Today's Public Service Announcement: How not to submit a photo to a newspaper
Let us say for the utility of saying that you have a photo on your digital camera that you need to submit to a newspaper.
The correct way to submit this photo: copy it to your computer, create an e-mail message, attach the photo to it and hit send. It takes about a minute, if your fingers don't go very fast.
The Incorrect way, that I have seen more times than I want to think about:
Step 1: Copy photo to computer.
Step 2: Open photo in Microsoft Paint or something else that will open digital camera files. For best results, crank the red WAY the fuck up.
Step 3: Print photo to your inkjet printer. It should be the cheapest-ass inkjet you can possibly come up with, and it comes out even better if half the nozzles aren't firing.
Step 4: Scan the inkjet print. (Right now imagine Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes saying, "you vill stop laughink!" People DO this shit!)
Step 5: Attach the scan of the ugly inkjet photo to an e-mail message and send.
1. That seems to be how some of my relatives share their photos, too
I had one take those ugly inkjet scans and make a low resolution Video CD of the family photos I'd been trying to get her to share for years. Yeah, that's real useful.
I haven't found the software to extract those ugly pictures from the video. I haven't tried real hard because the usefulness of those over processed, degraded pictures is pretty much nil. The resolution is so bad I can't even stand to watch the video. And she threw in every single transition effect that came with her video software just to make it even less watchable.