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With the power of LinkedIn, Africa Media Online is building a professional identity online which will allow us to stay in touch with our photographers and clients alike and to tell the African Story.  Boost your LinkedIn profile and ours by connecting with us as a contributing photographer by doing the following:

1.    Sign into LinkedIn.

2.    Go to your profile and click Edit profile

LinkedIn Step 1

3. Once in the edit mode. Go down to Experience and click Add position

LinkedIn step 2

4.    Add our company name, Africa Media Online. It should pop up as it has been added as a company on LinkedIn

LinkedIn step 4

5.    In the title add: Contributing photographer

LinkedIn step 4

6.    In the location – Add the place you live in and the area you mainly shoot. For example: Pretoria, South Africa

7.    Time Period – Add when you started and the click the box I am currently work here as it will reflect your start date to present.

8.  In the description box – Add what type of images you focus on. If you focus on industry, then say what type of industry. List all the topic you cover. I think you can also add your page link in this area.

9.  Then click save. You will be automatically added to our company page as a contributor. https://www.linkedin.com/company/africa-media-online

10.  Please also follow our company page

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You can edit the model and property release information about your images online. If you need a model release you can download one here.

Online Model and Property Release Management

1. Log in using your username and password on any page of Africa Media Online. If you do not know your username and password email contributors@africamediaonline.com

2. Three tabs will appear at the top of the page. Click on the Content management tab

3. That will bring you through to a page with tabs – search, metadata, admin and galleries.

4. Search for the images you want to add/edit release information for. To view all your images search using your own name, as registered with Africa Media Online.

5. Tick the box(es) below images you want to mark as model or property released and click on the admin tab

6. In the admin bar on the left of the page answer the relevant questions below “People” and “Property” in relation to the selected images to mark them as released. Please ensure that if you indicate that a Model or Property release exists, you are able to make the release(s) available to Africa Media Online if so requested. The release must be legally binding and authorise all uses of the images anywhere in the world including without limitation uses in relation to sensitive issues.

7. Confirm your information when the pop-up appears: “Are you sure you want to update selected media?”

8. Now when you click on the image the pop-up preview page will show Model release “YES” (or property release depending on what you have marked)

NOTE: Search engine indexes are updated at midnight every night. So the changes you make will only be searchable the following day.

Online Upload System

1. Log in using your username and password on any page of Africa Media Online. If you do not know your username and password email contributors@africamediaonline.com

2. Three tabs will appear at the top of the page. Click on the Upload tab

Upload Tab

3. That will bring you through to a page with a list of checks. At first you will see the panel for loading images that looks like this:

upload check list

Ignore that panel and simply click on the “Footage” tab shown here:

footage upload

You will need to check that your files conform to the standards laid out here. If they do, then tick the tick box.

4. Clicking Submit takes you through to the page where you can begin uploading files. Click on Browse to go and search for the file you want to upload.

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5. Immediately upon clicking on select, the file will begin to load. You will see a progress bar as it loads. Once a file has loaded its progress bar will disappear. Please do not re-upload the same file without first checking if the first one was received. Email contributors@africamediaonline.com to check.

6. Please email contributors@africamediaonline.com when you have done an upload, noting how many files you have uploaded, so that we can confirm that the files have come in safely.

Editing metadata

By logging in to your account on Africa Media Online you can edit the metadata in your images. Note that this functionality is optimised for Firefox.

Online Metadata Management

1. Log in using your username and password on any page of Africa Media Online. If you do not know your username and password email contributors@africamediaonline.com

2. Three tabs will appear at the top of the page. Click on the Content management tab

Upload Tab

3. That will bring you through to a page with tabs – search, metadata, admin and galleries.

MMC tabs

4. Search for the images you want to add/edit metadata in. To view all your images search using your own name, as registered with Africa Media Online.

MMC search

5. Click on the metadata tab

metadata tab

6. Highlight the media info you want to edit – you can multi-select from the list and then tick “show selected metadata beneath each file”

metadata showing

7. Add or edit metadata and click “save” beneath the image.

8. To edit your captions and keywords in a bigger text box click on the word “caption” or “keyword” below the thumbnails.  Remember to still hit “save” after closing the larger text box.

