Tips on Submitting a Photo

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Want to send in a photo for The Bartlett Express to publish? Great! Here are some tips that will let us recreate the best-possible picture for you in our print edition and online in our digital edition. (Info on where to send the photo is at the bottom of this page.)

Send a high-resolution file if at all possible. These reproduce the best in our print edition. High-resolution files are 300 dots per inch (dpi) or higher. If you don’t know whether your file is or is not high-res, look at the size of the file. If it’s 5-12 megabytes (MB) or even larger, it’s probably high-res. If it’s measured in kilobytes (KB), such as 150 KB, it’s low-res. Low-res photos are fine for use in our online edition, but we always ask for high-res images when we can get them. They just look better.

Stick to the most common image file formats when possible. Preferred file formats are .jpg, .pdf or .tif.

Name everyone in the photo in this order: first row, left to right; then next row, left to right; etc. If it’s impractical or not permitted to put someone’s name in the paper (e.g., some parents object for younger children), just include the name of the group they are with, such as Girl Scout Troop 123, or First Baptist’s youth group. If you’re taking a panoramic shot of an event (such as a festival), there’s no need to identify anyone in the photo unless they’re the clear focal point or are very famous; just mention something interesting about the scene or the event.

Tell us where the photo was taken. Include the date and location (including town/city name).

Include a contact person’s email and/or phone number so we can contact you if we have any questions.

And of course, remember the usual stuff about taking good photos: Make sure the photo is in focus. Look for background objects behind a person that would look unflattering in a photo (such as a plant that looks like it’s growing out the top of someone’s head). If you’re taking a group shot, don’t crop the picture so tightly on all sides that you crop off shoulders for the people in the far ends; it makes the picture look cramped. Take multiple shots if you’re taking a group pic; someone will always, always, always blink or yawn.


  • Attach it to an email, and send it to You can include the caption information in the body of the email.
  • Upload it to our cloud storage account on if a file is too large to attach to an email. Contact us at for the information you will need if you want to use that option.
  • Mail any actual physical photos, CDs or DVDs to us at  2850 Stage Village Cove No. 5, Bartlett, TN 38134. (Please do not send any irreplaceable items.)