My coworker, MC2 Alexandra Snyder, and I have spent the last couple of weeks standing up a Navy Pentagon bureau for the Defense Media Activity (DMA). Today Alex is out on the Pentagon bureau’s first assignment. I’m home recovering from some minor surgery. So, as is often the case, the E-5 is out getting the job done while the E-6 is sitting around talking about it.
Al is out at the Sea, Air, and Space Expo (SASE) getting still photos for navy.mil. I’m sure most of you are well-versed in getting photos to Navy Visual News, but Al and I weren’t. We found instructions here: http://www.navy.mil/photo_submit.asp, and we ran a couple of tests. Here are the steps we followed:
1. We shot the highest resolution JPEG as possible with our Nikon D3.
2. We named the photos with VIRINs. If you don’t know what’s up with VIRINs, check out that navy.mil link; it breaks it down for you.
3. We captioned the photos. We used Adobe Bridge to put the caption information into the metadata. If for some reason you don’t have Bridge, but you have Photoshop, go to “File > File Info.” You can enter metadata in there. The folks at Navy Visual News told us that they prefer if shooters use a program called Photo Mechanic to enter the metadata.
4. We also put the caption info into a Word document.
5. We e-mailed the photos and the caption-info Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. After we sent the email(s) we called Oscar Sosa, the photo boss over at Navy Visual News, and gave him the heads up that the photos were on the way.
Mr. Sosa gave us a tip about file size. If you’re out on a ship or in the field, and you’re having trouble sending huge JPGs, he said to save the JPGs at a lower Image Quality level. When you save JPGs in Photoshop, the program asks you what quality you want to save at. Sosa suggested reducing file size by saving at Quality Level 8 instead of 12.
So that’s that. I’ll post some of Al’s pics from the expo later.