Numbers: Numbers, text within photos

August 18, 2005: Issue 101

Don’t use complete phone numbers on chalkboards, bulletin boards, or message boards in photographs. Blur, erase, or obstruct part of the number (we suggest at least two digits). Leaving off the area code isn’t enough; that number could be functional in multiple area codes.

Also, make sure words on those boards are spelled properly: No “banannas” on the grocery list, please. Your copy editors are always happy to spot-check any text that will appear in a photograph before the shoot, even if it’s just three words scrawled on a note card.

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