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How to Adjust Photos for Newsprint

Photography By January 28, 2010 No Comments

I recently needed to adjust a particular photo of Urbiztondo for printing and was at first at a loss on how to do it. I have never submitted any of my photos to any publication, out of pure laziness; and have never attempted to submit or sell my photos to any stock photo agency either, out of perhaps 80% insecurity and 20% laziness, even if I have been told by friends and family to do so for maybe, like fifty times. But out of nowhere, I get a message about one of my photos and I thought, uh, yes, okay. I even responded late because I almost never check my messages on that site nowadays. And perhaps, maybe the image will be too late too and may not even be published. But so what, what the heck!

So well anyway, I thought it would be useful for me or to anyone else in the future to have some knowledge on how to adjust photos for newsprint. Even if my photo does not get published, I am happy for the opportunity of learning how to do something I have previously never attempted to do. Hep hep for new experiences! Hooray for new knowledge!


How to Adjust Photos for Newsprint:

Formatting photographs for newsprint requires very different considerations than formatting photographs for digital or other print uses. While digital photos are formatted to look proper on computer screens and print photos tend to have more forgiveness in color profiles, newsprint photographs often have very specific formatting requirements that must be met in order for the photo to look appropriate. In addition to the CMYK color profile, newsprint photos must conform to specific contrast, brightness, and quality specifications. Photographers who typically shoot with digital cameras can adjust their photos for newsprint with digital photo editing software.

Step 1:

Open your image in your preferred digital photo editing software, such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Corel’s Paint Shop Pro, Google’s Picasa, or the open-source GIMP.

Step 2:

Resize your photo to the newsprint specifications – determined by the amount of physical space your photo will take up on the page. When resizing, set your image to 170 DPI (dots per inch). For example, an image that will be printed in a rectangle 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall should be 680 pixels wide (170 times 4) and 510 pixels tall (170 times 3). If the particular agency requires a photo to be printed at a different DPI, multiply the desired DPI by the dimensions of the printed photo (in inches) to determine the correct resolution.

Step 3:

Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast until it appears correct on the screen. The degree of change in the brightness and contrast depends on the subject of the image and the exposure of the photograph.

Step 4:

Adjust the image’s brightness and contrast approximately 20 percent higher than looked appropriate for digital use. This will provide a crisper and clearer photo for newsprint use.

Step 5:

Sharpen the photograph using your digital software’s unsharp mask. The settings will depend on the level of sharpness that is automatically applied by your digital camera. Settings of approximately 180% sharpness with a radius of 2 pixels and a threshold of 2 levels will often work best. A sharpness setting that looks good on your screen will probably be appropriate for newsprint as well.

Step 6:

Convert your image’s color space from RGB (Red Green Blue, which is the most common digital color setting) to CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, which is the most common print color setting). The location of this setting differs based on your choice of digital photo editing software, but will usually be under a menu option named “colorspace,” “color mode,” or “image mode.”


To view the original article, click here.

For a more detailed (and more technical that I got confused because I am just stupid like that but maybe you will get it) article, click here. This one is from Adobe itself and even has a demo video with audio. Thank you Adobe. 😉


Surfing in San Juan (January 23-24, 2010)

La Union By January 27, 2010 Tags: , , 1 Comment


You don’t really have to surf. Hanging out and enjoying the action from the beach is perfectly fine.


The sand in this beach moves from one side to the other depending on the season. At this time of the year, the rocks over by Little Surfmaid are exposed while the sand is by the little pier on the other side.


Dad plays with the kids in the setting, warm, afternoon sun.


While PJ plays on the beach with her 4-month old handsome golden retriever, Fabio.


And this has got to be my favorite photo for this trip, how sweet! 😛

I take time to snap a photo of this pretty little boy with the golden hair. 🙂

I was not really taking a photo of this skinny girl, I was trying to take a photo of the point where I had surfed for the first time this weekend and had both a blast and a scary time BUT this girl was in the way. Might as well. 🙂

Just look at how far I had to paddle to get to the line-up, which isn’t even in that photo because it’s still farther to the left. I just wanted to show the kind of waves that pummeled me every time I paddled back to the line-up. 😐

I could’ve surfed on the beach break, just like this guy. No, not this on the right who is also in my photo’s way, but that one guy on the left making a pretty good job of paddling out.

If I got pummeled on my way out at least I had some sand to step on every now and then, instead of swimming my darnedest best, with the results of having to feel like my legs are made of lead afterwards. Ho-ho!

Yes, I wanna be cool like this guy. Or maybe I am already. Ho-ho! 😐

And this is my fish, that I can’t ride yet. Ho-ho! 😐

In time, my dear, in time….

Click here to view the entire La Union Flickr set.


Surfirsts: A History

Aurora, Camarines Norte, La Union, Travel By January 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Baler, Aurora; April 2008

It was in Baler, Aurora that I learned to surf. I went with my grad school friend PJ and her boyfriend, Gerard. I met Daisy Valdez and Jefferson de la Torre for the first time. It was April of 2008.

Jason, also known as Balat and Jeff’s older brother, was the one who taught me how to surf – in Charlie’s Point. I was out there with them, trying to ride big waves for the first time with PJ’s flowered pink fun board. It was indeed, a lot of fun.

