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Submissions

We at Vinyl History accept review submissions from record collectors. If you have a vinyl album in your collection that you feel deserves collector attention or, if you have an alternate viewpoint of an album that we have reviewed or a import or alternative album cover, we are interested in hearing from you. We like all kinds of music, rock, funk, jazz, and outlaw/alt country but are mainly interested in records that are obscure and have not been widely written about.

We are looking for good writing and good photographs. We are not interested in band biography, or new band promotional material for CD releases. If you are in a current band and are releasing your music on vinyl drop us a line.

Reviews should be concise and informative. Our aim is to inform our readers about the music on the record as well as information about limited edition and alternate covers. You don't have to write as we do, but your review should follow the conventions of the site.

We will try to respond as soon as possible to your submissions. We will not post any reviews with personal attacks, racism or hate speech. Your reviews, if accepted, will be posted as a permanent part of our site and you will be credited with a byline and a small profile on our writers page. Make sure to include JPEG photograph files with your submission. See the guidelines for photographing albums on this page

Photographing Albums

Taking a good photograph of a record album is not difficult if you consider several things.

First - any reasonable digital camera will do. Our finished web page files are well below 1 mega pixel.
Second - Unless you are shooting outdoors you need an inexpensive tripod.
Third - The album must be evenly lighted - NEVER USE FLASH.

The output of your camera is a JPEG file that can be manipulated on a computer to square the image up. Mount your camera on a tripod and adjust the camera so that the album jacket is as square as you can make it in the viewfinder or picture screen.
Light the record jacket evenly with two photo spotlights or natural day light. Make sure you have no reflections or glare spots. Keeping the lights to the side at a shallow angle will minimize these problems. Shoot picture disc and shapes or irregular covers against a black background - Take the photos and transfer them to your computer.

Now you have to make the photo "web ready". Using a photo editor like Photo Shop, G.I.M.P (a free one for Linux) or the software that came with the camera, you need to square up the image. Rotate it so that the record jacket is square with the frame of you computer. Do any color correction necessary so that the colors on the screen match the colors on the jacket and, most importantly, correct any distortion using the perspective tool. The Jacket must be seen "straight on" with out any skew caused by mis-alignment between the plane of the record jacket and the plane of the camera.
Crop the image so that no background shows and re-sample or change the cropped image size to 400 x 400 pixels. This is the size our images are. It is a good compromise between quality and file size.
Give your images a name with a .JPG extension and send them in as attachments to your review.

If you can do your own Photo editing you will save me a lot of work and make me happy, but if you are not set up to do it, you may send in raw images (file size 2 MB max). As long as the image is well lighted and clear and reasonably square we can use it but we reserve the right to reject images that do not meet our quality standards.