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How to Send Images

TEA Suggestions

Comments from National Geographic Photographer

Journal Evaluation Project

To Send Images
Images are ATTACHED to an e-mail. They appear at the bottom of your journal entry for the day. The structure of the e-mail is:
To: pictures@tea.rice.edu

Subject: lastname journal mm/dd/yy
(e.g., shipp journal 01/09/99 - this is the image day, which may not always be the day you are sending it!)

Cc: shippst@ruf.rice.edu

Attachment: image

Body: caption of picture (one image and caption per message)

  • ALWAYS Cc Steph - this makes your life easier if an image does not post.

  • Send images as jpgs (jpegs) or gifs. ONLY.

  • Give each image a unique name before you send it; sending the same name (as often happens in digital cameras) overwrites earlier images.

  • In the image name, include YOUR name (e.g., johnson_lakeicesample2.jpg).

  • Do not ever use spaces in image names - or weird symbols (e.g., &%$#). Use underscores (_) or . to separate components of an image name.

  • Make the polar technology people who are helping you happy - learn to reduce the image size; sending 1+ megabyte images is not considerate of field bandwidth.

  • Images append; they do not overwrite (unless they have IDENTICAL image names). Choose carefully.

  • If you would like, your can write a "photo journal." Rather than having the photos appear at the bottom of the journal, you can write your journal as a series of DETAILED captions. Note that you must convey the science! It might be best to write the journal entry and then cut it into several captions illustrated by pictures.

  • If you have a parcticular order for your images, wait several minutes between sending each on - they are posted as they arrive. This may not be possible from research vessels as mail often goes out in batches. If you are in a location where you cannot control the order (e.g., on a ship), include the number of the image in the image name; they will be re-arranged at Rice.

  • If you wish to insert the images within the text, you must insert the correct html tags and image location. Note that the images also will appear at the end of the journal (sorry, no way around this).

  • TEA Suggestions
  • TAKE PICTURES OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS DOING SCIENCE!!!!! This is what makes your experience unique to those reading your journals.

  • Give adequate descriptions of images. How does it relate? What does it show?

  • Be sure to include artwork, maps, etc.

    Comments from National Geographic Photographer
  • You have an obligation to cover the science. Explain the science to your audience. Do not assume prior knowledge. Pictures may be crucial to helping you convey the science.

  • Science can often be difficult to photograph. Much of it is theoretical. You have to understand the science to take a picture that illustrates it.

  • Remember that you are not a tourist. The journal is not a travelogue and pictures should not be mainly tourist images.

  • You will have to step out of the action to capture people at work

  • In terms of equipment, make it easy. Point and shoot may be best. Difficult to focus in rough weather.

  • When photographing, try to provide a reference to scale. The vastness of polar landscapes is easily lost without some sense of the scale, for example a person or tent.

  • Give adequate descriptions of images. How does it relate? What does it show?

    Journal Evaluation Project
    Conducted by: Ana Aslan, Arlyn Bruccoli, and Bhaskar Upadhyay
    Teachers College at Columbia University, Quantitative Evaluation Methods in International Education

    To disseminate the science and the personal experience gained by TEA parcticipants in the Arctic and Antarctic in a more effective manner in the future; we make the following recommendations. The evaluation team based these recommendations on a thorough analysis of the online journals and the surveys from the TEAs, Non-TEA teachers, and the students who read or used the TEA journals.

    Provide more photographs with detailed captions
    Photographs provide a vivid insight about a place, a thing, or a scientific process for those, especially the students, who have not seen or experienced similar situations. The student suggestion with the highest frequency was to include more photographs. As important as the photograph is a caption to contextualize the image. The photographs should have detailed captions so that the readers clearly understand what the photographs illustrate. Photographs also provide a visual medium in the journal for the TEA to communicate to her/his audience.

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