NOTE: Search engine indexes are updated at midnight every night. So the changes you make will only be searchable the following day.

Creating Galleries

The gallery functionality gives you the ability to group a seletion of media files and present them as a group with a write up. If you are a radio journalist you may want to gather all the sound clips relating to a particular story into a gallery displayed with the write up of the story. If you are a photographer you may be wanting to create a photo feature, or present a selection of your best shots in a particular genre of photography, or group pictures from a particular event. Whatever your purpose, the gallery functionality is a simple way to group media files together and display them as a unit.

Creating a Gallery

1. The first thing to do is to log in using your username and password, that will then take you through to a page where these three links appear in the top include: Upload, Content Management and Website Dashboard.

nav when logged in

2. If you do not end up on Content Management by default, click on Content Management. That takes you to a page with a sidebar dowb the left hand side with the tabs Search, Metadata, Admin and Galleries.

content management

3. By default the Search tab will be activated. Take the hint and search for the files you want to gather into a gallery by using the normal search box in the top include. In this case I am compiling a photo gallery and I have searched for “Moses Mabhida Stadium” in the search box. The search returned me 47 results.

search box

4. Next step is to select the images I want to include in the gallery. In this case I have selected four. I click on them in the order I want them to appear.

selection boxes

5. Right, I have done the searching and selecting part, now I actually want to get on and create a gallery, so I go and click on the Galleries tab. The sidebar redraws and the gallery tab displays a drop down which is by default on “Create new gallery“.

galleries tab

6. Give your gallery a Title. This is important, because if you don’t you will not be able to find it again when you return to this page at a later stage. Give it a write-up too. This may be a whole article or just a few lines, depending on what type of gallery you are creating. Note that if you click on the word “description” a bigger pop-up appears to help you edit a longer write-up.

7. Then click on “SUBMIT” and that will bring up a pop up with your selection of media files in it.

file selection pop up no rep image

8. From the selected files, choose one to act as the representative file of the gallery. If yours is a sound file, it won’t matter which one you choose as the icons are all the same. A picture file will obviously differ.

file selection pop up

9. Then click on “SUBMIT”. If you followed the steps correctly, a message will tell you that you succeeded in your endeavour.

success

10. You won’t actually be able to see the gallery on your drop down list until you have refreshed the page. So the best place to see it is to click on the “Browse” link in the top include. If you are on your own MEMAT web site, you will find it immediately. On the Africa Media Online site you will find it under the Events tab. Click on the representative image of your gallery and you will be taken to a page that displays your gallery.

gallery display

11. For photographic galleries there is an added bonus of a dynamic display and a slide show if you click on the “View in CoolIris” link.

cooliris link

Here you can view the gallery on the 3D Wall or as a slide show

3D wall

12. If you want to go and edit the gallery then click on the Content Management link at the top of the page again and then click on the Galleries tab. Click on the drop down that says “Create a New Gallery” and scroll down to the gallery you want to edit.

drop down

13. That will then load the title and the write up of the gallery in question. It will not load the media files, however. From here you can edit the title and description. Below the write up are four links: Add selected media, View Gallery, Remove Gallery and Re-order Gallery Images.

edit gallery

14. To add more files to the gallery, first search for them and tick them as before. Then find the gallery in the drop-down list on your gallery tab and then click on “Add selected media”. The pop up will load with both the files you had loaded in the past, and the new files you have just loaded. You then confirm that you want to add them.

15. Clicking on “View Gallery” will bring up the pop up with all the media files – from here you can remove files from the gallery.

16. Clicking on “Remove Gallery” will delete the gallery. If you want to just edit the gallery rather don’t delete it, but click on one of the other options.

17. The order of images in a gallery is determined by the order in which you tick them when you add them to the gallery. To re-order the images click on “Re-order Gallery Images” and drag and drop them into the right places and update. Please use this method to reorder, rather than deleting the entire gallery and recreating it as this causes problems with the links if Africa Media Online has already begun to market your gallery.

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There are two ways in which you can upload audio files. By logging in to your account on Africa Media Online you can upload using the online upload system. Or if you know how to use ftp you can log in to our ftp site and load images that way. It is good to get familiar with both methods because depending on the network you are connected to the internet on, one method or another might not work. In this post I will deal with the Online Upload System.

