buttons images should be submitted to
Forum under the button request posts
- You can also submit button images that
were previously requested and show as active in the button book
- If you have problems resizing or editing a photo you can email it
to me full size and I will edit it for you. email@example.com
- PLEASE use your Camera's highest
Quaility setting, and when you resize and save use the highest quailty
setting your editor has..
- do not use resample in your save
settings oif your editor.. we want the image just cropped from the
original image for highest DPI for printing
I may develop a file upload that will allow you to directly upload an
image for submission to the depot, but for now email or posting will be
I will be adding a link at the top of
the relic forum to the latest request posts
Below are examples of what we need and what to try not to do. I know
different cameras do different things, lighting is probably the most
important of all.
Just use the things below for reference, and do the best you can, not
trying to make this a course in pic taking :)
remember we will do the editing of your images, so don't get thinking I
cant do this, we just want you to take the best image you can in the
This pic is 750 x 750 that's OK, we can resize it and crop out excess
border if needed, because the button itself is greater than 400 pixels
in width and height
This is same pic I resized to 300 x 300 meet the pages needs.. I
am thinking 300 x 300 should be good, but may go as high as 400 x 400
for the full sized images
in the gallery, that's why I would like the actual button size to be at
least 400 pixels.
Notice the shadow, This is OK, but if possible try to get as much light
source as you can from different angles, notice the shadow had to be
cropped out to make image size.
a good example is on the right, with little shadow taken with
light source more directly over head.
Sunlight is the best, but sometimes causes glare. On a bright day you
can take a pretty good pic in the shade where there's still
enough light and you wont get much shadow.
Remember we have to create thumbnails,
so if we use an image too small you wont be able to see details on the
main button pages without opening the main pic.
Here is the above right image resized to 120 x 120 thumb sized, notice
you can still make out most detail. this would be the image you see on
the gallery, and clicking it would take you to its larger version where
there would be text indicating finder name and location found if
desired, size, backmark, and other pertinent info.
A couple things we want you to try to
stay away from:.
This pic is taken too far away, while the image itself is good sized,
the button is less than 300 pixels, which will require resizing larger
to be consistent with other images
here's what it looks like after trying to correct it for image size,
notice the bluriness, and at lower resolutions would have been worse
We don't want this.. this ones a bit carried away, but even little tiny
hairs in the background show up well in macros of this size, so before
taking a pic of that pretty button, try and wipe away as much debris as
possible from the background.
Anyway where are those little tiny hairs coming from? :)
This pic again is OK, but it has a full shank and is hard to get
a straight on shot with the camera, so it takes taking the shot from an
angle and that sometimes causes longer shadows in the background
as well as shadows on the face of the button
Here's is what I do to get a straight on shot, use a pin through the
background felt through the loop, and actually I can photoshop the pin
right out of the image before resizing and it wont be noticeable at
Here's is the above recropped, resized and edited a bit, not the
best work, but you get my drift..