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Submission Guidelines

ISSUE #62: Black & White Photography - December/January

Issue #62 will be dedicated to black and white photography.

Submit up to 12 photographs following the guidelines below. Images must be received by November 15. Issue #62 will have an expected publication date of December 1, 2013.

Only one submission per person for an issue.

ISSUE #63: Documentary - GUEST EDITOR MEG HANDLER - February/March

This issue will be focused on documentary photography. By this we mean photography that explores the social landscape, what people's lives are about, what the world is about and does this in a way the connects the viewer to the subject. We are looking for work that focuses on one subject explored over a long period of time.

GUEST EDITOR: Meg Handler, Editor at BagNews

Submit up to 12 photographs and a project statement following the guidelines below. Images must be received by January 10. Issue #63 will have an expected publication date of February 1, 2013.

Only one submission per person for an issue.

* If the current call for entries dont fit your work, check back for future issue themes.


**PLEASE be careful not to resubmit images that have already been published in f-stop.**

**PLEASE do not write your information or file names in all capital letters.**


  1. Subject line of your email should indicate which issue you are submitting for.
  2. Please send your images in 1 email if at all possible.
  3. Please try to attach the files NOT embed them - a zip file is fine.

Image File Specifications:

  1. JPGS at 72ppi and 700 pixels FOR THE LONGEST EDGE - For a horizontal picture = width, for a vertical picture = height
  2. Please "save for web" or make each file under 200kbs they will only be online and so do not need to be large files.
  3. Please do NOT incude borders or watermarks. Ask if you have questions about what is acceptable.

See below for detailed instructions or how to optimize for web with various software

File Naming:

Please name the files with yourFIRST name and LAST name or FIRST name and LAST INITIAL and a number with No spaces or dashes or non number or letters. Example for Susan Smith: Susan1.jpg, Susan2.jpg OR SusanS1.jpg, SusanS2.jpg etc

Please include with your entry:

  1. your name
  2. where you live
  3. the titles for your photographs (in the text of the email not in links or file names)
  4. your email address in the text of the email (leave blank if you dont want your email listed on the contributors page if included in the issue)
  5. a url if you have one, even if you have submitted before, in the text of the email.

Submissions Email: fstopmagazine@gmail.com

If you have any questions or have difficulty sending your images please email.


By submitting photos for publication in F-Stop Magazine you are stipulating to us that you own copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting F-Stop Magazine a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to re-sizing to fit the magazine format, for publication on the F-Stop website for as long as the website exists. Please note that back issues of F-Stop may remain available in the archive for as long as the website exists.

None of the photographs may be downloaded, stored, printed, manipulated, distributed, or used in any form without prior written permission from the copyright holder. Works published on this website are protected under domestic and international copyright laws and are not considered to be public domain.


Do you have a body of work or current project you would like more people to see? You can have an image and text based link to your site or your project on the F-Stop site. In exchange we ask for a donation of any amount to our humble no profit cause of putting out the magazine. Here is what to do, send an email with your name and a description/artist statement of your project and a link to the work. We will review each submission and choose 3 for each issue. Once you are accepted you will have the choice of creating your text/image link in accordance with our specifications or you can submit your information and a few images and we will create one for you. If you have questions email: participate@fstopmagazine.com


The goal of optimizing your image files for the web is to have images that load quickly, look great and are not so large that someone could download and print your photograph.

The easiest way I have found to do this is to first re-size the image to have a resolution of 72ppi and set the longest edge of the image at 700 pixels. Then, save as a JPG with quality of around 8 depending on the image. You want to end up with a file size around 250k.

To do this in Photoshop

  1. Go to Image > Image Size and you will get a pop up box.
  2. In this box first uncheck “Resample Image” at the bottom of the box. Then change Resolution to 72.
  3. Next recheck the “Resample Image” box and then set the longest edge in “Pixel Dimensions” to 700 pixels.

After you have sized your image you next want to optimize the file size. In Photoshop you can do this with the “Save for Web” option.

  1. File > Save for Web & Devices
    In the dialogue box that opens you want to make sure JPEG is chosen for the file type and then set the Quality to 70.
    Optimized, Embed Color Profile and Convert to sRGB should already be checked.
    Click Save and it will ask you where to save this optimized version of your file.

To do this in other image software….


  1. Go to File > Export
  2. Under File Settings choose Image Format JPEG, Color Space sRGB, Quality 70 – alternatively to using Quality you can check the box next to Limit File Size To and put in 250k and it will optimize it to that file size or lower.
  3. Under Image Sizing check Resize to Fit and choose “Long Edge” and check Don’t Enlarge. Put in 700 pixels for the first box then next to Resolution put in 72 pixels per inch
  4. Click Export

Preview (mac)

  1. Open the file in Preview
  2. Go to Tools > Adjust Size
  3. Uncheck Resample Image
  4. Set Resolution to 72 pixels/inch
  5. Recheck Resample Image
  6. Change the dimensions measurement to pixels (the default is inches)
  7. Make the longest edge (width or height) 700 pixels.

Next you want to save it as a JPG with the quality low enough to make the file size around 250k but not so low that the image looks bad -  you may have to experiment.

  1. Go to File > Save as
  2. Choose where to save the image then where it says Format choose JPEG
  3. Set the Quality slider to the 7th or 8th | mark and save
  4. To verfiy the file size go to the Finder and Command + I to see the file info.


  1. Go to Image > Scale Image
  2. Set X and Y resolution to 72
  3. Make the longest edge 700 pixels
  4. Click Scale
  5. Go to File > Export
  6. Choose where you want to save it and what to call it
  7. Click Export
  8. In the Export Image as JPEG popup choose Quality 70
  9. Click Export