Charlie’s Point, Baler, Aurora

Girl determined not to surf that day

Girl determined not to surf that day

Champion surfer Daisy Valdez

Champion surfer Daisy Valdez

Hanging out in front of Surfers Inn, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

Hanging out in front of Surfer’s Inn, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

View the entire set on Flickr here.

More story on Multiply here.

Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte; May 2008

It was the first ever Bagasbas Summer Surf. It was my first time in Bagasbas. More importantly, it was my 26th birthday. This trip was a birthday gift to me.

It was also the first time Ryan drove the car all the way to Bicol and the very first time we took our dog, Ewok, with us on a long trip, or more specifically, a trip to Bicol.

waves at bagasbas beach on a sunny day

Bagasbas Beach in the early afternoon sun

Ryan and Ewok at the breakwater

Ryan and Ewok at the breakwater

skim boarding insructions

Ryan being taught how to skim board


Surfer (name unknown)


Accidentally found this on Flickr. A papparazzi shot. Interestingly, it was titled, “Inspired by Love”. Don’t ask me. I have no idea.

first ride of the day

And so this is me.. takin it easy with white water

View the entire set on Flickr here.

Clich here to view more photos of the Bagasbas Summer Surf event on Multiply.

Click here for [more narcissistic] touristy photos.

And click here to view the old blog.

Bacnotan, La Union; July 2008

In my first ever trip to La Union, I did not get to surf in San Juan. We were at Bacnotan for two days instead. First time in La Union, first time in Bacnotan.

Surfer in Bacnotan

Jeff feeling free in Bacnotan

jeff and daisy (surfer couple)

Jefferson dela Torre and Daisy Valdez

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(Skinny, skinny me) After an hour or so of surfing in the hot scorching sun

We did stay at Hacienda Peter’s Resort in San Juan so I managed to take a few snapshots of the surf in front as well as the beautiful sunset.

surfer kid 2

Afternoon glow on a little surfing kid

Click here to view the entire set on Flickr.

Click here to view the story and photos on Multiply.

That surf trip would be the last one in one long year, as I learned I was three weeks pregnant in August of 2008, as I prayed and hoped I would be.

Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union; July 2009

For this trip, the firsts were…

… first time for Ryan to go to L.U.
… first time to drive the car to L.U.
… Lia’s first time in L.U.
… first time surfing in San Juan

If it weren’t for this post, I would not have realized that I have not managed to upload the photos on Flickr. I did make a blog post of this trip here on this site and made a photo album through Smilebox.

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook:

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Click here to go to old post.

I will work on posting the entire set for this trip to Flickr once I am done with this past weekend’s photos.

2008 was a great year for surfing. I went surfing thrice in three different locations.

2009 was dedicated to my daughter. We were literally inseparable for months.

Who knows what 2010 holds?


Surfirsts 2010

La Union, Musings By January 25, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

In addition to this past weekend’s being the first surfing trip for this year, there were also many other firsts.

First time…
…to be away from Lia for more than half a day. Prior to this trip, the longest I have been away from Lia in the nine and a half months since she was born, was only a few hours. Half a day at most.

…to try on my short board that my friend PJ sold to me

…to surf at the point in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

…to try on new swim suits.. test for sturdiness against crashing waves and all that

…to get wiped out, to think that I am close to drowning, to panic, to swallow sea water, to get out of water due to over-fatigue.

Yeah, hahahaha.
Lots of firsts on this weekend. Photos to follow. More story later. I am still tired. 😐 And my body all achy-breaky…


Music for the Day: Fans do Lady Gaga Acapella versions

Music By January 24, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

These wonderful Indonesian kids are fantastic. I and a ton of other people are instant fans! 😀

These guys just rock!!

Click here to visit Sam Tsui’s MySpage page.
Click here to visit Kurt Hugo Schneider’s MySpace page.

Let’s hear it for all Lady Gaga fans! 😀

Lia for one is a big fan. Ever since she was a month or so old. Hihihi.


Lia Does Sultry

Family By January 23, 2010 No Comments

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… or maybe madungis.


Bilang madungis siya. Hahaha!

Nakaugalian na ni Lia ang pumili ng damit na isusuot niya araw-araw. Napili niya yang medyo luma niya nang Tweety shirt na nalalaglag kasi natatanggal ang butones sa balikat.

Madungis siya dito bilang kumakain siya ng cookie pero naisipan niyang maglaro. Sultry daw siya kuno bilang off-shoulders ang damit niya. Hahaha.

Ang kulit nitong bata na to.. pero baka may future siya sa pagmo-model. Ewan ko lang.


Music for The Day: Empire State of Mind

Music By January 22, 2010 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York, New York,
New York

One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams, all lookin’ pretty
No place in the world that could compare
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody say “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”

To read more on the Blueprint 3 album on Wikipedia, click here.

Click here to go to Jay-Z’s official website.

You may also click here to view the full lyrics.


At one point in my life, I had planned on going to NYU, for a PhD in Theatre; but those plans have been changed by more important decisions in my life, such as having a child. Maybe someday I’d go back to my dream. Maybe someday I’d get to New York… to walk Central Park, to watch shows on and off-Broadway and visit the museums. Maybe I don’t have to go to NYU, but I would definitely want to see plain NY.

Yes, I would love to go to New York someday. 🙂