While we are no longer accepting submissions of new or updated photos of padlocks to this site, we continue to provide the following advice to take good lock photographs. - Your curators
The following guide lines will help produce good quality pictures with the
equipment that you already have.
For an in-depth study on how to take professional pictures you can begin your
journey with an entry point
General Photography Guide Lines
- Place your lock on a white piece of paper. This will give the best contrast
and make cleaning the picture much easier.
- Set The camera's resolution (Some camera's call this "Recording Pixels") so that it produces a file of approximately
1MB. I have found that this is an
optimum setting for lock photography.
- Set your camera's light source so that it agrees with the ambient
lighting, such as tungsten, day light, etc.
- Adjust the WB (White Balance) to produce the most realistic
representation of your lock.
- Set your camera to Macro, this is the close-up setting generally
represented by a flower icon.
- Whenever possible use optical zoom instead of digital zoom. Your camera
users guide will explain how to use these features.
- JPEG file format is just fine.
again, these are general guide lines to produce the best possible picture with
the equipment that you already have.
Taking high quality professional pictures is an art form and requires the
appropriate equipment and lots of practice.
General Submission Guide Lines
The following guide lines will help in posting your locks on the
- Send 1 lock per E-Mail (Include all pictures of the same lock in 1
E-Mail). This will help me manage the files.
- Take a picture of the front and back of the lock even if you think the back
side of the lock is unremarkable.
- Include the height and width of the lock.
- If there is writing on the lock and it is not legible please include it
in the E-mail.
- Include any information that you feel is important about the lock, such
as manufacture, etc.