Online Upload System

1. Log in using your username and password on any page of Africa Media Online. If you do not know your username and password email contributors@africamediaonline.com

2. Three tabs will appear at the top of the page. Click on the Upload tab

Upload Tab

3. That will bring you through to a page with a list of checks. At first you will see the panel for loading images that looks like this:

upload check list

Ignore that panel and simply click on the “Audio” tab shown here:
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You will need to check that your files conform to the standards laid out here. If they do, then tick the tick boxes.

4. Clicking Submit takes you through to the page where you can begin uploading files. Click on Browse to go and search for the images you want to upload. You can upload many pictures at a time if you select a group

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5. Immediately upon clicking on select, the files will begin to load. You will see a progress bar for each file as it loads. Once a file has loaded its progress bar will disappear. The count of number of files uploaded will not change from zero until all files are loaded. You can cancel the upload of an individual file by clicking on the red “x” and you can cancel all the uploads by clicking on “Cancel all Uploads”. Please do not re-upload the same file without first checking if the first one was received. Email contributors@africamediaonline.com to check.

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There are two ways in which you can upload image files. By logging in to your account on Africa Media Online you can upload using the online upload system. Or if you know how to use ftp you can log in to our ftp site and load images that way. It is good to get familiar with both methods because depending on the network you are connected to the internet on, one method or another might not work. In this post I will deal with the Online Upload System.

Online Upload System

1. Log in using your username and password on any page of Africa Media Online. If you do not know your username and password email contributors@africamediaonline.com

2. Three tabs will appear at the top of the page. Click on the Upload tab

Upload Tab

3. That will bring you through to a page with a list of checks. Make sure your images conform to the list. If they don’t they will be rejected. Tick each one before proceeding.

upload check list

4. Clicking Submit takes you through to the page where you can begin uploading files. Click on Browse to go and search for the images you want to upload. You can upload many pictures at a time if you select a group

Select files

5. Immediately upon clicking on select, the files will begin to load. You will see a progress bar for each file as it loads. Once a file has loaded its progress bar will disappear. The count of number of files uploaded will not change from zero until all files are loaded. You can cancel the upload of an individual file by clicking on the red “x” and you can cancel all the uploads by clicking on “Cancel all Uploads”. Be careful about using this as you may cancel an upload half way though and the image will appear online half uploaded. It is very important that you do not navigate away from this page while the images are still uploading as the upload will be cut off.

6. Give your images up to 24 hours before they are searchable online. Please do not re-upload the same file without first checking if the first one was received. Email contributors@africamediaonline.com if you can’t find it online.

7. Please email contributors@africamediaonline.com when you have done an upload, noting how many files you have uploaded, so that we can confirm that the files have come in safely.

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Submissions Standards for Image Files

The following are Africa Media Online’s technical submission standards for image files. Compliance with these standards will ensure that images are speedily processed and put online with minimum rejection on technical grounds.

Image Specifications

File Type: Jpeg
Compression: Highest quality (in Photoshop level 10-12)
Open File Size: This is the file size that appears when you open the file in Photoshop and look at the Image Size. This is dependent on the market you want to reach. If you want to reach all markets, then stick to the Creative and Archival Standard. Creative and Archival: 48-60 MB

Open file size

Compressed File Size: This is the file size you see when you look at a closed jpeg file on your desktop. This is going to vary greatly according to the Open file size you started with, the compression you apply and the character of the image itself. This is why this is not used as a standard. It is the Open file size that you should work to and then save it at quality 10-12.

Compressed file size

Editorial: 24-60 MB; Archival Prints: Various (the size produced when the image is scanned at its physical dimensions at 600 dpi); News and Sport: 18-60 MB
Bit Depth: 8 bits/colour channel
Resolution: Set to 300 dpi
Colour Space: RGB
Colour Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)
Colour Profile Tag: Tagged
File Name: Alpha-numeric 16 characters at the longest, spaces in file name to be replaced with “_”, do not use any unusual character including the following characters “(){}[]!@#$%^&*+=,’:;” and only use “.” between the file name and file extension
File Extension: All images must have a file extension (Mac users make sure the option to hide extension is unticked when saving the file)

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