Basic Guide to Submitting Content to Clockwork Currents

The time has come for you to share your marvelous talents, contraptions, skills or knowledge with your fellows but not sure how to format it? Need tips on how to record video for it, need help with copy, or just how to get started?  We are here to support you and will be happy to help, just ask!  

Here are a few questions we get most frequently:

How Long should my post be?
Normal Newsletter Articles and site posts should be less than 600 words.  If you would like to do a larger piece for the site please contact us and tell us what you have in mind.

Will you help me edit it or will it be reviewed before you publish it?
We are happy to help out and go through a quick editorial review of everything we publish. We make sure that all content has been vetted and is ready to go before we put it out. If there is any doubt or changes needed, we will work with you to get them done.


Are there any Photo size requirements for the newsletter and web site?
Yes for Thumbnails or small pictures they can be no smaller than 180×180 @72dpi but we recommend submitting a larger picture when available. That way we can always resize it as needed.

How about Larger Picture Requirements?
A minimum of 600 wide @72dpi is needed to place a full width picture. Even better is to submit 1200x or wider when available.  


How do I get the best video with what I have? Can I record myself via a web meeting or with my cell phone?
You don’t need any fancy equipment and we would be happy to help with ideas on how to record your video, how to set it up and how long it should be.  

Here are a few tips to get the most out of what you have.

Choose a spot where the light source is in front of you. Large windows and natural light sources tend to work best. Set your camera at eye level and make sure your camera lens is clean and free from smudges.  Chose a simple background to focus the attention on you and a quiet location to record without background noises will give you the best results.

Avoid these common mistakes:  
Avoid spots with windows or large light sources behind you
Avoid locations where the light is coming from above 
Avoid overexposure by cleaning your lens and staying away from extremely bright  outdoor locations or using spot or flood lights. 
Avoid under exposing your images such as filming in dark rooms or at night without sufficient lighting. 
Keep your Laptops, camera or phones off the table and at eye level. It will engage your viewers and let them see you at your best.