Photo Submission Guidelines


  • scan-guidelinesImages must be scanned at a high-resolution to be included in print. Preferred resolution is 1,200 DPI, which allows the image to be reproduced as large as a full magazine page. Preferred format is .tiff, but jpg and png files are acceptable. Please scan in full color, so that tinting, toning, mat and trim colors are captured. Scans should include the entire un-cropped photograph and its frame, mat, or border with a white margin around the edge (see the sample scan here).
  • Do not adjust the scan for contrast or any other effects. We will make necessary adjustments based on our production methods.
  • Single-purpose flatbed scanners provide the best results. Phone and tablet pics, and scans from multipurpose, printer/scanner combination devices are not acceptable. If you do not have access to a flatbed scanner, there are options! We can scan it for you at one of the many Civil War Shows we attend. If this is not an option, many copy centers offer scanning for a reasonable fee.
  • Tell MI what you know about the image. Is the individual identified? Is something unique about the uniform, weapon or equipment? If the photograph was taken in a studio, is the backdrop uncommon? If the image was made outdoors, is there a point of interest to highlight? How did you come to possess the photo, and is it accompanied by other artifacts (letters, documents, other personal and family items)?
  • Indicate plate type (tintype, ambrotype, daguerreotype and size (gem, ninth-plate, CDV-size, sixth-plate, quarter-plate, half-plate, full-plate. Cartes de visite, stereoviews,and albumen prints should be fully described, including back marks, if applicable.
  • All submissions should be emailed to In the event that image files are deemed too large to be sent through email, please use free file sharing services (MI recommends WeTransfer), or contact the editor for DropBox access.