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The Bylaws
v. 0609

Appendix 7


The Appendices are provided as detailed explanations and backgrounds of the policies and procedures of  Each Appendix contains delineated topic Sections that are not necessarily related.  Appendices are included to provide additional explanations, clarifications, and resources.  They are not required reading, but you may be referred to them if you require further information on a certain subject.  They represent the collected body of knowledge about many topics. 

The Appendices are written and edited by the Moderator Team of, with contributions gleaned from the email of the BackpackGearTest group.


Appendix 1 - How Works
Appendix 2 - Editing
Appendix 3 - About Rules and How to Change Them
Appendix 4 - Test Calls, Test Applications, Newbie Rule
Appendix 5 - The Apprentice Program
Appendix 6 - All About Report Writing
Appendix 7 - A Lesson in Pictures
Appendix 8 - Copyright, Fair Use, and Links Policies

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APPENDIX 7 - A Lesson In Pictures

Appendix 7 is associated with Chapter 10 of the Bylaws.


  1. Introduction - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator
  2. Copyright and Licensing - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator
  3. Image Dos and Don'ts - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator

1. Introduction - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator

A.  Basic Basics - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator

I would like to clearly state a few things before we get started:

  1. While you are encouraged to do so, you are not required to take photographs or include photographs in your reports.  While an image is required for the Initial Report, you can use an image from the manufacturer's website, so long as you credit the manufacturer.
  2. You do not have to be a professional photographer, or own fancy or expensive photographic equipment to make good gear photos.  You can take perfectly good gear photos with a cheap, disposable camera. 

There are some gear testers who are professional photographers, and they frequently take stunning photographs and include them in their reports.  This document isn't for them.  This document is for those folks who want to understand the basics.  This document will explain how to take and use photographs that add value to your reports.  You will not need anything more than a basic film camera and a willingness to experiment.  An inexpensive digital camera is, of course, a bonus.

What makes a good photograph?  Well, in our context we are reporting on gear, so any photograph should relate to the gear being tested in some way.  Beyond that, a good photograph has several qualities.  A good photograph is:

  1. In focus.
  2. Has good brightness and contrast.
  3. Conveys information to the viewer, and/or is interesting in the context of the report.

1. Copyright and Licensing - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator



1. Image Dos and Don'ts - Shane Steinkamp, BGT Moderator



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